Ric wrote in with a deal tip. Over at Amazon, they have the new Dewalt 40V Max brushless backpack blower priced at $400. The bare tool is $350, the 1-battery kit is $499, and this 2-battery kit is $400.
This deal is for the DCBL590X2 kit, which comes with (2) 7.5Ah battery packs and a charger.
Amazon (sold by/shipped by) has the 40V backpack blower with 2x 7.5Ah batteries listed for $399.99, Acme has the same kit listed for $699.
Though shipping is estimated at 1-2 months, I placed an order this evening and received a delivery estimated between 3-6 weeks (Mar 17-Apr 6).
The new Dewalt backpack blower has a variable speed trigger, and a speed lock that can be turned on and off with the push of a button. It’s also said to be compliant with noise-restriction areas, rated at 63 dB(A). It can blow air at up to 142 mph and 450 CFM.
The backpack blower features 2 battery connection points for longer runtime. Not to mention that $400 for the 2-battery kit is less than the $499 for the 1-battery kit presently.
There’s a battery switch, for selecting which battery well to draw energy from, suggesting it won’t automatically switch from a depleted battery to a full one. But since it’s easy to tell when a battery is depleted, switching over shouldn’t be any trouble. It’s better than having to take the backpack blower off and manually switching out a batter.
This kit comes with the DCBL590 backpack blower, (2) 7.5Ah battery packs, and a charger.
The current ETA is said to be 1-2 weeks, but can change. If you order now, you might see it delivered sooner.
FlexVolt vs. 40V Max? I had been planning to push this discussion into a separate Spring-time post, but I’ll address the question here quickly. 40V Max outdoor power tools are for heavy duty and everyday use. Lawn and garden professionals, groundskeepers, and anyone who needs similar level of performance and features from their outdoor power tools will likely want to go for the 40V Max lineup.
Dewalt’s FlexVolt outdoor power tools seem to be aimed at users who need features, performance, and compatibility with 20V Max and FlexVolt cordless power tools.
Consider this – a 40V Max 7.5Ah battery pack is rated at 300 Watt-hours. A FlexVolt 9.0Ah battery pack will be rated at 180 Watt-hours, and a 6.0Ah FlexVolt pack at 120 Watt-hours. That’s regardless as to whether it’s paired with a 20V Max or 60V Max tool.
Thank you Ric for the heads-up!