Looking to know which Dewalt cordless drill to buy or the best Dewalt brushless drill combo ? The best ones are the 20V Max DCD791/796 compact drill and hammer drill, and the DCD991/996 3-speed drill and hammer drill.
Looking for something a little different? Dewalt has a bunch of 20V Max cordless drills to choose from, and hopefully this list will help you sort through them.
Dewalt brushless drill combo
Here are all of the current Dewalt 20V Max cordless drills that they’re starting off the year with:
- DCD771 drill
- DCD777 brushless drill
- DCD778 brushless hammer drill
- DCD780 drill
- DCD785 hammer drill
- DCD708 Atomic brushless drill
- DCD709 Atomic brushless hammer drill
- DCD791 compact brushless drill
- DCD796 compact brushless hammer drill
- DCD991 3-speed brushless drill
- DCD996 3-speed brushless hammer drill
- DCD998 Power Detect brushless hammer drill
For the sake of simplicity, we’re excluding Dewalt’s 12V Max cordless drills from this discussion. Their new Xtreme Subcompact drill is quite good, but it muddies the water to go back and forth between talking about 12V Max and 20V Max cordless power tool lines.
I’m also going to avoid mention of battery sizes. Generally, the more budget-friendly drills are kitted with 1.3Ah or 1.5Ah batteries, the compact brushless drills are kitted with 2.0Ah batteries, and the 3-speed drills are often kitted with higher capacity batteries such as 5.0Ah or even FlexVolt 6.0Ah.
I grouped together like-designed cordless drills and hammer drills, for simplicity. Often the only difference will be the addition of a hammer drilling mode, with all other aspects the same.
Dewalt DCD771 Cordless Drill
How do I say this nicely? The DCD771 is Dewalt’s most basic cordless drill/driver, seemingly designed around a low cost. Its kit sells for $99 seasonally, and it’s often included in Dewalt’s more budget-conscious cordless power tool combo kit offerings.
Frankly, there is no reason to buy the DCD771C2 cordless drill kit these days. Why buy this kit for $99 when you can buy a newer brushless Dewalt drill kit for the same money?
- 300 UWO max power
- 0-450/0-1500 RPM
- 8.7″ length (from distributor listings)
- Launched in 2013
The kit comes with (2) 1.3Ah batteries, a charger, and bag.
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Dewalt DCD777 Brushless Drill, DCD778 Hammer Drill
Back in 2016, Dewalt released the DCD777C2 kit, just ahead of the holiday shopping season. A hammer drill kit, DCD778L1, appeared ahead of the 2018 Father’s Day shopping season, kitted with a single compact 3.0Ah battery.
The Dewalt DCD777 boasts better numbers than the DCD771 entry-level drill – it’s more powerful, faster, and shorter, no doubt thanks to its brushless motor.
Should you buy this one? Honestly, not really. I don’t see any reason why users on a budget should opt for this model over the newer Atomic cordless drill model discussed below.
- 340 UWO max power
- Brushless motor
- 0-500, 0-1750 RPM
- 7.52″ length (drill, from distributor listings)
- Drill launched in 2016, hammer drill appeared in 2018
The DCD777C2 kit comes with (2) 1.3Ah batteries, a charger, and bag.
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Dewalt DCD780 Drill, DCD785 Hammer Drill
The DCD780 is Dewalt’s first and oldest 20V Max cordless drill/driver, and the same goes for their DCD785 hammer drill.
Some of these models are now made/assembled in the USA.
Despite being an older and brushed motor model, the DCD780 and DCD785 cordless drills best the aforementioned drills with respect to max power and speed, and even still have an advantage when it comes to front-to-back length.
These are still very capable cordless drills, and you will usually find them in Dewalt 20V Max cordless power tool bundles.
If you’re looking for the best cordless drill you can buy, Dewalt’s main-line brushless drills are going to give you even better features and performance.
- 350 UWO max power
- 0-600, 0-2000 RPM
- 7.5″ length (drill, from distributor listings)
- Drill launched in 2011, Reviewed Here
The DCD780C2 kit comes with (2) 1.5Ah batteries, a charger, and a bag.
Buy Now: Drill Kit via Amazon
Buy Now: Hammer Drill via Amazon
Dewalt DCD708 Atomic Brushless Drill, DCD709 Hammer Drill
With the new Dewalt Atomic 20V Max cordless drill/driver (DCD708), you get the same power as the entry-level DCD777 drill/driver, but slightly slower speeds and a shorter front-to-back length.
The specs are close enough that we expected the new Dewalt Atomic cordless drill to replace the DCD777, but were informed by Dewalt that this wouldn’t be the case.
At the time of this posting, you can find Dewalt Atomic-series 20V Max cordless power tools at independent retailers and Home Depot, but not at Lowe’s. When the line first launched, Home Depot touted Dewalt Atomic as an exclusive, and has since given the Atomic line “innovation awards.”
If you’re looking for a decent compact cordless drill/driver on a budget, the DCD708C2 drill kit sells for $99 seasonally. Any more than $99 and you’re probably going to be better off buying something else.
- 340 UWO max power
- Brushless motor
- 0-450, 0-1650 RPM
- 6.3″ length (drill)
- Drill launched in 2019
The DCD708C2 kit comes with (2) 1.3Ah batteries, a charger, and bag.
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Dewalt DCD791 Compact Brushless Drill, DCD796 Hammer Drill
THIS is the best compact cordless drill that Dewalt makes, the DCD791.
The DCD791 always finds its way onto our best cordless drills roundup, and for good reason – it’s compact, comfortable, powerful, fast, and its LED worklight is quite a nice feature as well.
- 460 UWO max power
- Brushless motor
- 0-550/0-2000 RPM
- 6.9″ length (drill)
- Drills launched in 2016
The DCD791D2 and DCD796D2 kits come with (2) 2.0Ah batteries, a charger, and hard-shell tool boxes.
At the time of this posting, the DCD791D2 kit is priced at $179, while the Atomic drill kit is at its off-season price of $159. For $20 more, the DCD791D2 kit gives you more power, faster speeds, higher capacity batteries, a better built-in LED worklight, and a tool box instead of a soft carrying bag.
Dewalt DCD991 3-speed Brushless Drill, DCD996 Hammer Drill
If you want the best cordless drill Dewalt has to offer, that would be their DCD991 drill/driver or DCD996 hammer drill.
I have had the pleasure of using Dewalt’s DCD996 hammer drill, and it’s a fantastic performer, landing it and the DCD991 at the top of our best cordless drills list.
These drills feature a 3-speed gearbox, giving you an additional speed range compared to most cordless drills’ 2 speed options. Unlike Dewalt’s compact drills, their premium 3-speed drills come with an auxiliary handle, to help users better manage and control the tool.
- 820 UWO max power
- Brushless motor
- 3-speed gearbox
- 0-450/0-1300/0-2000 RPM
- 7.9″ length (drill)
- Drills launched in 2016
The DCD991P2 and DCD996P2 kits ship with (2) 5.0Ah batteries, charger, and tool boxes.
Price-wise, you’re better off skipping the hammer drill kit and going with the DCK299P2 combo kit instead, which also gives you a brushless impact driver, but for the same $299 as the hammer drill-only kit. Or there’s the DCKD1T1 kit, which comes with an impact driver, (1) 2.0Ah battery, and (1) 6.0Ah FlexVolt battery.
Dewalt DCD998 Power Detect Brushless Hammer Drill
Dewalt recently launched a new Power Detect cordless hammer drill, DCD998, which they say delivers up to 29% more power compared to their DCD996 3-speed brushless hammer drill.
The DCD998, as one of the new Dewalt Power Detect tools, delivers its maximum performance when paired with a higher capacity battery, such as the 8.0Ah battery it’s kitted with.
Dewalt has not released full details or answered any questions about this or the other Power Detect cordless power tools, but we expect to learn more in a couple of weeks.
- 1072 in-lbs max power
- Brushless motor
- 2000 max RPM
- 8.85″ length (hammer drill)
- Drill launched in 2020
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Hopefully this post clears things up. Dewalt has 12 cordless drills and impact drivers in their 20V Max power tool lineup, and among these options, the DCD791 drill and DCD796 hammer drill are their best compact options, and the DCD991 drill and DCD996 hammer drill are their best heavy duty cordless drill options. Technically, the new DCD998 hammer drill is even higher powered, but its availability is very limited at the moment.
Update: Tool Connect Models
Tool Connect is Dewalt’s Bluetooth-connectable tools and accessories, offering features such as inventory management and tool customizations.
- DCD792 – similar to the DCD791 compact drill/driver
- DCD797 – similar to the DCD796 compact hammer drill
- DCD997 – similar to the 3-speed DCD991 drill and DCD996 hammer drill
These drills are basically the same as the non-Tool Connect drills and hammer drills, but with the added Bluetooth connectivity.
Update: Older Models/Predecessors
- DCD790, DCD795 – previous models of compact brushless drill and hammer drill
- DCD990, DCD995 – previous models of 3-speed brushless drill and hammer drill
- DCD980, DCD985 – previous models of 3-speed drill and hammer drill
Quite frankly, there’s little reason to consider previous generations of Dewalt’s current 20V Max cordless drills that are discussed in more detail above.
Dewalt’s DCD790 and DCD795 compact brushless drills were decent performers, but were rather quickly replaced by the DCD791 and DCD796 drills.
The DCD980 and DCD985 were great for their time, but if you’re paying a premium, you’re going to want brushless motors and more power. That’s also why the first generation DCD990 and DCD995 aren’t worth considering anymore – although the newer DCD991 and DCD996 (and presumably the DCD998 Power Detect model) don’t look to be any more compact, they’re significantly more powerful (at least on paper, we haven’t done direct comparisons).
If you can get the older models at a steep discount, then they might be worth consideration, but from what I’ve seen, there are no pricing advantages. That is, you don’t save much going with the older and much larger or lower powered models than if you went with a current-generation cordless drill.
For example, the first generation 20V Max 3-speed drill, featured in a kit with upgraded batteries (4.0Ah instead of 3.0Ah), is currently priced at $243 via Amazon. A kit featuring the latest brushless 3-speed drill/driver with 5.0Ah batteries is priced at $275.
The DCD985B first-generation 3-speed brushed hammer drill is $134 to $149 for the bare tool at Amazon. The DCD996B second-generation 3-speed brushless hammer drill is $110 for the bare tool at Amazon, and that’s the Amazon-direct price with 3rd party sellers offering it for $127-129. The DCD996 is rated at 820 UWO and the DCD985 at 450 UWO. In addition to being much more powerful, the brushless-motor model is more compact.
Thus, skip the DCD980/985 1st-gen brushed motor drills, DCD990/995 1st-gen brushless models, and instead look at the DCD991/996 and DCD997 (Tool Connect) drills if top power is what you’re after. The same goes for DCD791/796 being the better compact drill choices over the DCD790/795 older models. Without any pricing benefits (or at least I haven’t seen any), there’s no reason to consider these older models.
Best Tool Boxes Reviews
First on our list is one of the top-rated and best-reviewed toolboxes. Dewalt is a renowned company in the industry and the Dewalt Tool Box DWST08204 Extra Large Tough System is from a series of carrying cases from the house of Dewalt. The company has a wide range of carrying and storage products from storage to portability.
- Highly robust built foam-based box with a very large interior storage space and superior durability
- The vertical internal storage is great for placing hand tools
- It has a removable tray for hand tools and other misc objects
- Comes with side latches that let you stack one module over the other thus giving you clear shelf function and also segregation possibility as well.
- The side handles are smooth and make the carrying it around very easy and let you place a lot of such boxes on the Metal carrier easily
- Made out of IP65 Integrated water seal outside and inside which will give you greater protection against any moisture or weather ailments.
- Anti-rust metal latches that are weather friendly
- Can store up weights till the capacity of 110 lbs easily
- Has a central locking mechanism which is built to facilitate its stacking on the ToughSystem stacking family
- Foldable brackets which enable tailored configurations for the metal carriers
- The foam box wall is about 4 mm in thickness thus gives it a robust quality even if used as a single unit.
- The vertical compartments are easily interchangeable for the box to be used as one large unit or shelved too.
- The box is also available in different models and the ToughSystem family is a large suite of storage and movement utilities
- Though it is portable with the latches and handles, the 110 lbs might not exactly be portable enough for a regular day job toolbox
A toolbox that is straight out from the 80’s model, the JEGS 81400 Black is a 3 drawer professional toolbox. You can have this for your truck, for garage work, for your home usage, car repair, trucks or trailers. A highly reviewed and received product, it is a decent box to store away your utilities easily and for a long time.
- Has 3 drawers of convenience for storing spanners, screwdrivers, wrenches and other flat long tools
- The box is entirely made out of high quality 16 gauge steel
- The drawers can be extended out fully, removed and replaced
- Glide system of the drawers is ball-bearing based thus it promises smoother movement from a point to another
- Can be locked and carried too. Includes 2 keys as well in the package.
- The latches are strong, hold firmly and are rust-resistant in nature
- Has a black powder coat finish
- Dimensions of the box are about 20.5 inches in length, 12 inches in height and 9 inches in breadth
- Very portable thanks to the meagre 17 lbs weight
- The handles come with JEGS comfort grip handles which are great for lifting and carrying without causing hand bristles
- Though touted as non-rustic, the outer layer might end up losing the paint if not taken care of and end up causing some rust.
Much like the heavy foam built grade of the Dewalt, the Plano 823-003 contractor-grade PO series is a 22 inches large Tool Box with black handles and latches. The grey graphite box comes with all there is much like the Jegs box mentioned above but with a robust build, looks and large capacity.
- Highly reviewed and rated box to store and arrange a wide range of tools
- Moulded plastic heavy foam built box
- Sized at 22 inches length, by 13.5 inches height and a 12.5 inches breadth.
- Plano modelling moulded with high-quality foam and durable build quality
- Includes two lift-out trays. These trays facilitate deep storage compartments which can let you either store a lot of small tools, a couple of large tools or adjust both large and small tools.
- The fold-down handle will let you take the toolbox with you wherever you go with great ease.
- Includes two stove away organizers that will stay in their place securely without any movement or disorganizing.
- The handles and the latches are reinforced for better durability and strength.
- Extra deep construction and the easy access to that is an add on feature
- Comes with a 1-year manufacturer’s warranty from the date of purchase which is a fresh and promising addition to such storage products.
- None too specific to mention
Yet another 22 inches large tool storage box, the Stalwart 75-MJ5051B is a contractor-grade toolbox that comes with a really cool and comfortable and heavy-duty handle that makes the box a highly portable make and build.
- The heavy-duty build quality of the Stalwart box makes it a great professional-grade toolbox and not just another “for the attic” toolbox
- It comes with a highly unique cantilevered tray that increases your ability and the reach you need to access the tools stored and also you can easily see through what you need and when.
- Has a clear-top lid that makes it easier to access the top shelf without needing to open the whole box.
- The shelves on the top have about 15 removable divisions and 3 parts that are permanently dividable. This increases the stability and avoids any tipping of the box as a whole.
- The box has a whole dimension of 22 inches length, 10 inches height, 12 inches width exterior. For the interior, it has a total usable 18.75 inches length, 2.25 inches height (compartmentally), and about 9 inches in width
- Comes with support legs that remove the chance of tipping over
- The handle is very comfortable to hold near the grip area and the entirety is made out of stainless steel
- The overall build material is Polypropylene and Stainless Steel
- Highly portable and has a great value for money
- None too specific to mention about
Next up we have the Akro Mils ProBox, a 14 inches large plastic built toolbox. This red coloured box gives you the vintage feel on as to a professional 70’s toolman. Also, Akro Mills comes with a fantastic 60 years history into building affordable storage equipment.
- Comes with very large storage space and a total of 14 inches in length
- Has a quite large removable tray for you to store smaller equipment or tools
- The box has a very strong steel latch to it. The padlock’s eye is large enough to shut the box close for the better
- Loaded boxes can be carried around with great ease and comfort as the handle has a very comfortable and highly secure grip to it
- The outer layer of the box is chemical resistant and as the product is made in the USA, you can rest assured of the quality
- Affordable pricing and very good storage capacity
- Could have had a bit more compartments or shelves for the price
Yet another red coloured toolbox chest, the Craftsman is a metal chest that comes with 3 drawers. Very sturdy in build, the chest comes with great reviews and ratings to it.
- Plenty of storage space but has a compact structure to it.
- The hinges are tight and sturdy in it that can withstand any rough handling
- The lid might seem a bit chintzy after a while but it does the job
- The drawers are piano styled and can be pilled out with great ease
- All while they have a great locking mechanism to them as well.
- The box’s handle has a rough handle which makes it easier to hang it by just about anything.
- The paint job on the metal surface could have been a bit better.
Finally on our list is the Keter Pro Classic toolbox. This toolbox has a robust plastic built body with compact shut case shelves out of durable and rugged quality in total.
- Decent 18.99 inches Length whereas 10.24 inches in width and 9.84 inches in height.
- Made out of high-quality rugged polypropylene resins which promises greater shelf life
- The interior utility tray is removable and retractable
- The lid is made out of metal and the stopper can hold the lid still intact while you are working.
- The padlock has separate storage space for quick access of tools
- The lid organizers are present on both sides of the handlebar where you can store small tools or spare parts etc.,
- None too specific to mention
The next one in our list is from Stanley, a 19-inches large plastic built toolbox. It comes with black handles and a latch that makes it easy to carry and store your utilities easily.
- Designed with a robust structure with large interior storage space and superior durability.
- With its extra-wide soft-grip handle, you can easily lift and carry it around to your workplace.
- It has a removable tray that provides enough space for larger tools to be stored underneath.
- Sized at 19-inches length, by 9 inches height and 10.25 inches width.
- Organizers on top lid for small parts storage and convenience to use.
- It is a one-hand operation latch that allows opening while other hand is occupied and also shuts automatically.
- Affordable pricing and good storage capacity.
- It has a black powder coat finish and offers a limited lifetime warranty on any manufacturing defects.
- It is durable, versatile, and secure that gives the mobile craftsman the versatility they need for the workplace.
- Made out of high-quality plastic that ensures greater shelf life.
- It would have a bit more space/shelves for proper storage.
- Could improve the design of the latch locking system.