It’s pretty frustrating to invest heavily in a nice set of tools, only to have the technology become outdated before the end of their useful life. For those of you who hopped on board the 18V DeWalt Tool train, there’s now an opportunity for you to use the latest and greatest 20V battery with most of them.
DeWalt has announced a new 20V MAX Battery Adapter that will work with most DeWalt 18V tools, which is set to release October 2015 (December update: the adapter is now scheduled to be released in January 2016). This news is especially exciting for those who want to use DeWalt’s recently released Bluetooth enabled 20V battery with the ToolConnect app, which allows you to remotely monitor battery performance and location.
“With virtually no self-discharge, DEWALT’s Lithium Ion compact and premium battery packs offer higher capacity and higher energy density compared to standard 18V NiCd and NiMH batteries without adding weight,” said DeWalt in a press release. Current 20V batteries are available in the 1.3Ah, 1.5Ah, 2.0Ah XR, 3.0Ah, 4.0Ah XR, and 5.0Ah XR varieties.
3/3/16 Update: If you are using DeWalt 18V compact drills with model number DC970 or DC759, you should only use the following 20V batteries with the adapter: DCB201, DCB203, DCB203BT.
The battery adapter is now available for purchase and the best price we've found so far is $44.52 on Amazon.
There's a long standing debate regarding 18V vs 20V batteries in the construction world, and all theories tend to conclude there's no difference in actual voltage output, but the bottom line is, battery technology is advancing for the better and, in order to take advantage of that, you need to get 20V batteries. DeWalt 20V lithium ion batteries promise 33% more capacity than other standard 20V batteries, as well as virtually no self-discharge.
20V Battery Buying Guide
Below are some of the 20V batteries that DeWalt offers, including the 4Ah and 2Ah bluetooth battery.
One thing’s for sure about Milwaukee Tool, they aren’t satisfied with putting the same tools out year after year. They’re constantly improving age old classics and leading in the innovation of new tool solutions. Their latest announcement is a variation on their extremely popular line of M18 tools.
Even though self-driving vehicles are just that, self-driving, they’ve always still had a seat for a driver and a steering wheel. Perhaps that means that designers were afraid that their technology wouldn’t work correctly. Or maybe, customers weren’t fully committed to only being able to use them as a self-driving vehicle. Well, it seems as if Komatsu isn’t worried about either of those things anymore, as they’ve officially unveiled their newest autonomous (self-driving) haulage vehicle this week at MINExpo, which was held in Las Vegas from September 26-28, 2016.
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Ritchie Bros., one of the premier used industrial and construction equipment auctioneers in the world, has been in the business since 1958. In those 60 years the company has never had an auction like the one they’re about to have in the next couple weeks.
Would you rather just simply eat your lunch or make your lunch shake in its little lunch boots as you devour it? That’s what we thought. Why use some standard, throwaway plastic cutlery, when there’s a jet black tactical spork with a hidden serrated knife in the handle?
Bosch, one of the construction industry's trusted tool manufacturers, has just announced an exciting new sweepstakes, giving you a chance to win $50,000 towards a new RAM truck or van. It is all part of a newly announced "Stand By Your Work" sweepstakes, which runs now through November 30th of this year.
Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean the work is going to stop. There’s a deadline to hit and the clock’s ticking. When you’ve got to work in the winter, you’ve got two choices: act like you’re not cold or invest in a jacket that keeps you warm and can stand up to the hazards of the job site. We here at Construction Junkie don’t want you to have to think too hard about that decision, so that’s why we worked with Milwaukee Tool to give you the chance to win a brand new, 2016 version of their 3-in-1 Heated Jacket Kit.
This 6-1/2” circular saw fits perfectly into the light duty category for circular saws. With the 4.0ah battery, 50 degree bevel, and 4000 rpm saw speed this model delivers performance comparable to many of the heavy duty saws on the market while still keeping a very reasonable price point.
We have a lot of safety rules in construction and it’s practically impossible to monitor your job site for compliance of every single rule. To complicate matters, many rules are based upon exposure limits, especially when airborne particles are involved. OSHA recently reduced the allowable exposure limit of silica dust, which is found in concrete, stone, and brick, before additional PPE or engineering controls are required. This rule change has caused a lot of grief among construction industry groups, who called the rule technologically infeasible, because what contractor is really set up to measure when 50 micrograms of silica dust per cubic meter of air is actually reached?
If positioned the right way, paper is known to give some pretty mean paper cuts, so say to the office tethered thrill seekers of the world. Try to cut wood by running a sheet of paper against it, however, and you’ll end up a mangled piece of paper. But, perhaps we’ve been using paper the wrong way all along. Maybe it’s a metaphor for life, put an object or a person in the wrong situation and get poor results, but put them in the right situation and you’ll reap the rewards.