DEWALT Announces New Products
Over the last two days I had the pleasure of visiting Black & Decker University in Towson, MD for the unveiling of several new products from DEWALT. This will be a very short post about some of the products that I had the chance to try with more detailed information in the coming days.
First and foremost I’m very impressed with how DEWALT approaches product development along with research, testing and consumer interaction. Having a chance to see the time and effort that goes into developing these next generation tools was both interesting and eye opening.
DEWALT® Unveils New 12 Volt MAX* Lithium Ion Cordless System
Today’s events all focused on the new 12 Volt MAX* Lithium Ion Cordless System which represents a nice offering of sub-compact tools for remodelers, plumbers, electricians, cabinet installers and even manufacturing workers.
The new 12 Volt MAX* system is noticeably different than many other manufactures with the battery pack being mounted at the bottom of the handle like most larger scale cordless tools. After seeing these new tools today and trying them myself I have no doubt they will make quite a plash in the industry later this fall when they hit the street.
DEWALT SDS Rotary Hammers
One of the highlights of the first day for me was the introduction of new and improved SDS Rotary Hammers. The new SDS offerings include some really amazing new features that are sure to make contractors jobs easier, safer and more productive.
Some of the new features that we touched on were Shocks (active vibration control), dust extraction systems and CTC (complete torque control). All of these features sounded great in theory but I was truly blown away at the results. The shocks and CTC systems literally reduce vibration and stress to the user by as much as 50%. The dust collection systems were simple in design and very effective at capturing dust while drilling in masonry in both horizontal and vertical positions.
Another product line that we had the pleasure of checking out was an improved and expanded line of abrasives for the metal working industry. It’s clear that DEWALT is responding to current economic times by focusing on products that outlast the competition, improve production and ultimately cut costs.
Some of the highlights included improved thin wheels, wearable backing flap discs and QDC Arbors for quick change discs.
All of this is just a teaser as I’ll be writing more in the coming days and weeks about some of these exciting new products. More than anything I wanted to share my experience and how impressed I was with all the research and development that goes on to create tools that meet all of our needs in construction.