Dewalt has officially announced their new ATOMIC Compact Series cordless power tool lineup, adding to the 200+ tools in their 20V Max cordless system.
Also be sure to check out our Dewalt Atomic cordless power tools first-look, which discusses the new drill and impact in more detail.
Dewalt says that the new Atomic series compact cordless power tools combine performance and durability in a compact format. It is optimized for tight spaces, overhead work, and for long periods of use. The tools are optimized for overhead work and long periods of use.
They’re aiming the new 20V Max Atomic cordless power tools at general contractors, remodelers, electricians, mechanical and HVAC tradespeople, plumbers, and cabinetry and furniture builders. In other words, all of the types of users who are typically interested in Dewalt cordless power tools and accessories.
The Dewalt Atomic product family will include the following tools:
- Drill/driver (DCD708)
- DCD708C2 2-battery kit, $159
- DCD708B bare tool, $119
- Impact driver (DCD809)
- DCD809C2 2-battery kit, $159
- DCD809B bare tool, $119
- Hammer drill/driver (DCD709)
- DCD709C2 2-battery kit, $179
- DCD709B bare tool, $129
- Circular Saw (DCS571)
- DCS571P1 1-battery kit, $269
- DCS571B bare tool, $149
- Oscillating multi-tool (DCS354)
- DCS354B bare tool, $129
- Reciprocating saw (DCS369)
- Price TBD
What’s interesting – and potentially concerning – is that the drills and impact driver are bundled with 1.3Ah batteries, their lowest-capacity compact packs.
ALL of the Dewalt Atomic cordless power tools will feature brushless motors.
The Atomic drill/driver is said to have up to 13% more power and be 25% more compact than the DCD771, their entry-level model that launched in 2013. The impact driver is said to have up to 21% more torque than the DCF885, which launched in 2011.
There is new information about the new Atomic series saws and multi-tool, although no imagery has been provided yet.
Dewalt Atomic Hammer Drill
The new compact cordless Atomic hammer drill/driver is similarly spec’ed as the new drill/driver, featuring 340 UWO max power, 0-1650 RPM, and 0-28,050 BPM for masonry drilling applications.
Dewalt Atomic Circular Saw
The 20V MAX* Compact Circular Saw has the power and depth-of-cut to complete 2×4 dimensional lumber at 90 degrees. With its extended reach, the rear-handle-design is maximized to rip sheet goods such as 3/4-inch OSB (oriented strand board). The circular saw also features a removable auxiliary handle, onboard dust port, electronic blade brake, and onboard blade key storage.
Okay, so the new Dewalt Atomic series compact circular saw can cut 2×4 or other 2x lumber, presumably in a single pass. It obviously has a reduced blade size, perhaps 5-3/8″, and a rear handle that’s optimized for long rip cuts in sheet goods. The auxiliary handle is removable (why?). An on-board dust port is a plus, as is the electronic blade brake.
In kit format, the Atomic circular saw will be bundled with a 5.0Ah battery.
Dewalt Atomic Oscillating Multi-Tool
The 20V MAX* Compact Oscillating Multi-Tool includes a Quick-Change™ accessory blade holder, bright LED work light, and ergonomic Dual-Grip™ variable speed trigger.
How will the new oscillating multi-tool differ from the current model, DCS355? I’m curious – was the need for a new compact model inspired by sales performance of the single battery Black Friday 2018 kits?
Dewalt Atomic Reciprocating Saw
The Reciprocating Saw also includes a bright LED work light, Quick-Change™ blade holder, an ergonomic variable speed trigger, and a pivoting shoe for cutting performance.
From the sillouette, the new Dewalt Atomic reciprocating saw resembles the Milwaukee Hackzall, or perhaps a fixed-angle version of the Dewalt 12V Max pivoting reciprocating saw.
Dewalt Atomic Series Compact Cordless Power Tool Launch ETAs
Impact driver (DCD809)
Hammer drill/driver (DCD709)
Circular Saw (DCS571)
Oscillating multi-tool (DCS354)
Reciprocating saw (DCS369)
Dewalt’s positioning and marketing for the tools seems a little unclear. Compact? Yes, they are. Brushless motors? That’s appealing. 1.3Ah batteries for the drills and impact kits, while the circular saw is bundled with a 5.0Ah battery?
How will the oscillating multi-tool compare with the current Dewalt 20V Max model, or will it be replacing it?
The new circular saw and reciprocating saw look to be uniquely featured, or at least complementary to existing Dewalt 20V Max models.
Has their been demand for a more compact long rear-handle circular saw from Dewalt? I know that the compact recipricating saw will be in demand. But have users looked at Dewalt’s 6-1/2″ circular saws and said “that’s too big, I want something smaller?” And if it does not feature a smaller blade size, that rear handle is going to contradict the compact theme of the entire series. Thus, while it’s a presumption that the new Atomic compact series will feature a smaller blade size (Dewalt did not specify the blade size in press materials), I think it’s a reasonable one.
Traditionally, more compact circular saws have been in the realm of DIY cordless power tool platforms, such as Craftsman and Ryobi, pro tool brands’ 12V-class cordless lineups, or specialty models such as the Mafell KSS 300 cross-cutting system.
Before I allow myself to get excited (or critical) over the new Dewalt Atomic cordless power tools, I want to see what they can do.
I also have to ask a question I know readers will ask – why is Dewalt announcing these tools so far in advance? When they announced their new cordless woodworking tools, most of the tools were a few months away, with only the router having the longest lead time. Even so, those products were all featured in a cordless woodworking tools family photo. The Dewalt 20V Max Atomic hammer drill, circular saw, and oscillating multi-tool are 6-9 months away with a Fall 2019, and the reciprocating saw can be as long as a year away, with an “early 2020” ETA.
This is an unusual announcement for Dewalt. Quite frankly, it’s welcome, as I’d rather know as much as possible than less. I can’t wait to learn more! But on the other hand, there will be so many questions, my own and readers’.
That all said, based on the limited information available, are you excited about any of the new Dewalt Atomic Compact Series cordless power tools? Unfortunately, we know the least about the tools I’m most interested in – the circular saw, oscillating multi-tool, and reciprocating saw.
Lastly, there have been questions and some rumors that Dewalt is revitalizing their 12V Max cordless power tool lineup.
V12 branding on the new Craftsman charger very strongly suggests that Stanley Black & Decker is working on new 12V-class compact power tools for that brand. There are some images online of a new Dewalt 12V max brushless compact cordless drill, an impact driver, and a battery. While unverified, it would be efficient for Dewalt to develop both brands’ 12V-class cordless power tools at the same time.
As for my point – IF Dewalt is coming out with new 12V Max cordless power tools, including brushless tools, why not give that lineup Atomic branding? They still could, using Atomic as a cross-battery-size branding to indicate “compact power,” in the same way that Milwaukee’s FUEL branding can apply to both M12 and M18 cordless power tools.
So, that’s where my thinking is at. Either the Dewalt Atomic launch announcement is meant to precede a competitor product launch or announcement of some kind, or to start creating buzz that will grow and set the stage for big 12V Max product announcements. OR, it could just be a vague teaser meant to give us a light taste of what’s to come, but that seems like the least likely possibility.
Dear Dewalt: Please tell us and show some more!