DEWALT DWFP55126 review

By Thomas Haugen / December 15, 2016
DEWALT DWFP55126 review

The DEWALT DWFP55126 6-Gallon 165 PSI Pancake Compressor is a light-duty pancake air compressor. It is quiet and fills the tank quickly.It is great as it is compact and light-weight and can be easily stored or moved around the house. This is an air compressor which is easy to maintain and works perfectly in cold weather or when used with an extension cord. DEWALT DWFP55126 is equipped with two hose connectors and a thermal overload protector, which prevents the unit from overheating. If you are looking for a small portable air compressor, but powerful enough for pumping tires and powering tools which need quick bursts of air, the DEWALT DWFP55126 will suit you.

DEWALT DWFP55126 specifications:

  • Model –DEWALT DWFP55126 6-Gallon 165 PSI Pancake Compressor
  • Maximum Pressure – 165 PSI
  • Cut-in pressure – 135 PSI
  • Horsepower – 0.9 hp
  • Motor capacity – 15 A Electric
  • Tank – 6 gallon
  • Sound Level – 75dB
  • Pump – oil free
  • Output at 90 PSI – 2.6 SCFM
  • Quick connector – 1 x1.4” Industrial Connector
  • Dimensions – 17.2 x 16.6 x 20.1 inches, 30 pounds
  • Voltage – 120 Volts
  • 2 universal couplers
  • Ball drain valve
  • Cord wrap for easy storage
  • Protective rubber leg covers to prevent marring


Here we offer the main features of DEWALT DWFP55126 Compressor

  1. Portable – with its light weight, only 30lb, the DEWALT DWFP55126 is ideal to be moved around. It has compact dimensions and the pancake shape allow the air compressor to be stored anywhere in the house or even in a truck or boat. Here is a good time to mention that it can operate with an extension cord, which improves the portability of the unit. However, bare in mind that the cord should be no longer than 50 ft (15.2 m) with 14 gauge (AWG).
  2. 6 Gallon Tank – the combination of the tank size and the 165 PSI maximum pressure give the DEWALT DWFP55126 the ability to withstand pumping tires fairly quickly, to be used with range of pneumatic hand tools, for light air-brush painting and any home DIY tasks.The 6 gallon air compressors are usually designed for use at home and in this sense, the DEWALT DWFP55126 turns out to be quite powerful and delivering more than expected. It is important to always use the appropriate tools and accessories in terms of CFM. In the case of the DeWalt air compressor the maximum performance can be obtained with tools requiring 2.2 CFM.
  3. High Flow Regulator – a great feature which allows you to stay in control of the air pressure and simply helps the air compressor to deliver maximum performance.
  4. Low maintenanceThe DEWALT DWFP55126 is a pancake air compressor with an oil-free pump. No maintenance should be required, apart from the usual emptying of the tank using the ball drain valve. The additional accessories that you might need are 1.4” male connectors to be paired with the female hose connectors on the unit. If you have already tools with 3.8” connectors, you will probably need 1.4” adaptor to match the one the unit has.
  5. Console/pump protective cover – this is a great feature as it protects the controls from any dust or debris.
  6. Quiet air compressor –  The DEWALT DWFP55126 proves to be very quiet in comparison to the other 6 gallon air compressors on the market. It operates at 75 dB, which makes it is just quiet enough to be able to work without any noise disturbance at home, in the garage or any other closed spaces.
  7. Two Hose Connectors – comes very handy when you need to run two tools at the same time. However, do not forget that the cut in pressure (which in this case is 135 PSI) will cause the pump to kick back in more often.
  8. Thermal overload protector – if you are working on a larger project and you need to run the unit for extended time period, than you will have to allow the DeWalt air compressor to cool down for around 10-15 minutes for every hour of work.

Here is a summary of all the PROS for DEWALT DWFP55126 6-Gallon 165 PSI Pancake Compressor

  • The DWFP55126 is a small portable air compressor, which makes your work easier as you can carry it around and also doesn’t take a lot of storage space.
  • A 6 gallon pancake air compressor like this one is powerful enough for long work and some big tools.
  • The brand of DeWalt is a guaranty for quality and strong build.
  • The DEWALT DWFP55126 is very quiet.
  • It is maintenance free, you only need to empty the tank after use in order to prolong the life of your unit, which is quite easy to do.
  • It benefits of two hose connectors, which is very handy when you need to run two tools at the same time, or you have somebody to help you with the work.

Here are the CONS for  DEWALT DWFP55126 6-Gallon 165 PSI Pancake Compressor

  • This air compressor is not suitable for work with tools needing a continuous air flow.
  • Not powerful enough for bigger spray painting tasks.


The  DEWALT DWFP55126 6-Gallon 165 PSI Pancake Compressor is one of the most popular on the market at the moment. It is designed for home use, however it can be often found on building sites. Its high quality and the compact dimensions are a big plus as they make this air compressor so easy to mover around. The 6 gallon tank, combined with the

165 PSI of maximum pressure result in one of the most powerful air compressors for home use and one of the reasons to be seen so often in the hands of professionals. Being an oil-free type, requires no special maintenance, which is quite time-saving. There is almost nothing to fault it about an also the price is quite affordable. The DEWALT DWFP55126 definitely covers all expectations.

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Thomas Haugen