DEWALT DCT418 Hand Held Radar Scanner Review
DEWALT DCT418S1 Hand Held Radar Scanner Kit
DEWALT 12V Hand Held Radar Scanner
Model number: DCT418S1
Power source: 12V Li-Ion
Weight: 2 lbs
Remodelers and contractors seldom have the pleasure of working with as-built drawings when remodeling or renovating a building. Because of that they often cut open walls as if they were blind folded. Well those days are over now thanks to new tools like the DEWALT DCT418 Hand Held Radar Scanner. The DCT418 can identify several materials using radar such as: wood studs, metal studs, electrical wires, PVC pipes, and even non-ferrous pipes.
- Patent pending radar sensing technology detects wood, ferrous metal, non-ferrous metal, PVC and live electric behind walls
- Scans through multiple surfaces including drywall, plywood, concrete, marble and ceramic tile
- Automatic mapping feature processes all embeded materials simultaneously eliminating need for repeat calibration
- Color, 3.5″ LCD display for improved visibility and communication of object type and location
- Tracking bar displays object locations of entire mapped area (up to 9.8 feet)
- Kits includes:
- DCT418 Hand Held Radar Scanner
- (1) 12V MAX* Li-Ion Battery Pack
- Fast Charger
Simple and Accurate Performance
We’re all familiar with stud finders and their on and off performance. So forgive me if I was a bit skeptical at first about how well this tool would work. However, it only took a few minutes testing it on a demonstration mock-up last summer in Baltimore for me to realize how special this tool will become.
First off this tool is one of the easiest diagnostic tools I’ve ever used. First you simply turn the unit on and wait for the screen to indicate that it’s ready to pre-scan the wall. To pre-scan the wall you simply place the unit on the wall (so the 4 wheels are touching the wall surface) and slowly role the unit from left to right (or right to left) along the wall for a distance up to 9.8 ft. At this point you stop and the pre-scan is finished.
The next step is reversing the direction back over the previously pre-scanned surface. As you move the scanner back over the surface the LED display will start showing objects that are behind the wall surface. The objects are located in the exact location of the scanner so it’s very precise when laying out studs, wires, and pipes.
The DCT418 not only works on drywall, but it also works on: plywood, OSB, ceramic tile, marble and concrete. This opens up so many different applications making this tool extremely valuable and use.
DEWALT DCT418S1 Video Preview
The DEWALT DCT418S1 Kit is an amazing tool for remodelers and contractors. This effective new tools gives all of us Superman vision and a much needed look behind the wall so to speak. We found pricing ranging from $300 to $450 (but the tool just hit the street), I would expect it to come down once it gets out on the market for some time. Even at $450 I think it’s a great value. The tool will likely pay for itself just after a couple uses on decent size projects.
Occasionally the unit will give a false reading so I recommend scanning really important walls more than once.
EDITOR’s NOTE: DEWALT has stopped stocking this item while they make some small tweaks to the user interface. They are in the process of changing how embedded items vs embedded materials are identified on the screen. This is to reduce confusion in what the user might interpret as being in the wall. This is a result of user feedback. New models should be shipping in early 2014, we’ll keep you posted on updates to this products status.
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