Dewalt DCC2560T1 Cordless Compressor Review

Light weight, compact, easy-to-use, no power cord, and ample air volume and pressure for a host of everyday tasks make this a great choice for shop and home use.

Dewalt DCC2560T1 Cordless Compressor

Flexvolt 60V MAX 2.5 Gallon Cordless Compressor

Ever since DeWALT introduced their new line of FLEXVOLT high performance batteries we've been seeing more conventional electric tools being ported over to the cordless battery platform. And more than any other company, DeWALT seems to have taken a lead in this area. We've recently reviewed two FLEXVOLT products that until now were mostly available only as corded tools – Jobsite 8-1/4" Table Saw and 12" Compound Miter Saw. These are only a couple of the tools in the FLEXVOLT power tool line-up. It's those high amp-hour FLEXVOLT batteries coupled with brushless motor technology that's enabling this change to take place. I expect we'll see even more corded tools moving to the cordless platform in the coming year or two.


DeWALT's latest 'cut the cord' tool is the FLEXVOLT 2.5 Gallon DCC2560T1 Compressor. It's a tiny thing, barely measuring 11" x 12" x 16", and weighing a paltry 21-1/2 pounds – not much bigger than a Corgi. In the photo above you can see it next to the DeWALT 7-1/4" Cordless Miter Saw (not a FLEXVOLT tool, but a darn fine miter saw).

Because I work in a very small shop I'm always on the lookout for products that will free up floor space. And the DCC2560 can be stored just about anywhere. For a contractor or renovator, the large top-mounted handle makes it easy to cart the compressor to and from van or truck, and you can tote it from room to room without the risk of developing a hernia. Rubber feet won't damage your client's flooring, and probably help absorb some of the noise. It's not the quietest of compressors – at 3 feet from the compressor I measured a 77 decibel noise level (about the same noise level as a typical washing machine), about 5 decibel higher than the 2.5 gallon DeWALT DWFP55130 electric compressor. 

The DCC2560 uses a brushless motor that runs at 3,400 RPM. This higher speed likely contributes to the higher decibel level. If you need a reminder of why companies are moving to brushless motors read our short primer.


The controls are pretty straight forward. On the left side is the safety valve (A) and on the complete other side the single quick-connect coupler. The on/off switch (B) is dust sealed and has a protective hood over top (nice touch). All compressors have two gauges – a tank pressure gauge and a discharge pressure gauge, along with a pressure regulator that you use to set the tool side pressure. As you see above, the DCC2560 only has a single tank pressure gauge (C), while the discharge gauge and regulator are bundled together, what DeWALT calls a 'one-turn regulator' (D). It works the same as a discharge gauge – just turn the dial to the outlet pressure you want. I think that most people will find this arrangement much easier to use than the more conventional dual dial system.

There's only one coupler, which makes sense as you can't use two air guns simultaneously with this compressor.

As with just about all small compressors, this one has a maximum pressure rating of 135 PSI. At 
90 PSI it delivers 1.2 SCFM, which is ok for light duty fastening with low air consumption tools such as pinners, brad nailers, and staplers. For many furniture makers, trim carpenters, and most avid DIYers that's all the air volume and pressure you'll need. Just remember to check the CFM rating for the fasteners that you regularly use before getting any compressor. 


The DCC2560 comes with a single 20V/60V FLEXVOLT 6.0 Ah battery (#DCB606) that slides into a port on the back of the unit. It takes about 60 minutes to fully recharge the battery – with the included #DCB118 fast charger. DeWALT claims you can shoot about 1,200 18-gauge fasteners on a single battery charge. I don't doubt it, as the DCB606 has an impressive 108 Wh of capacity. You can, of course, use any DeWALT 20V MAX battery with this compressor, as well as the newer DCB609 9Ah battery, that delivers a whopping 162 Wh of battery capacity – which would give an even longer run time.

The tank holds 2.5 gallons of compressed air, typical for a small hand held compressor. These 
smaller tanks mean that the compressor recycles more frequently, which does increase the noise traffic. I found that the DCC2560 takes an average of 26 seconds to recharge, which is on par with other compressors in this class size. In those 26 seconds I can sink about 24 18-gauge nails, or 34 23-gauge pins.

DeWALT doesn't post a 
duty cycle – the actual pump run time per hour compared to the off-time per hour expressed as a percentage. However, the Fastening Commercialization Manager at DeWALT says that the DCC2560 is tested at the 75-percent level. This means that the compressor can be safely run for 7-1/2 minutes out of every 10 minutes (45 minutes per hour) without the risk of overheating. This is more than sufficient for the amount of fastening I do at any one time.

At the bottom of the tank is the ubiquitous drain valve – if you don't regularly use the valve don't get peeved off if the tank eventually begins to rust on the inside.


Overall I'm very pleased with the performance of the DCC2560. It easily provides enough pressure to run my 18-gauge stapler and nailer, along with my pinners, it has a reasonably quick 26 second recovery time, it's super light, stores away in the smallest of spaces, and does away with the power cord. On the down side it is a noise thing – though in all fairness that's a common complaint with almost all portable compressors. 

For anyone who makes furniture, cabinets, or crafts, as well as for finish carpenters and renovators who aren't into framing and roofing, this certainly is an air compressor worth considering.


  • Power: 20V/60V FLEXVOLT battery
  • Motor: Brushless
  • Lubrication: Oil-free
  • Size: Approximately 11" x 12" x 16"
  • Capacity @ 90 PSI: 1.2 SCFM
  • Capacity @ 45 PSI: 1.5 SCFM
  • Max PSI: 135
  • # of Couplers: 1
  • One Turn Regulator
  • Tank Size: 2.5 gallons
  • Noise level: 77dB @3'
  • Weight: 21.5 pounds
  • Warranty: 3 years
  • Includes: 20V/60V FLEXVOLT battery (DCB606), Fast Charger (DCB118)

SOURCE:Find a Retailer

Carl Duguay
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