There are 5 high-powered cordless power tools that I am pretty sure Dewalt is working on right now. Well, tools that I am pretty convinced they should be working on right now.
For the sake of this discussion, let’s say that there are 2 types of tools. Problem solvers and brand growers.
Dewalt’s new licensed wet/dry vacuums? They’re more brand growers. They’re not exactly problem solvers, but they offer competitive Dewalt-branded solutions. More options can be good.
Many Dewalt FlexVolt cordless power tools, on the other hand, are what I would consider problem-solvers. Tools that satisfy a need.
Their 120V Max 12″ sliding miter saw? It’s the first tool of its kind on the market. Their 60V Max cordless table saw? It too is the first of its kind. There are other tools that similarly address user needs.
So what other kinds of tools must Dewalt be thinking about adding to the FlexVolt cordless power tool lineup?
120V Max FlexVolt 10″ Table Saw
Why would someone want a cordless 10″ table saw? Such a saw would likely be as large as Dewalt’s rolling table saws. It’d be big, bulky, and heavy. That’s counterintuitive for cordless power tools.
A lot of contractors have a single table saw. They set it up, and go back and forth to it. They might not want their regular 10″ saw and a smaller cordless saw.
I can understand why brands like Dewalt and Milwaukee focused on 8-1/2″ table saws first. They’re small, portable, and as both brands will tell you, they can handle many of not most users’ needs.
A 120V Max FlexVolt table saw makes sense. And it could potentially replace all of their current corded portable jobsite table saws.
The tools could be designed to perform as well as today’s corded saws, when paired with a 120V Max AC to DC adapter. They have already developed this technology for their 120V Max miter saws.
So, such tools can be corded stand-ins, or with the AC adapter removed they can be powered off of (2) FlexVolt battery packs for on-par or even better performance.
The technology is there, so why haven’t we seen such tools yet?
60V Max FlexVolt 10″ Miter Saws
Americans like bigger tools, even when they don’t need ultra-high cutting capacity. 10″ saws offer greater cutting capacity compared to 7-1/4″ saws, while being lighter and smaller than 12″ saws.
Why haven’t we seen a 10″ saw here yet? I suppose Dewalt looked at their 10″ miter saw sales compared to 12″ sales and determined that there’s too small of a market for a FlexVolt 10″ saw here.
FlexVolt Dust Extractor or Wet/Dry Vac
Look at what Ryobi can power with a single 18V battery. There’s also their Devourer sweeper. Technically it’s just the Devour. But Devourer sounds better.
Dewalt has come out with some nice 20V Max cordless vacuums. So why not a FlexVolt version yet?
Why Haven’t We Seen These Tools Yet?
It probably comes down to a business or marketing decision. Maybe Dewalt is holding off on releasing new table saws until SawStop’s patent protection runs out and they can launch all new corded, cordless, or hybrid portable table saws at once.
Maybe their research has shown that a 10″ FlexVolt miter saw won’t be anywhere near as popular as the 12″ saws.
Maybe their market research has shown that a FlexVolt vac wouldn’t run as long as readers would expect?
What’s on Your FlexVolt Wishlist?
What do you think that Dewalt should be working on right now, as part of a hypothetical FlexVolt expansion?
This could be tools that Dewalt ought to be working on right now, or tools that you expect that they might be working on right now.