In another step towards tool brands eliminating corded tools from sites, DEWALT Australia has announced the August 2016 launch of XR FLEXVOLT, comprising eight new 54v cordless tool along with dual 18v-54v battery packs.
The new tools include a 54v Grinder, 54v SDS plus Hammer, 54v Circular saw, 54v Alligator saw, 54v Reciprocating Saw, 54v Plunge saw, 54v Table saw and a 54v 216mm Mitre saw.
According to a press release from DEWALT, the new cordless tools will be powerful enough to complete applications “completely unheard of for cordless technology”.
“Traditionally, when compared with corded power tools, even the most efficient cordless system provided a compromise between increased portability and reduced power, between greater ease-of-use and reduced runtime,” the release said.
While Makita has its dual-voltage 36v cordless tools running off two 18v batteries connected in series, they only offer a circ saw and rotary hammer in this voltage/range, whereas DEWALT are proposing far more power and a greater range of tools, running off one battery, TTT understands.
The dual 18-54 voltage battery pack is also backwards compatible with existing 18v DEWALT cordless tools – where DEWLAT said the runtime will be significant – yet also has the option to amplify its voltage to 54v for bigger jobs.
“These are cordless, heavy duty construction power tools with all the accuracy, capacity and power of corded,” the releases stated, using the Table Saw as an example.
“This is a power tool capable of cutting 50m of 19mm (¾”) OSB (oriented strand board) from just one charge of a single battery – yet portable enough to be easily moved from room to room.”
Speaking of the tool’s runtime, DEWALT Australia’s National Marketing Manager, Ashley Hayden said: “the battery will provide in excess of a full day’s runtime on single charge for most users,” citing the roofing trade as an example.
“A roofer will traditionally prefer to use cordless technology … but is forced to carry a corded circular saw to allow the capacity to trim hip joints.”
“The new DEWALT XR FLEXVOLT range not only offers a high capacity circular saw to cut larger timbers, but the battery is also interchangeable with the table saw and mitre saw – allowing true cordless flexibility for his entire tool kit.”
More News To Come:
DEWALT Australia told TTT that further details will be announced mid-July including available battery sizes (in amps) tool and battery prices, launch dates and whether the batteries will encompass DEWALTS new Bluetooth Tool Connect – smartphone app integrated battery packs. We’ll also be looking to obtain one for testing. SUBSCRIBE NOW to be the first to know the latest news on this and other tool and industry announcements!