We just came back from Dewalt’s 2016 new tool media event, where they introduced a lot of new tools. I have been to numerous Dewalt and Stanley Black & Decker media events, and this was by far the largest one ever. It was amazing.
Dewalt FlexVolt was the star of the show, and there’s a lot more we’ll have to say about the new tools and tech. For example, there’s a new World’s First cordless table saw! Cordless 12″ miter saws! And they perform superbly too, or at least that’s what I’m told. Things were so busy that I never got to test either of these tools.
While I’m working on expanded coverage of the event, I wanted to tell you about my 5 favorite new tools. Some of these I KNOW you’ll be just as excited about.
Dewalt FlexVolt 60V Max Brushless Cordless Circular Saw
This is the Dewalt brushless circular saw that you’ve been waiting for. I gave it a quick test, cutting through some wide board material, and it went through like butter.
What surprised me is that the FlexVolt saw looked and felt like a 20V Max saw. Don’t let the 60V Max part phase you – it’s compact and easily wielded.
Model: DCS575, will be available as a bare tool (DCS575B, $179) and FlexVolt kit (DCS575T1, $299).
Here’s a Dewalt promo video:
Dewalt Portable Power Station (PPS) DCB1800B
The new Dewalt Portable Power Station, PPS for short, can power any corded power tool. Your miter saw, your table saw, your dust extractor!
It charges 4 batteries in parallel, and outputs up to 15A. It can handle up to double that of inrush current, meaning it won’t be fried from normal power tool current spokes.
There was a demo showing how well Dewalt’s dust extractor worked with a new grinder when surface grinding a cement block. The grinder was plugged into the vac for automatic activation, and the vac into PPS. You wouldn’t be able to do the same with larger tools, such as a table saw or miter saw, since the power draw could peak above 15A, but you should be able to do this with a lot of handheld tools. Sanders, grinders, oscillating tools – things like that.
The PPS works with 20V Max battery packs, and FlexVolt packs too for extra charge capacity. It can mount on top of ToughSystem tool cases!
Price: $399, plus the cost of (4) batteries
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Dewalt ToughSystem Wall Mount Brackets!
Finally! A wall mounting system for Dewalt ToughSystem tool boxes and accessories!!
I know this is something a lot of you have asked for, and it’s something I am quite excited about as well. It’s never fun when I have to access the ToughSystem case at the bottom of a 6-box stack.
Dewalt Curved Handle Utility Knife
Dewalt’s new utility knife has a novel new blade change mechanism that works quickly and easily. And a carabiner clip for flexible carry options.
The blade change mechanism was impressive, but I was far more influenced by how comfortable the handle is, and how buttery-smooth the retraction mechanism is. This could be the smoothest utility knife on the market. I’m definitely going to need to test a retail model, just to be sure.
Dewalt 20V Max 6.0Ah and FlexVolt 9.0Ah Battery Packs
Dewalt is launching their FlexVolt tool and battery system with a 6.0Ah battery pack, but that’s just the start.
There’s a higher capacity 9.0Ah battery pack in the works, but it’s not just scaled up, it’s engineered with different battery cell technology.
Battery manufacturers have reached a limit as to how good they can build battery cells of the 18650 size most brands use in their 18V and 20V Max battery packs. In order to push towards the future, Dewalt has designed their new 9.0Ah pack using 20700 form factor cells, which are a little larger but also higher performing than 18650 cells of the same capacity.
The result is a slightly larger battery pack, but one that can deliver comparable performance as the FlexVolt 6.0Ah pack, and current high capacity 20V Max battery packs. So you get the same high performance, but longer runtime.
I’m thinking that there’s also the potential for even higher capacity cells, but that remains to be seen.
Also coming soon is a new 20V Max 6.0Ah battery pack, using the same 20700 form factor cells as the upcoming FlexVolt 9.0Ah pack.
The 6.0Ah battery pack will be slightly larger than current Dewalt high capacity 20V Max battery packs, but the alternative would be a same-sized pack of compromised performance. The shift in battery form factor is necessary.
Here too is the potential for greater charge capacities to feed more power-hungry tools.
Which of these tools will you be looking to buy?