You might have noticed the new Dewalt ads we’ve got up, promoting their new FlexVolt tools and accessories.
As part of the ad arrangement, I threw in the idea that ToolGuyd would host a giveaway, and that ToolGuyd would pay for the prize.
I normally don’t like bundling sponsored giveaways into advertisement arrangements, but here is what I was thinking at the time:
Ooh, I could put the ad revenue towards a reader FlexVolt giveaway that I’d been wishing we had the funds for!
And if we foot the bill, then it’s not a sponsored giveaway.
Sponsored giveaways allow us to give away more tools than we could otherwise budget for, but there’s something different about ToolGuyd-paid-for giveaways. I don’t know, they’re warmer?
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Maybe I just like being more personally responsible for the “OMG LOOK WHAT I WON!” feeling that ties into winning a giveaway.
This is the ad, or rather a copy of it. I’m sure you’ve seen it – or will see it now – unless you have an ad blocker.
The ad leads to a FlexVolt microsite that Dewalt put together. Check it out by clicking any of the ads, or the image just above, or just see our summary:
Dewalt’s FlexVolt branding applies to 3 types of products:
- A new battery that powers 20V Max, 60V Max, and 120V Max tools
- New 60V Max and 120V Max cordless power tools
- “High efficiency accessories engineered to maximize runtime in cordless tools”
Keep in mind that FlexVolt batteries are larger than compact and high capacity batteries. They’ll fit in place of a 2.0Ah or 5.0Ah battery, but with added size and weight.
And it’s not just 1 battery. Right now there’s a 6.0Ah battery out, and a 9.0Ah battery pack is on the way.
FlexVolt batteries are 20V Max by default, and switch to 60V Max when connected to 60V or 120V Max power tools.
I like the Dewalt FlexVolt cordless power tools, the batteries, and the accessories – I’ve mainly just used the saw blades so far – are working great too.
The microsite also shows a number of FlexVolt vs. Milwaukee M18 comparisons. I don’t remember seeing these before, so they’re all new to me. What’s interesting is that the comparisons are all made with the Dewalt tools equipped with the new 9.0Ah battery pack, and the Milwaukee tools equipped with their recent 9.0Ah HD battery pack.
Previously, Milwaukee’s microsite had compared their M18 9.0Ah battery to Dewalt’s 6.0Ah, to show competitive advantage. So I guess it’s only fair for Dewalt to pick out some FlexVolt tool with 9.0Ah vs. M18 tool with 9.0Ah comparisons in return.
Sorry, I digressed!
Have you had the chance to try any of Dewalt’s FlexVolt tools yet? Well, they’re EXCELLENT. From the 60V Max brushless circular saw, to the hybrid 120V Max sliding miter saw that also comes with an AC adapter.
Our verdict’s still out on the Portable Power Station, and whether it powers corded tools as well as an AC outlet, but it’s still very incredibly handy for using corded tools away from a traditional power source.
Yea, so let’s do a giveaway!!
What Can You Win?
A Dewalt FlexVolt tool or kit of your choosing, valued up to $700.
FlexVolt Options(via Amazon – take a look to see which one you might want to win)
If your pick is something that’s not available yet, you’re going to have to wait for it.
The winner can choose a different FlexVolt tool if they change their mind.
I really like the new FlexVolt cordless power tools, with the circular saw, sliding miter saw, and portable power station being my top 3 picks.
The batteries are really handy too – I’ve been using them with a 20V Max blower and a 20V Max vac. Longer runtime is nice, and the added size and weight isn’t an issue with these and certain other tools.
I guess the 20V Max with FlexVolt battery kits, such as this brushless impact driver and hammer drill kit, are fair game too.
Who’s Paying for the Tools/Prizes?
We are! ToolGuyd will be buying the prizes.
Why? Well, why not? I love doing giveaways and reader givebacks. Nothing quite beats the feeling of getting a prize in the mail, especially tools.
I feel like we’ve been due for another major give-back.
Brand-sponsored giveaways are nice, but I feel differently when ToolGuyd foots the bill. I’m happy to have ToolGuyd-sponsored giveaways. Well, until my credit card bill comes in.
How Many Winners?
1 grand prize winner. Sorry, I wish we could do more.
The grand prize is the winner’s choice of Dewalt FlexVolt kit, up to $700.
Correction: The 700 limit would be extended to $800 if the FlexVolt miter saw kit increases from its current Amazon price of $699.
These are the tools included in the initial wave of releases:
- Brushless 7-1/4″ Circular Saw, DCS575
- 4-1/2″ – 6″ Grinder, DCG414
- Reciprocating Saw, DCS388
- 1/2″ VSR Stud and Joist Drill, DCD460
- 8-1/4″ Cordless Table Saw, DCS7485
- Portable Power Station, DCB1800
- Bluetooth Area Worklight, DCL070
- Hammer Drill & Impact Driver Combo Kit, DCK299
Prizes, as in More Than One?
If more than 100 people enter the giveaway, there will be a second giveaway, with a different Dewalt 20V Max or FlexVolt prize, also ToolGuyd-funded.
If more than 250 people enter the giveaway, there will be a third giveaway package, also ToolGuyd-funded.
If more than 500 people enter the giveaway, I’m not sure what will happen – we’ve never had that many people enter a giveaway.
How to Enter
Comment on this giveaway post, telling me which Dewalt FlexVolt tool or kit you’d want to win, and what kinds of things you would use it for.
The entry period ends 12/31/2016.
The grand prize winner will be selected at random.
The winners must have a non-PO Box address in the contiguous USA.
One entry per person.
What do you think about this giveaway? Do you object to how it’s tied to the ad arrangement even though we’re buying the prizes?
ToolGuyd FlexVolt Coverage
(If you need helping thinking about prize selection.)