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DeWalt FlexVolt 60V Max Grinder


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When it comes to power, the DeWalt FlexVolt 60V Max Grinder has set the bar that everyone else is going to be chasing for a long time.

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PTIA Finalist 2016When DeWalt announced the FlexVolt line of tools, everyone oohed and aahed at the appropriate times over the fully featured cordless 12-inch miter saw and cordless table saw. It was easy – they are tools we haven’t seen before in the cordless world. To be honest, they’re both very impressive. A few of the tools didn’t garner as much attention. The DeWalt FlexVolt 60V Max Grinder was one of them. After all, nearly everyone makes a cordless grinder.

The question was whether or not we really needed  another cordless grinder on the market. Milwaukee and Makita both did well with their respective models and Metabo was particularly impressive. The conclusion in each case was that they fell short of what we could get from a corded model in high stress applications.

So the short answer is yes, we do need another cordless grinder. It’s going to have to be something special though. We’re ready for a true corded replacement so we can stop saying “it’s great, but…”

Key Features

You’ll find features typical of a top tier grinder with the new FlexVolt model. Topping out at 9,000 RPM, you can run up to 6-inch wheels – a big deal for a cordless model.

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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.

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When you release the trigger, the brake engages and stops the wheel in 1.5 seconds using a 4-1/2 inch x 1/4 inch wheel. Larger wheels take slightly longer. This feature is becoming almost a must-have between the safety factor and protecting the work surface from a blade that is still spinning.

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When a pinch or stall is detected, DeWalt’s E-Clutch activates within 1/10 of a second. Likewise, the brake is engaged immediately when the tool senses kickback and the tool shuts itself off.

One seemingly minor feature making its way to several of the newest grinders is a mesh screen covering the vents. With the amount of the metal being spewed during cutting and grinding processes, this is one of those features you’d have thought would have come around sooner. It’s a smart move and should keep a lot of debris from ever entering the system.

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Other Notable Features

  • Wheel lock well-placed for wheel changes
  • Member of DeWalt’s Perform and Protect line
  • Side handle can be installed on for left or right handed use
  • Removable guard easily rotates and locks to optimal position

Performance

DeWalt claims the DCG414 Grinder has the equivalent power of their D28144 model – a 13 amp unit. They further stir the pot by telling us that the DeWalt FlexVolt 60V Max Grinder puts out 2.2 horsepower. Ummm… when was the last time someone talked horsepower with cordless tools?

We teased you a bit on social media with a video showing Shop Tool Reviews Director (and PTR Reviewer) Tim Johnson really leaning on the grinder into some angle iron, but couldn’t get it to grind to a halt. That much power in a corded tool became our Sword in the Stone and everyone just had to try it. Tom Gaige finally did get it to stop, but it took a ton of force – much more that you would apply in any cutting or grinding situation.

You can see how hard Tim Johnson of Shop Tool Reviews is pushing DEWALT 's FlexVolt Grinder. That just leaves me with one question – what kind of smartphone can dive into a metal shower like that? Acme Tools carries the entire FlexVolt lineup – order yours today!

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While Tom got measured for his crown as the newly appointed King of the Shop, the rest of us peasants continued to grind and cut. There’s simply more power in the DeWalt FlexVolt 60V Max Grinder than you’ll be able to overcome. Run time is excellent as well. We didn’t officially time our work, but we were each in turn impressed at how slowly we were draining the battery.

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DeWalt FlexVolt 60V Max Grinder Specifications

  • Model: DeWalt DCG414
  • Power Source: DeWalt FlexVolt 60V Max Battery Pack
  • No Load Speed: 9000 RPM
  • Bare Weight: 4.66 pounds
  • Wheel Diameter: 6 inches
  • Max Watts Out: 1700 W
  • Price: $179 (bare), $299 (T1 Kit), $379 (T2 Kit)
  • Warranty: 3 years

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The Bottom Line

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When DeWalt developed the FlexVolt line, they were shooting for a cordless jobsite that included true replacements for corded tools, not trade-offs. The FlexVolt Grinder has clearly met that expectation. Ergonomics are solid. Run time is excellent and will only get better when the 162 watt hour battery is released. When it comes to power, the DeWalt FlexVolt 60V Max Grinder has set the bar that everyone else is going to be chasing for a long time.

If you’ve got the budget to jump into the FlexVolt line, I don’t see a reason you’ll be disappointed when it comes to the performance of the tools. Despite the seemingly high cost of entry, the grinder as a bare tool or either of the two kits is on par with the other premium options on the market and packs a bigger punch.

DeWalt FlexVolt 60V Max Grinder Kit Options

DeWalt DCG414B

  • DeWalt FlexVolt 60V Max Grinder
  • Side Handle
  • 4-1/2 Inch Type 27 Wheel
  • 4-1/2 Inch Type 27 Guard
  • 6 Inch Type 27 Guard
  • Wrench
  • Flanges

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  • DeWalt FlexVolt 60V Max Grinder
  • DeWalt FlexVolt Battery DCB606
  • Fast Charger
  • Side Handle
  • 4-1/2 Inch Type 27 Wheel
  • 4-1/2 Inch Type 27 Guard
  • 6 Inch Type 27 Guard
  • Wrench
  • Flanges
  • Kit Bag

DeWalt DCG414T2

  • DeWalt FlexVolt 60V Max Grinder
  • (2) DeWalt FlexVolt Batteries DCB606
  • Fast Charger
  • Side Handle
  • 4-1/2 Inch Type 27 Wheel
  • 4-1/2 Inch Type 27 Guard
  • 6 Inch Type 27 Guard
  • Wrench
  • Flanges
  • Kit Bag

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Ken S
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I purchased one and use it all the time now mainly because of the connivance of it being portable. My first Flexvolt tool. I cut metal poles and beams with and it has the power that I need with having to drag a power cord out. Plus the batteries fit right in with my other 20V Dewalt cordless tools we use. It had a 4 inch and a 6 inch grind wheel shields that came with it. It has the power that we need to get the job done.

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Too big and bulky + I do not like the switch. it is not a small angle grinder or big. Probably for grinding ok but for versatile use cutting and grinding , one and two-handed , tight places not good.

Ashco lowe
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i agree alot of the time i use cordless is because there light and easy to manouvere while still having the power to do the job. if it was a 9inch grinder it would be more impressive to me

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