A Brief History

DeWalt is an American manufacturer of power tools and hand tools founded by Raymond DeWalt in 1924. The inventor and entrepreneur invented the radial saw two years previously and set up the company to manufacture and sell the saw, which was marketed as the DeWalt “Wonder-Worker.” The firm enjoyed a successful start and grew quickly.

At the beginning of the 1940s, DeWalt entered a rapid expansion phase to fulfil government orders to help with national defence and wartime machinery.

In 1992 the company introduced its first portable electric power tools and accessories for contractors and professional woodworkers. But even bigger things were to come. Two years later, DeWalt launched more than 30 cordless tools. Among them were the 14.4-volt cordless drill/driver and 5 3/8″ cordless saw, two of the most powerful cordless tools at the time.

The multinational entered the new millennium with a product pipeline of more than 200 electric power tools and over 800 accessories, and it continued to innovate. In 2005 it developed SHOCKS – Active Vibration Control, which reduces vibrations by up to 50% compared to hammers that don’t have the system. Among the many other tools to hit the market since then are the 12V MAX system of lithium-ion tools in 2010 and Tool-Connect in 2015. This allows users with Bluetooth-enabled devices to connect with their devices in the field.



The general consensus is that DeWalt makes excellent tools among the best of their type on the market. They undergo extensive testing and are durable and long-lasting. Many high-quality components and materials are used in their construction.



DeWalt tools are generally more expensive than similar tools from other brands but will take just about anything you can throw at them. Sample prices: Cordless chainsaws from $300 to $750 and cordless angle drills from $300 to $600.


Known For

A truly extensive range of tools that are ideal for professional and heavy-duty use.


Types of Tools

Corded power tools, cordless power tools, outdoor lawn and garden equipment, hand tools and accessories such as batteries, chargers and screwdriver bits.


Overall Recommendation

You can’t go far wrong with DeWalt tools. They are not the cheapest on the market, but what you get for your dollars are easy functionality, comfort, durability and longevity.


  • Parent organization: Stanley Black & Decker
  • Headquarters: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
  • Manufacturing Facilities: The company has seven manufacturing facilities in the United States – New Britain, CT, Hampstead, MD, Shelbyville, KY, Greenfield, IN, Cheraw, SC, Charlotte, NC, and Jackson, TN. There are also overseas manufacturing facilities in Brazil, the UK, Italy, Mexico, China and the Czech Republic.
  • Product Focus: Power tools, hand tools, accessories, outdoor equipment, gear and storage.
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