DeWalt is determined to cut the cord
FlexVolt™ represents corporate commitment to “the relentless pursuit of the cordless job site”
June 22, 2016 by John Bleasby
Hanger 57 (Somewhere NE of Baltimore MD)— I have seen the future and it is cordless. DeWalt, one the world’s top names in power tools for the trades and consumers made the largest and most sweeping product launches in company history in spectacular fashion this week. It was a dramatic presentation to the trade media that focused on new engineering and new technology, made in an aircraft hanger converted into a series of presentation theatres and work stations. The entire DeWalt line was available for hands-on demonstrations.
New battery technology and high-efficiency brushless motors
The DeWalt The FlexVolt™ battery powers a new lineup of brushless 60V Max and 120V Max FlexVolt™ tools and are the world’s first batteries that automatically change voltage when the user changes tools, whether they require 20V, or 60V power, a patent-pending technology that is backwards compatible with most existing DeWalt 20V Max tools and chargers.
Utility and run time between charges is further enhanced by new brushless motors now incorporated into almost every cordless tool in the comprehensive DeWalt range, including drills, grinders, and saws.
Even products not directly impacted by the new battery technology have been been reviewed and upgraded as required from both an ergonomic and engineering standpoint, focusing on weight and operation in order to increase efficiency, which in turn impacts job site efficiency and therefore job completion.
A giant step towards cordless and gas-less job sites
Cordless power tools have been with us for many years. Battery life and power has increased while battery size has become compact, but nothing approaches the leap that DeWalt has now taken. It’s a bold move and represents a strongly held corporate commitment to go both cordless and, in the case of outdoor tools like chainsaws and lawn trimmers, to go gas-less across a full range of products without sacrificing power. “FlexVolt shows our determination towards the relentless pursuit of the cordless job site,” said Frank Mannarino, President of Professional Products Group. “We couldn’t achieve this with our previous power systems. In order to achieve the 1000watt of power required by larger tools, we had to go higher.”
In fact, using live hands-on comparison tests of the FlexVolt system matched against competitors at this week’s product launch, DeWalt demonstrated superior speed, power and run time across the board, combined with improved control and safety features.
The full line of DeWalt FlexVolt power tools from drills, grinders will roll out over the next few months supported by the near-seamless integration of accessories and support products. Price levels are expected to make the switch to cordless very compelling.
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