DeWalt Cordless Drills

 

DeWalt DCD980L2 20v Max Cordless DrillWe rated the DeWalt DCD980L2 Drill/Driver as our 3rd best 18v and professional cordless drill with an overall rating of 9.3. This tool is DeWalt’s newest Li-Ion high performance 20v max drill. Even though it is listed as a 20v max, it has a nominal voltage of 18 and thus we consider it in the same class as other 18v models.

The overall performance of this model is very solid. It has 535 UWO of torque, which is above average. (Note that DeWalt uses Unit Watts Out to measure torque, whereas all other manufacturers use inch-pounds.) It is hard to compare UWO to in-lbs, but this drill has less torque than some of the other top high performance models offered by other brands.

One advantage of the DCD980L2 is its 3-speed all metal transmission with 22 clutch settings, which gives the user lots of adjustment for the optimum settings for drilling or driving tasks. It also features an all metal chuck with carbide inserts to provide more gripping power so your bits aren’t coming loose or slipping. Other handy features of this model include the 360° auxiliary handle and a LED light that stays lit for 20 seconds after you release the trigger.

It comes with two 3.0Ah batteries that provide plenty of battery life. The only problem is that there is no fuel gauge to determine how much battery life is left. The batteries don’t help this unit in the weight department as it is a bit heavier than average for a premium cordless drill at 5.2 lbs.

The weight and a lack of power compared to some other premium performance 18v drills are the only real negatives for this DeWalt. However, the good news is that it is priced at around $240 which is slightly cheaper than similar models from other brands.

We do recommend this model for professional and serious DIY use.

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Specs18v Class Average
Overall Rating9.3 
ManufacturerDeWalt 
ModelDCD980L2 
StyleHigh Performance Cordless Drill
Voltage20v max 
Weight5.2 lbs4.5 lbs
Max Torque535 UWO490 in-lbs
Max Speed2000 RPM1600 RPM
Variable Speed3-SPEED 
ReversableYes 
Chuck Size1/2″ 
Chuck TypeKeyless, Ratcheting 
Battery TypeLi-Ion 
Charge Rating3.0Ah1.8 Ah
Charge Time60 min45 min
Batteries Included2 
Work LightLED 
Extra HandleYes 
Fuel GuageNo 
Warranty3 years2 years
PriceCheck Price$212.99

DeWalt DCD980L2 20v Max Cordless Drill / Driver

DeWalt DCD980L2 20v Max Cordless Drill / Driver Kit

DeWalt DCD980L2 20v Max Cordless Drill / Driver

DeWalt DCD980L2 20v Max Cordless Drill / Driver

DeWalt DCD980L2 20v Max Cordless Drill / Driver

DeWalt DCD980L2 20v Max Cordless Drill / Driver

DeWalt DCD980L2 20v Max Cordless Drill / Driver

DeWalt DCD980L2 20v Max Cordless Drill / Driver

 

* DeWalt has a newer 18v Li-Ion model – the DCD980L2.

DeWalt DCD940KX 18v Cordless DrillThe DeWalt DCD940KX 18v cordless drill scores an 8.2 overall rating. This is DeWalt’s full size XRP NiCd 18 volt version. Its power output and speed rank near the top of the 18v class. Unfortunately so does the weight. At 6.2 pounds this thing is heavy.

We recommend you look at a Li-Ion cordless version instead of this NiCd battery style.

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Specs18v Class Average
Overall Rating7.8 
ManufacturerDeWalt 
ModelDCD940KX 
StyleStandard Cordless Drill 
Voltage18 
Weight6.2 lbs4.5 lbs
Max Torque450 UWO490 in-lbs
Max Speed2000 RPM1600 RPM
Variable Speed3-SPEED 
ReversableYes 
Chuck Size1/2″ 
Chuck TypeKeyless, Ratcheting 
Battery TypeNiCD 
Charge Rating2.4Ah1.8 Ah
Charge Time60 min45 min
Batteries Included2 
Work LightYes 
Extra HandleYes 
Fuel GuageNo 
Warranty3 years2 years
PriceCheck Price$212.99

 

 

DeWalt DC720KA 18v Cordless DrillDeWalt has a newer compact 18v Li-Ion cordless drill – the DCD760KL

The DeWalt DC720KA 18v cordless drill receives a 7.7 overall rating. This is DeWalt’s classic compact NiCd model in the 18v class. Users give this tool a very positive rating of 4.3 stars out of 5 on Amazon. Its torque and speed are both above average which give the DC720KA solid performance.

On the downside, at 4.8 lbs, it is still pretty heavy for a compact model. The price tag is also similar to compact Li-Ion offerings.

We recommend you look for a compact Li-Ion cordless drill instead.

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Specs18v Class Average
Overall Rating7.7 
ManufacturerDeWalt 
ModelDC720KA 
StyleCompact Cordless Drill 
Voltage18 
Weight4.8 lbs4.5 lbs
Max Torque410 UWO490 in-lbs
Max Speed1700 RPM1600 RPM
Variable Speed2-SPEED 
ReversableYes 
Chuck Size1/2″ 
Chuck TypeKeyless, Ratcheting 
Battery TypeNiCD 
Charge Rating1.7Ah1.8 Ah
Charge Time60 min45 min
Batteries Included2 
Work LightLED 
Extra HandleNo 
Fuel GuageNo 
Warranty3 years2 years
PriceCheck Price$212.99

DeWalt DC720KA

DeWalt DC720KA

DeWalt DC720KA

DeWalt DC720KA

DeWalt DC720KA

 

DeWalt DCD760KL 18v Cordless DrillWe scored the DeWalt DCD760KL 18v li-ion compact cordless drill at a 7.9 overall rating.

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Specs18v Class Average
Overall Rating7.9 
ManufacturerDeWalt 
ModelDCD760KL 
StyleCompact Cordless Drill 
Voltage18 
Weight4.0 lbs4.5 lbs
Max Torque350 UWO490 in-lbs
Max Speed1700 RPM1600 RPM
Variable Speed2-SPEED 
ReversableYes 
Chuck Size1/2″ 
Chuck TypeKeyless, Ratcheting 
Battery TypeLi-Ion 
Charge Rating1.1Ah1.8 Ah
Charge Time30 min45 min
Batteries Included0 
Work LightLED 
Extra HandleNo 
Fuel GuageNo 
Warranty3 years2 years
PriceCheck Price$212.99

DeWalt DCD760KL

DeWalt DCD760KL

DeWalt DCD760KL

 

*DeWalt has a newer 18v Li-Ion model – the DeWalt DCD980L2.

DeWalt DCD960KL 18v Cordless DrillWe rated the DeWalt DCD960KL 18v cordless drill at an 8.4 overall rating. It boasts plenty of power and DeWalt’s solid reputation of making high performance cordless drills which means it can handle a wide range of hole-drilling and screw-driving jobs. The XRP Li-Ion batteries are rated at 2.4Ah, although they do take 60 minutes to recharge which is higher than average.

The main thing that brings the DCD960KL rating down is the price. This is generally the most expensive 18v drill you can buy. It is also a little bit on the heavy side at 5.25 pounds.

We would recommend this drill for professional use, although there are comparable models for less money.

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Specs18v Class Average
Overall Rating8.4 
ManufacturerDewalt 
ModelDCD960KL 
StyleHigh Performance Cordless Drill
Voltage18 
Weight5.25 lbs4.5 lbs
Max Torque450 UWO490 in-lbs
Max Speed2000 RPM1600 RPM
Variable Speed3-SPEED 
ReversableYes 
Chuck Size1/2″ 
Chuck TypeKeyless, Ratcheting 
Battery TypeLi-Ion 
Charge Rating2.4Ah1.8 Ah
Charge Time60 min45 min
Batteries Included2 
Work LightLED 
Extra HandleYes 
Fuel GuageNo 
Warranty3 years tool, 1 year battery2 years
PriceCheck Price$212.99
 

DeWalt DCD920KX 14.4v Cordless DrillWe score the DeWalt DCD920KX 14.4v cordless drill at an 8.3 overall rating. This model is powered by the XRP NiCd batteries rated at 2.4 amp hours. It has above class average torque and speed for superior performance in all drilling and fastening applications.

The biggest drawback to the DCD920KX is its weight. Weighing in at 6 pounds makes it a pain to use this drill for long periods of time. The price of close to $180 also is more than many 18v models.

If you are looking for a DeWalt 14.4v cordless drill, we would recommend the DC730KA instead, unless you need just a little bit more power.

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Specs14.4v Class Average
Overall Rating8.3
ManufacturerDeWalt
ModelDCD920KX
StyleStandard Cordless Drill
Voltage14.4
Weight5.8 lbs4.6 lbs
Max Torque325 UWO400 in-lbs
Max Speed1800 RPM1500 RPM
Variable Speed3-SPEED
ReversableYes
Chuck Size1/2″
Chuck TypeKeyless, Ratcheting
Battery TypeNiCD XRP
Charge Rating2.4Ah2.2 Ah
Charge Time60 min60 min
Batteries Included2
Work LightLED
Extra HandleNo
Fuel GuageNo
Warranty3 years2 years
PriceCheck Price$194.10
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