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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. The heart of the JobMax cordless tool system is the Power Base Handle which houses the battery, motor and variable speed trigger. Individual tool heads can be connected to the power base handle straight on, or rotated at 90°, 180° and 270° angles. The ergonomics of the power base handle are pretty good and the reversible variable speed trigger is large and easy to toggle.
There is a noticeable shift in balance when tool heads are attached to the power base handle due to the weight of the tool heads’ metal encased transmission and gearbox.
Technically this is not part of the JobMax system, but is bundled in with Ridgid’s general purpose JobMax combo kit.
Ridgid’s version of the auto hammer is very bulky and a bit larger than other auto hammers on the market. One-handed operation of this tool just isn’t possible given the weight of this tool head. The general purpose and right angle combo kits are still available, and we’ve noticed a full selection of individual tool heads available at Home Depot for those that want to build their own combo kits. This has to be one of the cooles tool sets around, problem is they seem a bit late to the market.
Bill, if the general purpose set is due to hit the shelves again, I would expect that Home Depot is stockpiling supplies for the upcoming holiday shopping rush.
Does the have enough torque and power to be able to use it for the car like changing tires?
Does the impact driver have enough torque and power to be able to use it for the car like changing tires? I bought this tool when I started shopping for an oscillating tool to clean up some tile grout and caulking. After reading tons of negative reviews about ridgid battery becomes defective or charger not charging properly, here is a simply remedy to jump start dead battery.


Everyone is entitled to share their opinions, as long as they don’t disparage other readers or commenters. You must have JavaScript enabled in your browser to utilize the functionality of this website. This powerful, multipurpose rotary tool kit has a shaft mounted LED light for use in dark areas and includes over 70 accessories. If you require further details regarding the transaction data, please contact the supplier directly. 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. Featuring a universal handle and interchangeable tool heads, the JobMax system is designed to be versatile and affordable. We really came to appreciate the 4 directional head positions when working in very tight or cluttered areas. Without a tool head attached to the power base handle, its trigger locks, preventing accidental power-drain during transport or storage. The driver is a bit chunky and heavy but is pretty well balanced with a slight tendency to lean forward. The clutch adjustment was a pleasure to use with the dial positively clicking in at each setting. It comes with a few sanding and cutting accessories to get you started, and has a near universal adapter that accepts Bosch and Dremel branded accessories.
It also seems to be a bit more powerful than the other versions when it comes to driving larger nails, but it’s also just as loud. If you still cannot find it then, you should still be able to buy the Power Base Handle and the hammer head separately, but it won’t be as cost efficient if you need to buy the pistol-grip driver as well.
I have a Milwaukee 120v plug-in model that retails at around $150-180 that I use every day and it keeps me happy, but there are more economical options around.
I was excited about buying a 12V Jobmax multi-tool starter kit, at Home Depot, but I was sure disapointed. There is some sort of safety that prevents the trigger from being pulled if the tool head is not fully attached to the JobMax body all the way.
And then there are the guys that seem to only write in to complain about the guys that remark about country of origin. But, all li-ion cells have limited lifetimes; battery packs are essentially consider to be wearables.
Worse purchase I've made there and they won't make good, on this junker product, after 30 days. 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.
This review sums up our general opinion of the JobMax system and will springboard into individual reviews later on. The ratchet is driven at 0-220 rpm, and I was pleasantly surprised at how versatile the tool was. While most of the other tool heads feature a nice textured grip, this one has a soft rubbery sleeve that’s even more comfortable. Hitachi, Kawasaki, Craftsman and a few other brands have reasonably-priced options for the hobbyist in electric and cordless impact wrenches. I have two batteries, and swap them when necessary, but once this problem arises, I usually give up. 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. The adapter that comes with the tool to use with Dremel and Bosch accessories because the HD store did not stock the Ridgid accessories. So I bought two of them for the simple fact that they were giving you a free extra toolhead with each set you purchased. 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.
Here are the steps: Disassemble the battery housing and take out the three li-ion battery pack.
I spent $160 on batteries and another $100 on two chargers, not to mention trips back and forth to HD.
I use something like this, maybe once or twice a year and didn't expect much, but received much LESS, from this product.
Short lived battery charge wasn't much of a surprise, little actual difference, in 'variable' speed, was expected; failure to take a charge or even provide a replacement battery, was a sour surprise. I am a plumber and have used Ridgid tools for many years and they are usually very good tools.
Usually it works again after a few hours rest… I will take mine back and try another unit.
Used this for two or three minor jobs, for a few minutes each and battery wiuld no longer take a charge. What I mean is normally I check out any item that I consider a major purchase online before laying out the cash for the item. Well I did it in reverse this time and when I looked the jobmax up online I found some very uncomplimentary reviews. Charger will say its fully charged but its not, this is because the silicone diode being shorted from the battery pack.
Well I hoped for the best and the first outing with the tool there were no issues but the next time I went to use it low and behold the same issue as in the reviews bared its ugly head. I wasn’t putting the tool under any load just sanding some paint and it just stopped. Now that the battery pack is revived you can recharged it up to 85% of its capacity, this is because of the diode being bypassed. I had my receipts but when Rigid had me register my tools for there lifetime warranty they had me cut the UPC’s off the boxes and mail them in.
The guys at HD had never heard of such a thing and the wife and I had to stand around there for a half hour or more until the manager finely realized how pissed I was getting and remembered that was what Rigid required for there lifetime warranty to be in effect.
Anyway good concept poorly executed maybe if they come out with a corded version or a second gen.



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