It’s pretty frustrating to invest heavily in a nice set of tools, only to have the technology become outdated before the end of their useful life.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.
For decades and decades, construction and technology didn’t mix. In recent years, companies have been flocking to the underutilized construction industry to try and offer the newest solutions. When we talk about technology, we’re not just talking about computer work, there are tons of new products out there that are challenging the way our industry thinks and acts.
Many of the items on our 2016 technology list are still very much conceptual and will undergo plenty of testing over the next few years, but that’s one of the beauties of technological advances: many are extremely forward thinking.
Until recently, I had no idea that Nike even made field boots, especially ones that could be used on a construction site. The men's Special Field boot is designed by Nike for first responders, military, rescue, and law enforcement, but if you ask me, it would be perfect for the jobsite. Some of the key features of this boot are its lightweight design, flexibility, and breathable materials.
You did it again...you waited too long to start Christmas shopping. Have no fear, Construction Junkie's got you covered with more great gift ideas for the hard working person in your life. Better yet, if you're in the construction industry yourself, here's some gear you could use no matter what time of year!
Once again technology has made our old proverbs obsolete, take the old “square peg/round hole” saying, for instance… I’m sure there’s a joke in there somewhere, but I can't find it. Currently your choices for hole saws and drill bits are round and more round, so those pesky square holes that need cut for electrical boxes require a jab saw or a router. It’s not terribly difficult to cut square holes using those methods, but, one company has taken it upon themselves to make the process much quicker.
Now that we've got Halloween out of the way, it's time to start eating some turkey and buying gifts for your favorite people. Historically, construction professionals can be difficult to buy for, so we've compiled a list of products that we think would be home runs for that special person on your list or even help you decide what you'd like to ask for. We've got hands-on experience with many of these products and we like some so much that they also showed up on our 2015 Holiday Gift Guide! The list is broken up into four categories: stocking stuffers (small and inexpensive), apparel, tools, and kids.
SKILSAW, the brand name synonymous with wood cutting circular saws, is branching into new territory and it has concrete shaking in its boots. In the past, the user of a concrete saw would be responsible for finding third party attachments in order to make accurate concrete cuts, but SKILSAW’s new tool has several important features already incorporated, potentially saving you hundreds of dollars and tons of time.
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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