Category Archives: DeWalt Tools

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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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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ToolBoxBuzz 10” Sliding Miter Saw Head to Head with 7 Top Brands

10" Slide Miter Saw Showdown

We know the guys at ToolBoxBuzz have been hard at work on this 10” Sliding Miter Saw compareo with 7 of the most popular brands. We think it turned out very nicely. As an avid reader of any and all comparison tests, especially in the tool category, we always hope to come away with a better understanding of the differences in the various products but hopefully learn more about the options in the market in general. Very well done, but don’t take our word for it check out their video below then head over to their site for the full review.

At 11:38 AM | Posted in Bosch, Comparison Tests, DeWalt Tools, Festool, Makita Tools, Wood Working Tools | 5 Comments

Future of Cordless Power Tools, 5.0Ah and Beyond

Makita Cordless Bike

It looks like by the beginning of November both the Milwaukee 5.0Ah ($129) and Makita 5.0Ah ($119) batteries will have hit the market. Joining the like of Bosch 5.0Ah ($129), Metabo 5.2Ah ($133) and Dewalt 5.0Ah ($142) which are already available. In the race to build a better battery each manufacturer focuses on something a little different. Makita which was pretty late to the 4.0Ah party, launched only a few months ago, jumped right into the 5.0Ah game. They will bring the fastest charge time of the bunch promising a 45 minute total charge for 5.0Ah and couple that with the only duel slot 36V technology you’ve got some serious output to play with.

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At 4:49 PM | Posted in Bosch, Cordless Tools, DeWalt Tools, Makita Tools, Metabo Tools, Milwaukee | 7 Comments

Power Tool Voltages Still Confusing Pros; is 20V Max more Powerful than 18V?

18v vs 20v batteries

NOPE! The above picture was taken recently by our friends at Tools in Action (watch full video below) and shows that both a Dewalt 20V Max and Milwaukee M18 battery charge at 20.4V fresh off the charger. We’ve explained it before but they say a picture is worth a thousand words. On first pull of the trigger both drop to 18V and you get the nominal rating. This is because batteries are made up of smaller 3.6V (4V max) lithium cells which are regulated for exact outputs and used in a wide range of different electronics. This means all 10.8V=12V Max, all 18V = 20V Max, 36V = 40V Max. Our friends at Tools in Action are finding the same thing we are however many people still are confused or think 20V Max is higher than 18V. (more…)

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