Tool Review: Time to Trim

Cordless Outdoor Power Tool Offerings Simplify Jobsite Maintenance

by Ali Turner, editorial assistant

Have you ever been on your way to a new jobsite, eager to start the project, only to arrive and see it is covered with overgrown bushes and hedges that are inhibiting you from getting started? It’s a common problem among roofing professionals, who need jobsites to be safe, accessible, and hassle-free. This impasse can often create unexpected delays, either because the contractor needs to find and charge a hedge-trimming machine, or even worse, they don’t have one onsite and need to go back to the shop to get one in order to continue. Thankfully, DEWALT® has added three new outdoor power tools to its 20V MAX System, which already features more than 200 products. The three new outdoor power tools include the 20V MAX XR® Brushless 14” Folding String Trimmer, the 20V MAX XR Brushless Handheld Blower, and the 20V MAX Pole Hedge Trimmer. That means that you can have a tool for that overhanging branch while using the same product line you already own.

By ditching the cord, DEWALT’s 20V MAX System family of tools delivers innovative solutions that improve productivity on the jobsite. To put these tools to the test, our team headed outside of our office building to trim around the perimeter fence, which had spent the winter season accumulating pesky landscape overgrowth.

First up was the 20V MAX XR Brushless 14″ String Trimmer, which features an innovative folding hinge mechanism that reduces its length by 41% for convenient storage. The QuickLoad™ Spool allows for fast and easy line replacement and 14” of swath with DEWALT’s 0.080″ line. The variable speed trigger offers precise power control as well as performance and runtime management with the hi/lo speed control switch. At 7.9 lbs. without a battery, the 20V MAX 14″ String Trimmer offers bump feed and achieves 4600/6000 RPM for no-load speed and is durable even when used in thick brush. Our team found this to be a highly versatile power tool offering from DEWALT, and we were able to use it to rid our outdoor space of weeds and overgrown grass.

The 20V MAX Pole Hedge Trimmer is designed to cut through a variety of landscape overgrowth. This pole hedge trimmer has a high output motor and 22” hardened steel laser-cut blades engineered for clean cuts on branches up to 1” thick with up to 2800 SPM. The seven-position 180° articulating head allows the user to customize cutting angles for hedges of just about any shape and size. The pole hedge trimmer measures 7’ in length, including the battery. The trimmer has a maximum reach of up to 12’, making easy work of those irksome tree branches overhanging the rooftops. It weighs 7.9 lbs. without a battery, and our team didn’t experience fatigue after prolonged trimming.

After removing all the unwanted landscaping from our outdoor space, our team was left with scattered piles of unwanted debris. That was when the 20V MAX Brushless Handheld Blower came in handy. This tool offers an innovative axial fan that is designed to maximize air output and runtime. It clears debris with an air volume of up to 450 cubic feet per minute and up to 125 mph, with the concentrator nozzle. At only 5.43 lbs. without a battery, the blower features a lightweight design, giving users directional management. The variable speed trigger and speed lock give the user power control. We were amazed at how easy it was to use, thanks in large part to its cordless frame. It felt powerful without being bulky or overwhelming.

By utilizing the reliable 20V MAX battery system, DEWALT allows contractors, both loyal and new, to build upon one of the largest cordless tool platforms. Whether you’re indoor, outdoor, or on the roof, DEWALT has a tool for you.

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