Top 3 DeWalt 20v Drills Review For You

In the DeWalt 20v drill line-up, some products can easily be considered as the top of the line products among all the manufacturers out there. In the drill driver category, there are several kinds of products, such as- Drill driver, Hammer drill and Impact driver. To understand the full potentials of these machines and pick the right one for you, it is important to know the differences between all these.

A cordless drill driver kit is a tool that can drill holes into different surfaces (brick, block, concrete, wood, metal etc.) and also able to drive screws on those surfaces. It has a keyless chuck that allows a broad range of screw driving bits, round and hex-shank drill bits, rotary sanders, hole saws, wire-wheel brushes and other related accessories to work along. All the cordless drill/drivers available in the market come with a slip clutch that provides the option to adjust the torque amount in order to drive screws with ultimate precision.

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A hammer drill comes with added benefit to the previous genre. This is also called ‘rotary hammer’. This denotes that the machine is actually a rotary drill combines with hammering action. Used for drilling work, this kind of device provides short, intense and rapid hammer thrust. In a result of it rotary motion mingled with hammering action this machine drills surfaces at a quicker rate and less effort.

An impact driver is a tool that is used to loosen up larger screws and nuts if they are stuck in a corrosive way. It can also be used to tighten screws where the screwdriver has failed to provide the required torque. In this case, the direction of impact force has to be reversed.

In all these categories, there are various 20v drills. The following three 20v drills are the ones that set apart the class from other products in the market:

RankImageProduct NameWeightPower (Volts)Price
#1DEWALT DCK240C2DEWALT DCK240C2 20v Lithium Drill Driver/Impact9 pounds20v$$
#2DEWALT DCD996B Bare Tool 20VDEWALT DCD996B Bare Tool 20V MAX XR Lithium Ion Brushless 3-Speed Hammer Drill4 pounds20v$$
#3DEWALT DCD780B 20-Volt Compact Drill/Drill DriverDEWALT DCD780B 20-Volt MAX Lithium Ion Compact Drill/Drill Driver3.3 pounds20v$$

These DeWalt 20v drills are equipped with different facilities and traits. Depending on the necessity, one has to decide, which one he will pick for his work.

1.DeWalt DCK240C2 20V – Lithium Drill Driver/Impact Combo Kit (1.3 Ah)

DeWalt DCK240C2 20v Lithium Drill Driver/Impact Combo Kit is a combo pack comprised of 2 DeWalt drills. One is a regular drill driver and the other is impact driver. Here the DCF885 20V MAX Lithium-Ion 1/4-Inch Impact Driver is one of the bests of its category and the DCD771C2 20V MAX Lithium-Ion Compact Drill/Driver also holds a lucrative reputation in the DeWalt lineup.

Weighing only 2.8 lbs, and with the length of 5.55”, the DCF885 Impact Driver is an excellent fit to work in the congested and dimly-lit spaces. This also provides one-handed loading facility that allows the user to work at a faster pace. 3 LED light ring works with a 20-second delay and provides maximum visibility without conjuring shadows. To the users’ significant advantage, a belt-hook is also included in the package. Now the worker can take it with him through all the worksite and carry a bag is no more a hassle.

With this incredible impact driver comes DCD771C2 Compact Drill/Driver which is run by a high-function motor that provides 300 unit watts out (UWO) in running. Through this powerful performance, different kinds of applications can be done easily. This unit comes with a high-speed transmission that provides two speeds (0-450 & 0-1,500 RPM). This variable speed can be proved useful in different drilling and fastening applications. For tight bit-gripping ability, the ½ inch single ratcheting chuck has proved its worth. To ensure total control and ultimate comfort, this drill comes with an ergonomic handle.

Both of these impact drivers and regular drill are part of the DeWalt 20-volt MAX batteries. So if one goes drained out of charge, the other is still on the line to serve. Having these two in the same box always gives the user great advantage of getting both drilling and impact action, done at the same time. Those who does not believe in multipurpose tools and like to have different tools in the box for different purposes would surely like this pair as they come in quite affordable a price with the promise of great performance.

In the box, there are

  • DCF885 20v MAX Lithium Impact Driver
  • DCD771 20v Max Lithium Drill/Driver
  • 20-Volt Maximum lithium-ion 1.5Ah battery packs (2)
  • 20-Volt Maximum charger and contractor bag (1)

Product specification

Product ModelDCK240C2
Item Weight9 pounds
Product Dimensions15.1 x 6.4 x 9.9 inches
Power Source Battery-Powered
Voltage20 volts
CertificationCertified frustration-free
Warranty Description3-year limited warranty

Pros & Cons Of DEWALT DCK240C2


  • Solid build quality
  • Bright LED light
  • Good batteries
  • Gets charged quickly


  • May wear off after some projects

2. DEWALT DCD996B Bare Tool 20V –  MAX XR Lithium Ion Hammer Drill

When it comes to buying a hammer drill, DeWalt is always on the frontline. And the DEWALT DCD996B Bare Tool is one of those hammer drills that are considered indispensable in the tougher hammer drill applications. This beastly DeWalt drill boasts of a high-functioning brushless motor that provides 57% more runtime over the brushed ones. In a result, with the same power consumption, the user can now get an improved performance and faster working speed. The powerful brushless motor provides 820 Units Watts Out (UWO) that enables working faster in various applications.

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It comes with a ½” nitro-carburized heavy duty metal chuck that comes with carbide inserts. This metal chuck provides ultimate bit gripping strength. The LED light has 3 modes to work with. It helps to work the user in tight spaces and dark areas. The 20-minute shut-off function saves the battery and provides extra work-time in dark zones. Using the LED lights, work can be done more accurately as there is no possibility of assuming the position of the hole. Bright LED light make the whole scene clear and the worker can choose the right spot he wants to work on.

The 3-speed, all-metal high-functioning transmission gives the user the necessary speed in second’s command. With this on the structure, the machine works accurately for different applications of different speed levels. This transmission system improves the run-time and 0-38,250 BPM comes handy when fast drilling is needed in masonry materials. This machine works at up to 2.8x faster speed while the machine gets 0-3825 BPM and 2,250 RPM. This configuration makes the machine 82% stronger than the previous models.

Durability is one of the prime targets of buying a hammer drill. This drill is made with a great finish and solid structure. With comfortable handle grips and metal ratcheting chucks, this drill is one of the most durable products in its class. The coated and sealed switches help to prevent moisture and dust that are in the environment. Otherwise, having moisture and dust in the machine would shorten the life of the device. The ‘Made in the USA with global materials’ proves its quality of production and top-notch assembly by the USA.

The included components that are in the box follow:

  • DeWalt DCD996 Hammer drill
  • Belt hook
  • 360-degree side handle

*** As this is a bare tool product, the battery has to be bought separately.

Product specification

Product ModelDCD996B
Item Weight4 pounds
Product Dimensions4 x 10 x 8 inches
StyleDrill bare tool
Power SourceBattery
Voltage20 volts
Item Package Quantity1
Type of BulbLED
Measurement SystemMetric
Battery Cell Type Lithium Ion
Warranty Description3-year limited warranty

Pros Cons Of DEWALT DCD996B

Why Should Use?

  • Cordless
  • Massive battery support
  • Ergonomic design
  • Does not get heated quickly
  • 3-speed transmission
  • LED lights to work efficiently in tight spaces and dark areas

Why Shouldn’t Use?

  • Not ready for heavy use
  • Battery is not included


3. DEWALT DCD780B 20Volt  – MAX Lithium Ion Compact Drill/Drill Driver

DeWalt DCD780B is a compact drill with advanced technology and powered by Lithium-ion batteries. For using both at home and commercial projects, DeWalt DCD780B proves to be an excellent choice to carpenters, builders, remodelers, woodworkers, plumbers, and electricians.

This machine is extremely durable and can perform to the highest standard in a given task. The user can feel assured of completing any kind of work that is in hand because this beast can take the load while providing comfort to the user. It can be used in various types of applications regardless the torque, speed, and power.

This lightweight drill is easy to carry around when needed and can work in tight areas where the powerful but bigger drills will not fit. The built-in LED lights are of great comfort while working in tight areas. This feature will ensure the accuracy of the work while keeping the machine from any probable fatality that can be caused in the dark. The light has a 20-second delay which is It is also designed in a way that the machine can protect itself from overloading, overheating and quick discharge during the work period.

The 20volt structure is more efficient than 18volt Lithium-ion battery powered ones. In this newer structure, the machine comes with 35% more runtime than the 20volt ones. Powered by high functioning 350 unit watts out the motor, this drill driver will provide optimum performance in light and mid-level applications.

It has a ½ inch ratcheting chuck that is equipped with carbide inserts. This chuck delivers ultimate bit-gripping strength and reduces slippage while being used in the high-torque application. This nature of the chuck will ensure longer lifecycle of the product. The DEWALT DCD780B comes with a two-speed transmission – 0-600 RPM and 0-2,000 RPM. This variation in speed gives the user options to work with proper speed and consistency. This speed is said to be 30% faster than other drill/drivers in the market.

Many contractors use this drill for long projects. Using any drill in a long project will require the comfort of the user. If the drill feels uncomfortable in hand, then, in the long run, it may cause the user permanent discomfort and the hand may get injured in the process. DeWalt has listened to their customers and has provided with an ergonomic handle that causes the hands no pain after using extra hours. To many users’ convenience, this product also comes with a belt-hook and on-board bit holder.

Inside the box there are the following things:

  • DCD780 drill/driver (1)
  • Operating instructions

*** Battery and charger are sold separately

Product specification

Product ModelDCD780B
Item Weight3.3 pounds
Product Dimensions8.2 x 4 x 9.5 inches
Speed2000 RPM
Power SourceCordless-electric
Voltage20 volts
Item Package Quantity1
Accessory Connection Type1/2" Ratcheting Chuck
Measurement SystemMetric
Battery Cell TypeLithium Ion
Warranty Description3 Year Limited Warranty

Pros Cons Of DEWALT DCD996B

Why Should Use?

  • Great durability
  • Lightweight
  • 20volt structure gives more battery life
  • High-speed performance
  • Perfect torque
  • Long lasting battery
  • LED light gives scope to work in tight spaces

Why Shouldn’t Use?

  • No battery included


All these three packages of DeWalt 20v drills are workhorses, easy to use powerhouses which can be used in different situations according to their merit. Whichever drill is used, from almost all the reviewers across the world, these drill-drivers have earned much reputation that upholds the DeWalt legacy. But, you need to remember, not all these drill drivers are ready to be used in industrial projects where the drivers are usually used day long. While working in the home environment and used by DIY workers, these drill-drivers excel in their category when others fail.

Richard A. Koons
I am Richard A. Koons. Working in this field around 20 years. You can call me a tool freak. I don't even know how many tools used in my last 20 years. The most interesting thing about me, that is I love to write blog and travel.

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