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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…)
As we had mentioned in this previous post, both DeWalt and Makita have just launched new 12 Volt reciprocating saws so we thought it was time for a little showdown to answer some questions we had. We matched them against the Bosch and Milwaukee units, which have some similarities to say the least, see this previous post. We took multiple cuts in the following materials until each battery was completely dead: pine 2×4”, pressure treated 2×2”, steel, steel pipe, copper tubing and threaded rod. We also looked at a variety of other important features from comfort to value to battery life.
We had a few tough decisions to make for the competition, one was do we use the provided blades (each came with a 4” wood and 4” metal) or do we set them all up with standardized blades in a more common 6” size. We decided to use the provided blades and let each manufacturer’s blade quality add/subtract to the complete package, as each will certainly recommend using their own accessories.
Well several months back we took a modest selection of 5 utility knives and compared a few common features in the original Utility Knife Showdown. However just after that launch Irwin launched several new knives that brought some interesting new features to the table as well as some very trade specific knives so we did the follow up Showdown 2 – Irwin Strikes Back. Not wanting to be left out of the party the Stanley Group sent over 3 additional knives from Stanley, DeWalt & Bostitch. At this point we feel it is safe to say we can do a pretty robust comparison with a good majority of the utility knives you will find in the market, in all we narrowed it down to 8 finalists with a good mix of unique features.