Who Makes DeWalt Air Compressors?

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Often it’s very hard to track down the manufacturer of almost any air compressor purchased on line or at a big box store. At the request of a visitor we’re looking into who makes DeWalt air compressors and are reporting findings here.

What’s on this DeWalt air compressor page?

  • About who makes their compressors
  • Info about manuals and recalls
  • Where to get DeWalt compressor parts
  • Ask a question about a DeWalt air compressor

The DeWalt website (www.dewalt.com) says this about their air compressors “DEWALT air compressors are built to perform. Our wide range of corded air compressors deliver power for big jobs, and our new FLEXVOLT® Cordless Air Compressor offers the versatility to work anywhere. For high-demand applications, shop our reliable gas-powered air compressors.” Source: www.dewalt.com

DeWalt 55146 air compressor
The very popular DeWalt 55146 air compressor.

From a small inflator and their new FLEXVOLT cordless compressor up to their 120 gallon, horizontal 10 HP monster, all of the DeWalt compressors seem to be held in high regard by many that have purchased them, according to reports in on line blogs and sites. Interestingly, on their own site, there are only two reviews with one being very negative and one being very positive. (That was in December 2019)

Yet no where on their comprehensive website – where you can, incidentally, download manuals and parts lists for their compressors – do they refer to who makes DeWalt air compressors.

DeWalt compressor manuals & recalls

One of the things about DeWalt I do like is that they appear to be up front with issues their equipment have had. This page: https://www.dewalt.com/support/safety-notices-and-recalls lists all of the products on which there has been a safety recall. The last recall on a DeWalt air compressor was in 2005, according to this list. That speaks well of the engineering and build process we think.

Who makes DeWalt air compressors?

Since DeWalt is a brand owned by small appliance giant Black & Decker, DeWalt, for sure does not make their own air compressors.

Popular Mechancis (popularmechanics.com) reports this: “The Connecticut-based Stanley Black & Decker owns many brands beyond its name, including Lenox, Craftsman, Irwin Tools, DeWALT and CribMaster.”

So the question really is, who makes the air compressor Black & Decker sells?

It really depends on the size of compressor we are talking about, whether it’s a DeWalt air compressor, Black & Decker brand, or any of the many other makes and models all typically manufactured by the same Chinese or Asian company.

Ever hear of AliBaba? If you visit alibaba.com and source small, portable air compressors, you will find thousands of manufacturers. In fact, according to alibaba.com “There are 102,803 portable air compressor suppliers, mainly located in Asia. The top supplying country or region is China, which supply 100% of portable air compressor respectively.”

Looking at the various makes and models of small, portable air compressors found, and mentally changing the color scheme of the various makes and models, you will be hard pressed NOT to find an almost identical model of the North American brand, being made in China.

DeWalt states that their compressors are made in the USA. Added to that claim is the statement “from globally sourced parts”.

DeWalt compressors built from Chinese parts?

If we consider that Asia, and China specifically, have some of the largest compressor manufacturing companies in the world, and all those compressors are built made from parts made in China or Asia, is it a stretch to think that some of those companies are making the parts for DeWalt air compressors that are assembled in the US? Nope, don’t think so.

For the DeWalt air compressor brand, that’s not a bad thing, since so many of the competitive products are, too, made overseas.

Where are the compressor parts?

The thing is, unless the company “making” the compressor in North America has a North American distribution network and range of outlets, it’s very difficult (read that as non-profitable) for those retailers to offer a comprehensive parts supply.

The big box type stores sell the small portable air compressors for such a low price that there cannot be any really high quality parts in them, nor is there money in the process to allow for a parts distribution network in North America.

DeWalt seems to take a different path.

They don’t “give” their compressors away. For compressors of comparable size and shape, it’s common to see DeWalt as being the higher priced competitor, even if the compressors come from the same Asian factory, or if assembled in North America with imported parts. Why is this? Read on.

Get DeWalt compressor parts?

Fortunately, and unlike many of the makes a models of air compressors available to the small compressor user, DeWalt does have a parts supply chain.

Visit dewalt.com, click on the service link at the top, pick the country, and then input the model number of the compressor. Odds are good that you’ll find a parts diagram, parts list, along with the manual and other information for that model of compressor.

DeWalt compressor parts information
DeWalt compressor parts information sample.
Photo: dewalt.com

Providing that after-sales supply network isn’t cheap.

Couple that with our perception that DeWalt’s compressors contain parts that are of better quality than comparably sized brands, it is no wonder that DeWalt compressor pricing appears to be out of line with comparable sized compressors.

But we believe that there is value there.

What’s better, a cheaper compressor with no after-market parts supply, meaning you use it up and through it away, or a higher cost compressor that may be made with more quality parts and one that can be fixed when it fails? After all, every compressor will fail. It’s only a matter of time and use.

What’s better for your compressor use? You call.

Ask a DeWalt compressor question!

There are many folks out there that love DeWalt compressors. Probably just as many don’t. Yet, all are users of various models of DeWalt air compressors.

Got a question about a specific DeWalt compressor model. Add it below. Odds are good the internet will provide some help.

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Angelo
Angelo
February 1, 2021 4:28 pm

I am a huge fan of DeWalt cordless tools, so naturally that is where I started my search for an air compressor for my new garage. I found a good deal on a new DXCM601 60-gallon at Tractor Supply so I began to dig in. On the DeWalt website there are mixed reviews, and as I kept reading I noticed that all of the positive feedback had an asterisk and were labeled as “Incentivised Review” next I noticed that all of the negative reviews featured the exact same issue, faulty valves.

So I reached out to DeWalt customer service hoping to get some more information and to hopefully put my mind at ease, this was not the case. I chatted with a representative named Ivan who pawned me off at the first question, how long is your product warranties for? Should be simple enough for a manufacturer to answer a question about a product that they have branded and are actively marketing, right?! I thought so too! But alas they want me to reach out to a company named MDT

Needless to say I will not be purchasing any DeWalt “Industrial” products and to be frank I am very turned off at their customer service. Silver lining, I have never needed to contact their service department for any of my cordless tools. I guess you can’t be good at everything.

Last edited 1 year ago by Angelo
Fix My Compressor Moderator
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Reply to  Angelo
February 2, 2021 7:33 am

Angelo, thanks a bunch for taking the time. Your compressor comments will resonate with many I expect, and I hope DeWalt, who otherwise has a pretty good name in compressors, realizes that if they slip into the trough by selling cheaply made and not reliable compressors made in China,that they are sullying their reputation.

I also copied your comment, did not include any contact info for you, and sent it to DeWalt customer service.

Steve Grote
Steve Grote
January 20, 2021 8:06 am

I have a dewalt d55168 compressor that builds pressure fine, but never shuts off. I have replaced the air pressure switch but still have the problem. Any help would be appreciated.

Fix My Compressor Moderator
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Reply to  Steve Grote
January 20, 2021 9:15 am

Steve, is the pressure in the tank getting to the normal cut out level? If not, and the compressor continues to run, it means that the pump isn’t building enough pressure to reach that level. Please advise.

Steve Grote
Steve Grote
Reply to  Fix My Compressor Moderator
January 20, 2021 9:32 am

Pressure builds to 250 and more, just won’t shut off

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Reply to  Steve Grote
January 20, 2021 9:45 am

Hi again, Steve. The thing is, in order for the compressor to run, it needs power, and that power comes through the pressure switch. If the compressor motor continues to run, then it means that power is coming across the pressure switch to the motor circuit.

So, it’s either a bum switch that’s somehow fused shut or failed in another way or… the wiring of the switch is allowing power to flow even past the normal cut out. Please ensure that the power supply wires are connected to the line (supply) side of the switch and the motor or load side of the switch has the wires to the motor, as well, as ensuring that there is a ground wire attached, as most switches have a lead for that.

Thanks.

Steve Grote
Steve Grote
Reply to  Fix My Compressor Moderator
January 20, 2021 9:53 am

I have checked the wiring, line and motor wiring seems correct. Also, the the manual on/off switch works fine. If I had wired it reverse I wouldn’t think the switch would turn it on and off. I do appreciate your quick responses and help.

Fix My Compressor Moderator
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Reply to  Steve Grote
January 20, 2021 3:57 pm

Steve, if the tank pressure is way higher than the normal cut off, then power has to be crossing the switch. If that’s the case, and the wiring is good as you say, the switch has to have failed.

If you can turn it off with an ON/OFF switch on the pressure switch, then that suggests to me that the switch diaphragm has failed.

Steve Grote
Steve Grote
Reply to  Fix My Compressor Moderator
January 20, 2021 5:14 pm

Thank you

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Reply to  Steve Grote
January 21, 2021 11:57 am

You are welcome.

Alex
Alex
June 11, 2020 7:47 pm

I have a dewalt D55154 compressor, use it for roofing nailgun.
When we use it a bunch really fast, it gets down to 60 PSI, then it stops working instead of refilling itself.
To fix, we have to empty it to ~20 PSI, then press the reset button.
Is there a possible permanent fix?

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Reply to  Alex
June 11, 2020 11:48 pm
charles tingler
charles tingler
March 7, 2020 1:27 pm

I have a Dewalt Model D55168. It will only build pressure to about 45 PSI. Everything sounds good. Unit was given to me and I was told it ran great. It does but it’s useless. Chuck

Derek
Derek
December 3, 2019 12:54 pm

I have a Dewalt 2 stage 80 gallon 175 psi compressor. What size of regulator/filter do I need for this?

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Reply to  Derek
December 3, 2019 12:56 pm

Moved your question to this page.

The issue really is what’s the flow coming out of the compressor? Can’t be specific without knowing that. However, if you use any full size filter regulator (1/4″ or 3/8″ NPT) these have massive flow capabilities and you should be good to go.