Tools of the Trade: DeWalt X-Ray Wall Scanner

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Offering an easy and reliable way to determine if pipes, studs, or wiring are present behind a wall, the cordless DEWALT DCT418S1 handheld radar scanner kit features innovative radar sensing technology that detects and identifies five classes of objects behind wall surfaces including wood, ferrous metal (metal stud, iron pipe, nail plates drywall screws, nails etc.), non-ferrous metal (copper pipe, de-energized electric etc.), live electric wires, and PVC / plastic (PVC pipe, de-energized / low voltage wire, plastic electrical boxes etc.), making it ideal for remodelers, installers, service technicians and maintenance personnel.

Other features include a tracking bar that counts the number of objects detected in an up to 9.8-foot section of a wall surface, and a confidence meter communicates the unit's signal strength. An ergonomic handle with a soft over-mold grip provides a comfortable grip.

What's in the Box

DCT418 handheld radar scanner; 12-volt MAX lithium ion battery pack; fast charger; kit box; operating instructions

Key Specifications

Scans Through Drywall, plywood, OSB, ceramic tile, marble, and concrete
Objects Detected Wood studs, ferrous metal, non-ferrous metal, PVC, and live electric
Maximum Sensing Depth, Wood 1-1/2 inches
Maximum Sensing Depth, Ferrous Metal 3 inches
Maximum Sensing Depth, Non-Ferrous Metal 3 inches
Maximum Sensing Depth, PVC 3 inches
Maximum Sensing Depth, Live Electric 3 inches
Accuracy +/- 1/2-inch
Display 3.5-inch color LCD, 320 x 240 pixels
Power DEWALT 12-volt MAX lithium ion batteries; up to 4 hours of runtime
Tool Weight 7.1 pounds



DEWALT is a leading manufacturer of industrial power tools and accessories, including corded and cordless drills, saws, hammers, grinders, routers, planers, plate joiners, sanders, lasers, generators, compressors, nailers, saw blades, metal and masonry drill bits, abrasives, screw driving accessories and more. DEWALT tools can be found nationally and internationally wherever tools are sold. With more than 1,000 factory-owned and authorized locations, DEWALT has one of the most extensive service and repair networks in North America.

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