MyToolShed, a UK tool retailer, posted some photos of the newly launched line of Dewalt 12V brushless cordless power tools.
That’s right, it’s now official – Dewalt is updating some of their 12V cordless power tools.
First up is a compact 12V brushless drill/driver.
As shown, it is quite a bit shorter in length than the original 12V Max cordless drill. It also looks wider, but that could be an artifact of the camera angle.
There’s a new Dewalt 12V cordless screwdriver, which is likely going to be nearly identical to the new drill, except for the 1/4″ quick release hex chuck.
There is of course a new Dewalt 12V brushless impact driver as well. Early information indicates that the new model can deliver ~52% more torque than the original Dewalt 12V Max cordless impact driver.
As expected, or at least as I had hoped for, the Dewalt 12V brushless impact driver has user-selectable electronic speed/torque settings. Visually, it looks like there’s a self-tapping screw setting, as well as low and high torque settings.
Hopefully more information will soon be available. There is no comment from Dewalt USA yet, as to whether these European models will also be launching in the USA.
What I find curious is that the new Dewalt 12V cordless power tools appear to have 12V branding (or 12V Max). Previously, Dewalt and other brands have marketed 12V Max cordless powers tools as 10.8V in Europe and Australia, only using 12V Max branding in the United States, Canada, and I believe Mexico as well. There has been confusion about 10.8V and 12V Max compatibility, and similarly 18V and 20V Max, despite the tools and batteries being identical except for branding.
Bosch has moved from 10.8V to 12V branding in Europe. Perhaps Dewalt and other brands are doing the same? Or, the simpler explanation is that they only had 3.0Ah batteries with 12V branding and not 10.8V.
That’s right, take a closer look:
Dewalt is also coming out with 12V Max compact 3.0Ah Li-ion batteries. Nice.
Did you know that my first media event was a Dewalt 12V Max cordless power tool launch event? That was a long time ago.
The Dewalt 12V Max cordless power tools lineup mainly featured drills, drivers, and impact tools, as well as a couple of specialty instruments. A reciprocating saw came out a few years later.
Now that the Dewalt 12V Max cordless power tool lineup as gone brushless, and there’s a new higher capacity and presumably more powerful battery pack, what other tools do you think we’ll see? What new Dewalt 12V Max cordless power tools do you want to see them come out with?
Big thanks to @MyToolShed for breaking the news with the first photos of the new Dewalt tools!