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Expected a lot more from DeWalt
on May 15, 2011
I was tired of buying replacement batteries for my other cordless drills, and saw this one on sale, and thought I would give it a try as I had never owned a DeWalt.
I have owned this drill for about 5 months, and yesterday had a project that involved drilling 98 screws, 2.5 inches long through treated 2x4's and into landscaping timbers. I started with battery that was already in the drill. I figured it would go dead before I finished, but I had the spare in the charger and it was ready to go. In less than 10 screws I had to change batteries, and before I hit 30 screws, both batteries were drained. I got out my old trusty battery drill from the place in Chicago that don't own a tower anymore and it finished up the work with no problems. Needless to say, it was a pretty disappointing performance of a high priced drill with higher priced batteries.
The pros for this drill are: It is light weight. Has a cute little light that lights up what your going to drill.
The cons for this drill are: The chuck has about a quarter of an inch play, which I assume is for the hammer part of the drill, however until you get used to it, your going to tear up your finger or scratch what your working on because of it. It has an extremely short battery life, and when it decides to stop, it just does, not a slow down, just dead. When you work to get your parts in place, in an awkward position and go to use the drill and find out it is dead, you just want to throw the thing. It has a cute little light that shows what your drilling.....but I have not found a practical use for that cute little light yet. It would be better for it to light up when the battery is low, so your not stuck holding up boards and finally getting in position to use the drill to find out that the battery is dead.