DEWALT unveils the FLEXVOLT™ system, which features the world’s first batteries that automatically change voltage when the user changes tools. Two FLEXVOLT batteries, a 6.0Ah battery available in the fall of 2016 and a 9.0Ah battery available in early 2017, power the lineup of brushless 60V MAX and 120V MAX FLEXVOLT tools.
What makes these two FLEXVOLT batteries extremely innovative are their patent-pending technology that is backwards compatible with most existing DEWALT 20V MAX tools and chargers. When used in DEWALT 20V MAX tools, the 6.0Ah FLEXVOLT battery provides up to 4X runtime. In addition, the FLEXVOLT battery provides more than 3X battery power versus DEWALT 18V NiCad.
The key to this technology is the ability of the FLEXVOLT batteries to switch between DEWALT tools of varying voltages (20V MAX, 60V MAX, and 120V MAX). The FLEXVOLT batteries automatically change voltage depending on whether they’re being used in a 20V MAX or 60V MAX tool. Two FLEXVOLT batteries (of same amp hour) together power the new DEWALT 120V MAX tools. This means that high power tool applications that previously could only be accomplished by corded tools can now be performed with the DEWALT FLEXVOLT system of cordless tools. As a result of this advanced battery technology, jobsites can now fully transition from corded to the freedom of cordless.
Both the 6.0Ah and 9.0Ah FLEXVOLT batteries will extend the runtime of existing DEWALT 20V MAX tools, and also power five new 60V MAX tools and two new 120V MAX tools (with 2 FLEXVOLT batteries). The new 60V MAX FLEXVOLT brushless tools include a 7¼-inch Circular Saw, 4½-inch to 6-inch Grinder, Reciprocating Saw, ½-inch VSR Stud and Joist Drill, and 8¼-inch Table Saw. The new 120V MAX FLEXVOLT tools are a 12-inch Fixed Head Compound Miter Saw and 12-inch Sliding Compound Miter Saw.
Frank Mannarino, president of Professional Products Group, says, “The impact of the FLEXVOLT system will be felt throughout the construction industry on each and every jobsite. This new platform packs the power required for heavy-duty applications, makes it easy to exchange corded tools for cordless, and ensures that our existing 20V MAX users get the benefit of added runtime without making the 20V MAX system obsolete.”
Also capable of operating off of the FLEXVOLT battery platform are new 20V MAX tools, including a Portable Power Station, 20V MAX Bluetooth® Radio Charger, and 20V MAX Bluetooth® LED Area Light. DEWALT’s 20V MAX Hammer Drill & Impact Driver Combination Kit will also be offered kitted with a 6.0Ah FLEXVOLT battery in addition to a 2.0Ah battery. In addition to the tools, FLEXVOLT High Efficiency Accessories™ are Engineered to Maximize Runtime™. This new line is optimized for use with cordless power tools and is engineered to deliver more cuts or holes per charge than standard DEWALT accessories.
Featured Image: 60V MAX Reciprocating Saw
Above: 60V MAX 4.5” to 6” Grinder
DEWALT continues to develop tools that provide more power and runtime, and combined with FLEXVOLT battery technology, completely cordless jobsites are within reach. Without the hassle of cords or generators, cordless tools now have the runtime and power needed to complete almost any construction task. The FLEXVOLT tools and 6.0Ah battery will be available in fall 2016, and the 9.0Ah battery will be available in early 2017, where DEWALT products are sold. Each FLEXVOLT tool comes with the standard DEWALT 3-year limited warranty, 1-year free service, and 90-day money back guarantee, while the FLEXVOLT batteries come with a 3-year limited warranty, 3-year free service, and 90-day money back guarantee.
DEWALT is a leading manufacturer of industrial corded and cordless power tools, power tool accessories, and hand tools in categories that include Woodworking, Drilling & Fastening, Concrete & Metal Power Tools, as well as Cutting, Abrasive, and IMPACT READY® Impact Driver Power Tool Accessories. Hand Tool categories include Measuring & Layout, Knives & Blades, Mechanics Tools, and Storage Solutions.
With seven manufacturing locations in the USA, DEWALT remains committed to domestic manufacturing and produced approximately 62 million individual units of Power Tools, Hand Tools, and Accessories in the United States with global materials in 2015 alone. ■
Note: With respect to 20V MAX: Maximum initial battery voltage (measured without a workload) is 20 volts. Nominal voltage is 18. With respect to 60V MAX: Maximum initial battery voltage (measured without a workload) is 60 volts. Nominal voltage is 54. With respect to 120V MAX: Based on using 2 DEWALT 60V MAX batteries, combined having a maximum initial battery voltage (measured without a workload) of 120 volts and a nominal voltage of 108. The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are registered trademarks owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by DEWALT is under license.
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Modern Contractor Solutions – July 2016
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