Dewalt Unveils A Cordless Future
Dewalt recently unveiled its new line of power tools, with a view to make job sites safer and more efficient.
Calling it the company’s biggest launch in 30 years, the new Flexvolt line includes 60-volt batteries with its groundbreaking technology.
The company also unveiled its vision for “the job site of the future” where workers can work free from the constraints of short power cords, electrical outlets and generators.
Greg Weston, Director of Marketing for Stanley Black & Decker battery Canada Corp., Dewalt’s parent corporation, says the company “has relentlessly pursued the cordless job site,” and that Flexvolt should considerably reduce safety hazards on construction sites as well as in homes. Its portability will also make outdoor work easier.
“This is our next logical evolution,” said Weston. “We want to go completely cordless to reduce the need for applications that required a corded or gas-powered product in the past. Cords are tripping hazards and disruption of power could also become a problem on-site. Cordless solves that problem.”
He also says that for many projects, including the DIY variety, standard 20-volt power tools battery are insufficient. Sixty-volt brushless tools, on the other hand, are faster and will increase efficiency. They have longer battery life and don’t overheat.
Flexvolt battery packs are backwards compatible, meaning they’ll work with the company’s 20-volt platforms that are already on the market.
Dewalt has been working on going cordless for the last three or four years and has plans to release more cordless tools on the market in the coming months and years.
“It all boils down to power,” continued Weston. “If you see a tool that’s running on gas or extension cord, we’re trying to figure out a way to make a cordless option for them.”
Frank Mannarino, President of Professional Products Group for Dewalt, says the company is close to “unlocking the keys to the job site of the future.” Dewalt undertook an extensive research campaign and on-site hazards were found to be its customer’s biggest concern.
“We think the products we’re developing here are going to satisfy the pro user,” said Mannarino. “Cords are tripping hazards on job sites and users have told us if you eliminate the cord, you eliminate the tripping hazard. So, in many of the products, we’re eliminating the cord and they’ll inherently be safer on the job site.”
The battery chargers are exceedingly efficient, too. The 60 Volt Bushless Cordless Reciprocating Saw, for example, gets roughly 56 4x4 cuts per charge, and is ideal for virtually any kind of demolition work. It is also fitted for wood and metal blades.
Says Cindy Drnec, a Dewalt product associate on hand at the Flexvolt launch: “The great thing about this saw in particular is it has so much power that it can replace a corded saw for you. Anything you felt like you didn’t have power to cut through, you’re going to have the power with the 60-volt cordless saw.”
Many of the Flexvolt tools are also ergonomically sound, like the Carbon Fibre Hammer Tacker, which is described as requiring 40 per cent less exertion from the user.
Dewalt hopes it can improve safety on construction sites, as well as in people’s homes, and says it plans to release more tools on the market in the coming months, and in doing so, get the jump on all of its competition.
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