DeWalt is killing the power tool battery game right now, there’s no doubt about it. With the recent release of their new flagship product, FLEXVOLT, which consists of a line of 60V and 120V cordless power tools and batteries, their mission is to turn every jobsite into a mobile jobsite. Now, their doubling down on battery solutions with the announcement of a portable power station that can power most corded tools by plugging into a series of batteries.
The new FLEXVOLT system is great for contractors that are in the market for a new tool, but many of those who have already invested in previous versions may not be so willing to shell out some extra cash for a new version of a tool. This new 1800 Watt Portable Power Station (model DCB1800) gives you the ability to use your existing tools, while also getting the convenience of battery power. Think about it, a job site under construction may leave you a hundred feet away from the closest working electrical outlet and your job site riddled with extension cords that probably should have been thrown out 3 jobs ago. Other times, you’re stuck using a gas powered generator to power your job site, which is not only extremely loud, but release dangerous carbon monoxide into the air. DeWalt has done good job recently in not alienating their long time customers with older tools. They have also recently released an adapter for the older 18V tools that allows the newer and more efficient 20V batteries to be used with them.
With a peak power output of 3600 watts, the Portable Power Station uses the juice of (4) DeWalt 20V batteries. For additional ruggedness, the power solution is equipped with a heavy-duty roll cage and a cooling fan to reduce heat. Total weight without the batteries hooked up will be about 18 pounds, making it easy to move from room to room as needed.
The bare power station (DCB1800B) will retail for around $399* and will also be available in a kit (DCB1800M3T1) with 4 batteries included*, (3) 20V MAX 4.0 Ah (DCB204)* and (1) 20V/60V FLEXVOLT 6.0Ah (DCB606)* battery for around $599.
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When it comes to head to head tool battles, I can’t think of anyone that does a more comprehensive job than the team over at Tool Box Buzz. In the past, the TBB Crew has tackled in-depth comparisons ½” cordless hammer drills, portable jobsite table saws, and tape measures, among several others. Most recently, the team compared 8 different benchtop thickness planers in a variety of tests and determined the overall winner.
Having an inflator can be a real lifesaver in any car or truck, you’ll never know when you’ll need it, but you’ll be happy you have it when you do. Since I’ve been driving, I’ve kept a 12V DC corded inflator in my trunk, which has saved me a tow several times. Recently, several major tool manufacturers have released their own versions of inflators and DeWalt is one of them.
Welcome to the first edition of Tool Junkie, which will be a regularly occurring feature on Construction Junkie in 2019. It’s important for everyone in the construction industry to keep up with new tool developments, from the trades to those in charge of purchasing. Our goal is to better highlight noteworthy tools throughout the year. We’ll start with a familiar brand to our readers: Milwaukee Tool.
Almost 3 years ago, Milwaukee Tool rolled out its tool tracking application called ONE-KEY, which is available on Apple, Android, or the web. The tool manufacturer has an ever-expanding line of tools that are ONE-KEY enabled, which not only let users edit the settings of their tools through an app, but they also allow them to lock out a tool, rendering it useless in case it’s lost or stolen.
There’s perhaps no more important tool for those in the construction field than a good pair of boots. Walking, crouching, climbing, and lifting for a full day can certainly take a toll on your body, causing achy feet, a sore back, and other ailments.
Another year is about ready to wrap up as the holiday season is upon us. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but it can be stressful for those in your life that are hard to buy for, especially those in the construction ideas. Our goal is to make that process easier for you or your loved one with our top picks for gifts every year!
The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced a recall of 3 different drills manufactured by Black & Decker due to safety concerns.
At Milwaukee Tool’s yearly New Product Symposium (NPS) media event in May of 2018, the tool manufacturer was excited to announce what they call “The Next Breakthrough.” Harnessing the latest battery technology, Milwaukee launched the supercharged – and supersized – 18-volt 12.0ah battery, which they have promised will provide 50% more power, run 50% cooler, and provide 33% more runtime versus their previous most powerful battery, the HD9.0.
Craftsman tools have been an American tradition since the 1920s. Like many families, I grew up watching my father and grandfather work with Craftsman tools and my very first set of tools was from the same brand. In the midst of Sears’ colossal and current downfall, the iconic tool brand was sold to Stanley Black & Decker (SBD), who also owns DeWALT, Lenox, Porter Cable, and Stanley, among others, in early 2017. A couple months later, that sale was finalized.
I’ve seen a lot of giveaway contests for tools over the past few years, including several that we’ve done one Construction Junkie, but the contest that Bosch announced this morning is one of the biggest ever. 2,000 people are going to be given the chance to win The Freak, which is Bosch’s two-in-one impactor that combines a ¼” hex impact driver and a ½” square driver impact wrench.