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DeWalt 20V 3-Speed Drill/Driver

WOOD magazine rating
Average reader rating
4.8
out of 5
Brand:
DeWalt
Model:
DCD980L2
Price:
$270

Description

• DEWALT® 20V Max* Lithium Ion batteries offer longer tool runtime & enhanced durability
• 3-speed all-metal transmission matches the tool to task for fastest application speed and improved run time
• Heavy-duty 1/2" metal ratcheting chuck with carbide inserts provides superior bit gripping strength
• LED light with 20 second delay after trigger release
• High power, high efficiency motor delivers 535 unit watts out of max power for superior performance in all drilling and fastening applications

WOOD magazine review

Heavy-duty workhorse

Review Summary

DeWalt’s newest line of cordless drills, dubbed 20-Volt Max, features slide-on lithium-ion battery packs, giving each tool a slimmer, more comfortable grip, which equates to less user fatigue.
(DeWalt markets this line of tools as 20 maximum volts on a full charge, although just a few years ago we’d have called this an 18-volt tool based on the number of cells in the packs.) We put this drill/driver (as well as the smaller compact model) through a series of tests, drilling holes of varying sizes and driving screws and lag bolts. DeWalt's full-size model (DCD980L2) trumps the compact in torque and, because it comes with 3-amp-hour battery packs, run time. It has three speed ranges from zero to 2,000 rpm and a metal ratcheting chuck that grips bits better. But at nearly 6 lbs, it’s a big tool to lug around the shop. For general workshop use, we prefer the compact DCD780C2 that comes with 1.5-amp-hour battery packs, but this is the tool best suited for heavy drilling and driving tasks on the jobsite as well as the workshop.

Detailed Ratings

4.8
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

5

Ease of Use

5

Value

4

Reader Reviews

Best Investment In A Long Time

Review Summary

After 7 years of my other unit, I finally replaced it with this unit. I was amazed how powerful it was. The weight is a bit when using for very long periods, but manageable. And the two batteries supplied in the kit allowed me to keep working as long as I wanted. I recently replaced the front and back decks of my home and this drill never let me down. The decking went in without problems, and I put in more screws in one project than I ever have.
I was also surprised how well this drilled into concrete with the masonry drill bits for my anchors. I thought this was comparable with my electric drills for this purpose. But what appears to me as a bit pricy, but worth the investment. Hoping this will outlast the last battery powered drill.

Detailed Ratings

4.8
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

5

Ease of Use

5

Value

4

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