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Pro Tool Review

In this issue I have the opportunity of reviewing a trio of Flexvolt 60V tools from DeWalt:

 
DeWalt has really upped the ante with this impressive line of power tools. All three tools tested are equipped with 60V brushless motors, and a big 9AH 60V battery. DeWalt’s tag line says “The power of corded, the freedom of cordless”. After testing I consider that line to be fact. The battery life is very impressive and all 3 tools are well made with non slip handles, integrated LED lighting, assorted safety features and enough power for any task a corded tool can do. The batteries also have battery charge level lights built in.
The DeWalt Grinder Kit includes a Flexvolt 9 AH 60V battery, charger, a 4.5” grinding disk, a side handle, 2 disk guards and a tool bag. Some of the features include a kickback brake, which engages when a pinch, stall or bind-up event is sensed. The engine brake engages when the trigger is released with stopping speeds of 1.5 seconds. With a 9000 RPM no load speed and a peak horsepower of 3 HP this is a hard working, powerful tool. It also features a tool-less disk lock.

The DeWalt Reciprocating Saw Kit includes a Flexvolt 9 AH 60V battery, charger, a saw blade and a tool bag. It features a 0 – 3000 SPM variable speed trigger and a 1-1/8” stroke length, LED lighting and a rubber over-mold grip. With a total of 1,874 unit watts out it offers some of the best cordless performance of any tool I’ve tested. The blade clamp is tool-less for quick blade changes. It includes a pivoting shoe to provide leverage for different applications.

The DeWalt Circular Saw Kit includes a Flexvolt 9 AH 60V battery, charger, 7-1/4” 24 tooth carbide thin kerf blade and a tool bag. Features include an electronic brake, an integrated rafter hook that folds out of the way and integrated LED lighting. With 2,456 unit watts out and a no load speed of 5,800 RPM, this is a work horse of a saw. The saw has a maximum bevel capacity of 57˚ and bevel stops at 22.5˚ and 45˚. Depth of cut is 2-9/16” at 90˚.
I tested all three of these tools on their own tasks and was very impressed with power and performance of each. They are all well balanced and easy to use. Again, the battery performance was exemplary. These are well built, thoughtfully crafted tools that I’m sure will last a good long time. It kinda sounds like I like these tools, eh.

Reasonably priced and ruggedly built, I definitely give the DeWalt Flexvolt 60V brushless family of tools my TINTO recommendation (Tools I Need To Own).

Until next time
Rod Pipher, Testing and Safety