How many times have you used the right tools to detect studs behind walls, only to hit them? Don’t you just wish you had Superman’s X-ray vision to see through the walls? Dewalt’s Wall Scanner DCT419S1 is close enough, allowing you to detect five types of materials embedded behind walls approximately 3 inches deep. In addition, There are wall scanners that can detect up to 6 inches deep as well, which you can find out more about here.
Features of the Dewalt Wall Scanner DCT419S1
Moreover, its sensor is able to scan through different wall surfaces such as plywood, drywall, ceramic tile and concrete. The DCT419S1 (on Amazon) is capable of sensing and differentiating between the materials found in walls; it detects non-ferrous metals like aluminum, copper pipes and de-energized wire, wood studs, plastic like low voltage wires and PVC, and ferrous metals like nail plates, steel studs and screws.
Also, the DCT419S1 12V Max Hand Held Wall scanner also informs about live wires that are unshielded. A word of caution from Dewalt however is that if a wire is not live or is low voltage, it may show up as metal or plastic. The 3.5″ color screen is clear and properly backlit so you can see the readings clearly even in broad daylight. An entire section of a wall can be scanned as opposed to a single target. Another feature that saves time is that all five materials can be detected on a single setting instead of having to switch. All the locations of the embedded materials detected are displayed on a mapped area on the Tracking bar.
Compared to other brands, one of the best advantages is that the wall scanner runs on Dewalt’s 12V Max platform batteries instead of alkaline batteries and is better priced. Holding the scanner is very comfortable and can be used with one hand.
More for the price of one
Furthermore, the DCT419S1 comes with add-ons that make it an all-inclusive kit. A scanner, a battery, its charger and a storage case are all included. If you don’t any other DeWalt products with a 12V battery, the inclusion of one in the kit is a great deal. The storage case is also nothing to scoff at. Dewalt adds cases to most of its products and are always durable and built to withstand strenuous job site conditions.
What sets Dewalt’s DCT419 apart from the rest is that it does what is claims to do. There are scanners that offer more in terms of features, but are too complex to use and require memorizing codes and need regular consultancy with the manual in order to decipher them. The DeWalt scanner is user-friendly in comparison and you can start using it right away straight from the box. Even if you need some assistance but don’t feel like going through the manual, you can get by just by going over the simple overview pamphlet.