DEWALT Max Trim Compressor Review – D55140, 1-Gallon, 135 PSI

DeWalt Max Trim Compressor reviewThe Dewalt D55140 is a dependable compressor that can be easily operated by one person, not that most air compressors can’t. It has a compact design, is very lightweight, operates very quietly and is an ideal tool for finishing. It can be used for remodelling jobs as well as pressure testing of plumbing lines.

And don’t let the little diamond decking fool you.  It says right on it – no step.  Lol.

This compressor is powered by a 2.6 Amp motor that can provide 0.75 SCFM at a rate of 90 PSI which can be stretched to a maximum of 135 PSI. It also equipped with a high-flow regulator. The pump is oil free which allows for maintenance free operation. This unit is built from heavy-duty cast-iron and the frame provides complete protection from routine wear and tear and a little bit of rough handling. Also, the key compressor components are further protected by a control panel which wraps around the frame. This compressor is only 9 inches wide and weighs only 24 lbs. Read more

Portable Air Compressor Comparison Chart

Portable Air Compressor Comparison Chart

portable air compressorBig font baby.  But that’s what Google likes isn’t it big G?  Kind of annoying having to play this game of trying to tell them what the page is about.  Did you it even gets down to silly things like font size of certain words?  This is why I have to make that damned heading so big.  It sends one of many signals to their robots.

Anyways, enough ranting about search engines.  As you can see, this is an easy table comparing a variety of different style portable air compressors.  We got a pancake that can do most anything, and we got a super top secret quiet one that you can put inside a cabinet. Read more

Porter-Cable CMB15 Air Compressor Review – 1.5 Gallons, Shrouded

Porter-Cable CMB15 Air Compressor Review

Porter-Cable CMB15 air compressor reviewThe Porter-Cable CMB15 air compressor is maybe the most home friendly of the compressors I’m going to review.  For now anyways.

It’s 1.5 gallons, puts out 150 psi, it’s oil free thankfully, shrouded (which I don’t necessarily love,) pretty light, and has an outstanding delivery pressure and rate.

Need more pressure?  Turn the dial on the front.  This portable air compressor (handle anyone?) from Porter-Cable can easily fill tires, clean out some piping, operate some air tools.

And it comes with the accessory kit most Porter-Cable air compressors do, nothing fancy but it lets you get started right away.  Most compressors don’t.

The CMB15 compressor is the #3 best seller, has a high rating, and overall people seemed to love it.  Like I wrote above, me personally, I am not in love with this style of compressor.  I need something a bit more rugged, see the con section below.

I think the Porter-Cable CMB15 would be ideal for most people.  It can take care of most things that you’d need an air compressor to do.  It’s not expensive, you can store it or bring it with you easily, and it has the Porter-Cable toughness and warranty.

Porter-Cable makes tools that are well established in the construction world, there’s a reason – quality.  Read the review I have carefully crafted about this compressor below.  If you are undecided about buying a compressor, or don’t know if you even really need one, or simply have a question, use the comment form below and type away.  I’ll try to help as much as possible.

Hopefully this Porter-Cable CMB15 review will answer all of your questions.  Check it.

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Bostitch Oilfree Air Compressor Review

Bostitch Oilfree Air Compressor Review

Bostitch Oilfree Air Compressor ReviewI have to say, I kind of dig the way the 1.2 gallon Bostitch oil free air compressor looks.  However, we aren’t only interested in how it looks right?  We need to know some specs and features, will it handle what you need it to?

Bostitch has a pretty strong presence as far as air compressors and air/pneumatic tools go in the home improvement and construction trades.  They have a fairly big line of compressors to choose from as well as hand tools like nailers, staplers, etc.  The one tool from Bostitch I use the most would be my brad nailer.

If you follow the blog at all, you are aware that I have been re-doing my kitchen.  So far I have built 2 cabinets from the ground up and with all of the cabinet/cupboard work, I have been wearing out the brad nailer.  It is a very handy tool.  But you can’t run it without a compressor.

For today’s post, we are going to write up a detailed review of the Bostitch 1.2 gallon oil free high output trim compressor.  What does high output mean?  Who knows, but let’s try and find out.  We’ll check Amazon, Lowe’s, the Bostitch site to try and uncover this mystery.

The description for this air compressor says it’s highly portable and built for performance, but just how portable is it?  It rates very highly among users, the highest rated compressor to get a review so far.  Hmmm, very interesting.

This 1.2 gallon, oil free Bostitch compressor ranks in the top 10 and is one of the few that you’ll see doing work both in the home or out in buildings.  There aren’t many that actually do pull double duty.  Sure some work around the house but don’t put out hard enough for bigger jobs.  This one can.

Again, check out the features or specifications below.  Find out if this compressor will meet your needs first, take out the guesswork.  It’s important to point out in this Bostitch oilfree air compressor review that I feel some of the pros are pretty positive.  Just keep on reading to find out.

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Senco PC1010 Air Compressor Review

Senco PC1010 Portable Air Compressor Review

Senco PC1010 Air Compressor
The Senco PC1010 air compressor is compact, lightweight, portable, and super quiet.  It has a 1 HP compressor motor that can easily handle light to medium duty jobs.  It is designed for finish and trim work but can handle other jobs just as well.

Maybe you haven’t heard of Senco before but they are semi well known on the construction side for making high quality pneumatic products.  I believe my own portable air compressor is a small industrial Senco, of course I’ve made some modifications.

They make reliable products so that both professionals and remodelers can perform in a wide variety of renovation, construction, and industry work.

According to their site, Senco builds their tools with superior quality and they are used in a variety of industries and trades like home construction and remodeling, cabinet, trim, and finish work, as well as manufactured housing and industrial packaging.

I won my Senco air compressor in a raffle at work, oh about 12 years ago, and it is still going strong.  I have used it for trim and cabinet work as well as bigger woodworking projects.  I also used it to throw up a gazillion fence boards no problem.

Find out if this portable, oil free air compressor from Senco will handle what you need it to and get your job done.

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Porter-Cable C2002-WK Oil-Free Air Compressor Review

Porter-Cable C2002-WK Air Compressor Review

Porter-Cable C2002-WK Oil-Free Air CompressorThe Porter-Cable C2002-WK air compressor not only can do a million jobs inside your house and garage but it can also put in work outside such as roofing or framing.

Put up a new fence in no time, or rotate your OWN tires without tweaking your back.

I’ve got a “portable” air compressor already.  Portable like a Toyota Prius that is.  Hold on let me get my back brace on, I have to move my compressor.  Hey why are you knuckles all bloody?  From trying to get my “portable” compressor off the roof, hey have you seen my tooth by chance?

The madness stops with this pancake style compressor from Porter-Cable.  Not only is it oil-free, it has a handle for easy carrying.  This air compressor is highly portable.  You can use it to fill tires or blow leaves out of your gutters.  Take it inside your house for baseboard or trim, up on your roof for repairs, or underneath your car for stubborn bolts.

Porter-Cable makes tools that are well established in the construction world,
there’s a reason – quality.  The C2002-WK compressor is the best selling compressor on Amazon for a reason.  If you are on the fence about buying a compressor, you should read the review I have put together below.  Hopefully this will answer all your questions so that you can decide if this one is right for YOU.

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Harbor Freight Tools – do the low prices make the tools worth it?

I would say it depends on what you are looking to get from your tool.  Harbor Freight Tools has some super low prices but they also don’t really have much in the way of name brands.  It’s kind of a trade off and you as the user or buyer have to decide if you want to trade the name recognition for a lower price.  Sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t.  What about you?  You open to try out different tool makers?  I am actually pretty set in my ways but there are exceptions in this case – like I will buy some tools on occasion from a place like Harbor Freight or Northern Tool.  Are they my preferred spots?  No.

Sometimes though you may need a tool in a pinch or other times you don’t really have that $150 for the drill you want, but you do have $50 and at Harbor Freight Tools that may get you a temporary drill and some bits or whatever. Read more

Building Engineer Tools – what you should have

building engineer tools

The tool pouch they gave all of us Engineers when we first started.

Edit:  NO tools were harmed in the making of this building engineer tools post!

Sat, sat, Saturday.  Good morning and happy weekend!  I am very close to wrapping up my shift here at the hospital.  Get off at 7 in the morning and then back tonight at 7 pm.  Awesome.

With just under 3 hours to go, freezing temps outside, and snow starting to drop, I was starting to struggle with what to do next.  Should I check the boilers?  The chillers?  See if all of the ahu’s are running?  Nah.  Let’s put a post up.  I have been tossing this post idea around in my head ever since the site went live at the end of 2013. – the tools of the rare and endangered building engineer.

I love tools.  Point blizznank.  I love the way most feel, look, and smell.  I love the way my big Craftsman tool chest smells when I open certain drawers.  I could probably write about tools all the livelong day. Read more

Types of Drill Bits

types of drill bits

What drill bit are you going to use?  Larsen?

I need to discover the words and phrases that people, you guys, are looking for.  This whole game with Google, some call it the dance.  Since this is a small time operation, I need to find topics that are being looked for that people haven’t fully exploited yet.  I may have found one – types of drill bits.

And since I love charts and the plugin here that makes them, I decided to today create a comparison chart that easily shows types of drill bits. Read more

Impact Driver Kit, DeWalt 18V Cordless – #1 for a reason


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DeWalt DCF826KL 1/4″ 18V Cordless Impact Driver Kit

18V lithium-ion DeWalt impact driver kit

The 18V lithium-ion DeWalt impact driver kit.

Rating: ★★★★½

This impact driver from DeWalt is frickin’ awesome.  It’s probably top of the food chain when it comes to impact drivers.  It’s got the DeWalt brand and warranty, over 100 ft-lbs of torque, and just feels right in your hand.

Finally put all the screws back in that one thing that you took apart forever ago!

Start that deck project – this will make easy, quick work of the deck screws, I promise.

Pretend you work for NASCAR when you rotate your tires in the driveway!

Amazon gets DeWalt tools at crazy low prices.  This 18V impact driver kit from DeWalt is cut way down – around 50% off!  As of this writing they only had around 15 left (Feb. 2014.)  You get: Read more

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