There was plenty of buzz around the DeWalt booth in Las Vegas this year. Our friends in yellow and black always have a lot to show off, both within the concrete industry and with their general tool lineup. Now that OSHA’s silica dust regulations are in full force, it was also a good time to check in and see what kind of feedback DeWalt is getting from the field. Here are our picks for the best DeWalt tools at World of Concrete 2018.
Best DeWalt Tools at World of Concrete 2018
DeWalt FlexVolt Cut-Off Saw
The new DeWalt FlexVolt Cut-Off Saw certainly drew a crowd during World of Concrete. This one features a 9″ blade and finds rebar and concrete on its diet. When it comes to concrete, you’re looking at the ability to do roughly 25′ of heavy-duty scoring in the 1″ deep range. That may not sound like a lot on the surface, but DeWalt isn’t billing this as a primary tool – it’s great for punch list work on the scoring side.
For rebar, you can expect the DeWalt DCS690 to deliver up to 80 cuts in #5 and have the ability to cut 30 cinder blocks. Weighing in at roughly 1/2 of what a gas saw does, it’s a pretty versatile tool for a chunk of your work. This one will set you back $549 for the bare tool or $849 with a fast charger and two FlexVolt 9.0 batteries.
DeWalt Dust Evacuator
With OSHA all over silica dust regulations, everyone is working to get the best solutions in place. One of the most promising is onboard dust collection for cordless rotary hammer to keep you completely cord and hose free. But what about when you have to empty the container?
You release dust – more than you’d like to admit. DeWalt is developing a new dust evacuator. Without opening the canister, this gives you the ability to connect to a dust extractor to contain the mess. While using a vac to empty a vac seems redundant to some, it’s really the solution we’ve been looking for to eliminate the step that normally introduces additional dust into the air. Since this accessory is all about keeping your lungs clear, it’s a win.
DeWalt 4-Port Fast Charger
DeWalt has a new 4-port fast charger on the way and it’s no slouch. You can charge up to four 20V Max/FlexVolt batteries simultaneously. Like the name says, it’s fast. Drawing 10 amps, it delivers enough power to recharge FlexVolt 6.0 batteries in 60 minutes or FlexVolt 9.0 batteries in 90 minutes. For most applications, you’ll have an awfully hard time outworking your ability to cycle batteries on this charger. Look for it to hit stores in April for $199.
DeWalt 20V Max Rotary Laser with Tool Connect
DeWalt is upgrading their Tough Laser system with Tool Connect. Most of the features are the same but Tool Connect adds more than just basic data and tool tracking. With the connection, you can use your smartphone as a remote control to turn the unit on or off, remotely set an angle, and receive alerts if the someone bumps or knocks over the laser. Sounds great, but with somewhere between 30′ and 100′ of range for Bluetooth connectivity, just how valuable is it on a rotary laser with a 2000′ range?
That’s where the genius comes in. DeWalt pairs your phone to the receiver, then uses the receiver’s RF signal to send your phone commands back to the laser anywhere in its range. Keep your eyes open for this one to show up in Summer of 2018 with a price tag around $1499.
DeWalt FlexVolt SDS-Max Rotary Hammer
Until recently, there were only a couple of SDS-Max rotary hammers to choose from on the cordless side of things. More players are hitting the market and DeWalt is upgrading their initial offering with 13.3 joules (9.8 ft. lbs.) of impact energy. That moves it further up the line in terms of what you can expect from it. With a 1-7/8″ capacity, an E-clutch protects you during a bind up and SHOCK active vibration control reduces the amount of vibration your body has to absorb. If you’re already on the FlexVolt system, the DCH733 will run $699 as a bare tool or you can go for the kit with two FlexVolt 9.0 packs for $999.
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