Category Archives: DeWalt Tools

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…)

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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

Dewalt 20V Max Brushless 5” Band Saw DCS374

Dewalt 20V Bandsaw

TOWSON, MD – DEWALT launches its first cordless full-size band saw, the 20V MAX* XR® Brushless Deep Cut Band Saw DCS374. For mechanical, electrical, HVAC, sprinkler, and general contractor applications, the new Band Saw features premium ergonomics, an efficient brushless motor, and the versatility to cut a wide variety of materials. Dewalt Kit with 2x 5.0Ah DCS374P2 ($627) or Bare Tool DCS374B ($424) 

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2015 Cordless SDS-Plus Rotary Hammer Challenge – Bosch, Dewalt, Makita, Metabo, Milwaukee

Cordless SDS-Plus Drills

As cordless tools become more powerful with longer life batteries and price continues to come down (especially when you’re already invested in batteries) there are several tools that really start to make more sense in cordless. Not sure the difference between Hammer Drill & SDS-Plus Hammer Drill? The cordless SDS-Plus rotary hammer is quickly becoming one of those tools that really compliments a cordless platform.

SDS-Plus applications are much wider in scope so it’s tougher to judge a winner or even a clear goal but our hope is this will help you as a tool when you are selecting your next SDS-Plus Rotary Hammer. The contestants listed as bare tools, Bosch ¾” RHH181BN ($279), Dewalt 1” DCH273B ($329), Makita 18V 15/16” XRH01Z ($289), Makita 36V 1” XRH05Z ($359), Metabo 15/16” KHA18LTX ($313), Milwaukee 1-1/8” 2715-20 ($349)

*** Added 11/27/2015 Results from Hilti 18V TE 4-A18 SDS-Plus 18V Cordless

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2015 Cordless Reciprocating Saw Challenge – Bosch, Dewalt, Makita, Metabo, Milwaukee

2015 recip saw comparison

The Reciprocating Saw or Sawzall is the most popular cordless cutting tool because they are so handy and very versatile. For demo or rough work this is often the best option but even in cutting pipe, other metals or even precision work these tools can pinch hit extremely well, if you’ve got the right accessories. At this point 18V lithium batteries are more than adequate to power these types of saws for extended periods which is why it is so surprising we don’t see more brushless recip saws for the professional heavy duty use.

We have seen several manufacturers launch compact recip solutions recently, brushed motors and at lower price points. These are great tools and certainly have a place for DIY and Pro users but should compliment a full size reciprocating saw solution. We selected the most powerful recip saws these pro brands offer and put them with 5.0 Ah (5.5Ah Metabo) batteries (listed as bare tools): Bosch 18V CRS180BN ($129), Dewalt 20V DCS380B ($129), Makita 18V XRJ03Z ($169), Metabo 18V ASE18 LTX ($179), Milwaukee M18 Brushless 2720-20 ($199).

*** Added 11/27/2015 Results from Hilti 18V WSR 18-A Recip Saw 18V Cordless (more…)

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2015 Cordless Hammer Drill Challenge – Bosch, Dewalt, Makita, Metabo, Milwaukee

Hammer Drill Comparison 2015

The hammer drill is the most popular cordless power tool, so no surprise these are the tools we see manufacturers reinvent every couple of years. With constant technology improvements things are changing faster and faster which is also why this is our 3rd comparison test (Comparison Test 1 5/12, Test 2 9/14) we’ve done for cordless hammer drills. Previously we compared these tools drilling holes into concrete, using “hammer mode”. Of course many of these tools will spend only a small fraction of their lives actually working in concrete and some may never touch any aggregate. The hammer drills are also included in most heavy duty combo kits so chances are good that’s what you’ll get even if you just wanted a drill/driver.

For this test we did 3 different comparisons in wood and metal to measure power, speed and runtime. We’ve got the latest tools all running 5.0Ah (5.5Ah Metabo) and their latest hammer drills; Bosch HDH181X-01L, Dewalt DCD995M2, Makita XPH07T, Metabo SB18LXTBL, and Milwaukee 2704-22 (new generation 2 brushless).

*** Added 11/27/2015 Results from Hilti 18V SFH 18-A Hammer Drill 18V Cordless

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At 8:36 AM | Posted in Bosch, Comparison Tests, Cordless Tools, DeWalt Tools, Makita Tools, Metabo Tools, Milwaukee | 13 Comments

DEWALT Launches 20V MAX / 18V Battery Adapter, Better Late Than Never

dewalt 20v max adapter

Just a few short years ago the Dewalt 18V cordless battery platform was by far and away the market share leader in the power tool industry. Some estimates we saw put the yellow team above 50% of the total cordless market with Milwaukee, Makita, Bosch, etc all well behind. With the technology shift from NiCd to lithium Ion however many brands made whole platform shifts making their old NiCd tools obsolete and reinvesting 100% in a new platform to take better advantage of the new technology.

In 2011 Dewalt also launched their own Lithium Ion exclusive platform, the 20V MAX (our original post) but has struggled to help their longtime loyal users transition to the new platform. At that time there was a huge outcry from their user base for an adapter (just like this) that might allow for a more gradual transformation from 18V to 20V MAX. It was told to us at the time “it could not be done”, internally electronics and other issues, an adapter would not be possible. Well a short 4 year later, as that 50% cordless market share has eroded away significantly, an engineering miracle, we have the adapter! (more…)

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DEWALT 20V MAX* Brushless High Torque Impact Wrenches

Dewalt Impacts 20v brushless

The Dewalt Media Event is right around the corner and we are excited to get our hands on some of these new Dewalt tools to test out. Just a couple years ago Dewalt dominated the cordless market but since that time Milwaukee has really jumped out in front in terms of development of new brushless tools. In the high torque Impact Wrench battle Milwaukee M18 & Ingersoll W7150 have been the two dominant players everyone is trying to catch, at least for the past two years. It’s nice to see the new Dewalt brushless impacts inching ahead in terms of max torque with 1200 ft-lbs (both Milwaukee & IR are 1100 ft-lbs) instead of just playing catch up. (more…)

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Dewalt Announces Cordless 20V MAX Miter Saw

Dewalt-DCS361-Cordless-Miter-Saw-20V-Max

DeWalt has officially released information about the 20V MAX cordless miter saw expected to hit the market at the end of June. The Dewalt DCS361 is a single-bevel, 7-1/4″ sliding miter saw capable of making 183 cuts in 2″x4″ pine on a single 4.0 Ah battery charge. (more…)

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