DeWalt FlexVolt 60V Max Grinder | Next-Gen DCG418 - Pro Tool Reviews

2022-04-22 23:13:20 By : Mr. Frank Zhang

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There's a clear boost in power for the DeWalt FlexVolt 60V Max grinder. The fact that DeWalt does this without increasing the size or weight of the tool makes it one of the best cordless grinder upgrades we've seen.This is a true replacement for your corded grinder. There's a premium that comes with cutting the cord, of course, and we recommend picking up the 2-battery kit if you're a heavy user. If the $449 price tag is in your budget, don't overthink it – pull the trigger on this one.

It’s been several years since we put our hands on the original DeWalt FlexVolt 60V Max grinder. We were impressed with the power DeWalt delivered with their 60V Max FlexVolt battery and the design suited our tastes as well. We used the updated DCG418 for cutting and grinding my boat trailer so it would fit in the garage.

On paper, the DeWalt FlexVolt 60V Max grinder now has 2300 watts of power, matching a 13-amp corded model. The DCG418 has a 30% power boost over the DCG414’s 1700 watts.

Despite that jump in power, the wheel speed is still 9,000 RPM and maxes out with a 6-inch wheel.

Cutting bolts, grinding welds, and shaving both steel and aluminum were ridiculously easy for this cordless grinder. There’s simply no compromise in performance over using a corded model unless you count not having to manage extension cords.

There was definitely a power boost for the DCG418 over the 414. To get a better idea, I took both over to the vise and locked down some #5 rebar and went to town with a Type 27 wheel. With the freedom to bear down, the power difference was even more evident. The original FlexVolt angle grinder was impressive, but the power in this model next-level.

What’s really impressive is that the DeWalt FlexVolt 60V Max grinder brings extra power without raising its weight or increasing its bulk. In fact, side-by-side, there’s virtually no way to tell the difference between the two models. Both models are an identical 4.66 pounds bare (8.00 pounds with a 9.0Ah battery, handle, and Type 27 wheel).

If you liked the design of the 414, you’re in luck — everything looks and feels the same. If you didn’t, well, you’re going to dislike the same things.

There’s a standard two-finger trigger with safety override for power. Personally, I prefer a paddle switch, but DeWalt did a good job with the handle ergonomics to compensate. DeWalt’s trigger safeties have always seemed intuitive to me, and the grinder is no exception.

When you release the trigger, the brake engages and stops the wheel slightly slower than before. This feature is becoming almost a must-have between the safety factor and protecting the work surface from a blade that is still spinning.

If you pinch or stall the wheel, DeWalt’s E-Clutch activates within 1/10th of a second. Likewise, the brake engages immediately when the tool senses kickback and the tool shuts itself off.

The DeWalt FlexVolt 60V Max grinder is available in three configurations. The bare tool runs for $199. You can also get a single-battery kit for $299 or a two-battery kit for $449.

The bare tool is the same price as the 414. The kits run more, but they have 3.0/9.0Ah batteries instead of the 2.0/6.0Ah ones that came with the older kits.

Given the landscape of cordless grinders, the price looks just about right at this performance level.

There’s a clear boost in power for the DeWalt FlexVolt 60V Max grinder. The fact that DeWalt does without increasing the size or weight of the tool makes it one of the best upgrades we’ve seen in the cordless grinder sector.

This is a true replacement for your corded grinder. There’s a premium that comes with cutting the cord, of course, and we recommend picking up the 2-battery kit if you’re a heavy user. If the $449 price tag is in your budget, don’t overthink it – pull the trigger on this one.

On the clock, Kenny dives deep to discover the practical limits and comparative differences for all kinds of tools. Off the clock, his faith and love for his family are his top priorities, and you'll typically find him in the kitchen, on his bike (he's an Ironman), or taking folks out for a day of fishing on Tampa Bay.

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Something to point out is that the DCG414 has a TWO year Service Repair Agreement, while the DCG418 only has a ONE year Service Agreement… this might be important for people to know.

In the side by side picture of the two, it looks like you have them both running a 2.0Ah DCB606 battery. But, similar to DeWalt’s 20v Power Detect, the power boost comes from pairing the new tool with 21700 based batteries, like the 3.0Ah DCB609 or 4.0 DCB612.

Straight from DeWalt: “The DEWALT DCG418 with a DCB609 60V MAX* FLEXVOLT battery has up to 30% more power vs. DEWALT DCG414 with a DCB606 60V MAX* battery”

I believe there is still some boost with the 2.0Ah, but not the advertised +600 watts.

Isn’t 13 amp corded only 1560 watts? Wouldn’t 2400 watts be equivalent to a 20 amps corded grinder?

I purchased one and use it all the time now mainly because of the connivance of it being portable. My first Flexvolt tool. I cut metal poles and beams with and it has the power that I need with having to drag a power cord out. Plus the batteries fit right in with my other 20V Dewalt cordless tools we use. It had a 4 inch and a 6 inch grind wheel shields that came with it. It has the power that we need to get the job done.

Too big and bulky + I do not like the switch. it is not a small angle grinder or big. Probably for grinding ok but for versatile use cutting and grinding , one and two-handed , tight places not good.

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