Dewalt has come out with a new 60V Max FlexVolt cordless air blower kit, DCBL772X1, which boasts specs that beat their 20V Max, 40V Max, and previous FlexVolt 60V Max blowers and leaf blowers.
Houston wrote in with the tip:
Any info on this mean looking blower?? This is the first I’ve heard/seen of it. Is it a Home Depot exclusive item? Gotta say, I do appreciate this design better than the original FLEXVOLT, or 40v for that matter, it’s more akin to the 20v.
This is the first I’ve seen or heard of the new blower as well! Thank you Houston for the tip!
The new Dewalt cordless leaf blower, which was not announced via press release or any other official public means, does seem to be a Home Depot exclusive. We can’t find it in stock or even listed anywhere else, nor can it be found in a bare tool format. Maybe that will change, but at the time of this posting, you can only buy it at Home Depot. Furthermore, it’s only available at stores, for pick-up or “express delivery.”
The new Dewalt FlexVolt cordless blower has an “axial” style design, with the blower fan inline with the output tube.
This is a similar design as Dewalt’s 20V Max cordless blower.
The new blower can power through debris at up to 600 CFM of air volume at 125 MPH.
- 125 MPH air speed
- 600 CFM airflow
- Variable speed trigger
- Speed lock
- Brushless motor
- Weighs 9.1 pounds
The kit comes with a DCB115 charger and 3.0Ah FlexVolt battery.
I should note that Home Depot’s product listing says that the new blower delivers 129 MPH air speed and 423 CFM airflow volume. These were accurate to the previous FlexVolt blower model. Dewalt’s specs say 125 MPH and 600 CFM. Also, the previous model comes with a concentrator nozzle, but there’s no mention of a nozzle being included with the new DCBL772X1.
Price: $269 for the kit
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From what I can tell, the new Dewalt cordless blower is an improvement in all areas. It has the axial (inline) form factor of the 20V Max cordless blower, which I find to be compact, comfortable, and convenient, and has significantly upgraded specs compared to previous FlexVolt and 40V Max blowers.
I can’t even guess why Dewalt hasn’t officially announced the new blower, or why it only appears to be in stock at Home Depot stores. From what I have seen, “Express Delivery” option means that an order would be fulfilled from a local store, rather than from a regional warehouse.
It could be that Dewalt wants to keep things hush so that they could continue to sell their other blowers in the meantime, or maybe this is a limited-time test? Normally, lawn and garden tools are announced well ahead of the season.
While the context and availability behind the new blower is uncertain, it’s clearly an upgraded model, at least on paper.
However, one thing to keep in mind is that the faster air speed and greater volume will definitely come at a price. Run the new Dewalt FlexVolt cordless blower at full speed, and it is all but guaranteed to have decreased runtime. That is probably why it’s available in a kit with a 3.0Ah (9.0Ah in 20V Max mode) battery. But, the other FlexVolt blower kit also comes bundled with a 3.0Ah battery.
The price for the kit is the as for the other FlexVolt blower kit, $269.
So, do you go for the traditional blower fan-style design, or the higher-spec axial-style design? Unless Dewalt has worked some kind of engineering-defying magic (which although unlikely is possible), I would presume that the new blower won’t last as long as the older design, given that it delivers more and faster air at full speed.
Dewalt has not specified the noise rating for the new blower.
It looks better designed compared to the previous Flexvolt version.
It’s a clone of SBD Craftsman’s V60 blower, or vice versa. Makes me wonder if they will come out with a gen2 chainsaw that mimics the new SBD Craftsman’s top handle V60 chsinsaw?
that’s neat and all. ECHO and EGO and others make one too – near similar specs. oH right and there’s what a new 82V snapper/briggs and stratton product too.
I don’t use a leaf blower much – don’t intend to really. I want a vac instead. EGO makes one – and there are a number of gas ones. I want a cordless vac. I have a corded model and I use it near the house 3-4 times a year – it “mulches” too.
I’d love to have a cordless model – even if it meant using 2 batteries on it.
Same here. We have a corded black & decker vac/blower that mulches into a bag on the vac setting but rarely use the blower. However we always use the vac. That thing is fantastic for sucking up leaves out of bushes and rock beds. It’s old and the switch is going bad in it. I wish they’d do a cordless V60 model. I have a couple of neighbors who always use their leaf blowers though, for everything. So they’re definitely popular..
I’ll second that. I’ve been really happy with the ECHO cordless line, keep hoping they will come out with a cordless leaf vacuum.
Ryobi has a 40v vac mulcher. But seriously one of the big names needs to make a good cordless blower vacuum. I know a bunch of people who would buy one in a heartbeat and probably switch the rest their tools to battery power if one was available.
If by blower vacuum you mean mulcher, I don’t see the point. The runtime is too short to get any serious mulching done, especially considering you then need the heftier impeller design with a metal bar to keep it going without as much wear, which is less efficient and more like their older design.
Plus it would take away one of the benefits of cordless electric which is low maintenance.
Once you start putting leaves through a mulcher, it gets leaf dust and muck everywhere inside which would wreck one of those open frame, brushless motors unless they stated putting proper gaskets on the chassis seams and an intake filter, along with a spare filter cartridge so you suffer less downtime swapping and cleaning the two carts. An effective intake filter would also wreck the CFM.
I suppose it’s the same story, different day, that high powered cordless electric tools aren’t ready for prime time, that to get all of the above you’d be looking at over $350 to equal the performance of a $100 2 cycle mulcher except have 1/3rd the runtime and hour(s) to recharge instead of 2 minutes to refuel, or else you’d need another $150 battery to even break 15 minutes of runtime. That’s $500 for less than a half hour of use, no thanks.
Would be a solid value with a 5.0 Ah or higher Flexvolt battery. At 3.0 Ah, I can’t really get behind it, particularly where DeWalt’s OPE offerings seem to be thinning/shifting to Craftsman.
It is a Flexvolt battery, it comes with the 3.0ah/9.0ah. It’s a 60v MAX tool, so when they say 3.0ah, they mean at 60v.
600 cfm is cool, but at only 125 mph it’s pretty far behind Ego’s 580 cfm 168 mph blower.
Interesting and I would like to take it for a spin! I have the Dewalt 20v Brushless Blower and it’s okay. Milwaukee’s 18v Brushless Blower puts out quite a bit more air flow. (This was done on a hands on comparison of the two with a friend who had the Milwaukee) It seems Dewalt is always one or two steps behind Milwaukee nowadays. I already have the Milwaukee M12 Tool lineup and I will be switching my 20v Dewalt to 18v Milwaukee this year I believe.
Is a tool by tool basis between every company on who’s ahead of who. For instance you’ll notice that nobody is trying claim that anything is trouncing the 1⅞ or 2″ flexvolt rotohammers. There’s a reason for that lol nobody makes the best everything, that’s the struggle of owning a single battery platform.
Corey for me it is about more than just one tool. It’s the whole way the company goes to market with its products and I haven’t been a fan of the Stanley – Black & Decker merger since it happened. Completely changed the business model and turned from a tool production company, into a “bean counter” company (Stanley)
I don’t like that they split Porter Cable and their sister company Delta and then sold off Delta to a foreign country. Then they made a stupid deal with Sears regarding Craftsman and not only overpaid but continually get “hosed” by Sears concerning Craftsman. And the list goes on and on. I also don’t like going into Lowe’s and seeing what looks like re-branded Dewalt Products and accessories that are now red and re-labeled Craftsman. Before the merger B&D always kept “Yellow” tools as the elite and B&D tools for homeowner and value. Now it’s all intermixed and I feel they’ve ruined the Dewalt Status. Politics, acquisitions and profits. I wish Stanley would have stayed away from Black & Decker and left them alone.
I can understand your reasoning, I personally despise Milwaukee as a company pretty much solely because of their marketing, but I’ll still wholly admit that they make good tools. I prefer to reserve my judgement of a tool for it’s performance/ergonomics/other factors, rather than my negative impressions of company that makes them. I agree that Stanley’s practices with purchasing and managing other brands has been detrimental at worst and illogical at best, but aside from some previous stagnation prior to flexvolt, I’ve been pretty satisfied with DeWalt for several years now.
^ remember that most of the MKE executives came from DW and a lot of folks did not like DW marketing tactics in 00’s; IMO MKE is reusing the DW marketing tactics.
MKE and DW make some of the best tools in the industry and a forcing competitors to innovate to keep up.
I did work for DW and have not worked for MKE – this is my personal observation.
Dude I own both and use them everyday they have the same power it depends what battery you put on if you use the 9amp battery it will have little more power than a 5amp battery and its not even that much of a difference
I don’t know what to tell you as I was working alongside a buddy who was cleaning up with the Milwaukee Blower and he let me use it. After using and being impressed with the output I grabbed my Dewalt 20v brushless with my 6.0 aH battery and we compared the two blowers. Milwaukee put out quite a bit more air flow.
The Flexvolt battery is 3 amps at 60 volts and when used in other DeWalt 20 volt tools, it’s 9 amps @18 volts. I know this all can be confusing, but battery wattage is the true power factor
Sounds like you’re confused, buddy. the 3 and 9 refer to Amp Hours (AH), NOT Amps. AH refers to battery energy capacity. Amps relates to both power output at a given Voltage. “I know all this can be confusing”. Do a little reading to understand more.
Actually, he’s right, although he did write amps instead of amp-hours.
A Dewalt FlexVolt battery will have fixed watt-hour rating. When discussed in the context of 20V Max tools, the referred-to FlexVolt battery will deliver 9.0Ah of charge capacity. When discussed in the context of 60V Max FlexVolt cordless power tools, it will reconfigure itself to deliver 3.0Ah or charge capacity.
His mistake was in the terminology, but the math is correct.
Dewalt started off by describing their FlexVolt batteries in terms of their 20V Max charge capacity, os 6.0Ah, 9.0Ah, and 12.0Ah. Now, they seem to be describing them in the context of their 60V Max FlexVolt charge capacity, or 2.0Ah, 3.0Ah, and 4.0Ah.
Along a similar vein as this; I’ve been looking for a decent leaf vacuum/mulcher, but it seems most of the new technology is being dedicated solely to leaf blowers. What brand/model vac mulchers are considered top of the line/high quality?
I find I use my blower almost exclusively for heating up the charcoal grill. It gets the briquets so hot I’ve melted aluminum plates underneath. But it reduces the heat up time to about 3-5 minutes from lighting the fire to having the briquets ready to cook.
So upgrade or no, it’s a pass for me. But it looks cool.
Interesting, hadn’t thought of that use for a blower.
I use my blower mostly for blowing sawdust out of my garage and driveway after doing woodworking projects. Very handy for that and quicker than a Shop Vac. I’m careful to blow the dust away from the neighbors’ homes (mostly blow it into my own grass and the street), so I haven’t received any complaints.
Just try it once and you’ll be hooked. Sparks flying everywhere… super fun to see. Make me feel like a blacksmith heating up a forge.
Brilliant idea. Thermodynamics and all.
Hmmm. Should I tell my wife though…
Ask forgiveness rather than permission.
My wife’s favorite tool is the leaf blower…just sayin, Mother’s Day in a few weeks…
I have a compressed air port next to the hose bib by my patio to do the same thing. I use a small hose with blow off gun, but I’ve thought about plumbing an air port into the bottom of the kettle to hook up to. The valve handle is going to say turbo or something similar.
I mean I’m rarely if ever in that big a hurry and I use a coal chimney. but you know – maybe.
I’ve been really happy with my GreenWorks 40V G-Max blower. The weight balance is absolutely PERFECT, as it balances on the trigger, so it can be held and run with a single finger under the trigger, and moved with the wrist.
My 40V G-Max string trimmer has also been pretty solid.
More importantly, GreenWorks has superb customer service. When one of the batteries stopped charging less than a year after it was purchased, all it took was one call to a Canada-based CSR and I had a new battery delivered free within a week… Can’t beat that.
I’ve their Hedge trimmer (40V), String Trimmer, and polesaw. The latter, I don’t recommend as even as you said, their CS is great (plus 4yr warranty) but the polesaw is made poorly. The motor mount is sintered and really thin at mount points.
Cutting <1" diameter oak branches caused it to fail. Greenworks replaced the unit without a problem, but I was able to "AvE" the cutter and found the issue. Also, the polesaw, when it was working, uses ALOT of bar oil. And its a very small reservoir.
I've a Stihl (gas) polesaw now, as a family member got a pacemaker and can't operate a motor that close to it. That was a nice $650 freebie.
(I gave the replacement Greenworks polesaw away).
I am considering the Greenworks 40V 16" saw, but like their Pro model (80V).
My experience with Axial designs is that the blown air rotates, making hard to corral leaves and debris. The lack of concentrator makes it hard to get clingy leaves out of grass and between shrubs, or cleaning the lawn the mower.
I have the older Flexvolt model shown here and like it a lot. I tried the 20V model and it was worthless to me, especially without a concentrator. The max airflow specs are only when the battery is freshly charged and you can see the performance drop pretty quickly after just a few minutes of use. I suspect the new one will not be any different. Practical blowing time is about 20 minutes. It is usually enough to blow grass clippings off the driveway, patio, and sidewalks, and for cleaning the mower. It is a lot easier to start than my gas-powered one in the winter time and used it to blow snow of the front porch and door step. But, for jobs where I need the high airflow sustained longer, such as fall cleanup, I still need my Echo gas-powered blower.
The axial design boasts higher airflow because there is less pressure drop when you don’t have to concentrate the air as much. Blower motor produce much higher pressure than axial designs hence lack of commentators on axial models. Higher pressure means the air can do more work. I would love to see a meaningful comparison of the ‘air” force at some distance from from the nozzle.
FYI: my first Flex-volt battery died suddenly after about a dozen uses. The blower motor is pretty rough on the batteries. I hope the replacement lasts a lot longer (;D
Farid, did Dewalt replace your dead Flex-volt battery?
So we’ve used the line voltage Toro’s for both seasonal Studio exterior leaf patrol and as photo wind machines.
More power and quieter.
Last year we got a 18 Milwaukee blower and while it’s not as powerful it is fast and convenient. Battery hog of course.
I hope this Dewalt performs nearly as well as the latest (2nd version) of the Milwaukee.
As well as I’ve liked the 60v trimmer, I’d give it a shot. Would probably be more than sufficient for just clearing grass clippings off the driveway and sidewalk so I don’t have to bust out the gas powered stihl.
What’s the runtime and how much does it weigh?
As mentioned in the post, it weighs 9.1 lbs. Dewalt hasn’t published runtime specs.
This blower has been tested by me multiples times with an average runtime of 11:30 on full speed with the included battery.
I’ve had the blower over 2 weeks now. Bought at my local HD.
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How well did it do comparied to others and to the reg Flexvolt blower?
Good power. Balance is a little off as its nose heavy but not terrible. Much more umph than the original FlexVolt blower. Better air intake as well. Overall, a much improved and welcome blower.
?? thanks, I just might be in the market for one of these.
Good job Dewalt!!
just what I’ve been looking for. Already bit the bullet and bought the kobalt 80v blower which I love, but would rather had stayed with my dewalt battery platform. Still waiting for that Flexvolt shop vac, Flexvolt pressure washer and Flexvolt 60v portable sliding miter saw and a Flexvolt weed wacker power head like ryobi’s. Just to mention a few and when can I find these at Lowes? lol
See this baby blow:)
Good catch, thanks
I can see the space for the battery is quite big, that means 15Ah/5Ah Flexvolt and above are coming soon same as Craftsman ones,
I Can confirm these were in stock at Colorado Springs area home depots
I had the Model# DCBL720P1 and just returned it for the 772X1 from HD. The newer one is significantly heavier and thats *without* the massive (read: heavier) flexvolt battery. It does blow with much more force, is louder, and I’ve noticed not as well balanced than the 720P1.
I also noticed the box had a white 68 dB(A) sticker OVER the 65 dB(A) spec printed on the box.
Its a tradeoff. If you want much more force and willing to put up with weight and hand tiredness then go for it. If you prefer balance, lighter load and quieter operation then go for the 720P1.
Note: I haven’t tested runtime yet.
But wow is that flexvolt battery it comes with massive
How annoying for me. I just brought the Ego 680CFM blower a couple of weeks ago. When I was researching blowers the Dwalt Axial blower wasn’t really mentioned. It’s just been released in Australia and it now has 650CFM.