DeWalt rose out of Black and Decker professional (previously Elu) to create a brand identity for the trade range that was no longer hampered by the DIY image of their parent company.

When it came to establishing that brand  they went for it in a very big way with years of  high profile marketing activity and a huge demonstrator fleet that got their tools out there onto sites and into the hands of end users. They painted Britain yellow and it worked spectacularly.  The company is now part owned by Stanley  and has scaled back its marketing  hoping that the momentum will carry them through.

We consider DeWalt’s wood working machines to be among their  best  products. You see their mitre saws all over the place and rarely hear a bad word against them.


Dewalt vs Hitachi framing nailer Head-2-Head

Dewalt vs Hitachi framing nailer

Roger visits his friend Malcolm to put the new Hitachi NR1890DBCL up against the established Dewalt DCN692 to see how much of a difference Hitachi’s new air spring drive technology makes to performance. Features of the new Hitachi NR1890DBCL/JP The Hitachi NR1890DBCL/JP is powered by a lightweight, rechargeable 5.0 Ah Li-Ion battery, so there’s no need to replace fuel cells. …

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Impact Driver Showdown! UPDATED 8 top drivers reviewed

best impact driver

We had an amazing response to our impact driver test released last week but there was also a consistent question mark over whether the solid oak we used was a fair torque test for the drivers so we decided to update the test and add a comparison of the drivers on concrete. So here it is – our updated showdown …

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Why did we make an impact driver test?

impact driver test

On Friday 9th February we released our showdown of eight of the big players in the impact driver arena to help you identify the best impact driver for your needs. Roger Bisby put drivers from Bosch, Dewalt, Hitachi, Hilti, Makita, Metabo, Milwaukee and Panasonic through their paces. Explaining the thinking behind the latest test, Roger comments: “We set this test …

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Dewalt DCF887 Impact Driver Review – Roundup Part 1

Dewalt DCF887 Impact Driver Review

Dewalt DCF887 Impact Driver Review: In the first part of the Skill Builder super impact driver roundup, we look at the Dewalt DCF887 3-speed 2nd generation brushless 18v impact driver. Reviews of the Makita, Milwaukee, Bosch, Hilti, Metabo, Panasonic, and Hitachi are still to come with the conclusion being published at the end of the year. Features DEWALT built brushless …

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DeWalt Mega Kit giveaway & Faithfull Screwdriver Set review

Faithfull Screwdriver Set review

Skill Builder has once again teamed up with Real Deals for You to take a look at a selection of products from their Christmas campaign and bring you news of a major competition; Real Deals for You is giving away 12 DeWalt Mega Kits worth £1899 each.  In the first installment of this series Roger Bisby provides details of how …

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DeWalt extends XR FLEXVOLT range

XR Flexvolt range

DeWalt has extended its XR FLEXVOLT range to include a Mitre Saw as well as the SDS Max and Plus Hammers. Advantages of the XR FLEXVOLT system which was launched in 2016 include: ·        Sustained all day operation for onsite heavy duty construction application, without cable inconvenience ·        Wide range of 54V power tools to suit any job ·        Cross-compatible …

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DeWalt XR FLEXVOLT demonstration


Roger visits the Professional Builder Live show at Alexandra Palace and finds out more about the new DeWalt XR FLEXVOLT battery technology with Mark Bippus. XR FLEXVOLT is a range of 54V power tools that offer runtime and performance which has never been seen before – for the first time, professional tradesmen can reliably undertake heavy-duty construction applications without the …

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Tiling Tips: Making a hole for your soil pipe

Tiling Tips

In this latest video, Roger Bisby shows how to make a hole for a soil pipe using a DEWALT cordless angle grinder.

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DeWalt XR Flexvolt available from August

DeWalt XR Flexvolt

DeWalt has confirmed that the DeWalt XR Flexvolt battery, a 54 v battery which can power even heavy duty construction power tools which the company unveiled earlier this week, will be available from August. Completely backwards compatible with existing DEWALT XR 18V products, the DeWalt XR Flexvolt battery is said to offer market-leading runtime in 18V products, with the option …

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Dewalt unveils 54V battery which provides power of corded with freedom of cordless

54V power tools

DEWALT is claiming to have “changed the game” in the power tool market as it unveils a range of 54V power tools that offer new levels of runtime and performance. With the new XR Flexvolt range Dewalt promises tradespeople they will be able to undertake heavy-duty construction applications without the need for mains power. This innovation means that you can …

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