Updated DeWalt FlexVolt 60V Max Grinder Boasts More Power Without Bulking Up
It’s been several years since we put our hands on the original DeWalt FlexVolt 60V Max grinder. We were impressed with the power DeWalt delivered with their 60V Max FlexVolt battery and the design suited our tastes as well. We used the updated DCG418 for cutting and grinding my boat trailer so it would fit in the garage.
- Impressive power boost compared to the previous model
- Excellent handle ergonomics
- More power without adding weight or bulk
- E-clutch and electronic brake
- Paddle switch fans will have to get used to a trigger
DeWalt FlexVolt 60V Max Grinder
On paper, the DeWalt FlexVolt 60V Max grinder now has 2300 watts of power, matching a 13-amp corded model. The DCG418 has a 30% power boost over the DCG414’s 1700 watts.
Despite that jump in power, the wheel speed is still 9,000 RPM and maxes out with a 6-inch wheel.
Cutting bolts, grinding welds, and shaving both steel and aluminum were ridiculously easy for this cordless grinder. There’s simply no compromise in performance over using a corded model unless you count not having to manage extension cords.
There was definitely a power boost for the DCG418 over the 414. To get a better idea, I took both over to the vise and locked down some #5 rebar and went to town with a Type 27 wheel. With the freedom to bear down, the power difference was even more evident. The original FlexVolt angle grinder was impressive, but the power in this model next-level.
Same Footprint, Same Weight
What’s really impressive is that the DeWalt FlexVolt 60V Max grinder brings extra power without raising its weight or increasing its bulk. In fact, side-by-side, there’s virtually no way to tell the difference between the two models. Both models are an identical 4.66 pounds bare (8.00 pounds with a 9.0Ah battery, handle, and Type 27 wheel).
If you liked the design of the 414, you’re in luck — everything looks and feels the same. If you didn’t, well, you’re going to dislike the same things.
There’s a standard two-finger trigger with safety override for power. Personally, I prefer a paddle switch, but DeWalt did a good job with the handle ergonomics to compensate. DeWalt’s trigger safeties have always seemed intuitive to me, and the grinder is no exception.
When you release the trigger, the brake engages and stops the wheel slightly slower than before. This feature is becoming almost a must-have between the safety factor and protecting the work surface from a blade that is still spinning.
If you pinch or stall the wheel, DeWalt’s E-Clutch activates within 1/10th of a second. Likewise, the brake engages immediately when the tool senses kickback and the tool shuts itself off.
Other Notable Features
- Mesh screen cover the vents
- Wheel lock is easily accessible
- Side handle install points on the left and right
- Removable guard adjusts without the need for tools
- Member of DeWalt’s Perform and Protect line
The bare tool is the same price as the 414. The kits run more, but they have 3.0/9.0Ah batteries instead of the 2.0/6.0Ah ones that came with the older kits.
Given the landscape of cordless grinders, the price looks just about right at this performance level.
The Bottom Line
There’s a clear boost in power for the DeWalt FlexVolt 60V Max grinder. The fact that DeWalt does without increasing the size or weight of the tool makes it one of the best upgrades we’ve seen in the cordless grinder sector.
This is a true replacement for your corded grinder. There’s a premium that comes with cutting the cord, of course, and we recommend picking up the 2-battery kit if you’re a heavy user. If the $449 price tag is in your budget, don’t overthink it – pull the trigger on this one.