New DEWALT Hand Tools – Preview

First-Ever DEWALT Line of Hand Tools

Earlier this spring DEWALT introduced an entire new line of hand tools. The line includes more than 100 professional-grade products including utility knives, pliers, wrenches, tape measures, hammers, saws, toolboxes and more. I heard my fair share of grumbling when this announcement was made so I’ve been eager to test the new line. The following is a quick preview of some of the new hand tools that DEWALT recently sent me to try.

15 oz MIG Weld Framing HammerDWHT51138 15 oz MIG Weld Framing Hammer

First up is the DEWALT DWHT51138 15 oz MIG Weld Framing hammer with checkered face. I have no doubt that this new offering is offered as an alternative to the ever popular Stileto brand. Weighing in at just 15 ounces this framing hammer matches the driver power of my old 28 ounce monster! Some of the notable features include:

  • 15 oz weight for faster swing and minimized fatigue
  • All steel design for durability and long life
  • Magnetic nail started for easy one handed nail placement
  • Vibration absorbing grip minimizes damaging vibrations and fatigue

DWHT20547 5 in1 Multifunction HacksawDWHT20547 5 in1 Multifunction Hacksaw

Hacksaws haven’t really changed much over the years until I set my eyes on this new beauty. The new DWHT20547 offers 5 in 1 functionality for a number of jobs. Some of the features include:

  • 45° or 90° Blade angle used for standard and flush cuts
  • High tension securely holds the blade up to 330lbs
  • Low profile for cutting in tight spaces
  • Long reach blade attaches to the front frame for long reach
  • Hacksaw front handle becomes a pistol grip jab saw

DWHT33385L 25′ Tape Measure

The new line of tools also includes several measuring tapes. The new DWHT33385L is a 25′ long tape measure with standard features you expect from quality tapes. The features include:

  • 13′ of blade standout for increased user reach
  • Extra Large end hook grabs construction material from all 4 sides
  • 3M® Thermoplastic film helps to protect blade from damage
  • Mylar® blade coating for longer blade life
  • Duo-durometer blade-lock for durability and comfort
  • Wide blade and large numbers make the tape easy to read
  • Heat-treated spring for blade durability and smooth rewind
  • Belt clip for easy attachment and storage

 DWHT34036L 100′ Closed Case Long Tape

I carry 100′ steel tapes in my truck at all times. These are so valuable when laying out large structures on the jobsite. DEWALT will be offering several long tapes including the DWHT34036L. This tape measure offers the following features:

  • 5:1 gear ratio for 5X faster blade rewind
  • Blade release button for easy blade pull out
  • Spring loaded caribiner attachment for easy transportation
  • Rust-resistant coating prolongs blade life
  • Dirt removal window to empty dust particles inside of tool
  • Durable stainless steel crank arm
  • Belt clip for easy attachment and storage

DWHT47143 Reel Kit with Blue Chalk

In addition to their new line of tape measures there’s also a new line of chalk lines to bolster the layout and marking category. They are offering chalk line kits with Red, White and Blue. The new chalk line features:

  • Open-access door for quick refills and access to internal components
  • 100′ heavy-duty line resists abrasion and breakage
  • Stainless hook and crank withstand abuse and resist corrosion
  • High-impact ABS housing light-weight and durable
  • Over-molded soft grip comfort and control

DWHT10035 Folding Retractable Utility Knife

Several cutting tools are included in the new line-up as well. One of the new offerings is the DWHT10035 Folding Retractable Utility Knife. I really like the design of this one because it takes the best of regular utility knife designs and mixes it with some of the great folding designs. Most of the folding designs on the market seem too flimsy for my liking. This knife features:

  • Retractable blade offers variable cut depth
  • Rapid load™ blade changing system for quick blade changes
  • Folding feature for quick and easy one-handed opening/closing
  • Blade storage for convenient access to new blades
  • Rugged metal body for long tool life

DWHT10037R Metal Body Snap Off Knives

The cutting line-up also includes several snap off knives. These are really great for simple packaging cutting and light duty tasks. This snap off knife offers the following features:

  • All metal body is heavy-duty and rust resistant
  • Narrow body for maneuverability and storage
  • Integrated blade snapper for easy blade snapping
  • Ribbed handle for grip and control

DWHT70262M Folding Locking Hex Key (SAE)

Next up is the all new folding locking hex key. DEWALT is offering both a SAE and MM version. I’ve been using this one for a few weeks and it’s really good. The quality is top notch and it’s really easy to use. Some of the features include:

  • Push-button locking feature locks in 3 positions at 90°,135°and 180°
  • Durable and ergonomic construction steel side plate for torque
  • Includes 8 of the most commonly used hex key sizes
  • Available in SAE or MM

DWHT70270 10″ Pushlock Pliers

Last but certainly not least is a new line of pushlock pliers. Over the last year or so we’ve seen other brands offer a similar plier design and I’ve become a huge fan. This plier offers some great features and quality including:

  • Slim head design fits into tight places
  • Push-lock technology with 17 locking positions for faster jaw adjustment
  • V-jaw design for multi-purpose gripping
  • Induction heat treated jaws for extra durability
  • Bi-material cushion handle for strong grip and comfort

Overall First Impressions

I was honestly skeptical when I heard that DEWALT was offering a line of hand tools. I’ll be the first to admit that my reservations were not justified and these tools really impressed me. They are built with really good materials and they are built to last! If you want to see what I’m talking about then pick up one of these new tools at your local hardware store. I’m sure you’ll quickly understand where I’m coming from!

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Todd Fratzel

Todd Fratzel is the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Tool Box Buzz, and the President of Front Steps Media, LLC, a web based media company focused on the Home Improvement and Construction Industry.He is also the Principal Engineer for United Construction Corp., located in Newport, NH. In his capacity at United he oversees the Residential and Commercial Building Division along with all Design-Build projects.He is also the editor of Home Construction & Improvement.

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  1. jeff_williams

    I’m really tempted by the hammer. I have a Stanley 16 oz smooth face rip claw. It is all metal as well and it takes a “beating” but I feel it in my wrist and arm at the end of the day. It is supposed to have anti-vibe tech in it but I definitely feel it in my right arm. Have you used the dewalt much yet?

    1. Todd Fratzel

      I’ve been using it on my workshop project doing some framing. I will tell you it’s the closest thing I’ve used to a titanium hammer. So far I’m very impressed.

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