We’ve seen big demand in recent years for higher performance tools that are much smaller. We’ve seen the 12V tools get more powerful and the 18v tools get much smaller. Dewalt is jumping into the 18V compact brushless tools with a new Drill Driver and impact driver with a hammer drill, circular saw, oscillating tool and recip saw to follow in several months.
So how does power compare to their larger professional drills; 340 UWO with atomic vs 460 UWO (DCD792) or 820 UWO (DCD996). The tool weight of only 2.4 lbs puts it in range of Makita’s Sub-Compact 18V black tools or Milwaukee M12 Fuel tools, while the UWO conversion to ft lbs is not very clear this is certainly the intended competition for the new Atomic lineup.
The new saws coming in fall are also a little ambiguous, press release below doesn’t even give a blade size for the circ saw (5-3/8” or 6-1/2” or something else) or target price for the recip saw and no saw pictures. We are very interested to see how these new Atomic tools stack up to the other compact tools in the market.
One thing we love is the “Atomic” name for their compact or sub-compact tool category very clear and easy to remember however they don’t actually use it on their tools or name of the tool or in description of the tool or literally anywhere on their product pages of website so is this just a press release name or a secret menu thing? Why are they not using it on anything becuase it’s pretty sweet? More to come very soon, in the meantime check out the full Dewalt press release below.
TOWSON, MD – DEWALT announces the ATOMIC™ Compact Series, part of the 20V MAX* System, available throughout 2019 and 2020. New to the 20V MAX* System, which now features over 200 products, the ATOMIC™ Compact Series combines performance and durability in a compact format. It is optimized for tight spaces, overhead work, and for long periods of use. For general contractors, remodelers, electricians, mechanical and HVAC tradespeople, plumbers, cabinetry and furniture builders, these tools serve users in a wide variety of applications. The line will include the following tools:
Available Spring 2019
20V MAX* Compact Drill/Driver
Kitted with two compact batteries: $159 MSRP (DCD708C2)
Bare (without batteries): $119 MSRP (DCD708B)
20V MAX* Compact Impact Driver
Kitted with two compact batteries: $159 MSRP (DCF809C2)
Bare (without batteries): $119 (DCF809B)
Available Fall 2019
20V MAX* Compact Hammer Drill/Driver
Kitted with two compact batteries: $179 MSRP (DCD709C2)
Bare (without batteries): $129 (DCD709B)
20V MAX* Compact Circular Saw
Kitted with one 5.0Ah battery: $269 MSRP (DCS571P1)
Bare (without batteries): $149 MSRP (DCS571B)
20V MAX* Compact Oscillating Multi-Tool
Bare (without batteries): $129 MSRP (DCS354B)
Available Early 2020
20V MAX* Compact Reciprocating Saw
Pricing to be determined for the DCS369
The Drill/Driver, Impact Driver, and Hammer Drill/Driver come equipped with efficient brushless motors that deliver long runtime, LED work lights for visibility in dark workspaces, variable speed triggers, and adjustable belt hooks for left or right attachment. The 20V MAX* Compact Drill/Driver has up to 13% more power on average, using a 1.3Ah battery (DCB207 sold separately) and is 25% more compact than the DCD771. The 20V MAX* Compact Impact Driver has up to 21% more max torque than the DCF885, on average, using 1.3Ah battery (DCB207 sold separately). Performance information is below.
The 20V MAX* Compact Drill/Driver achieves 340 UWO and 0-1650 RPM.
The 20V MAX* Compact Impact Driver achieves 1700 inch-pounds of max torque and 2800 RPM.
The 20V MAX* Compact Hammer Drill/Driver achieves 340 UWO, 0-1650 RPM, and 0-28,050 BPM for fast drilling in masonry materials.
The cutting tools included in the ATOMIC™ Compact Series also offer efficient brushless motors and long runtime. The 20V MAX* Compact Circular Saw has the power and depth-of-cut to complete 2×4 dimensional lumber at 90 degrees. With its extended reach, the rear-handle-design is maximized to rip sheet goods such as 3/4-inch OSB (oriented strand board). The circular saw also features a removable auxiliary handle, onboard dust port, electronic blade brake, and onboard blade key storage. The 20V MAX* Compact Oscillating Multi-Tool includes a Quick-Change™ accessory blade holder, bright LED work light, and ergonomic Dual-Grip™ variable speed trigger. The Reciprocating Saw also includes a bright LED work light, Quick-Change™ blade holder, an ergonomic variable speed trigger, and a pivoting shoe for cutting performance. The tools will come standard with a three-year limited warranty, one-year free service contract and 90-day money-back guarantee.