DeWalt FlexVolt 60V MAX Reciprocating Saw Gen 2 Review

DeWalt DCS 389 Review

The best way to describe the dewalt dcs389 is “the ultimate” or “a big brother”. The dewalt dcs389 is a huge step up from the previous generation of the same name. The new model offers many improvements over its predecessor, including better battery life, a larger power supply and improved features such as multi-function buttons (MFT).

DeWalt has been known for years for their quality products and reliability. They have always delivered with the latest technology. Their reputation is well deserved, but they are not without their critics either.

Some say that they’re too expensive, others claim that they don’t offer enough value compared to other brands like Makita or Milwaukee. Others still complain about the lack of innovation within the company’s product line.

We believe that there is no denying that dewalt has done a great job at producing some of the most reliable tools on the market today. We’ve used their products for decades and we think it’s safe to say that they’re one of the best companies around when it comes to making quality tools. If you want something that will last, stay sharp and perform well then you need to look elsewhere.

Although it’s true that they don’t offer the same value as other companies like Milwaukee for example, they DO have some good value tools. What sets them apart from their competitors is that they have taken the lead in some highly desirable technologies that haven’t quite become commonplace just yet.

This is one of those tools.

One thing that sets them apart from other cordless tools is their use of brushless motors. Other companies have started using this technology in some of their tools, but dewalt has been using it for years. Most professionals will agree that these motors are superior to brushed motors in every way, shape, and form.

They’re more efficient, they last longer and they’re significantly more powerful while weighing less than their counterparts.

Furthermore, the DeWalt’s line of cordless tools is one of the few out there that use this state of the art technology. The only downside to these is the cost, as most brushless tools tend to be more expensive than their brushed counterparts. This is mainly due to the added cost of production, and the fact that they’ve only recently become mainstream in consumer electronics like laptops and smartphones.

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Although the cost of the tool might deter some, one thing that should encourage you is the fact that these tools will last a long time and require little to no maintenance. In fact, with regular use and proper care, you might not ever have to replace the battery. One thing you might need to worry about is the charger failing, but even that’s a long shot.

The other major technology that the dcs389 is using is their Flexvolt system. This is really just a fancy way of saying that the battery accepts standard 18 volt dewalt batteries or the new Flexvolt battery. Of course, this means that in order to take advantage of the brushless motor, you’re going to have to buy into yet another system.

While this might not be ideal for everyone, there is one major benefit to using the Flexvolt battery…it’s a whole lot lighter.

Since the new Flexvolt batteries are significantly smaller and lighter, they can be placed in different positions in the tool itself. In this case, the entire battery chassis has been rotated so that when it’s clipped onto the tool it’s now upside-down. This might not seem like a big deal at first, but think about what this means for your comfort level.

No longer will you have a heavy piece of metal at the bottom of the tool pulling it down into the ground. It also means that the center of gravity has been moved so far to the rear that it’s actually easier to control for some applications.

Now there is one more thing we should mention about this tool that really sets it apart from any other tool on the market…the price.

Now you’re probably wondering how a more expensive tool that doesn’t have the same capacity as other competitors, uses an unconventional battery and has a design that’s less practical, could possibly be a good thing. Well, it isn’t. But there is one thing that really sets this tool apart from the rest and it’s called the Soft Start system.

And trust us, it’s a game changer.

The Soft Start system is exactly what it sounds like, it slowly ramps up the speed of the tool when you initially pull the trigger, much like a car’s transmission. Now unless you plan on driving your tools, this really doesn’t sound like a selling feature. But trust us, if you ever plan on going above and beyond with one of these tools, this can and will make a difference.

You see, the brushless motor doesn’t generate quite as much torque when you first start pulling the trigger. This means that it can take a little while for the torque to build up to a usable level. Without the Soft Start system, this would be very frustrating especially on bigger jobs or projects where you really need to get the tool going quickly.

But since this tool has the Soft Start system, it allows the tool to ramp up to maximum torque without you even realizing that the motor is slowly acceleration. By the time you pull the trigger all the way, the tool is going at full speed and you’re ready to get going on your project.

We know that these tools are still going to be pretty expensive and these features alone probably aren’t enough to warrant such an expense. But trust us, if you ever get the chance to try one of these out, you’ll be convinced that it was worth it. Especially for the professionals out there that depend on their tools to make a living.

00:29 Brand New DEWALT Flexvolt Line!

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