DeWALT 15 gal 200 PSI Workshop Compressor D55168 – Review


Compressors come in all shapes and sizes, for a workshop compressor you need a big tank to run your air tools and a high SCFM to keep the tool running.  The D55168 is the perfect compressor for a small shop or home garage.  It has a ample 15 gallon tank and produces 5.4 SCFM @ 90psi to allow for quick recovery times.  It produces 200 psi and was surprisingly quiet for an oil free pump.

When the truck dropped this unit off from ACME tools Eric immediately got out his pen and paper and started testing the unit, I had no idea what the heck he was yapping about or what he was testing for.  Rather than bore you with his findings, because I still can’t figure out what he was doing, I will just make it simple and you can watch the video for his findings.

At the top of the compressor is the business end, it has a 2 gauges, tank pressure and regulated pressure, the gauges are easy to read.  The regulated pressure is adjusted by a dial to the right of the gauges.  below that is a safety blow out valve and the off/auto switch which turns off the compressor when it hits roughly 200 PSI.  The unit is powdered coated in classic DeWALT yellow.  At the bottom is a drain ball valve to drain the unit when not in use, I would have like to have seen this with a little more clearance from the ground as less than an inch of clearance.

To sum it all up I like this compressor a lot it has worked well for every situation we have used it in. It is compact for it its power and ran every air tool we threw at it with ease.  DeWALT offers a one year warranty on this product.


  1. Never heard anyone say the compressor is quite because of an oil free. I though the oiled pumps were quieter but required maintenance of changing the oil.

  2. HA HA Toolman, I put little mistakes in the articles to make sure you guys are on your toes! Thanks for noticing that Lamar, I don’t know why I wrote that I wanted to write that oil free pumps work better in cold weather vs an oiled pump! O well I’m human!

  3. I just want to say pulling the pressure relief valve doesn’t do any thing but empy the tank of air.The purpose of draining the tank is to get the water out of the system..If you use your compressor in a stationary place you should make a water collection system for it out of pvc pipe.If your ‘s is portable you should have a water filter installed inline.

  4. If pulled, true it just releases air. The safety relief valve will pop if too much pressure is in the tank, the bottom of the tank is the drain ball valve and will allow moisture to drip out, I agree about the inline moisture filter installed.

  5. This compressor is great. I can go thru a couple sticks of 2-3/8″ nails when framing before it kicks on (that maybe more of a testament to the gun). The upright stance and the wheels make it easy to go down stairs to get in basements. It also rides over grass nicely when working on decks. I also use it with a couple air tools in the garage when doing brakes and such on my truck. I even use to blow my sprinklers out in the fall. You can’t go wrong with Dewalt.

  6. Impressed with your reviews. I’m looking to purchase this model very soon and I was pretty positive you guys would have a review on it. I’m sold. Thanks for the detail in the review.


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