Winter may have only just officially started, but Dewalt has an eye towards the spring with the announcement of a new 20V Max brushless handheld blower, DCBL722.
Dewalt’s upgraded cordless blower moves more air faster than the previous model, DCBL720.
Dewalt DCBL722 Brushless Handheld Blower
The new 20V MAX Brushless Blower (DCBL722) features the same axial fan design as it’s predecessor, DCBL720. It’s rated for 450 cubic feet per minute and up to 125 mph. That’s a 39% boost in max mph and 12.5% increase in CFM, compared to the 400 CFM and 90 mph rating for the DCBL720.
The nozzle of the blower has a new concentrator nozzle design that presumably uses clever aerodynamics to concentrate the air flow. The concentrator looks to be a removable accessory.
Note that the “up to 125 mph” speed spec is for the blower with concentrator nozzle; Dewalt has not yet provided air speed specs for the blower without the nozzle. Although the improvement in max speed is significant, the boost in CFM spec is the better spec to look at for comparison purposes.
As expected it has a variable speed control, a lock on-switch and what appears to be a newly designed trigger. The previous version had a more traditional trigger whereas the new model has a paddle-like trigger.
The biggest change to the design is the placement of the battery socket, which is now placed at the rear, which allows the use of 20V Max or larger FlexVolt batteries, allowing for longer run time. The previous model had the battery connection at the base.
- Up to 450 CFM airflow
- Up to 125 mph air speed (with the concentrator nozzle)
- Weighs 5.43 lbs without battery
Price: $199 for the kit (DCBL722P1 with 5.0Ah battery), $139 for the bare tool (DCBL722B)
ETA: Spring 2020
Dewalt has a number of different battery-powered blowers available at the moment.
Dewalt 20V Max Cordless Blowers
- DCE100: 135 MPH, 100 CFM – $119 (bare tool)
- DCBL720; 90 MPH, 400 CFM – $139 (bare tool)
- DCBL722: 125 MPH*, 450 CFM – $139 (bare tool) <- Coming this spring
* with concentrator nozzle
Dewalt FlexVolt 60V Max Cordless Blowers
- DCBL770: 129 MPH, 423 CFM – $199 (bare tool)
- DCBL772: 125 MPH, 600 CFM – $269 (with 3Ah battery)
It’s also worth noting there are two 40V Max models – DCBL590 (142 MPH, 450 CFM) and the DCBL790 backpack blower (120 MPH, 400 CFM). They have similar ratings to the FlexVolt models, and might be a good option if you’re already invested in the 40V Max battery platform. But if you’re not, keep in mind that Dewalt discontinued the 40V Max system in 2019.
I have the DCE100 and absolutely love the convenience of such a small blower. I keep it in the workshop and it’s great for clearing up after a project, especially after using my miter saw and router table. I had never looked at the specs before but the high speed rating is obvious and certainly useful for dislodging stubborn dust build-up. The relatively low volume of air is notable when trying to clean objects that are a little further away.
That is why I also have the DCBL770 in the garage. The increased CFM is exactly what I need when trying to clean up the garage floor and driveway. The increased volume of air allows me to get under all the benches from a good 6-feet away.
Finally, I also have the DCBL720, predecessor to the new blower discussed above, which I keep in my grill storage area next to the kitchen. It’s powerful enough to clean up the small deck from leaves and pine needles. I also use it to fire up my Big Green Egg, and it’s VERY SATISFYING, using the blower as billows to super-charge the charcoal. It reduces the start up time to a few minutes!
Stuart’s Note: I also have a review sample of this blower, and it has been extremely useful for cleanup tasks, clearing debris from the garage, and lighter leaf blowing needs. It’s compact, light, comfortable to use, and quite capable for its size.
When it comes to the new models, I have been looking out for a sale on the FlexVolt DCBL772 which Stuart posted about last May. The increased CFM is appealing, and I also like the ergonomics of the axial design. There’s also no denying that this is an awesome looking blower! Unfortunately, it’s still only available from Home Depot with a battery and I want the bare tool-only version.
So how does the 20V Max DCBL722 stack up?
It’s certainly an upgrade to the 20V Max range and the specs bring it closer to at least the older FlexVolt 60V Max blower. They have also presumably put the same upgrades into the newer 60V Max blower now, but it costs 50% more and requires an investment in another battery platform. The older FlexVolt blower weighs 9.8 lbs, and the new one 9.1 lbs, compared to 5.43 lbs for this new 20V Max blower.
I would definitely order this upgraded version if I wasn’t on the lookout for the newer FlexVolt version! There are notable improvements over the previous 20V Max model, but not quite enough to replace my older model, especially since I have a FlexVolt blower (and soon the newer one) to rely on for tasks that require higher performance over the 20V Max blowers’ compact size and lightweight comfort.