Rated 4.7 out of 5Â by 283
Rated 4 out of 5Â 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 out of 5Â 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 5 out of 5Â 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 out of 5Â 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 out of 5Â by ToddB Excellent Economy Drill Driver! Great Price!
I've been using DeWalt for several years now and I'm very happy with the quality and performance of their tools. I have TWICE dropped a DeWalt from a ladder ONTO PAVEMENT with no damage other that abrasion! I can easily say that my favorite tool, hands down, is the 20v impact driver. But this review is for the drill driver, its little Brother.
Personally I find the DeWalt line a bit confusing when it comes to understanding the product line offerings and knowing exactly what I'm buying. If you're off by a digit you're not comparing apples to apples. I also find it frustrating how little they spotlight the battery specifications for a given product. This driver is a perfect example - it took some research to turn up where this unit fits in their line.
PERFORMANCE / VALUE
From what I can see, this is an economy version of the DCD780C2, which sells for twice the price. While I haven't used that driver it's easy to spot a number of difference that all add up to why this driver can be sold for this price. For an occasional user you may be perfectly happy with this budget version but for professional or heavy use you may want to consider the original driver.
Some of the sacrifices of this model include batteries with less capacity, slower drilling speeds, less power and it's a heavier and longer unit.
Sure, you know these are 20v* batteries, but it was two years of using my impact driver and rotating/charging the two batteries every 20 minutes during a barn rebuild that I discovered they offered batteries with TWICE the capacity of mine! Boy did I feel like a dope. I couldn't find any mention of the capacity of these batteries in the product description. I was aware of two flavors of 18v Li-Ion; 3.0 ah and 1.5 ah. For the price of this set I assumed these would be 1.5 ah. It turns out that these are actually 1.3 ah batteries. Because I don't use the drill driver nearly as much as the impact driver this doesn't bother me, but they should spell this out because it's THE single most important detail that you would want to know!
Personally, I love the new sliding mount. I won't miss fighting with the old batteries trying to get them out of the driver. The squeeze tabs didn't always work properly. There were times where I spent a full minute trying to get a dead battery out of the driver! This new mount effortlessly slides in and out. Note that these batteries, unlike the larger 3.0 ah units do NOT have a charge indicator built into them.
I think the elephant in the room with 20v* max batteries is that consumers have no idea what that really means. A bit of research led me to believe they are EXACTLY the same battery technology as the 18v batteries, but branded differently to distinguish the new sliding mount mechanism, which is incompatible with the previous generation.
I've switched over to the new generation and gave away my 18v stuff because I didn't need duplicates. DeWalt says they will continue to market and support the 18v line. I don't believe it's going anywhere soon with the installed base!
The first thing you'll probably notice about the charger is that the charging indicator light is "sexy". It really is! I know, this should have no relevance to performance but it's neat nonetheless. It's got a nice soft glow and is much larger than the old lights. I actually read the instructions that came with the driver (I know, huh?!) and much to my relief, they specifically say that it's safe to leave a charged battery on the charger. This is one of these topics that I've found myself debating and speculating on in the past. Nice to know!
Because I already had a charger with my impact driver, I'm just using that one, but I wouldn't be surprised if the two chargers are different. DeWalt offers "regular" and "fast" chargers generally. I've never bought one specifically but I'm aware that there may be different units available. I'll have to check my other charger, but I'd bet money that it's a 30 minute charger. The new 3.0 ah batteries last so stinking long that I haven't had to wait for one to charge and therefore don't even know how long it takes!
I've attached a photo of my three generations of drill drivers. Note how HUGE the old Ni-Cd driver was! Granted, it's an impact drill. The two latest drivers are fairly similar in size and design. After holding and using the two latest side by side the latest edges out the previous generation a bit in ergonomics, feel of the rubber grip and balance. The top of the driver feels better balanced to me. It's not quite as top heavy. BUT, this is not a big deal. The two really are extremely similar.
The biggest difference that I see between them is the clutches and chucks. Who thinks about the chuck in a drill? Who knows anything about a chuck? I sure don't! While the two drivers are pretty much the same overall length the length of the clutches and chucks in each are flipped. See the attached photo to better understand this. The latest driver brags about a "single sleeve" chuck. I looked this term up and to me, they both appear to be single sleeve chucks. The clutch on the new driver is longer and the chuck is shorter - just the opposite of the previous generation. The instructions actually tell you NOT to loosen and tighten the chuck by holding it and activating the driver. It says it could damage the driver. Huh? I have no idea why they say this and I'd bet money that 100% of the users, including me, use this technique.
Honestly, I had zero complaints about the previous driver and this one, in my mind, is marginally better. I find that it performs just fine, with enough power and good trigger control to make drilling and driving enjoyable. The "gear selector" on the top lets you choose between faster driving with less torque and low speed with more torque.
As mentioned before, the balance is improved in this unit and so is the feel of the handle, with better rubber and an more ergonomic fit. The front mount light is improved, as well, and stays on for around 30 seconds after use. I guess they figure that with the Li-Ion batteries and LED's low power consumption it's best to give us more light than worry about saving minuscule amounts of power.
With the amount of use my drill driver gets I suspect this unit is just fine for me. I think for occasional and even moderate use this is a good drill and am happy to recommend it.
If you're aware of the practicality of impact drivers and still use a drill driver a lot, you might want to consider the original DCD780C2. I wish they sold the DCD780C2 as tool only, because I already have two 3.0 ah batteries. To me, that would be the best buy for someone that already has batteries.
December 6, 2013