The DeWalt DC742KA compact 12v cordless drill scores a 7.8 overall rating. This NiCd model has above average power for the 12v class of drills. It received a solid 4.2 rating from Amazon users and has very few negative complaints. This is also one of the few 12v versions that has a worklight so you can see what you are drilling.
On the downside, while it is a compact cordless drill, it is heavier than most 12v models. It is also relatively more expensive.
While this is a good drill, the cost prevents us from recommending the DC742KA. For the price you can get a good 18v version.
|Specs||12v Class Average|
|Style||Compact Cordless Drill|
|Weight||3.8 lbs||3.4 lbs|
|Max Torque||200 UWO||245 in-lbs|
|Max Speed||1700 RPM||1285 RPM|
|Chuck Type||Keyless, Ratcheting|
|Charge Rating||1.4Ah||1.7 Ah|
|Charge Time||60 min||60 min|
|Warranty||3 years||2 years|