Dewalt Cordless Drill Review
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No other tool in modern history has been more popular than the portable electric drill. The cordless electric drill is no exception, and it is only becoming more and more versatile.
Choosing a drill can take a lot of your time. To save you the difficulty, here is my review of a high-quality cordless drill made by Dewalt. The DeWALT DCD777C2 is an excellent tool and a good value. I will also take some time to talk about different aspects of this cordless drill, such as the motor, clutch, chuck, and battery.
DEWALT DCD777C2 20V Max Brushless Compact Drill Driver with a Lithium-Ion Battery
You can rarely go wrong with a DeWalt tool. The company has been in business since 1922 and is known for its high-quality products. Just take a look around any construction site, and you will undoubtedly see the characteristic yellow tools of all types present.
What This Cordless Power Drill Can Do
The DEWALT DCD777C2 20V Max Brushless Compact Drill Driver with a Lithium-Ion Battery is a superb value. I have chosen to recommend this tool to beginning woodworkers because of its durable, lightweight construction, power, and versatility.
This tool is excellent for drilling in wood, plastic, composite materials, and metals. It will serve you well with your beginning projects. This drill faithfully drives 3-inch deck screws when you're ready to take on a hefty task like a new outdoor deck.
The DeWALT DCD777C2 is not a hammer drill, so be aware. If you know you need to drill holes in concrete or masonry, a hammer drill such as the DEWALT 20V MAX Hammer Drill Kit (DCD985M2) will be a better choice. Since my focus is on woodworking, I recommend the non-hammer version.
DeWALT DCD777C2 Specifications
Battery: Lithium-Ion batteries are lighter weight, do not have a "memory," and are the most technologically advanced batteries on the market. This drill uses the Dewalt 20V MAX lithium-ion battery system.
Chuck size: The 1/2 chuck enables you to use the broadest range of drill bits. 1/16th to 1/2 inch shank.
Type of Chuck: This Plastic Ratcheting Keyless Chuck makes changing drill bits quick and easy.
Clutch: 15 clutch settings adjust the power the drill uses to put in a screw. For example, you would set the clutch selector to a very low number when putting a screw in a soft material like drywall. Use a much higher clutch setting number when placing screws in solid oak.
Brushless Motor Vs. Brushed Motor
What does brushless mean? Well, here is a super quick rundown on the functioning of an electric motor. All electric motors require there internal "Motor windings" to be energized with the electricity to work. Older electric motors had small "brushes" that would make contact with the inner workings of an electric motor to deliver the power. Newer Electric motors are constructed to eliminate brushes, and electricity is distributed through a commutating encoder. A device that replaces the brushes and doesn't wear down.
Brushed motor Pros:
- Simple technology
- Low cost
Brushed Motor Cons:
- Require more maintenance due to the brushes wearing out.
- Not as efficient
Brushless Motor Pros:
- No brushes to wear out-- Low maintenance
- Very efficient
Brushless Motor Cons:
- More sophisticated technology--more expensive
Cordless Drill Batteries
Your cordless drill is only as good as the battery that powers it. There are three types of batteries that are most common in cordless drills. The oldest is the Nickel Cadmium (NiCd) battery. You will rarely find these in new cordless drills, but they are quite durable and tolerate temperature extremes very well. They are inexpensive and have a lifespan of about one thousand charges, which is hard to beat. Nickel-cadmium batteries are kind of quirky, so you will need to keep an eye on a proper storage and maintenance plan to get the most from them.
Nickel-Metal Hydride (NiMH) Batteries offer some features that are better than the older NiCd batteries. They can store two or three times more energy than NiCad batteries, weigh less, and are better or the environment. However, similar to NiCd batteries, you will need to follow manufacturer recommendations for charging and storage carefully. NiMH batteries cost less than Lithium-Ion batteries.
Lithium-Ion batteries (Li-Ion) are the newest battery type. They are lighter, Store more energy, and hold a charge longer with less charging time. Li-Ion batteries do not require the level of maintenance that the other two types require. The only caution is don't store them in a place that is too hot, which is over 130 degrees Fahrenheit. The best temperature for storing batteries is about 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
The Final Word
Choosing a DeWALT DCD777C2 20V Max Brushless Compact Drill Driver as your first portable electric drill purchase is something I can recommend without reservation. The quality of lightweight construction and well-balanced design combined with 20 V power delivered by the lithium-ion batteries, make this an excellent tool value.
Whenever I buy tools, I look for the benefit of a "combo" purchase. The drill in this review comes with two batteries, a charger and contractor bag to carry it in. I have found this type of deal to be the best value, especially when considering the individual purchase price of a single battery and carrying case.
No matter what cordless tool you acquire, always get two batteries. You also will never regret getting a proper carrying case as part of the deal.
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