DEWALT debuted its Tool Connect system back in 2015. It allowed users to manage Bluetooth connected tools via the company’s web/app portal. While already handy at inception, the entire system is getting an overhaul with a list of new features, connected hardware and the ability to integrate existing gear and tools.
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Tool Connect is now a 3-prong system that feature the updated Tool Connect App and companion web portal along with a slew of connected products and the new tracker tag (more on those below). Contractors can use the system to manage all of the gear they own/are using including materials particular to a certain job site. You can see the last seen location of a certain piece of kit and assign particular tools to certain jobs.
There is a handy check-in, check-out system to easily keep track of who is using what and much more. The app control also extends to things like brightening the LED on certain tools, adjusting the speed/torque and other customizations particular to the tools you have connected. You can even disable tools when they got lost or out of range, which can apparently help to deter theft.
Connecting tools and materials to the system can be done in one of 4 ways. This includes existing Tool Connect-equipped tools and batteries, as well as the new Tool Connect Tag and 20V MAX Tool Connector. Some of which include the Stackable Corded/Cordless LED Area Light & Built-in Charger (DCL070) as well as the 20V MAX 2.0 Amp (DCB203BT) and 5.0 Amp (DCB205BT) lithium-ion Bluetooth batteries. DEWALT is also about to drop the new Tool Connect 20V MAX XR Compact Hammerdrill (DCD797), 20V MAX XR Compact Drill/Driver (DCD792), 20V MAX XR Impact Driver (DCF888) and more.
For larger tools or materials, ladders and other accessories, the new Tool Connect Tag can be affixed to just about any asset on the job site. This will allows items and other gear to be tracked via the Tool Connect system. It is dust-proof, water-resistant, and “can withstand tough job site conditions.” according to DEWALT.
The 20V MAX Tool Connect Connector is a small adapter that sits between the battery and the DEWALT tools in your arsenal that don’t have built-in Bluetooth. Cleary this is a major win for anyone invested in DEWALT’s gear, as these aren’t nessarily the kinds of products you upgrade every year.
DEWALT says the new connected tools, tag and adapter will become available this summer, alongside the updated web portal and iOS/Android app. You can find the pricing details for the new gear down below:
20V MAX* XR® Tool Connect™ Compact Hammerdrill
- DCD797B – MSRP $169 Bare
- DCD797D2 – MSRP $239 Kitted with 2 DCB203
20V MAX* XR® Tool Connect™ Compact Drill/Driver
- DCD792B – MSRP $149 Bare
- DCD792D2 – MSRP $219 Kitted with 2 DCB203
20V MAX* XR® Tool Connect™ Impact Driver
- DCF888B – MSRP $149 Bare
- DCF888D2 – MSRP $219 Kitted with 2 DCB203
- DCF888P2BT – MSRP $319 Kitted with 2 DCB205BT
20V MAX* XR® Tool Connect™ Hammerdrill
- DCD997B – MSRP $169 Bare
- DCD997P2BT – MSRP $349 Kitted with 2 DCB205BT
Tool Connect™ Tag
- DCE041 – MSRP $29 Single Tag
- DCE041-4 – MSRP $79 Tag 4-Pack
- DCE041-10 – MSRP $250 Tag 10-Pack
- DCE041-25 – MSRP $500 Tag 25-Pack
20V MAX* Tool Connect™ Connector
- DCE040 – MSRP $39
Stackable Corded/Cordless LED Area Light with Tool Connect™ & Built-in Charger
- DCL070 – MSRP $399
- DCL070T1 – MSRP $499
Bluetooth® Enabled 100 Foot Laser Distance Measure TLM99S
- DW099S – MSRP $99.99, including (2) AAA Batteries