Rami wrote in, asking about why it seems Dewalt is falling behind competing brands.
Do you guys at ToolGuyd have any idea on what DeWalt is doing right now with their product development? It looks like DeWalt is really falling behind in the competition against other big brands (Makita, Bosch and Milwaukee).
Bosch brings up new tools at a steady pace, Milwaukee brings something new consistently (at least according to what ToolGuyd is showing) and here in Finland / Europe Makita seems to bring new stuff on the market all the time.
DeWalt is only bringing stuff like new lights etc. to market. It looks like DeWalt is giving up, since they lack many tools and features their competitors have (such as a reciprocating saw with anti-vibration technology, cordless metal shears, cordless planer etc. and a very small 10,8V [or 12V MAX] product line). Do you have any idea why DeWalt is not answering to the powertool- competition and focusing mainly on hand tools nowadays?
Here’s a list of the new tools Dewalt came out with in the second half of 2014, or at least the ones we posted about:
20V Max LED Spotlight
New Tape Measures
More Automotive Tools
A Mini Dust Extractor
Compact Recip Saw
New/Repackaged Mechanics Tool Sets
Updated Heated Hoodies and Jackets
Auto Load Utility Knife
There’s not much in terms of 20V Max tools – and many of those that were announced still aren’t available yet. There’s nothing really in the 12V Max line either, aside from a couple of dual-platform tools.
Bosch, Milwaukee, and Makita have been coming out with new innovations, updated products, and game-changers left and right. Just because Dewalt’s product releases don’t seem to match up doesn’t mean they’re asleep at the wheel.
There were some nice Dewalt developments in 2014. And I’m sure they might have some notable releases planned for 2015.
I think that the most common disappointment is that the 20V Max lineup hasn’t grown large enough or fast enough. Their 20V Max lineup launched 3-1/2 years ago, and their 12V Max lineup launched 4-1/2 years ago.
There has been a steady pace of new tools since then. Some look to be closely adapted from Dewalt’s 18V tools, such as the newish 20V Max band saw. But others are developed from the ground up.
I’d rather Dewalt take their time than rush tools to market only to replace them with a better model a year later.
Would you be happier if Dewalt converted all of their 18V tools to their 20V Max platform and then brought out new designs that were revamped from scratch? Of course not.
Anyway, I hear complaints all the time about every brand. Why doesn’t Bosch make a so-and-so. Why doesn’t Makita release their whatchamacallit in the USA? When will Milwaukee add a thingamajig to their cordless lineup?
I wrote a similar post a couple of months ago, asking about what users thought would be a good upgrade path for Dewalt 18V cordless tool users. But this time the question is different.
If you’re a Dewalt cordless power tool user, are you happy with the pace at which they’re coming out with new tools? Are you happy with the brand’s cordless lineup in general?
If you’re happy with Dewalt’s 20V Max progress, chime in. If you’re not, then is it because they’ve been slow to release 20V Max tools or are there other reasons?