Dewalt brushless combo
The Model # DCKTS291D1M1 premium Built in the USA brushless combo kit is a great addition to anyone’s arsenal or a great place to start building one. It has two of the highest performing tools in their classes, a slim 2.0 battery and a fat 4.0 XR battery and charger. The two sizes of batteries make the tools perform in different ways. With the slim battery, they are much lighter and Have a very nice balance. With the 4.0 battery, they both have more power and speed with additional run time. This is a little known but proven fact. Some may tell you that the larger battery gives you the same power with twice the run time but there is more to the story. The larger battery has two rows of 5 cells which are able to discharge twice as much amperage at 18v ( Yes that is correct. These batteries are 20 V hot off the charger and 18 V on the tool under load just like every other 18 V battery on the market ) at any given moment. If the tool demands it the 4.0 XR battery can give it the extra power it needs for the more demanding task. If you need even more power, try the tool with a flex volt battery which has three rows of five cells.
I had the previous generation of this combo kit and while the tools were strong and performed very well, I was really stoked when Home Depot sent me this new kit for the #THDProspective reviewer program. It really has some nice upgrades! First off both Tools have more power than the previous generation. The fact that they come in a tough system case is really a nice upgrade to regular blow molded cases or bags.
More power arghhh aargh aargh!
I will start with the DCD991 drill. It is basically the same drill as the DCD 996 hammer drill without the hammer function. DeWalt does not give a torque rating for the drills rather they rate them at 820 UWO Unit Watts Out. This is a significant jump over the last generation DCD995 of 650 UWO. If I had to guess, torque would be well over 1200 inch pounds. This is from comparing it to the top drills from Milwaukee and Metabo. This Dewalt has more power than either of these competitors. The Milwaukee Fuel one Key is rated at 1,200-inch pounds and the Metabo is rated at 1,300. In several tests with large self-feed type bits, the DCD991 easily outperformed these two competitors. Another test for ultimate torque was driving large lag screws. They are Spax 1/2″x 12″ long. I normally test drills and impact drivers on two stacked treated 6×6’s. The DeWalt had more torque than either of these monsters. On low-speed, It drove the screws consistently deeper in the treated lumber. After several attempts to match the DeWalt, the Milwaukee Fuel One Key was actually smoking.
I do have one complaint in the power department. This is a serious heavy-duty drill and it needs a longer more robust side handle for use in Low gear. Another thing that I feel is missing on a drill with this much torque is an electronic kick back control. (Bosch and Hilti have a very effective accelerometer based torque control built-in to their high-powered drills to protect users instantly in case of a bind up.)
It’s not all about power though. The DCD 991 has plenty of refinement. The handle is one of the most comfortable on the market with the slender grip and soft rubber over mold. The soft over-mold also helps protect finished surfaces. The chuck is a high-quality German-made carbide jaw Rohm keyless. This alone demands that Dewalt classifies the tool as built-in USA with global materials. That’s not always a bad thing is it.
One area of refinement is in the trigger sensitivity. It is very linear and controlled. I feel that DeWalt has some of the best trigger performance on the market.
With great power comes great responsibility
An outstanding example of refinement is in the electronic clutch. It is far more advanced than your average drill driver with a mechanical slip clutch. With three speeds and 12 clutch settings, it should not be very difficult to find the perfect combination for any task you want to throw at this beast. When one says that it is a three-speed drill it is only part of the story. The numbers are somewhat deceiving and describe only the top speed of each gear. What I am saying is the clutch torque settings also affect the speed. If you put the speed selector in number one which is low gear with the highest torque You then have 12 settings of torque in that range. That is not the end of it. Each torque value also gives a different speed. The higher the number in each torque range the higher the speed. But wait there’s more! The number on the clutch has different values for each Speed range. That is to say, number one on speed one has far more torque than number one on speed two or speed three. On a normal mechanical slip clutch, number one is the same torque value no matter what the speed is.
Let there be light
Another outstanding innovation in the 991 drill is the work light. They give you three choices of light output. Low is pretty normal for a drill driver. Medium is brighter than most and then you have a unique task setting which will give you a 20x brighter 60-lumen work light for up to 20 minutes. I can’t tell you how many times this task light has saved me when I was in an attic or crawl space. It even outperforms some stand alone 18 V work lights. All in all the DCD 991/996 is a very impressive drill for the money.
The DCF 887 impact driver is also a crowd favorite.
What makes it so popular? Quite honestly I think it is the over all value. This is one of the most powerful quarter-inch impact drivers on the market. It has 1,825 in. Lbs of torque in a compact size. It is also very comfortable and efficient.
I had the DCF 886 and DCF 895. This newer driver is a big improvement over both of them. They were top-of-the-line a few years ago but time marches on. The 887 enjoys a nice torque increase as well as a higher top speed. This means that you will get more work done in a shorter period of time. One thing I was very happy to see go was the flat face of the 895 along with its trigger finger bit release. The new one-handed chuck for bit insertion and release is much nicer. The new design which is much like the 886 is also nicer for getting into tight spots.
The handle has the same design as the drill and is extremely comfortable. The trigger is very comfortable and has the same precise control. The triple LED lighting is truly among the best in the business for being able to precisely place fasteners and to actually see what you’re doing. The belt hook is a very nice 2 step design. It has a wider area for larger pieces and a deeper narrower spot for tool bags, belts, and pockets.
Most top-of-the-line brushless impact drivers these days have at least three-speed settings to get a wider range of control. The DCF 887 has perhaps the easiest method switching between the various speed settings. It is a slide switch rather than a button or series of buttons. The first speed setting is 0-1000 rpm. It provides 20 ft lbs of torque. It is called precision Drive for ultimate control with smaller fasteners. It is low enough you may not even notice it impacting at this level. Speed 2 is 0- 2,800. It provides 125 ft.lbs of torque. Speed three is 3,250 RPM and 152 ft.lbs.
Most people I know just leave their impact drivers on high all the time. They want to drive screws as quickly as possible and get on to the next task. It is nice though to be able to dial the maximum torque down for smaller fasteners or even delicate fastening situations such as installing cabinet hardware.
One situation where it is nice to use a lower speed is when we are touching up drywall screws. If they are not quite driven slightly countersunk it is nicer to use an impact on a slightly lower speed to set them since full power can cause more damage in a split second.
Another area where a lower speed is nice is in building cabinet face frames. If you use pocket hole joinery, you probably know that it is easy to strip the pocket hole screws with too much torque. I actually prefer using a driver drill for this task but many still use an impact driver. The middle speed and torque setting make this much safer.
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Over all this is a simple solid powerful proven design. It will provide years of reliable service.
The third great piece of this outstanding combo kit is the box. The Dewalt tough system boxes are a giant leap forward over the typical blow molded cases and nylon bags. I am not saying it is perfect but it is much better than the other options. The box is much more useful with its use of space. It has two fold down storage trays in the lid.
It stacks and locks with the other tough system boxes and locks into the dolly and garage storage system. I feel that Dewalt would be doing you a great service to ship all of their tools in these outstanding boxes. It is so nice to be able to lock them together on a rolling toolbox or dolly. It is so nice to be able to transport many pieces of equipment in one trip.
My main complaint with this box is there is no mold or insert to hold the tools and charger. Even a thin plastic liner or piece of foam would help. My solution was to order a Kaizen foam insert to make a custom liner for the tools. You trace the shape of the tool and cut it out exactly how you want it. It is a very nice accessory.
- Powerful, efficient brushless motor delivers up to 75% more run time over brushed
- DCD991 drill/driver has 3-speed, high performance (0-2,000 RPM) all-metal transmission optimizes tool-to-task for fast application speeds and improved run time
- DCD991 drill/driver has a heavy-duty 1/2 in. ratcheting nitro-carburized metal chuck with carbide inserts for superior bit gripping strength
- DCD991 drill/driver has a 3-mode LED provides lighting in dark or confined spaces up to 20X brighter than previous model
- DCF887 20-Volt MAX 1/4 in. impact driver provides 1,825 in. lbs. of max torque at fast 0-3,250 RPM speed and 0-3,600 impacts per minute
- DCF887 20-Volt MAX 1/4 in. impact driver has a compact size (5.3 in. front-to-back length) and lightweight (3.4 lbs.) design
- Includes batteries and charger
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This set looks amazing compared to my shitty craftsman set it would be a real pleasure having a made in the USA drill and impact. Also does it come with the bit set that’s in the picture. One last thing even if I don’t win I am most likely to go buy it anyways it looks so amazing
I work with these tools everyday, and stepping up to Brushless would be great for me. And I didn’t know that about the battery sizes. Very informational review you did. Thank you! And congrats to 100k
Wow, that was a seriously in depth review…awesome info! I think the lights are a genius idea…great for crawl spaces, attics, or outdoor night work. I do enough work in those settings to never undervalue extra lighting.
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My gen 1 fuel stuff is starting to wear, had to send the impact in for the bad trigger and the drill chuck is getting the death wobble. These look like possible replacement to complement my flexvolt miter saw. I just wish dewalt had an oil impulse, heavily considering one next.
Dude, this kind of tool is waaaaay beyond the kind of things we have here in Brazil. Unbelievable quality and power for two cordless tools. The LEDs really are a HUGE differential when working in dark places or at nights. None of my tools have LEDs, so I have to improvise. Anyway, great review as always! Keep on keeping on!
What an awesome review ! You have a great way of explaining things, it’s great to get to read stuff like this and hopefully understand the tool more and see it’s potential. I was unaware that the battery have the tool more power.
Are you thinking they will come out with a 60v drill soon ? Just curious on what’s next with that platform seems like it’s out doing everything else.
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I gotta get my hands on that impact drill. It would be a great addition to my shop. Looking forward to upgrading my PC drill/drivers eventually and your reviews are always helpful! Congrats on the IG 100k. Thanks for the chance. IG: @tolson_44
Hey @toolpig nice giveaway on this Dewalt set. Loved your review on thes prize with all the specs and tips for use. Glad you did the testing against the “red machine”. This could sway my decision on purchases in the future. Thanks for the chance to win and thanks to Dewalt for providing the prizes. Keep writing your great reviews and tell @mrstoolpig hi.
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@ericxw on IG. Definitely needs some moldings would hold these tools in that case. I do have the impact driver and it came with a case to hold everything in place. That drill looks really good. I’ve been eyeing a replacement for my old Bosch drill that I’m finding to be a bit low on torque.
Wow I never knew the 4.0 gives more amperage. I could really use this upgrade over my rigid set that is currently on the trailer.
Thanks for hitting all of the key parts of these two things. It gave us lots of information on why we need to get a drill and driver for our business. Thanks Again. We are the Twin Trimmers Lawncare and we met you at the Rodeo in Nashville!
I love how Dewalt listens to customers and keeps improving their tools and won’t put out a tool that is half way done they won’t release until it’s perfect I need this kit in my arsenal keep up the good work toolpig IG @cwhitehead25
Great review. Thanks for sharing I always look forward reading your thoughts as I look for a new tool.
I’m normally a makita fan. But I have purchased a couple new dewalt tools lately and have been blown away. Their quality has really increased over the years. Also they seem to be really involved in what tool lovers want and they aren’t putting out junk just to be the first one. Congrats on 100k
Nice review!!! I have the previous kit and I am planning to give it to my nephew who had his brushed set stolen along with his work truck and trailer. The truck was recovered but not its contents.
Didn’t know that a larger battery also gave the tool more power. Review was very informative. thanks
Would be an awesome upgrade from my older generation dewalt drill. Awesome review definitely makes me want to go chec them out and even more tempted to upgrade to a set of Dewalts. @smithandwesson.fanatics
I am from Saudi Arabia I bought this combo 11 time for Amazon, one for me 10 for my family and friends.
The drill is super.
The impact so strong.
I work in a cabinet shop and my boss just purchased this set but with the hammer drill. Hammer drill is a little over kill for a cabinet shop but hey sometimes you need to treat yourself. We were running some small Hitachis and I was expecting a decent weight difference, when your constantly putting cabinets together weight makes a difference. I was surprised to find out that the Dewalt driver is lighter and has a better balance in the hand than the Hitachi’s. I love the 3 speed adjustments, makes driving 1/2 screws for draw slides a breeze, I’ve yet to strip one out. I like this set so much I’m hoping to get it for myself I do a lot of side jobs that include, Sheetrock hanging, metal roofs etc. I’m really looking forward to getting on a roof with that 4.0 battery and seeing how long before I need a battery change.
Great review as always Dewalt is my favorite.
I use to have a dewalt drill 18v and I loved it them my house had a flood and it broke them I had to go with a cheap porter cable that stinks and I would love this. @paradigm_services_inc Ig
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“It is nice though to be able to dial the maximum torque down for smaller fasteners or even delicate fastening situations such as installing cabinet hardware.”
Precisely what I am looking for!
This was a great article. I’m a loyal yellow tool fan and didn’t know that dewalt made a 3 speed impact driver.
Also didn’t know toolpig had a website.
I love my dewalt 20v tools, i just recently upgraded to the brushless drill and i really don’t like the trigger control. It really doesn’t seem like a smooth increase in speed as you pull the trigger in. Maybe they fixed that with this model. Also would love to win one in your next give away. @justin.st.john
Thanks for the review, my trailer just got busted into a couple weeks back and these bad boys would make a good addition to the new stuff I’m getting!
I have the brushed version of both of these and I never really knew the difference however it definetly sounds like these pack more punch and even last longer as mine are starting to die out. I’ve been looking for deals on this set but everything is a little too expensive for me at the moment. Glad I read this, you really know your stuff.. IG: @jacob.sanger
as an electrician I use the crap out of my hammer drill and impact driver on a daily basis would love to make a substitution for these bad boys!
I have had the opportunity to use the hammerdill option on other people’s dewalts, but never my own… I would love to use these drill as I run into concrete anchor drilling quite often but am stuck with an old Bosch bulldog that still does the job.
Dewalt is my go to lot right now. I started with the 12v still and driver. I really enjoyed it. But in construction you need stronger longer lasting tools. So instead of but Makita like we had been using in the past I went with the 20v dewalt. I’ve had that set for around 5 or 6years and never had a issue yet. But as I say that…. I hope nothing happens to them…. I’m ready for a new set really. And these guys are the go to for me. Not a question.
Great review, really enjoy reading them, and these sound like a quality bit of kit! Would love them!
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If you know me im more of a Milwaukee fan but I’ve recently happened branching out into the Dewalt line with their table saw and their drywall screw gun. I have to say I really like how Dewalt makes their drills I’ve use their 18V system before and just really feels good in the hand and has plenty of power I love to try these drills out
@dentitishov I’m from Ukraine, now I study and work, watch video with great interest and read information under posts in instagram. This tool kit will help me in the performance of my work more quickly and efficiently
I don’t any dewalt tools but it looks like they have really been stepping it up. The 3 speed seems like it could be very useful. The batteries look small but I would like to give dewalt a try. Instagram @SeanAnderson966
This would be super awesome to have for my construction job. I seen your post on instagram
I love the brushless motors now – way more run time = less time spent shuffling batteries around!
Case looks good! Way better than a blow moulded and WAY better than those zipper bags included now.
This combo would be AWESOME to add to my garage! I use them at work all the time and would love to have a set of my own, dropped a 20v dewalt impact 30ft and it worked perfectly, can’t beat the quality of these tools. Love how you went in depth on the reviews for these tools. @_collinsmith
@umbleswoodworks I would love to win this 20v set. The 3 led lights and the power that these drills put out are amazing! I have a lot of dewalt stuff but not amdything 20v yet. Congrats on hitting 100k!!
Great review toolpig!!! I think this set is good to go. I’ve used the impact drill and i was impressed. -grwoodwork
I really love how much detail and effort goes into your tool reviews. And whenever I’ve had questions about power tools you have always given me a unbiased opinion.
Only wish it came with the hammer drill and not just the drill
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I have the 20V XR brushless compact drill and absolutely love it! So much more power than any previous drills I’ve had and so much smaller of a package. Adding these to my arsinal would surely accomplish projects faster! Congrats on 100k and thank you for such an awesome giveaway!
Awesome review and great giveaway!! Glad to know about your site now as well!
What a nice case and set. Cant wait to check out the advantages of have a 3 speed drill/driver.
Your review is very detailed and a pleasure to read. I’m quite surprised there is no foam insert or mounded plastic to keep the tools in place when transporting. But everyone loves that kaizen foam. I’m still running my old school 18v DeWalt drill and driver, these are totally the tools I want to replace them. Hope to be able to afford it soon. Keep up the amazing posts/reviews and congrats on reaching 100k. Hope I get my toolpig shirt soon. Insta handle @oilersfan74.
IYour review is very detailed and a pleasure to read. I’m quite surprised there is no foam insert or mounded plastic to keep the tools in place when transporting. But everyone loves that kaizen foam. I’m still running my old school 18v DeWalt drill and driver, these are totally the tools I want to replace them. Hope to be able to afford it soon. Keep up the amazing posts/reviews and congrats on reaching 100k. Hope I get my toolpig shirt soon. Insta handle oilersfan74.
Starting to look for an upgrade to my entry level DIY kits that are still rpetty basic. Would be nice to upgrade to something like this. Instagram: @grafdad
Awesome review. I currently have a ridgid platform that I picked up used, but have loved most every Dewalt I’ve put my hands on.
Great review dude, I’m going to have to seriously consider getting more yellow in my lineup. I love the way you tested using a 12″ spax through two 6x6s, cannot believe the Milwaukee was smoking! Crazy! @miillersconstruction
This is an awesome combo . I definitely need one for work. Out in the desert where I work for aliens, fixing their space ships in Roswell NM.??????.
Great review, love the triple LED lights on the Dewalt. Tough system is definitely a bonus and it’s nice to be able to interlock with other pieces in the system! Great review, thanks Toolpig!
Oh wow I would love this set…. It’s perfect for what I do. I fabricate Hydraulic power units for all type of jobs, mostly parking lifts… But this would suit me perfectly, it would definitely make my work flow so much easier… AWESOME SET!!!
Oh wow I would love this set…. It’s perfect for what I do. I fabricate Hydraulic power units for all type of jobs, mostly parking lifts… But this would suit me perfectly, it would definitely make my work flow so much easier… AWESOME SET!!!
Awesome giveaway and congrats on 100k Paul!
I agree with “crowd pleaser” section on this review. Hard to beat this impact at the price point. Solid review. We would love to get our hands on this set, we’ve never had dewalt drivers/drills.
This impact I’ve had the pleasure of using and it’s a workhorse. Packed with a tough case this a must need setup
IG handle-@firechaser33 -I have the earlier generation 18V XRP combo set with 4 batteries that no longer hold a charge. They gave me a solid 5+ years of work so I can’t complain really. This looks like a great replacement. Thanks for the review, and keep up the good work.
I have the previous generation and have used those things to the grave. I love my DEWALT tools. I would love to upgrade to the brushless motors. I have been toying between the makita, Milwaukee, or staying with DEWALT. Maybe if I win your 100k giveaway I will be forced to go back with the DEWALT. And that’s not a bad thing! Congrats again on 100k followers on IG. I posted a video of a jobsite in South Carolina where we are doing a full interior renovation and some exterior structural work to the foundation . Great job for those new brushless drills you are giving away. My istagram name is rmschulze! Check out my video and pick me please!! Thanks again for all you and Mrs. toolpig do!
Always the best reviews! Still dealing with my old set which could use an uprgrade!!
Power and perfect size!! Need this awesome combo
Great in-depth review. Would be a great upgrade from my porter cable combo lol.
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Wow. This setup looks awesome! I would love to give these a try.
Excited about the new lighting! I really like my brushless Makita set and the Milwaukee Fuel set but she his Dewalt seems to have pushed those aside. Can’t wait to get my hands on one. Thanks for the reviews and insight from both you and Mrs. Tool Pig.
This setup would be a nice replacement to my aging Ridgid drill and impact combo, the case is what all tools should come in, not that blow molded junk.
Seems like a great set! Could definitely use them to repair my old worn out deck! IG:dirty_mike1
This is an awesome tool @mrtoolpig!!
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Great set of drills right here! I could definitely use a drill with those bright LED’s
Next project is to build a deck for my pops. These drivers and case would be perfect in setting hundreds of screws! Woodworks_jb is my instagram
Looks like a good product from dewalt. Have you ever noticed that the motor on at the wall drill seem to have a different smell than other drill motors? Seems like every time I’ve ever used it won’t drill there’s a little bit of a funkiness to the motor odor. Perhaps it’s some type of coating that’s on there to make it more durable and extra tough.
This would be great for work in the fire and water restoration business for pulling drywall screws and pulling vanities and cabinets to save for the customer and would really come in handy with my upcoming bathroom remodel
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Tried to see where the comment bar was but could only click on reply this was a great review loving the new case Dewalt is definitely stepping they’re game up each year would love to win this for my old man he’d be so happy my IG name is Tuto89 we also chatted on your YouTube channel I was the one that wrote about the makita having the 2.0 battery and the Milwaukee having the 4.0 battery lol
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Without a hugely technical background on the specs of these tools, it is nice to get a concise insight into the pro and cons. Not only reviewing the tool(s) itself but referencing comparable drivers as well.
I have a cordless DeWalt nailer and love it. This review is giving me more confidence in trying to expand a DeWalt arsenal moving forward. Not a professional but prefer to do a lot of the work around the house so good tools help.
Man I started off as a Milwaukee guy but after reading some one your reviews and comparisons in this article makes me want to ditch my one key set! this stuff sounds amazing, I’ve been getting more dewalt stuff and I’m not disappointed.
I’ve been running the Original 20v max combo for years now. Would love to upgrade, but until these die and I need too, I will just keep entering your awesome contests. Please keep up the awesome reviews and the giveaways your a tool testing legend my friend.
First off, huge congrats on the 100k! This looks like it could be the solution to my long overdue need for an upgrade. Haven’t pulled the trigger on brushless in the past, but I think that’s definitively the move for the future since it gets old replacing them every 2-3 years. Or maybe I’ll just win It in this giveaway lol!
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I am still currently using the xrp 18 volt tools. Drills, impact, jigsaw, etc. Haven’t switched to the 20v yet, but will in the near future as my batteries are all starting to fail.
Awesome review. Great to read solid reviews from you, someone that has actually tested everything thoroughly.
I have been in the market for a 18v platform for a while. These look like a great set and with all the new stuff coming out from DeWalt think I’ve made my choice
i need both of these so bad for my woodworking side business! My tool budget is very limited and I am working with some old under powered garbage currently. cograts on 100K, keep up the very helpful reviews.
I think we could use this over and over at our flip properties!!
I am definitely one of those people who leave my impact on high the whole time!
I have the previous generation of the 20v drill and impact but they’re not brushless. I still think the torque even on my generations is incredible and better than any of the other drills I’ve used. I also totally agree with what you said about the battery life’s because I was using those little guys and after a day spent hole sawing through a metal rough I upgraded to the 4.0 battery since it has more power and longevity. My names Josh and my instagram and is #hulsey94 thanks!
These drills are awesome!! I love that the kit comes wih both sizes of batteries and the work light is nice! I’ve never seen a drill where you can actually adjust the light! Great review!!
Wow I always thought the bigger battery just gave more run time, not power too. Looks like I need to buy some bigger batteries @divide_creek_woodworks
Great and informative overall review. Especially when noted where the options would perform best in actual work environment. The tidbit about battery power was interesting as well.
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Like the review it’d be a aswome improvement in the shop to upgrade from the 12 volt
Sounds like a great cordless set. I’m starting to look at replacing my old 18v set and this sounds perfect! @jeffandmaryjones IG
I have the previous generation as well I love the new light location also the mode setting on the impact is a game changer the tstak box is dope yeah Paul your right needs a insert love the storage compartment for bits I would have loved a video comparison to show the side by side of old gen and competitors hmm maybe next but thank toolpig for another great review
@milmarbuildings IG handle – Sweet giveaway ToolPig. You and DeWalt do it right!
Smart to make people come here too. I hadn’t really seen your website yet and you have a ton of good in-depth content here, so thanks for that!
I have the standard DeWalt driver, but it was a huge battle to not buy the hammer drill or the impact instead. Winning these bad boys would give me some serious Black & Yellow power in the shop!
I need this in my garage! Still dealing with a dated dewalt!
I have the previous model that is 20v but not XR and Brushless. Love the impact but the hammer drill has not impressed me because of the brushes throwing sparks and seems like its about shot. Im really pleased they went with the light above the battery though as it makes for better coverage or work area or at least it seems to. Thanks for the review!