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A Beast Home Owners Drill
, November 25, 2013
This is a detuned version of the classic Dewalt 2-speed, 1/2" chuck, VSR drill. A little bigger, little heavier, little slower, less power, lower capacity batteries, slower charger, soft case, no belt or bit holder. Built to a price point of $99 on sale. Great for the once a month DIYer, not an everyday contractor tool.
The closest contractor grade version of this drill kit is the DEWALT DCD780C2 20-Volt Max Li-Ion Compact 1.5 Ah Drill/Driver Kit
which is $200+ shipped. Potentially double the price if you can find the 771 on sale.
More detailed comparison of DCD771 and DCD780:
- Lot longer (8.7″ vs. 7.5″)
- Heavier (3.6 lbs vs 3.4 lbs)
- Less powerful (300 UWO vs. 350 UWO)
- Slower (0-450/0-1500 RPM vs. 0-600/0-2000 RPM)
- Two 1.3Ah vs. 1.5Ah batteries
- Slower 20V charger (60 mins vs. 30 mins)
- Contractor bag instead of a hard plastic case
- No belt clip, bit holder or bit, but a place for both
- Drill, battery & charger Made in China vs ?
The 771 arrived 12-2, charged the battery until the charger stopped flashing. Chucked a Torx T-30 bit and it took 50-sec to drive and remove a 5/16 x 4" Lag Screw into a pine log three times. My 30 YO B&D 3/8" 120V VSR drill managed to get the screw halfway in before it stalled. In fairness to the B&D drill, shifting the 771 to high and it also stalled. It was almost dark and the LED light was almost blinding. Stayed on for a least 10-sec after the switch was released.
The charger has two keyed holes on 4" centers to hang it on a wall. Cord appears to be 6-foot long.
The bag is spacious, was able to get both drills inside. The drill is very stout, you can tell there is steel inside. The entire back and handle is grippy rubber, the black. This may be a low dollar Dewalt, but it definitely isn't cheap.