The Dewalt dcbl720p1 is a leaf blower powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. This Dewalt machine has tremendous power compared to many other yard tools powered by batteries.
In this professional review, we’ll take an in-depth look at the specs, pros and cons, and highlights of this 20v leaf blower and tell you if we think it is worth the price tag when it comes to cleaning up garden debris.
Dewalt Cordless Blower Pros and Cons
|Designed for maximum air volume and run-time||Low mph air speed|
|Variable speed brushless motor||No extra nozzle attachments|
|Low noise level|
|Light with ergonomic design|
If you’re reading this review, you’re probably looking for an easy-to-use, reliable, and powerful leaf blower for tidying up yard debris at your home or business.
We’re going to give you our unfiltered insights and opinion on the subject, starting with this product’s main highlights:
- Rechargeable, 5 AH 20-volt lithium-ion battery
- Brushless motor
- High air flow of 400 cfm
- Maximum air speed of 90 mph
- Low noise-level of 61dB
- Weight 7.1 lbs. with ergonomic features
– Dewalt dcbl720p1 Review
This Dewalt cordless blower is part of Dewalt’s 20V MAX tool system, consisting of various outdoor tools and equipment with interchangeable 20-volt batteries. Other tools in this line include hedge trimmers, string trimmers, and chainsaws.
Cordless blowers like this one have significant advantages over gas-powered and corded electric leaf blowers. For example, rechargeable tools don’t involve the hassles, hazards, and fumes of pouring and storing gasoline or the extra weight and limits of dragging around a heavy extension cord.
In this Dewalt product, the included 5AH lithium-ion battery keeps a steady amount of energy going to the blower until the battery completely drains. The charger repowers the battery in two to three hours. This long recharge time is why many buyers purchase an extra battery or two to have on hand when the first one needs recharging.
If you’re looking for a simple-to-use leaf blower for short bursts of use, this blower has plenty of power along with low weight, low noise levels, and a cruise control feature on the trigger to reduce stress on your hand.
This Dewalt tool is a blower only: It does not shred or vacuum yard waste.
People with large yards and lots of leaves to blow, and those who need a leaf blower for extended use, are probably better off choosing a corded blower or one that runs on gasoline.
Anyone who wants a powerful leaf blower for limited debris blowing jobs is likely to be pleased with what this product has to offer.
Dewalt Cordless Leaf Blower Main Product Features
1. Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery
This Dewalt blower is powered with a 5AH, 20-volt lithium-ion battery. The operating voltage is 18-volts. If you have other Dewalt battery tools that produce 18-volts, you can use them interchangeably with this blower.
Lithium-ion batteries like the one that powers this tool are compact and relatively light compared to other rechargeable batteries for power tools. Their energy output stays constant until the battery completely drains. After the charge is depleted, lithium-ion batteries shut off abruptly, and you need to recharge them on a charger designed for that specific battery.
One advantage of the battery type in this blower is its lifespan. You can extend how long the battery lasts by always storing it at room temperature. With proper care, the battery in this blower will last several seasons before you need to replace it.
A lithium-ion battery charger comes with the blower, and it plugs into a standard outlet. It takes two to three hours to recharge the battery completely. However, you can take it off the charger before the charging finishes without hurting the battery life.
A crucial question for battery-powered yard tools is run-time. Our investigation discovered the battery on this Dewalt battery blower kept going for 20 to 28 minutes with continual usage.
Twenty minutes might not sound like a lot of time. However, due to the high air volume produced by this machine, it’s long enough to get a significant amount of work done. If you are only running the too for short, intermittent bursts, you can expect closer to two hours of run-time.
By comparison, Greenworks sells a leaf blower with a 40-volt battery that also mulches and vacuums. But this Dewalt is much lighter and easier to handle for leaf blowing tasks, and the battery run-time is longer.
2. Brushless Motor
This blower features a brushless motor, a state-of-the-art electric motor with several advantages over traditional motors with brushes.
For example, brushless motors are not as limited in speed, and there are no brushes inside to wear out and replace. Brushless motors also run cooler than motors with using brushes.
The motor in this Dewalt 20v leaf blower has a variable speed trigger. You can fine-tune the air flow depending on the type of work you’re doing. Ramp it up for big piles of leaves or ease off the trigger to avoid blasting pebbles and gravel where you don’t want them to go.
It also has a speed lock that lets you release the trigger where you want it, and it stays put. This feature relieves stress on your hands and makes it easier to work for more extended periods.
The motor powers another advanced feature on this blower: the axial fan. This unique design helps maximize the air volume output and extends the run-time on the battery.
Comparing this blower to the Greenworks blowers, the trigger is much more sensitive on the Dewalt, and it’s easier to get the machine started. On the Greenworks, you have to push a power button and a turbo button for full power and then set the speed. On this Dewalt, the power trigger immediately starts the tool, and there is no turbo switch to adjust it to full force.
These motor and power switch features are a distinct advantage for anyone who wants a grab-and-go style blower that powers up with nothing more than the pull of the trigger.
3. Air Speed and Air Volume
The air volume on this blower is rated at 400 cubic feet per minute (cfm). This rating is higher than many other battery-powered blowers, delivering a considerable amount of air out of the end of the nozzle for moving heavy debris such as branches, large pine cones, wet leaves, and gravel.
The air speed is only 90 mph, and this is on the low end among leaf blowers. But the high level of air volume makes up for this lower air speed, giving you plenty of force for many heavy-duty jobs.
You adjust the air speed by how far you pull the trigger control switch. If you only need a little bit of air, pull the trigger slightly. If you need more air, press the trigger all the way down. The end of the nozzle is approximately 3.5-inches in diameter, which lets you cover a larger area of ground with less back and forth movement of the tube.
We have heard reports that this blower does an excellent job of blowing light snow off of walkways, sidewalks, and cars as long as the snow is fluffy and not too deep.
A drawback of this machine is that it does not come with any extra nozzle attachments. Without specialized nozzles, you can’t focus the air flow for blowing out cracks and crevices like you can with blowers that come with an assortment of nozzles.
The air flow, speed, and tube design on this blower benefit people who need to quickly clean off broad areas of ground, blasting away leaves, gravel, dust, and cobwebs.
4. Noise Level
This blower has an exceptionally low noise level of only 61dB. For comparison, a normal conversation ranks at about 60dB. Most other blowers create noise in the range of 70dB or more, comparable to the sound of a passing garbage truck or a vacuum cleaner.
Low noise levels are helpful if you are cleaning your yard on the weekend and don’t want to annoy your neighbors with loud sounds. It’s also a plus on commercial jobs where there is plenty of other noise from power tools.
While 61dB is relatively quiet for a leaf blower, we still recommend using ear protection because doing so reduces operator stress and fatigue as well as protecting your ears.
5. Weight, Dimensions, and Ergonomics
This machine’s weight of 7.1 lbs. makes the tool easy to handle for just about any user. This weight is lower than any gas-powered blower, but it’s not the lightest available. Some corded models weigh a few pounds less than this one if you need an exceptionally low-weight blower.
The overall dimensions of this cordless leaf blower are 15.25 x 7.81 x 23.44 inches, making it compact and easy to store if you have limited storage space. You can keep it on its side or sitting up on the fan guard, pointing upward. You can also hang it from a hook, but it does not come with a storage hook.
Besides the low weight, the ergonomic features of this blower include the contoured shape of the handle and easy-to-reach speed control and trigger lock. The device is also nicely balanced to stay level while blowing. As a result, you don’t have to keep lifting the nozzle to keep the air flow focused where you want it.
We noted that some users complain that the trigger is a bit hard to hold down, but we did not find this a problem because of the trigger lock. Once you have the trigger where you want it and locked it in place, you don’t need to keep pressing it. Your hand is then free to use entirely for controlling and directing the machine.
Conclusions About the Dewalt 20v Leaf Blower
In this Dewalt dcbl720p1 review, we now know that this product is a formidable battery-operated leaf blower with high air volume and low noise levels. It’s easy to use, requires almost no maintenance, and it’s capable of blowing big piles of leaves and debris with ease.
The lower-than-average air speed makes this blower less suitable for cleaning up wet leaves and extra-large branches and debris.
Also, battery-powered leaf blowers like this one are not the best choice if you need a leaf blower for extended use of 20 to 25 minutes or more of continuous blowing. This machine is most suitable for short intermittent jobs, even though it has plenty of power when you use it.
We think this product is worth the price for homeowners and businesses who need a powerful, rechargeable battery leaf blower for tough but limited jobs and occasional use.
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