My first order of business with this and every product review is a disclaimer: I am not a professional contractor. I am a farmer and a fine furniture maker. When it comes to construction and renovation projects, I’m a DIYer and weekend warrior. That said, I doubt many professional contractors will be reading my tool reviews. My goal in reviewing tools and products is to provide honest feedback based on my own use and experience with these tools to other regular folks like me- wanting to get their hands dirty, try new things, and get the best value for their hard earned dollars.
So let’s talk about the Dewalt 20-Volt MAX Bluetooth Speaker
Another tool that came in super handy during the blacksmith shop rebuild was the Dewalt Bluetooth speaker. Because Adam and I are both musicians and audiophiles, there is rarely a time we don’t have tunes on. I plan to hardwire my woodshop sound system into the fab and blacksmith shops eventually, but for now, this little sound machine does a really fine job. It’s loud, the sound quality is great, the battery life with the slim-pack batteries leaves a bit to be desired, but if you pop a flex-volt battery in there, it will run for days. I also really love that it can also run on a power cord. When it’s stationary in the shop, I can use my batteries for other tools, but when I want to carry my tunes out to the garden, I love it’s portability. The other thing I was super impressed with on this speaker is the Bluetooth function. On most battery powered speakers, the Bluetooth range is pretty short and the signal can be pretty spotty. I can keep my phone in my pocket and walk a hundred feet away and not lose signal. It’s also got a USB port so I can use it to charge my phone as well.
This tool retails for $79 would I buy it? If you need portable tunes and you’re already on the Dewalt battery platform and you’ve got flex volt batteries to pop in this, it’s a no-brainer purchase. I like to use it in the barn, the garden, and even take it out on the boat. If you need a good Bluetooth connection for a stationary speaker on an outlet in your shop, I’d also argue this is a good option. But if you’re on a different battery platform ahd need portability, check out what options your platform offers- this is a great addition to my Dewalt toolkit but wouldn’t be a platform-changing-kind-of-tool.