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Quick Review: DeWalt DC970K-2 18-Volt Drill/Driver Kit

DeWalt DC970K-2 18V Drill/Driver Kit

DeWalt DC970K-2 18V Drill/Driver Kit

The DC970K-2 is Best For:

This tool is suitable for DIY use This tool is suitable for PRO use

Our Rating: 4/5

    

Overview

The DeWalt DC970K-2 18V Drill/Driver is a cordless drill was one of the first drills that was launched in DeWalt’s compact drill line. The DC970 drill included in this drill set, is essentially the same one as the DC759KA. This tool is suitable for the most basic jobs around the house, and even does heavy duty DIY as well as some PRO jobs. Though powerful, durable and overall very reliable, the DC970 is an entry level 18V drill in DeWalt’s cordless drill line.

Features

The drill features two speed settings which are rated at 0-450 RPM and 0-1,500 RPM. The ½ inch chuck is all plastic. It should be durable enough to withstand most wear and tear, though the model’s more expensive cousins (especially in the XRP line) will have a more rugged all metal chuck. There’s 17 clutch (torque) settings on this drill, which makes it very versatile for all kinds of applications. The 380 UWO (Unit Watts Out) means that the drill is also suitable for professional use.

This is a compact drill based on the older wider DeWalt battery base. If you intend to use Li-Ion batteries, you’re better off buying a DeWalt drill with an updated base, because while the Li-Ion batteries will fit, the base will overlap the battery by ½ inch on the front and rear of the battery.

The two batteries included in this drill are rated at 1.2 Ah. DeWalt’s top end 18V XRP battery is rated at 2.4 Ah. So if you’ve ever used an XRP tool, you’re looking at roughly half the runtime with these batteries. The charger included with this set, the DW9116, will charge each included battery in about an hour.

Conclusions

Overall this drill set presents a good value for the money. If you’re looking for a quality entry level drill, that is powerful to handle a wide spectrum jobs, this set is worth the money.

What’s Included in the Box?

  • Cordless Drill (DeWalt DC970)
  • Two 18V batteries (DeWalt DC9098)
  • 1 hour charger (DeWalt DW9116)

Positives

  • Value
  • Relatively High Torque

Negatives

  • Base doesn’t fit well with DeWalt’s Li-Ion batteries
  • Plastic chuck

Specifications

  • Voltage: 18V
  • Max Power:  380 UWO
  • # of Speed Settings:  2
  • Maximum RPM: 0-450 / 0-1,500
  • Clutch Settings:  17
  • Chuck Size:  1/2″
  • Chuck Type:  Plastic, single sleeve ratcheting
  • Tool Weight:  4.7 lbs
  • Warranty: 90 Day Money Back / 1 Year Free Service / 3 Year Limited

Quick Review: DeWalt DC725KA 18-Volt Cordless Compact Hammer Drill/Driver

DEWALT DC725KA 18-Volt Cordless Compact Hammer Drill/Driver

DeWalt DC725KA 18-Volt Cordless Compact Hammer Drill/Driver

The DC725KA is Best For:

This tool is suitable for DIY use This tool is suitable for PRO use

Our Rating: 4.5/5

    

Overview

The DeWalt DC725KA 18-Volt cordless compact hammer drill/driver is one of DeWalt’s most popular cordless battery powered drill products. This drill/driver is basically shares many of the characteristics of drills that are in DeWalt’s more powerful XRP line of products, except  in a much smaller form factor. At nearly 5 pounds, it’s lighter than the XRP units, however after long usage during the day your hands could feel a bit fatigued.

Drill Features

The two NiCad batteries that come with this drill are the smaller 18 volt batteries that have a lower capacity than the ones that come in the XRP set. Yes, NiCad batteries are the “old” technology, and newer Lithium ones are available – that being said, these NiCad batteries will still give you very good run time, one of their main downsides is weight. The unit features a very high performing 410 watt unit motor, and can handle a variety of applications such as drilling into wood, metal or concrete with the hammer drill feature. The drill can be set for two speeds – 0 to 500 RPM (Revolutions Per Minute) and 0 to 1700 RPM for a variety of applications. When you chance those settings, the hammer drill BPM (Beats Per Minute) automatically adjusts to 0 to 8500 BPM, and 0 to 29000 BPM. The 17 clutch settings allow you to adjust the level of resistance when driving in a screw. The 1/2″ (13mm) all metal chuck is solidly built and replaceable, like most other DeWalt cordless drills.

Hammer drill, but no side handle included

The ergonomic grip is comfortable, however, we were disappointed that it did not come with a side handle, which is very beneficial especially when using the unit as a hammer drill. The LED provides enough light to make work easier in dark places, however, it is not a replacement for a larger lighting unit.

DC725, DC725B or DC725KA?

Confused? They’re all the same drills. The DeWalt DC725 is the base drill model. If you’re buying just the tool, it will be listed as the DC725B (Bare). The DC725KA means that the drill comes as a kit, with a 18V XRP battery, and a charger.

Conclusions

This is a solid drill for everyday use, for DIY’s as well as contractors. DeWalt makes some of the finest drills available, and this unit is a very affordable option especially when compared to the newer Lithium drills.

What’s included in the box?

Drill, Two NiCad batteries, Charger, Carrying Case

Positives

  • Compact size,  good for small spaces
  • High performance, powerful frameless motor

Negatives

  • Compact NiCad batteries offer lower capacity
  • No side handle for additional control when using the unit as a hammer drill

 DeWalt DC725KA Specifications & Warranty

  • Voltage: 18V
  • Max Power:  410UWO
  • # of Speed Settings:  2
  • Max RPM: 0-500/0-1700
  • Max BPM:  0-8,500/0-29,000
  • Clutch Settings:  17
  • Chuck Size:  1/2″
  • Chuck Type:  Metal, single sleeve
  • Tool Weight:  4.9lbs
  • 90 Day Money Back Guarantee / 1 Year Free Service Contract /3 Year Limited Warranty