Back in October of 2014, Dewalt announced that they were coming out with a new line of 40V Max cordless Li-ion powered outdoor tools. The big claim is that these tools can match the performance of gas-powered tools while providing the convenience and ease of use of cordless tools.
The new tools target “lawn care professionals” and include a brushless motored blower, string trimmer, and a hedge trimmer. There will be two battery pack sizes – a 4Ah battery, and a 6Ah battery, and some of the tools will be available in both 4Ah and 6Ah kits.
Dewalt 40V Max Tools and Batteries
- 15″ 6.0Ah Brushless String Trimmer (DCST990H1, $369-$399)
- 15″ 4.0Ah Brushless String Trimmer (DCST990M1, $299-$349)
- 6.0Ah Brushless Blower (DCBL790H1, $369-$399)
- 4.0Ah Brushless Blower (DCBL790M1, $299-$349)
- 22″ 4.0Ah Hedge Trimmer (DCHT860M1, $299-$349)
- 4Ah Battery (DCB404, $199)
- 6Ah Battery (DCB406, $249)
- Charger (DCB114, $80)
All of these tools will be launching in March 2015.
Dewalt 40V Max Brushless String Trimmer
The new brushless string trimmer – yes, it’s brushless! – features a dual 0.080″ line cutter with 15″ cutting swath and bump feed, variable trigger with speed control, auxiliary handle, metal gear case, and a “patented gear drive system.”
Pricing will be $369-$399 for the 6Ah DCST990H1 kit, and $299-$349 for the 4Ah DCST990M1 kit.
- Weighs 13.9 lbs (6Ah), 13.0 lbs (4Ah)
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Dewalt 40V Max Brushless Blower
The new brushless blower – yes, it’s also brushless! – can push air at 120 MPH and 400 CFM. You get the same airspeed and flow with either battery pack, but the 6.0Ah battery will presumably give you up to 50% longer runtime compared to the 4.0Ah battery.
- Weighs 11.4 lbs (6Ah), 10.4 lbs (4Ah)
- Noise level: 67 dbA
Dewalt says that the new blower is designed to withstand everyday heavy-duty usage. It will be priced at $369-$399 for the DCBL790H1 6Ah kit, and $299-$349 for the DCBL790M1 4Ah kit.
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Dewalt 40V Max Hedge Trimmer
The new hedge trimmer will feature a 22″ blade with laser-cut hooked-shaped teeth, removable gear case cover for blade exchanges, high-impact housing, and removable top cover for access to motor brushes. This tool is NOT brushless like the others.
- 3,100 cutting strokes/minute
- 3/4″ cutting capacity
- Weighs 11.9 lbs
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Some might think that Dewalt is diluting their brand by branching out into yet another market, and perhaps this is so. But if these tools do offer performance comparable to gas-powered tools but without the hassle of dealing with gasoline and gas engine maintenance, then they will definitely be welcomed by many users.
And if Stanley Black & Decker had not developed these tools for the Dewalt brand, then which other SBD brand should they have marketed them under?
The cordless lawn & garden power tool market is growing fast, and it seems that there’s no better brand for Stanley Black & Decker to release tools under if they hope to carve out a nice sized chunk of market share.
As these tools are said to be designed for heavy-duty and daily use, and given their pricing, they’re not designed for homeowners and DIYers. That’s not to say that some homeowners won’t be wooed by the tools’ features, but
One more thing to consider is that Dewalt might be trying new things with the 40V Max lineup that could trickle down to the 20V Max line. The 6Ah battery pack, for instance, might be built with new 3Ah cells that could eventually be used to build 6Ah 20V Max battery packs, or new compact 3.0Ah packs. Bosch already announced a 6Ah battery pack, and it won’t be long until other brands do the same.
Gas-powered outdoor tools are noisy, sometimes smelly, they require maintenance, and there’s the hassle of dealing with gasoline. If these new 40V Max tools do provide comparable performance, then stores will probably have a tough time keeping them in stock.
One question comes to mind – what other tools might we see launch as part of the 40V Max lineup? Will we see replacements for Dewalt’s 36V cordless power tools?
As a reminder, “40V Max” = 36V.