Just got my new D55155 compressor and read the following on the first
page of the instruction manual:
"Some dust created by this product contains chemicals known to the
State of California to cause cancer, birth defects or other
reproductive hram. Some exmaple of these chemicals are: compounds in
fertilizer, compounts in insecticides, herbicides and pesticides,
arsenic and chromium from chemically treated lumber. To reduce your
exposure to these chemicals, wear approved safety equipment such as
dust masks that are specially designed to filter out microscopic
What the heck!!! I didn't know I needed to wear a HAZMAT suit just to
shoot a few brads. I work in my enclosed basement. Should I worry
about this? thanks..
I wonder if its the lub oil from the compressor crankcase? I cant think
of what would come out of the compressor itself that they would be
legally obligated to warn you about.
I dont think they have a legal obligation to warn you that when you
shoot a nail or blow something off the dust kicked up (all dust is bad)
can cause you cancer. I cant imagine how many people over the years have
blown off brake dust with their compressors which is nasty stuff. That
said, the compressor manufacturer wouldnt be liable (sure some lawyer
could find a way though).
My guess would be the oil in the compressor but its only a guess. Just
like a car engine a compressor burns very small amounts of oil when it
runs (and I mean very small in a compressor, especially a new one). In
the case of a compressor the "exhaust" is the air you are using to power
your tool. So this exhaust has all the byproducts of manufacturing the air.
The warning is a result of the "Fruits, Nuts & Flakes" in the Breakfast
Cereal State of California (socialist state might be more realistic) - You
are liable if you do not post such drivel - I am working on a project that
we have to provide the same warning about a regular AC power cable -
possible cancer causing since it is made from PVC (the only way to ingest
the "potentially") damaging agent is by chewing - doubt the possibility of
cancer will kill them - most likely biting down on a 120VAC live circuit
might help them on their way.....
Just about every product except food (that may be coming) that is sold in
California has such labeling. Your tax dollars at work.
Oh, completely agreed, was not insinuating in any way that cancer would
arise from the compressor use. I was just wondering what in the
compresssor itself could be the case. I suppose the rubberized handle
could be it or something... I would still guess its mainly the burnt
In _California_, they have to worry about _anything_ in the air path,
that might grind down with wear. cylinder pistons, piston rings, gaskets,
valves, etc. etc., ad nauseum. And, any of the 'plumbing' that might
shed particulates. AND/OR any water 'scale' that might collect in the
They require similar warnings on _hammers_. Claw hammers, not just air ones.
It's a bad habit I've developed......for some reason I ALWAYS read the
I guess one could assume that these "safety issues" are true of all
compressors. If the burnt lube oil is the problem....I wonder if the
oiless compressors would be safer?
The amount of auto fumes you breathe by driving is 100 fold what you'd get
from whatever small amount of emissions that may or may not be coming from
your air compressor.
Don't go oil-less. In the long run, your DeWalt will last much much longer.
Consumer protection crap is way out of hand in Kalifornia.
The day I know its time to get off this planet is when I go to
my garage and unsheath my shiny new chainsaw, only to see
words emblazoned on the steel:
"Warning! Do not eat."
If that day ever comes, I'm outta here...
The software said it ran under Windows 98/NT/2000, or better.
So I installed it on Linux...
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