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We got our hands on the DeWalt Cordless 1-3/4″ Combination Hammer at the 2020 World of Concrete. This tool marks the latest addition to the growing lineup of DeWalt cordless SDS Max rotary hammers. The DeWalt DCH614 SDS-Max combination hammer runs off the company’s 60V FlexVolt battery platform. It has enough power to tackle 4-inch core drilling or 1-3/4-inch rotary hammer duties. The tool lowers vibration thanks to the integrated Shocks Active Vibration Control system. It also “automagically” keeps the site OSHA-compliant when its onboard wireless control connects to the DeWalt DCV585 dust extractor. Granite Saw Blade
The DeWalt 60V SDS-Max FlexVolt 1-3/4″ combination hammer features a brushless motor that achieves 10.5 Joules of impact energy. With up to 380 RPM and 1,450-2,900 BPM it handles drilling horizontally or vertically in tough concrete. The optimized drilling range for this tool falls between 5/8″ and 1-1/4″. DeWalt tells us the DCH614 is suited for horizontal serial drilling for #5-#8 rebar, dry coring up to 4″, chipping in any upper to lower wall, and bushing (roughing up the surface of concrete).
The DCH614 features a 7-position variable speed control for better precision when chipping, bushing, and drilling. It also features DeWalt’s active Shocks system to drastically reduce the vibration felt at the rear handle. Finally, an E-Clutch protects you from bind-ups.
For consistency, DeWalt uses feedback from the brushless motor so that its Constant Speed Control maintains the speed under load for smoother drilling or coring.
For connectivity with a dust extractor, the DeWalt DCH614 also includes wireless tool control. This can communicate with the FlexVolt 60V Max Dust Extractor (DCV585).
Fortunately, we got our hands on the new DeWalt 1-3/4″ combination hammer and had plenty of concrete on which to test it. On first impression—it’s light enough to do some serious wall-drilling. With the DCV585 close by, the two tools paired in less than a second. The DCH614 features integrated wireless connectivity—so you don’t have to add a module or chip to get it ready for Bluetooth pairing to a compatible extractor. Once paired, squeezing the trigger on the combination hammer immediately activated the dust extractor. This combination of tool and extractor drastically reduced the amount of silica dust exposure. Given current OSHA silica dust regulations, you may want to opt for this configuration.
The vibration was more than tolerable—the active controls seem to work very well. Even without gloved hands, the felt vibration was very minimal considering how much drilling we performed. We’d like to try it with hammering and chipping, but we lacked the time—perhaps when we get it in for review.
Overall, this new combination hammer rounds out the DeWalt SDS-Max line into a more complete offering. With active vibration control and an option for automatic dust collection, this tool comes ready for prime time. The DeWalt 60V SDS-Max FlexVolt 1-3/4″ Combination Hammer will hit stores in Spring 2020. You can purchase it with two 9.0Ah batteries and a charger for $849, or as a bare tool for $559.
The DCV585 FlexVolt Dust Extractor is available now and can be picked up for around $429.
Both the rotary hammer and dust extractor come with DeWalt’s 3-year limited warranty, as well as the 1-year free service agreement and 90-day money-back guarantee.
When he's not playing with the latest power tool, Clint DeBoer enjoys life as a husband, father, and avid reader—especially the Bible. He loves Jesus, has a degree in recording engineering, and has been involved in multimedia and/or online publishing in one form or another since 1992.
Clint’s career has covered nearly the entire realm of audio and video production. After graduating at the top of his class with an Associates Degree in Recording Engineering, he began working for the famed Soundelux studios in 1994, one of the largest post-production companies specializing in audio for feature films & television. Working on a myriad of feature films, Clint honed his skills as a dialogue editor, foley editor, and sound designer. Years later, he moved into the expanding area of video editing, where he served as the company’s senior AVID video editor for three years.
Working for such clients as Universal Pictures, Hollywood Pictures, Paramount Home Entertainment, NASA, Universal Studios, Planet Hollywood, SEGA, NASCAR, and others, Clint DeBoer dealt extensively with client management as well as film & video editing, color correction, and digital video & MPEG compression. He also carries several THX certifications (Technician I and II, THX Video), and is ISF Level II Certified.
After founding the CD Media, Inc. publishing company in 1996, he went on to help start or grow several successful online publications, including Audioholics (as Editor-in-Chief for 12 years), Audiogurus, and AV Gadgets. In 2008, Clint founded Pro Tool Reviews followed by the landscape and outdoor power equipment-focused OPE Reviews in 2017. He also heads up the Pro Tool Innovation Awards, an annual awards program honoring innovative tools and accessories across the trades.
Crediting God and his excellent staff for the success of what is now the largest power tool review publication in the industry, Clint DeBoer hopes to see continued growth for the company as it rapidly expands its reach. Pro Tool Reviews critically reviews hundreds of hand tools, power tools, and accessories each year to help inform users about the best and newest products in the industry. Reaching everyone from the construction industry professional and tradesman to the serious DIYer, Pro Tool Reviews helps tool consumers shop better, work smarter, and stay aware of what tools and products can help put them at the top of their game.
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