Jay, the editor behind Coptool and associate of Ohio Power Tool, snapped a few photos after demoing the new 20V jobsite radio at STAFDA. It was a very nice radio that gives you all the benefits you are looking for from a jobsite stereo including multi-platform battery charging, a variety of media inputs and power outlets to run other tools and chargers. In terms of loudness it seemed to do the job but head to head I’d like to see it up against the Bosch Power Box [on sale via OPT].
As expected the jobsite radio has a beefy-looking roll cage and what appears to be added vibration dampening.
2x 120V power outlets that supply your tools and separate chargers when the radio is plugged into an AC power outlet. Robust carrying handle and what appears to be a water- and dust-tight multimedia compartment. It is unclear whether the battery charging and media compartments are dust-proof or weather-sealed, but the unit as a whole is not. If the 18V charger has keyhole slots on the back, why not add two screws somewhere on the radio? It seems like a whole lot of angst over a radio, I have to agree to some extent with Fred’s comments in an earlier post on this unit. It may be a generational thing, but when I worked commercial, there were occasions where there were numerous radios, all tuned to different stations, and cranked to the maximum. But for now, I will get by with the small radio from the shop when I want it, and my phone will be in my pocket, for the times someone needs to contact me. We know how much readers have been eager for feedback about the new radio, so we reached out to Coptool, who had a chance to preview a pre-production unit at a recent trade show. It does it all in a very light weight portable package which will be very handy on the jobsite. A USB port charges your mobile devices, while an aux audio port connects to players’ headphone outputs.
The radio can be powered by Dewalt’s 12V or 20V Li-ion battery packs, and it can also charge both types of batteries as well.


Jay talks about some of these new products in his What’s New at 2012 STAFDA report, so be sure to check that out as well. New batteries is slide on type … so i don?t think they?ll have 2 types of charging , when it?ll demand 2 types of bays.
I have to say I’m a little underwhelmed between the wait of radio and Dewalts release of the 20v line no company makes a radio even close to the features of the Bosch Job Box radio.
Rarely do we have a radio on a job site, (sometimes I will take one if working alone, or we will be outside, and something important is going on), but to subject clients to our music seems un-professional to me. You couldn’t really hear anything but noise, and combined with the chop saws, screw guns, delivery trucks, and assorted site related noise, made the job harder(it was difficult to communicate), and unsafe on some levels. This is a compact lightweight drill yet it packs a lot of power in its high performance motor and dual speed transmission. A spring-loaded door to protect the unused outlets, similar to those on the Bosch Power Box 360 we reviewed favorably, would have been a welcome touch. You’ll have no trouble fitting it into those hard to reach spaces yet will have the power you need to get the job done quick. You get the motor plus 3 bases, a clear sub base, collets and tools all in a nice big carrying case for $267.29But do you really need three bases? This is the number one advantage to using a D-handle base as it means that you can keep both hands on the handles when you switch the router on and off.
It also comes with a second battery so you can have that one fully charged long before you need to switch. Many people have stated in their personal reviews that they are able to go most of the day if not all day on a single charge.Drill SpeedNot every job requires the same speed of rotation. Keeping both hands on the handles is safer and gives you more control.The pistol grip design of the D-handle gives you more control.
The slow speed is from 0 to 450 rpm and is great when you want a high level of control over your drilling or fastening. The high speed is from 0 to 1,500 rpm making it extremely fast when you need to get a job done fast.


As usual, you can control the drill speed in both settings by how much pressure you put on the trigger.Chuck SizeThe chuck on this drill is a plastic half inch single-sleeve keyless ratcheting chuck, and it has an extremely tight bit grip that is precise and accurate. It’s compact enough to fit into tight spaces yet large enough to have enough power to get the job done efficiently.
One of the main complaints that people give about this drill is that they expected a hard shell case and didn’t get one. The contractor bag it comes with is great and for the home owner or hobbyist, this should not be a problem. Is this okay?Lithium Ion Batteries are all the rage lately when it comes to cordless drills. Most people do not know that a Lithium Ion batteries only have a shelf life around 2 to 3 years. This means that even if you don’t use your drill often, you will still need to replace a lithium ion battery every 2-3 years! Although this is DeWalt’s entry level drill, it is a great choice for do-it-yourselfers and general contractors. It works excellent in a wide variety of materials like wood, plastic, metal and is great for woodworking, framing, cabinet installation, home repairs, and a whole lot of other uses.The slow speed is great for when you want superb control. It’s an excellent cordless power drill for general use and anything except for the heaviest of applications.
My question is I am putting up a Gazebo can I use this drill to drill screw wholes into my cement, to anchor it ?



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