I am never sure of why tools like this are made, especially at that price p
oint. If you were working in an area that didn't have electricity, say fra
ming a house in a new or remote location, that wouldn't be your tool. If y
ou are doing a trim out job, a rapid succession of nails down a side of doo
r trim with your 16 or 15ga. gun would deplete it. Worse on long runs of b
ase, chair rail, crown, etc.
And that compressor has pretty low specs as far as recovery would go. I ha
ve bought lowered powered compressors (lured by my aching back that is tire
d of hoisting them over the tailgate) in the past and have literally given
them away. If I shoot a line of brads or trim mails quickly into trim thos
e tiny tanks deplete so fast that I always seem to have the last few flush,
then protruding from the trim. Countersinking trim gun nails (made to ben
d when they strike something hard)always makes a mess.
So it seems useless to most professionals I know, and too expensive for the
average homeowner to get any real use out of it. You can buy a nice hot d
og for $100 that stow nicely, and has a lot of nailing power.
I just bought this one about a month ago when it was on sale, and it has pr
oven to be a nice little unit.
The high pressure of the unit keeps the tank full, and it recovers nicely.
I use it for siding installs, trim work, repairs, light framing, etc. Wit
h the battery in it, the DeWalt only weighs a few pounds less than this uni
t, and has nowhere near the utility value.
My only gripe with the Lowe's unit is that it is loud, as are all the oiles
s compressors. Not as loud as a couple of others I have owned, but still l
oud to me.