DeWalt DCV517 20V MAX Cordless 1/2 Gallon Wet/Dry Portable Vacuum Cleaner

DeWalt DCV517 20V MAX Cordless 1/2 Gallon Wet/Dry Portable Vacuum Cleaner is industrial grade wet/dry cordless, bagless vacuum cleaner, suitable for various applications like workshop vacuum, construction site vacuum, but also as the cordless vacuum for anybody who needs reliable and rather robust cordless unit.

DeWalt DCV517 comes in two versions: DCV517B model comes only with the DCV517 vacuum cleaner, and DCV517M1 model that comes with DCV517 vacuum cleaner and DeWalt DCB230C battery pack consisting of DCB112 battery charger and 3.0 Ah 20 volts compact lithium battery.

Published: September 10, 2019.

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DeWalt DCV517 Features and Specifications

DeWalt DCV517 may be powered with any DeWalt 20V MAX lithium battery and its operating time depends on the used battery. Also DeWalt 60V FLEX Volt batteries are backward compatible.

Model DCV517M1 comes with DCB230C battery and charger kit, consisting of 3.0 Ah 20V battery and DCB112 battery charger.

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Such battery kit is suitable for DCV517 cordless vacuum and for all other tools powered with such battery.

However, it is also possible to buy DCV517B and to separately buy, for example, 5.0 Ah 20V MAX lithium batteries (or 60V FLEX Volt batteries) and DeWalt DCB118 20V MAX FLEX Volt battery charger (compatible with both 20V MAX and 60V MAX batteries).

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Reason is simple - by buying high-capacity and high-energy DeWalt batteries, any future shopping of DeWalt 'bare' tools is going to be much cheaper.


 DeWalt DCV517 features 1/2 gallon (~1.8 liters) tank, suitable for both wet and dry dirt. Unlike some similar DeWalt vacuums, DCV517 doesn't feature blower port.

On/Off switch is large and placed on the protected position under the handle. Whole unit is designed to be used by one hand only, except when the cleaning hose is detached - in such situations, vacuum is carried by one hand and the cleaning hose is used by other hand.

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Air filtration is true HEPA grade - unit is able to capture 99.97% of 0.3 microns or larger particles, which is excellent, but also a important requirement for workshop vacuums.

Filtration system is based on two different air filters, high-efficiency wet/dry air filter and a secondary filter.

Both filters are washable, although high-efficiency air filter should be cleaned first by tapping it onto the hard surface - if it still stays dirty, wash it.

If the air filters, for any reason, can't be cleaned properly, replace them with new OEM filters.

Note: DeWalt equipment is generally easy to use and maintain, DCV517 vacuum cleaner included. But, just in case, when the unit arrives, familiarize yourself with your new vacuum cleaner, and read the manual.

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Long Story Short: If you need a sturdy and durable workshop/construction site/garage portable cordless vacuum cleaner, consider DeWalt DCV517 model.

dewalt dcv517 mIf you already have DeWalt 20V MAX lithium batteries, a bare-tool DCV517B can be rather cheap.

On the other hand, if you plan on getting more DeWalt tools that are powered via these batteries, buying larger batteries and charger is not cheap at first, but saves the money in the future.

For more reviews and recommendations, check DeWalt DCV517 20V MAX Cordless 1/2 Gallon Wet/Dry Portable Vacuum Cleaner Amazon link (link opens in the new window).