Category Archives: DeWalt Tools

Jobsite LED Lighting Is Now a Cheaper Option

LED Jobsite Lighting

Temporary jobsite lighting for tasks and larger areas has always had problems. In such a tough environment we have become extremely dependent on light sources that the lightest little bump will leave you in the dark. LED seems like the obvious solution but until now have just been far more expensive. LED lighting has now become much brighter and finally gotten to similar upfront costs of other lighting solutions. If you factor in the durability, bulb life, electrical usage, replacement frequency and lost time trying to get them working again we would argue LED is now the cheapest lighting option for the jobsite.

String Lights LED

Light strings are now available as LED 100’ 08-01188LED ($159) which includes 10 LED Bulbs (850 lumens each) for a total of 8500 Lumens. Compare that to other 100’ light strings $120ish without any bulbs and you are in the ballpark. Factor in cost of how often incandescent (even CFLs) bulbs get damaged/need replaced and that time savings knowing they will be ready to go for the next job. The LEDs are only using 1/4 electricity so save money and can be connected together for longer light runs. Add all these pieces together and it start to add up to real savings! (more…)

At 12:54 PM | Posted in Construction Tools, Cordless Tools, DeWalt Tools, Milwaukee, Voltec | 1 Comment

Cordless Miter Saws – Dewalt FlexVolt vs Milwaukee M18 FUEL

Milwaukee Vs Dewalt Miter saw

First let’s start by clearly stating we understand this is not apples to apples comparison looking at a 12” vs 10” miter saw with very different traits and characteristics. That being said the overwhelming feedback we are getting from those actually in the market for a larger capacity cordless miter saw and willing to spend $600 or more they are looking very closely at these 2 options. We had a project to build a workbench our of scrap wood (post/video on that to follow) and choose a design to notch out 4x4s to flush in the 2x4s to add rigidity but really just to give us an excuse to make 500+ cuts with these miter saws. Here is what we’ve found.


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Future of Cordless Power Tools, 10.0Ah and Beyond

Future is Here

A couple of years ago we went on a rant Future of Cordless Power Tools, 5.0Ah and Beyond where we predicted a bunch of cordless power tools we’d hope to see in the next couple years and whamo they almost all came true. Cordless SDS-Max hammer, cordless table saw, cordless trim router, cordless miter saws (full size), cordless HEPA vacs, battery to AC power inverters and more are all available at your local tool store today (or very very soon). Clearly we’re not psychic it’s pretty systematic as battery technology improves it’s logical all the next most popular, higher voltage tools will go cordless. So what might be coming next?

We just did a post about some of the new battery cell technology (18650 vs 20700) and how that plays into power tools with LiHD vs FlexVolt vs M18 and others, it got us think again. It seems like if we look 2, 3, 4 more years ahead, assuming the Tesla Giga-Factory continues to comes on line we should expect even bigger leaps forward and lower priced battery packs. We should expect cell improvements to continue on the 20700 standard, the typical 18v battery pack (10 cells) will hopefully be at least 8.0Ah capacity, larger packs 12.0Ah (15 cells), stack multiple packs and you’re talking serious juice, the possibilities are wide open. (more…)

At 11:20 AM | Posted in Bosch, Cordless Tools, DeWalt Tools, Makita Tools, Milwaukee | 2 Comments

Brushless 18V Impact Driver Challenge 2016 – Bosch vs Dewalt vs Makita vs Milwaukee

2016 cordless impact compare

The impact driver has really become the go to cordless tool on the jobsite over the last decade. These tools are super compact but can pack a ton of torque without risk of twisting your arm off you will find with a powerful drill/driver. We honestly think the bits & impact accessories for these tools still need to catch up to the power they can all put out. For this test we took the latest and greatest from the top 4 professional brands and used 2.0Ah batteries with each. The contestants are as follows: Bosch 18V IDH182 ($179), Dewalt 20V DCF887 ($110), Makita 18V XDT09 ($199) and Milwaukee M18 2757-20 ($179). We looked at a variety of applications and put them all on the Skidmore for torque testing here is what we found.

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The Epic Battle Between Red & Yellow Wages On!

M18 vs flexvolt

Back in 1990’s Dewalt owned 50% the professional cordless market which is a staggering thought. To get there they constantly came out with new tools, the deals were aggressive and market became saturated with yellow NiCd batteries. The downside for consumers of any power tool company getting too big is frankly that they get lazy, the deals become less aggressive and the new product development slows greatly or goes off in directions that don’t make sense. In the late 2000’s Milwaukee really reinvented themselves and their big investments in brushless technology paid off. Over the past 8 years the underdog in cordless tools became the leaders in technology, market share grew and their aggressive deals were very reminiscing of the yellow team from a decade earlier.

Up until yesterday it seemed as if Dewalt was going to simply sit by and let the Red team lead the way in cordless and be happy to release “me to” products a year later. With yesterday’s launch of Dewalt’s FLEXVOLT line of 60V brushless tools it seems like that is not the case anymore and they are again getting aggressive and ready for a head to head battle in brushless tools. (more…)

At 6:45 PM | Posted in Cordless Tools, DeWalt Tools, Milwaukee | 22 Comments

Dewalt FlexVolt Cordless 20V, 60V or 120V Power

FlexVolt 20V or 60V

Today Dewalt’s campaign for #WorldsFirst is officially underway and it delivers on its promise to be a pretty huge deal. The new 15 cell FlexVolt 60V/20V batteries DCB606 ($150) can go from 20V to 60V depending on the tool they connect to. Nominal voltage, that’s 18V to 54V if anyone is paying attention to that. These new batteries have the same number of cells as the Milwaukee 9.0Ah high demand batteries and are both intended to create long lasting power for tools you typically would need a cord to power. Dewalt isn’t hesitating on taking this platform and running with it by announcing a ton of new cordless tools all at once today!

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At 11:57 AM | Posted in Cordless Tools, DeWalt Tools | 5 Comments

DEWALT #WORLDSFIRST Coming June 21

Dewalt Tool June 21 2016

June is going to be a huge month for Power Tools! Next week the Coptool Team will be headed to Milwaukee’s New Product Symposium #NPS16 and very quickly after that headed out to DEWALT’s Event on June 21 to find out what the #WORLDSFIRST is all about. Honestly we have no idea other than “Cuts like butter” and “It’s got a lot of power”. We expect to see a ton of new products from DEWALT other than the World’s First cordless butter cutter! We will of course share all of them with you the second they are released!

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Dewalt 20V Adds Crimping, Cutting & Pressing

Dewalt Crimpers

It used to be that trades were very loyal to certain trade specific tools electricians used GreenLee for knockouts and crimpers, plumbers used Ridgid threading and pipe tools, general tools whomever did it best like Skil Circular Saw, Bosch SDS Hammer, Milwaukee Sawzall and Dewalt Drill. The big move to cordless however changes everything because now it makes much more sense to stick to a single battery platform, and that platform is king. If you’ve got a dozen Dewalt 20V batteries and in the market for a press tool, chances are good you may consider the Dewalt over Ridgid ProPress.

Coming in June Dewalt will be adding 5 new tools to target professionals in various trades. For electricians Died Crimper DCE300, Dieless Crimper DCE350 and Cable Cutter DCE150, capacity up to 750 MCM Cu/1000 MCM Al. For Plumbing & Mechanical trades a Press Tool DCE200 to tackle 1/2” – 4” pipe. For various trades a Threaded Rod Cutter DCS350 which can do up to ½” steel and 3/8” stainless.

This seems like a somewhat scattered shot approach to building up the platform but these are the most popular power tools for various trades. For more info on these new tools the official Dewalt press release is below and expect more detailed info to follow in June on each tools specs, price and performance.   (more…)

At 4:50 PM | Posted in DeWalt Tools, Electrician Tools, HVAC Tools, Plumbing Tools | 1 Comment

DEWALT 20V MAX Brushless 3-Speed Drills DCD991 & DCD996

Dewalt 2nd generation

Each of the last 2 years we have compared the Best Pro Cordless Hammer Drills, in the most recent 2015 review the DEWALT units had fallen short of to the newer Makita and Milwaukee which both were boasting well over 1000 in-lbs. These new DEWALT units look like they will get close or beat those number as their UWO (Unit Watt Out) rating jumps from 650 UWO to 820 UWO, DEWALT is still not reporting in in-lbs. Of course this means we will need to do a 2016 head to head comparison of Hammer Drills with the new DEWALT hammer drill DCD996. Will they become the champions, Stay Tuned? Increased power is just part of the story on these new drills, below is the full DEWALT press release.     (more…)

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Cordless 1/2” Impact Wrenches High Torque – Ingersoll, Milwaukee, Dewalt, Makita

brushless impact wrenches

As we continue to work our way through comparing all the top cordless tools (previous posts Hammer Drills, Grinders, SDS-Plus Hammers & Recip Saws) the next logical step for us was Cordless High Torque Impact Wrenches.

Taking a look at the 4 most popular models we have the 20V Ingersoll Rand IQv W7150-K22 ($459, 5.0Ah), M18 Milwaukee FUEL 2763-22 ($439, 5.0Ah), 20V Dewalt Brushless DCF899P2 ($429, 5.0Ah w/detent pin) and 18V Makita Brushless XWT08Z ($239, bare). Hopefully everyone understands at this point, 18V “nominal” & 20V “max” are the exactly the same thing, so we are comparing apple to apple. We will also compare these top cordless ½” impact wrenches with 3 of the most popular ½” pneumatic impacts (previous post) we ran on the same Skidmore torque tester a few weeks ago. Looking at all 7 models together we will hopefully be able to get some definitive answers on the Cordless Impact Wrench vs Air Impact Wrench debate.

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At 1:52 PM | Posted in Automotive Tools, Comparison Tests, Cordless Tools, DeWalt Tools, Ingersoll Rand, Makita Tools, Milwaukee | 15 Comments