There is a LOT to be said about these new tools, so we’re going to break it up into shorter more manageable segments. That said, no, 18V and 20V Max tools and batteries are NOT cross-platform compatible as there’s just too much of a difference between battery techs and tool form factors.
As we’ve seen with their 12V Max system, Dewalt is strongly focusing on improving the usability and features of their tools. We have seen a similar trend in other industries in recent years, such as with digital cameras and computers. When developing the 20V Max tools, Dewalt’s engineers looked at the current 18V tools and focused on improving their performance and ergonomics while adding innovative features that further contributed to a quicker, easier, and overall better end user experience. In coming days I’ll talk a bit more about some of improvements I saw when demoing many of the new tools. I believe in absolute open disclosure and would never keep such information about the event and my participation a secret. To be quite frank, I really am extremely excited about the new lineup as it borrows heavily from the features I like about the 12V Max lineup.
A follow-up post will actually go through a bit more of the details surrounding the product launch media event, similar to this one from last year.
One of the things about Dewalt and the people there that I met with and spoke to, is that they’re all for feedback of any kind.
In fact, I imagine that if I wrote an extremely negative review, I would almost certainly be invited back to offer additional feedback on pending tools or future iterations still in the development process. There may be some surface similarities between Dewalt and B&D 20V Max designs, but once you take a closer look that all disappears. Looking at the two drills’s geometries, motor specs, chuck specs, clutch and speed settings, trigger shape, angles, and everything in between, the resemblance disappears. I will agree that the battery form factor looks somewhat similar from the outside, but at the same time so do the newest Bosch, Milwaukee, and Makita batteries. Looking at all of the electrical, mechanical, functional, and cosmetic differences, I cannot see how you can assert that the new Dewalt drill is a rebadged B&D.
I was 100% sure that this was a marketing ploy, until I spoke to Dewalt engineers and marketing heads. When I pushed my questions about this, I was told that there is a far larger existing Dewalt userbase in the USA and that when they observed groups’ behavior when comparing tool lines, they saw much confusion. Stanley is about 4 years late on this- will be very interesting to see how they get arround Milwaukee’s patents- Makita paid royally out of court to Milwaukee to get arround their patents- Hitachi and MKE are in court now- how did Stanley get arround them?
I also don’t know about any patents on the Li-Ion battery electronics, but I do know that Dewalt spent a lot of time and effort developing smart circuitry. The first two letters are probably for Dewalt Cordless, the third denotes the product category, and the number is used to reflect different models. It’s unfortunate I had to rely on crap department store brands instead of a Zac Tool.
We Test the 10 Best Cordless Oscillating ToolsThe cordless oscillating tool does the seemingly impossible.
This powerful machine features a high-performance, variable-speed motor that drives the blade at 0-3000 strokes per minute.
The porter-cable saw is a powerful, compact tool that lets you work in tight spaces without sacrificing performance and precision.
The saw features a Makita-built high-torque motor with a stroke that cuts 0-2900 strokes per minute for faster cutting. The compact saw is a versatile cordless saw ideal for quick, straight cuts or accurate curved cuts in a variety of materials. This entry was posted in Power & Hand Tools and tagged Best Cordless Reciprocating Saws, Best Saws, Cordless Reciprocating Saws, Cordless Saws, Reciprocating Saws, Saw, Saws on November 20, 2013 by longer. 1) Ridgid makes some very strong claims about their new permanent magnet motors, but the new Gen5X tools are NOT brushless.
2) Ridgid’s Gen5X tools and batteries will be compatible with all of their other 18V X4 tools, batteries, and chargers. June Update: A couple of new Gen5X accessories popped up at Home Depot, including a gooseneck LED worklight and a hybrid fan.
There really are too few details for me to form much of an opinion about the new Gen5X tools, but a couple of things do stand out. First, 780 in-lbs peak torque for the drill and 2,000 in-lbs peak torque for the impact driver? Hopefully we’ll see some more innovations and developments as part of the Gen5X lineup.
Pretty interesting idea for the keyless chuck on the drill, although I wonder how durable the chuck is. Looks to me like the battery goes onto the back, with the dust port being offset to the left side. Little disappointment at it not being brushless, but Home Depot wants a $499 price point so you have to make compromises.
Love the idea of the integrated LED light but I worry about the quality of the chuck thats left behind. I purchased all DeWalts 20v’s and after a year of work the impact driver will not hold bits, a small drill is burnt up, sawsall does not like to hold blades, and have two batteries that are paper weights. TTI and Emerson have an agreement where TTI will design, produce, and market power tools under the Ridgid brand in North America.
Everything I’ve read about permanent magnet motors describes them as brushless technology. These days, no brand will offer brushless tools without highlighting that they’re brushless. Even if your Home Depot gets these in stock, they might not be able to put them out immediately.
Kobalt’s 18V and 20V Max li-ion chargers, batteries, and tools are all cross-compatible with each other. Specifically, I am disappointed how, after after almost two years, all we get from Kobalt are slightly upgraded on-paper specs. Yes, the new Kobalt 20V Max li-ion battery packs have higher capacities than the 18V packs, but that isn’t anywhere near enough to balance my disappointment. I reached out to Lowes and Kobalt, asking if and how these new 20V tools are different from the 18V models, but they haven’t gotten back to me yet.
Back when Kobalt first released their 18V tools, Lowes and Home Depot engaged in some hostile competitive marketing. I don’t think marketing execs sit around a table asking how they can fool customers into buying their tools. I strongly considered doing a breakdown of different brands’ power tools, but the results could be too difficult to interpret. I think that they probably rushed the 20v model out specifically to get the larger batteries out and stem the tide of unhappy customers like myself that are stuck with poor battery life due to the anemic 1.3 ah batteries shipped with 18v models and the very noisy charger. It is once again time to tackle a question so many readers and power tool users are asking: I’m looking for a new cordless drill, what do you recommend? In the past couple of Best Cordless Drills roundups, Milwaukee took was the top pick in multiple categories. As with the other recommendations posts, these are based on my preferences and what I feel are the best cordless drills and drivers from among those I have tested and used. Since cordless drills and hammer drills often share most of the same parts and features, most if not all of these recommendations could apply to hammer drills as well. Since many of my recommendations are for brushless models, be sure to check out my post on the benefits of brushless power tool motors to help bring you up to speed. This is one of my favorite drills, and is perhaps the most recommendable for anyone looking for top-notch performance. If you want the latest and greatest, check out Bosch’s brushless drill and driver lineup. When you need to drill large holes, and many of them, and you want to do it safely, you might want to step up to the new Milwaukee M18 Fuel Hole Hawg, which is said to deliver corded-like performance.
The DCD790 grew on me, and there’s new competition in the compact high performance drill arena.
This model offers good performance and runtime, but it lacks some of the premium features of Milwaukee’s Fuel drills. Compared to Milwaukee’s M18 brushed motor drill (2606), the 2701 delivers comparable torque (500 in-lbs) in a smaller package.
Last holiday season, many retailers were selling the DDB181-02 (2) battery kit for just $99, which was an incredibly bargain. In a head-to-head between the Dewalt 20V Max DCD990 and Milwaukee M18 Fuel 2603, I prefer the Milwaukee.
Ingersoll Rand’s 12V cordless tools made it into my top 5 favorite new tools of 2013 list because they are great performers and meticulously designed. IR’s new drill, as well as their other cordless tools, are powerful and specially designed for automotive users.
As with the D1130, I would go so far to say the D5140 could also be an excellent model for industrial settings. The PS31 continues to be a great value, and it is sometimes available as part of discounted Bosch L-Boxx tool box bundles around Father’s Day and winter holiday shopping seasons.
The 2407 is a solid performer and also serves as inexpensive entry into Milwaukee’s M12 cordless power tool lineup. If both Bosch and Milwaukee’s 12V-class brushed motor compact drill driver kits were priced at $99, my recommendation would be for the Milwaukee.


Ryobi and Craftsman both continue to offer decent cordless drills, but you have to be careful as to which one you buy. I considered doing that, but it gets murky when you differentiate tools like that, not to mention longer. Makita isn’t on this list, and if Metabo is comparable to Makita then why should Metabo be on this list?
Anyways, I thought it would be an interesting consideration because the Metabo came out on top of the latest shootout performed by Oz Tool Talk, and maybe because I just bought one too and need to feel good about my purchase.
If I could only have access to two cordless drills, I would pick the IR 12V and Bosch 18V with anti-kickback tech. I was watching AusToolTalk on youtube and they recommended the Metabo As the best of the brushless drill and the Makita as the second best. Also, I totally agree that the safety of the Bosch that cuts power when it binds should be an important factor in choosing a powerful drill.
The XPH07 has potential as an extreme torque model, as already mentioned in the post, but it also has a very awkwardly sized auxiliary handle. Maybe I’ll try again to get my hands on one for the 2016 revision, to see if a couple hours of use could change my mind.
In their biggest product launch since first introducing their nascent 12V Max compact cordless tool lineup one year ago, Dewalt has announced details about their new 20V Max cordless power tool system. In fact, Dewalt reps stressed that with 63 million stem-batteries in the field, they will continue to support the 18V platform for a long, long, loooooong time. Some of these tools do resemble their 18V brethren, but there are many differences that we’ll go over when discussing the individual tools in more detail later on.
While pure specifications and ratings must have still been a concern when developing these new tools, it really looks as though Dewalt’s main driving force was to enhance the overall user experience. For example, Dewalt’s engineers remarked about how proud they were each time they could shave even a millimeter off the length of their impact driver prototypes.
In fact, most companies, Dewalt included, stress that we must inform readers about things like this.
For this preview post, I cut out a lot of my subjective opinions in order to keep it more objective and informational.
I propose that Dewalt is repackaging this tool in yellow plastic, just as they did in the early 90’s when they turned Black and Decker industrial cordless and renamed it Dewalt. Since the 20V Max batteries and tools are NOT compatible with current and previous 18V versions, they needed some way to differentiate the two systems. I’m not inclined to believe that several people could all look at me in the eye and flat out lie, especially when caught off guard.
With a 20 mm self drilling bore the black and Decker stooped after a few rounds on second gear.
C2 and L2 refer to whether the kits come with 2 compact 20V batteries or 2 extended-capacity ones.
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The saw’s patented system allows for fast blade removal, giving you more time to get your work done and instead of worrying about the equipment. This machine can also cut down small trees as well as be used to cut plywood, 2x lumber, metal and PVC. A keyless blade change allows the user to switch between cutting positions in seconds, and an integrated LED work light illuminates the work surface for better cutting results. When the new product family launches, there will be just two products, a 5pc combo kit (R9652), and a random orbit sander (R8606). Maybe a couple of new brushless tools will be released later on, but there hasn’t been any indication of this. These versatile tools offer contractors, renovators and DIY’ers a go-to option for a variety of cutting, grinding and sanding applications where limited space is an issue. I put new in quotes because the tools seem to be unchanged from the Kobalt 18V cordless power tools that came out nearly two years ago.
Stanley Black and Decker was the first to fully adopted 20V Max branding, with their Black & Decker, Dewalt, Porter Cable, and Stanley FatMax cordless tool brands, and I really thought that more brands would follow their lead by now. 100 RPMs and a couple of tens of in-lbs of torque could be attributed to testing variations, creative rounding, or using updated parts from suppliers. Even so, I think the specs and product photos are pretty conclusive, in how they show the tools have not been significantly updated.
And even those that do their due diligence don’t quite catch how a 20V Max Li-ion product is really more accurately described as 18V Li-ion. In other words, it seems highly likely that these tools have slightly upped specs because the companies that make the parts updated the specs, and not because Kobalt engineers sought out to design and produce better products. Bosch, Dewalt, Makita, and Milwaukee all upped the charge capacities of their 12V battery packs in the last few years.
I asked the man in Lowes battery section why they did not sell extra 20vion max batteries.
Looking around in a pawn shop I found a Kobalt 18V, Lithium ion set: drill, reciprocating saw, circular saw, bag, charger and a battery for $35. If you want to suggest a particular model for next year’s consideration, please let me know in comments. Simply put, brushless tools typically offer a balance of more power and longer runtime compared to tools with brushed motors.
When you’d done checking out the recommendations below, also take a look at out our recent Best Cordless Drills Under $100 Guide!
A Super Hole Hawg, designed for plumber’s needs and for boring larger holes, is in the works for this year. 1090 in-lbs is wrist-wrenching torque, but the Makita drill lacks any sort of protection device aside from an awkwardly long auxiliary handle.
That way, the tool stops before the drill could counter-rotate enough to create a dangerous situation.
The Hole Hawg provides a more controllable geometry, but the DDH181X also serves as a driver for fastening applications. The test sample was late, and I also didn’t think the roundup needed another category for best compact cordless drill.
This is a solid performing model that has all the makings of a great drill – a comfortable and ergonomic grip and a great power-to-size (and weight) ratio. Both are very capable cordless drills, but I favor the Dewalt’s ergonomics a hair better. The grip just isn’t as contoured as I have grown accustomed to, but it does taper a little from the gearbox towards the battery.
Its price is higher now, but maybe it will drop back down for Father’s Day and the next winter holiday season. At the least, I find Milwaukee’s overall ergonomics to be much better, especially when the auxiliary handle has to be attached. Even the 20V D5140 cordless drill kit’s hardshell case is tailored for automotive professionals. One of the hinges has a spring-loaded pin that allows the entire lid to be removed so that you could put the whole shebang right into a toolbox or cabinet drawer! Yes, it’s larger than many cordless drills designed for the construction tool industry. Although Bosch has been expanding their 12V tool lineup, Milwaukee’s is far stronger. I personally love that Bosch holds so many places here, I’ve been a big Bosch fan for a long time. Some are popular because they’re the cool tool to have, others because they are simply top performers.
They have some interesting innovations going on, but it took a lot of effort for anyone at Metabo to answer my questions. If you don’t include at least the makita a big player (metabo is less mainstream in non-Europen markets) then the test though still usefull, is giving a very incomplete picture. Testing of torque and battery life puts their latest products, which I don’t have (yet), at or near the top of the list. Would you prefer if I pandered to you and lauded the XPH07 over other drills just because it can deliver more torque according to on-paper specs?
Not only that, we were lucky enough to be a part of the small group with exclusive access and hands-on time with the new tools. And of course, once the tools are released approximately in September, we’ll conduct a few proper hands-on reviews.
They’ve never attempted to censor or guide my voice, nor would I tolerate such influence. Most every tool company that I write reviews for are just as interested in the negative feedback as the good, it’s a way for them to focus on improvement.
I don’t feel too eager about buying into a new system 3-4 times more expensive just for yellow plastic. Sure, both will probably get you from point A to point B, but the roads taken and the driving experience along the two paths will vary greatly.
Yes, it will feel better, it will have more amp hours, the numbers will be more impressive, but the starting point seems obvious. On first gear it was able to finnish the hole but with struggle and nothing you want to do to many times. My question to is what’s the difference, if any, and should I feel swindled as I do that they tricked me into an older model at the same price as a possible newer one.


The Zac Tool super heavy duty trenching shovel will work in narrow spaces as well as large and hold up to the toughest ground (it has a 12 gauge blade) and it’s patenteded blade and shake design make shaping a breeze. We gathered 10, some full-size and other compact 12-volt types, then we went to work cutting, sanding, and grinding. It has a specialized 6-inch pruning blade that cuts branches up to 3-inch in diameter, and its exclusive clamping jaw secures branches for a clean cut with vibration. They are a sub company of Milwaukee and they like to keep the good stuff for their strong brand.
It would have been nice if Dewalt did atleast allow and adapter from the 20v max to the 18v xrp tools, but Dewalt wants you in a totally now platform. If I want a new release, I often have to ask an associate to climb the stacks and dig into an unopened shipping carton. I’ve hit about 6 different home depots in the East Valley area of Phoenix over the past few weeks hoping for some luck. It be interesting to see just how different or surprisingly the same they are to each other, esp.
Their M18 and M12 Fuel brushless cordless tools are still simply the best offerings from among the major professional-grade brands. There are also no motor brushes to replace down the road, which means lower maintenance needs. Despite these things, the DDS181 is what I use for drilling holes and driving fasteners, at least when I’m not testing out another model.
I have never been a fan of Dewalt’s premium 3-speed drills, because they have traditionally been big, bulky, and heavy. While Milwaukee focused on power and premium features for their M12 Fuel drill, Bosch focused on size and seemingly runtime. Their brushless drill is lighter still, about a pound lighter than the M18 Fuel, with more torque and way more features like the removable chuck, electronic clutch, impulse mode, accelerometer based light, right angle adapter, etc etc. Someone buying into Makita’s 18V platform will find plenty of good options, but if you’re looking for a new drill and aren’t married to any one platform, other brands’ drills are more compelling. I used a new, out of the box Bosch and broke the anti-wrist-braking technology on the first trigger pull. I would much rather provide practical recommendations than tell you and brands what they want to hear. Having the opportunity to chat with and grill the design engineers and product managers greatly adding to the excitement! This may not seem like a lot, until  of course you need to drive a fastener in a tight cabinet or drawer, and your tool is just a hair too long. I have repaired a lot of makita tools for my carpenter friends and I started to wonder why my Dewalt tools never broke down.
If you are looking for a good cordless reciprocating for a well done job, you have been the right place where we have selected five best from the top 50 list carefully for you. Milwaukee’s cordless drills have impressed me less and the batteries on my drill lose all their charge fast when the drill binds. So I have also taken apart my Dewalt tools and the answer why they do not break down is to be found under the shell.
The testing involved cutting applications including: cutting plywood, pine trim, and 16d nails. They always put the asterisk next to 20v saying it is actually 18 nominal I believe voltage. Anyways back to the tools, I think they will do good if the prices are untouched with the battery upgrade and the miniscule upgraded specs.
The folks at Bosch were kind enough to supply all of the blades for our OMT head to head testing.
Ive actually had them honor their lifetime warranty a few times and its pretty good, no receipts needed.
The tool-free blade change system on the Bosch is the simplest and most stream-lined of all the models we tested.
The kit includes a nice accessory storage box along with a nice assortment of accessories including: DEWALT Oscillating Tool Guide System, wood with nails blade, sanding pad, (25) sheets of sanding paper,  and a universal accessory adapter. The XMT03Z is basically the same tool as the Makita LXMT025 but this new version includes a tool-free blade change design. Considering all the cordless OMTs with a tool-free design the XMT03Z is a welcome refinement. This tool is compatible with the DEWALT Universal Fitment style blades and features the same style tool-free blade change design that DEWALT uses. The R862004 accepts all popular multi-tool accessories with the included universal adaptor.
To change blades a bolt must be removed using an Allen wrench.This OMT features a LED work light, variable speed trigger and a belt hook.
It also has the ability to run other JobMax tool heads including several drilling and cutting heads. Most of the models we tested offer a tool-free blade change system with the exception being the Ridgid JobMax. In fact, their system is even easier to use than the Bosch’s, but you have to use a DEWALT blade in order to use this tool-free design.
While you can still use other brand blades, other blades must be installed using an adapter and bolt.The FEIN, Makita and Milwaukee all use a lever and a removable pin to secure the blades. The FEIN has one of the sleekest and most compact designs which all of us felt lent to a very comfortable tool to use. Both the Bosch and Makita feel very bulky and not as well balanced as the other models we tested so we ranked them both as third in the group.The Porter-Cable finished off last in large part to significant vibration.
This was a pretty extreme test that allowed each of us to quickly handle each tool cutting the same material. These results are subjective meaning we did not time the cutting, rather each of us ranked the tools based on our experience cutting 20 nails for each tool. This test was performed using the Bosch Carbide Metal Blade (OSC114C).Best in class goes to the Bosch MXH180BL. Each of the guys testing the OMT’s had the same impression after cutting through the nails. The Bosch quickly cut through the nails with ease and had a noticeable advantage over all the other models. Both the DEWALT and Makita models tied for 2nd place with very impressive power and speed as well. 4th place was a bit of a surprise with Ridgid performing almost as well as the Milwaukee.The FEIN AFMM 14 was a bit disappointing in this particular power test. However, in all fairness to FEIN, this model runs on a 14.4 volt battery platform compared to all the other models running on 18 volt batteries. This isn’t all that surprising as we consider this more of a DIY option or very light contractor grade jobs.
The goal was to cut a straight line that has good enough precision to be left as a finished cut. Milwaukee was the next pick in this category, users felt the grip contributed to better control.
Overall both the DEWALT and Milwaukee performed very well in this application.Bosch and Makita finished 4th and 5th with good smooth cutting but users felt that the bulky handle design hindered their ability to control the tools as well as some of the other designs with smaller grips.
Whether it’s cutting drywall, siding, or sheathing material these tools are faster and easier than other saw options. All of these tools work extremely well in this application and the distinction between one and two was very small.The Ridgid model was next followed by the FEIN (mostly due to the less power).
Comparing pricing in this category is tough as each tool is sold in quite a few different ways including bare tools and some with full kits. However, I created the table above with the name of each tool, the price I found the day of the article, information about cases, number of batteries and the battery size. Then I created a column at the end that includes an updated price that includes the tool, a charger, and two (2) full size batteries (4.0 Ah when available). This is the true cost that is needed to compare them side by side.From this pricing I give the best value to Milwaukee and DEWALT. All of these OMT’s performed the tasks we set up and several of them really surprised us. All things considered we are going to give a tie for the Best Cordless Oscillating Multi-Tool to Bosch and DEWALT. While the DEWALT has an edge on value, the Bosch has an edge on it’s tool-free design. If you already own one of these Brands battery platforms, each of these tools will perform well.
If you’re looking for a versatile platform the Ridgid JobMax is an excellent choice because it can be expanded to other cutting and drilling applications. Go check out another similar head to head at our friends site ProToolReviews Cordless OMT Shootout.



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