Review

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.

Product

Performance

5
Average: 5 (1 vote)

Features

5
Average: 5 (1 vote)

Ease of Use

5
Average: 5 (1 vote)

Value

4
Average: 4 (1 vote)
4.8
out of 5