Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 480
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Fury Powerful but light on features
I bought this drill as a much needed replacement for my 14.4v Ryobi. I used that drill at least weekly for 13 years before the battery kicked the bucket and it lacked power. I needed something inexpensive, with two lithium batteries, at least 18v. Enter the DeWalt. I read all of the reviews and was anxious to get started with it.
I have now used it for three months (again at least weekly), so feel I have sufficient experience with it.
First if all, this thing is POWERFUL. It has speed and torque in spades and can bore through nearly anything without needing to switch the speed to 1 for extra torque. I used this to bore 5/8" holes through 4" landscape timbers without a problem. Drilling through metal was something I always had to use my corded drill for, but not any more. Battery life is fantastic- I assembled a massive Skyfort II cedar playground with 4 batteries, and having the other battery charging and at the ready is a necessary thing. I don't know how many screws and bolts I drove with the DeWalt, but suffice to say it was in the thousands. Batteries charge fairly quickly, and only when I was drilling through the landscape timbers did I encounter that I was draining batteries faster than the new one was charging. If you are using this drill for long periods of time, it can get fatiguing because of the weight, but build quality is an easy trade off. I can see this lasting for years.
Now for the things that initially didn't bother me, but now after all that use I found that the lack of features were really inconvenient. Things that were on my Ryobi and lower quality drivers that were sorely missed.
Foremost, no bit holders are present. You will find yourself scrambling in projects to keep the right bit nearby so that you can switch from one to the next. It's really frustrating when an inexpensive clip built into the drill could keep 1-2 driver bits handy, which would have been a lifesaver on the roof of the Skyfort.
The built in LED seemed like a good idea at first, until I needed to use it to drill a hole in a golf cart frame. The light is positioned I the drill so that it casts its own shadow, right where the tip of the drill or driver bit is going. You actually have to use another light to see the tip of the drill meet with its target.
The battery pack slides and locks, but whoever thought it would be a good idea to have it slide and lock from the back of the charger? If you have the charger on its feet horizontally on a surface like a workbench, and have it butted up against the wall, you have to pull the charger away from the wall to pull off the battery. It has keystone holes in the back to wall mount it, but that is really not an option for me since the wall in the back of my workbench holds my tools and shelves. You could have it sitting on your bench with the labeling and light facing backwards, but those who like a tidy and organized work area (darn near every handy person) will have to consider this.
I would trade the included bag for any of these needed features. It's nice quality, but really only fits the drill and charger. I don't know of any jobs where I just needed to bring a drill and a charger.
Lastly, built in levels would have been useful.
Overall I am happy with the purchase- you get a lot of power, speed, and reliability, but you just may find yourself missing some key features. I hope that someone from DeWalt reads this, as this drill just misses the mark on convenient features and thoughtful design.
January 28, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Veeps Great drill for any homeowner
This drill is great for the $99 pricetag. I've used it for many small projects and have not had any issues. Made quick work for drilling large holes thru floor joists for running Romex and installing electrical outlets.
Two things I wish were included.
1) it doesn't have a bit holder included or a magnetic surface on the drill.
2) I wish carrying bag it came with was larger . It can't hold much more than the drill, charger and 2 batteries.
Dewalt sells a bit holder that fits the drill for under $10 and I can use another tool bag or case. For $100, I cannot complain. I recommend this drill to anyone who needs a drill for around the home.
January 7, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by ToolTimeTony Excellent, high quality, powerful drill, long lasting batteries
This is an excellent cordless drill, with plenty of power, lighter weight than most, and looks and feels great. 20V lithium-ion batteries fit most DeWalt 20v cordless tools. Using the batteries with a 6 1/2 circular saw purchased as a companion. Nice tool bag which fits the drill, charger, and batteries with some extra room for bits. LED lighted, adjustable keyless chuck. Drives screws with ease, and has ability to drill many holes on a single battery charge. 20V is a plus - drills hard wood with ease. Kits comes with drill, 2 batteries, charger, and tool bag type case. My older 18V DeWalt drill has been a work horse for years, and this drill has more power, is lighter, more compact, and hold a charge very well.
December 8, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Woodworker Great Dual Tool
I had some projects over the holiday season requiring me to drill holes and install screws. The battery on my B&D cordless drill kept pooping out after driving a couple of screws and I was tired of getting tangled in the extension cord every time I used the drill. So I headed over to Home Depot planning to get a more robust electric screwdriver. The Home Depot guy showed me a range to choose from but then asked me about my project. When I described my project, he suggested a combination tool and I selected the DeWalt Cordless Drill/Driver kit. It is great. A toggle switch and the trigger allow me to select speed and torque I need. I can spin it fast for drilling, or slow with lots of torque for driving screws. The battery keeps going - plus the kit provides an extra battery and recharger in the handy zip up carrier. My old B&D cordless screwdriver went in the garbage. Anybody want to buy a 3/8 plug-in drill? You can have it cheap!
The 20-Volt Max Lithium-ion cordless drill/driver kit is all I need now
January 13, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by dcmikez Great drill won't wear you out
I'm really impressed with this drill. It's very powerful, surprisingly light, and very well balanced.
The drill comes with a bag, two batteries and a charger, not a bad deal for the price. The batteries are small and light, lighter than you would expect for a 20v battery. When attached to the drill they balance it very well so that it won't fatigue you over a long day.
It has 15 gears and a drill setting in the clutch and a high/low setting on top. The chuck is nice in that when you tighten it, you get three audible clicks to tell you it's completely tightened and to prevent over tightening.
There's an odd "C" hoop on the end that I suppose could be used to attach a belt hook, but there's nothing provided and no mention of it in the manual.
It has an LED that comes on with a slight squeeze of the trigger and stays on for a while upon release. This is a nice feature and is somewhat standard on any drill these days. the light is obstructed somewhat by the chuck so it doesn't shine directly on where you have the drill unless you're at a distance from the object.
Construction is mostly plastic, but DeWalt is known for making very durable tools so I have no doubt this will hold up to plenty of use.
Oddly it didn't come with even a basic bit attachment, but I never use them anyway.
My only complaint so far would be not with the drill, but with the bag. The zipper doesn't work very well and is somewhat hard to close, but these bags usually get filled with other things and remain open most of the time anyway.
December 5, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by MrFixIt Nothing to sneeze at!
This review is a comparison between the last generation DEWALT cordless drill and their latest offering.
I have owned a DEWALT 1/2" Cordless VSR for well over 10 years, and it has served me in every project imaginable. It has never failed me. The unit (model# DW990) used 14.4 V Ni-Cad battery packs. Over the years, one of batteries has completely died, and the other barely holds a charge. To replace the batteries themselves i was looking at over $60 a piece! It was time to put this workhorse out to pasture.
With the reliability i've seen from DEWALT in the past, i wasn't going to look elsewhere for my replacement. After a bit of research, the DCD771 cordless drill driver was just the drill to fit the bill.
The drill comes with the standard DEWALT accessories which is two batteries and one charger. It's absolutely imperative that a drill come with two batteries so that in the midst of a heavy project, if one battery runs out, you can charge it while you use the other. There is NO EXCUSE for not having two batteries! My last drill came in a large plastic case, which was nice. However, i found that each time i opened it, the charger cord would pop out and prevent the lid from closing. This unit comes with a nylon duffel bag that holds the drill and all the accessories. Easy to access, small footprint, and has a bit of padding on the bottom to protect the contents. Perfect.
This drill with battery weights in at 3.58 lbs, which is significantly lighter than the DW990's 5 lbs. A good portion of that comes from the battery weight itself, with the new LiIONs weighting less than half of the old Ni-Cads. That means you'll be able to hold it longer when you're in those uncomfortable places, such as in the attic, or in the crawl space underneath the house.
The drill is also quite a bit smaller. But don't let that fool you. It is perfectly balanced, just like its older sibling. As mentioned before, the battery is physically smaller, and so is the charger.
The new grip is all rubber, which should adds more comfort during use, and prevents slipping.
I was worried that it would not perform as well as the last one, especially due to its smaller size.
But do not be concerned! Despite its smaller form factor, it packs just as much of a punch as before. The battery charge lasts quite some time, and replacing it is thankfully much easier that the last generation. The prior drill required a kung-fu grip to depress the tabs to remove the battery.
A number of favorite features were kept more or less the same between versions of this drill.
The 3-jaw chuck is tightened/loosened by hand.There is an adjustable torque setting, and two speeds, one for driving, the other drilling. The drill is balanced enough to stand up-right on the battery base. This drill also adds a fantastic feature: an LED light pointing at where you're drilling. The light stays on for 20 seconds after release of the trigger. This came in handy the very first time i used it!
Overall, i couldn't be more pleased with the DEWALT DCD771 cordless drill driver. It kept all the awesome features i loved about my last drill, while improving virtually all the annoyances. The drill is lighter, lasts a bit longer, and the battery swaps out effortlessly. I'm hoping this drill will last me countless more projects over the next 10+ years.
February 4, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by BobtheBuilder03115 DEWALT IS NOW BLACK AND DECKER QUALITY. BD owns them.
The warranty is garbage. 3 years covers only.... defects like the switch or the motor...doesn't cover chucks or brushes... The 1 year is head to toe includes chucks and brushes. And the company is very misleading. Fine print says its operates at only 18v load. This is why I only buy Ridgid NOW. LIFETIME ON EVERYTHING YOU REGISTER. Which is great, because I don't have to buy the same drill kit more than once in my lifetime!! NO BRAINER.
November 18, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Nadores Love The Drill But Not The Batteries
Excellent drill and very convenient size. However they ship these packaged drills will less than top of the line batteries. If the batteries don't hold up or are defective Dewalt will replace them with the upgraded ones. Why not just supply the product with the better batteries to start with and stop trying to save a buck?
November 10, 2015