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Plumbing & Mechanical’s Mike Miazga takes part in a run-time testing exercise as part of DEWALT’s XR Media Event at Stanley Black and Decker University in Towson, Md. Photo credit: Plumbing & Mechanical


DEWALT recently hosted some 40 media professionals at Stanley Black and Decker University in Towson, Md. The company’s XR Media Event centered on the introduction of a new line of cordless compact power tools with increased battery run times.

The new tools feature a brushless motor delivering up to 57% more run time vs. standard brushed motors and high-capacity XR (Extreme Runtime) battery packs with 33% more capacity than standard DEWALT 20V MAX* batteries.

The new XR line consists of a compact drill driver, a hammerdrill and two impact drivers with 2.0 Ah and 4.0 Ah battery packs. DEWALT’s existing three-speed brushless impact driver that launched last year will join the XR tool family and will remain the company’s premium impact driver offering with its three-speed functionality.

“Our entire universe revolves around the professional user and providing innovative application solutions for those end users on jobsites,” DEWALT President of Power Tools Product Development Frank Mannarinotold the assembled media contingent.

Media members took part in numerous hands-on sessions, including several exercises that helped demonstrate the amount of run time each tool was capable of producing. For example, media members helped drill more than 1,700 screws into a DEWALT XR sign. Upon completion, the brushless drill still had two bars of battery power remaining on its electronic readout.

DEWALT also showcased a cache of new mechanics tools, a new jobsite radio with the ability to stream music from Pandora, a portable wet-dry vacuum and other construction tool accessories. Additionally, media members toured the company’s testing facility located at Stanley Black and Decker Construction and DIY headquarters in Towson.

Check out the DEWALT XR 2013 Media Event in our video section here.