DEWALT DCD970KL Review

Powerful Motor Built with the professional who will be doing a fair amount of heavy-duty construction work the DEWALT DCD970KL 18-Volt XRP Lithium-Ion 1/2-Inch Hammerdrill/Drill/Driver Kit has the power for these types of jobs. The drill comes with 2 XRP lithium Ion batteries that punch out up to 450 watts now this is quite impressive and beats any 12 volt that is in the market hands down, the 12 volts are more suited to the hanging of frames and a much lighter workload.

Three Speed Transmissions

Now this is where the DEWALT DCD970KL stands out from the crowd, they have incorporated a 3-speed setting rather than the 2 speed that is the norm with other cordless drills around. So you have a choice of 0 to 500, 0 to 1,250, and 0 to 2,000 rpm in drilling, as well as 0 to 8,500, 0 to 21,250, and 0 to 34,000 bpm in hammer drill mode so selecting the correct speed for the material being used makes for a very efficient drilling experience, from the hardest materials to the more delicate there is a setting for all.

DEWALT DCD970KL

As you would expect for a hammer drill the chuck is ½ inch, so using the larger masonry drills is not a problem. A problem when drilling into concrete and the likes can be that the drill bit will start to loosen in the chuck and the chuck will spin but the drill bit doesn’t, with this model Dewalt has made the chuck self-tightening when drilling.

Comfortable Handling

A problem when you have drills this powerful can be the weight and balance. They seem to have done a good job in achieving this as the drill weighs around 5-1/4 pounds so working for long periods will not be a problem. As with most manufacturers, they have incorporated an ergonomic handle design, they have positioned the handle centrally giving the drill perfect balance when using, the last thing you want is a powerful hammer drill that is out of balance as this causes arm fatigue to the user. To help you position and control the drill they have included a side handle the turns full 360% this helps with being able to put more pressure on the drill bit on tough materials.

Extended Battery Life

Unique to Dewalt the drill comes with 2 x XRP lithium Ion batteries, these are designed to give you around 40% Rotary Hammermore run time than ordinary Ni-cad batteries. And the good part is they come with a 3-year warranty and are interchangeable with all other Dewalt cordless power tools, so if you need to add to your tool collection later you will be able to save a good amount of money buying the bare tool only.

Unlike others on the market the Dewalt drill doesn’t come with a battery charge indicator, but don’t let this put you off buying as it does not take away from the performance of the drill and having two batteries you should never get caught out with no battery life, if you do then there is the quick charger to get you going again quickly.