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FLEX, a ToolGuyd sponsor, has sent over a couple of their new 24V Max cordless power tools for testing and review.
Here in this post, I want to tell you about 5 things I absolutely love about the new FLEX 24V Max cordless drill specifically. I’m working with a couple of their new cordless power tools, and will report more on them shortly.
FLEX is all about power, performance, and next-gen features. Their parent company, Chervon, is a major player in the cordless power tool industry, and they have been for a very long time. Chervon is the company behind EGO, Skil’s relaunch in recent years, and now FLEX.
FLEX’s parent company has also for years developed and manufactured cordless power tools and other products for other brands, and so you might have some of their products in your kit.
The point I’m trying to make is that FLEX is built on a foundation of years of experience, know-how, and advancements.
Read More: FLEX Cordless Launch Teaser
There are lots of things to like about the new FLEX 24V Max cordless drill/driver.
- Turbo Mode – Speed boost for faster results
- Anti-kickback braking tech – for more confident and safer work
- Incredible power – 1400 in-lbs max torque
So, at first impression, here is what WOWed me.
Hey, look at that – the drill can take a break on its back. Oh yes, this seriously impressed me.
Sometimes I can’t stand a drill up, and I can’t lay it down. So I lean it on something, it falls over, and something ends up getting scratched.
The drill can be placed down on its battery, or it can rest in this odd position.
It’s not a big deal, but this is what comes to mind – FLEX thought of everything!
Update: it’s not just about being able to place the drill down like this. Consider if you’re working within a stud cavity. If you back up a drill against one stud, having the tool’s motor housing and battery lines up like this will give you a little more working room.
Next up, I love the textured handle grip. The FLEX drill has top-notch ergonomics with a comfortable and secure-grip handle design.
This again comes down to thoughtful attention to details.
I have not seen a battery fuel gauge on a cordless power tool battery pack like this before. This is easily the most visible fuel gauge on the market today.
The activation button is on the front of the battery.
AND – yes there’s more – there are actually TWO battery fuel gauges, one on each side of the battery pack.
The 1/2″ all-metal ratcheting chuck has carbide teeth within its jaws. I need more work with different sizes and styles of drill bits, but so far this is one of the most secure drill chucks I’ve ever used before.
If you look closely, this is a Jacob’s chuck.
Lastly, FLEX has one of the smoothest battery interfaces I have used. Press down on the release button with your finger(s) or hand, and the battery effortlessly slides away from the tool. But the release button is also very well protected against accidental contact.
The newly launched FLEX cordless power tool system holds some very strong bragging rights. They say their tools deliver 20% more power than competitors’ – “unrivaled power” – and not only but faster charging rates, more advanced features, and faster performance.
All of that is very impressive, but it’s the user-centric experience that is really wowing me.
This is “the platform’s most drill,” with a whopping 1400 in-lbs max torque, and with claims of “dramatically faster results” thanks to the 2500 RPM delivery during Turbo mode. (Note: There is also a hammer drill version as well.)
I love a powerful drill, and I appreciate faster performance. For high power needs, it’s got muscle, and it has anti-kickback tech to protect me from the type of counter-rotation that can happen when a large drill bit jams. But it’s also a joy to use so far, when I don’t need maximum power or speed.
This is the kind of drill that everyone will fight over if I include it in my next Habitat or Dept. of Public Works donation. I’ve been getting the feeling that a lot of FLEX tools are going to be like that.
I am enjoying my exploration and testing of these tools, and am eager for more.
“FLEX – it’s What’s Next.” I think they are off to a very good start. What kinds of questions do you have? What other tools from FLEX’s lineup do you want to see reviewed here?
This kit is priced at $229 and comes a charger, hard case, and one each of 2.5Ah and 5.0Ah batteries. There’s also an optional belt hook and bit holder that I haven’t installed yet.
FLEX tools are covered by a 5-year end-to-end warranty. Register a new tool, battery, or charger within 30 days of purchasing through the end of 2021, and receive special FLEX FOUNDERS LIMITED LIFETIME WARRANTY coverage.
Thank you to FLEX for providing the review sample. FLEX is also a ToolGuyd sponsor as of the time of this posting.