Dewalt is soon coming out with a new 20V Max brushless cordless hammer drill, model DCD795D2. This is not their first brushless tool, but it is their first brushless drill/driver, and one of their first 20V tools to sport “XR” branding.
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Dewalt previously came out with a brushless impact driver, and has recently announced a brushless cordless framing nailer (first look and specs), although we’re told the framing nailer won’t be released in the USA until February 2014. But this is their first brushless drill.
The new hammer drill is said to last “up to 57% longer” than their brushed compact hammer drill. It is also paired with their new 2.0Ah battery pack, which is also “XR” branded, to stretch the brushless advantage even further.
- 7.8″ length
- 3.6lb weight
- 360 “UWO” max power
- 2-speed gearbox (0-600, 0-2000 RPM)
- 0-10,200, 0-34,000 BPM
- 1/2″ metal ratcheting chuck
- LED worklight with 20-second release delay illumination
- 14 clutch settings
- hammer + rotary or rotary-only drill modes
- DCD795D2 kit includes DCD795 drill, 2x 2.0Ah batteries, fast charger, belt hook, bit holder, kit box
See Also: The new Dewalt DCD790 Compact Cordless Drill
First Impression & Comparison
I know that a lot of users are really hoping for Dewalt to come out with a premium heavy duty brushless drill/driver, but this compact model will still be appreciated. They might still surprise us with a brushless premium drill or hammer drill later this year or early next.
My first thought is how does it compare to their other compact hammer drill? Well, the brushless model provides 360 UWO – Dewalt’s non-standard measure of power and torque – while the brushed motor model, DCD785 (here’s our brief review), delivers 350 UWO, a difference of 2.86%.
Brushless motors are more efficient than brushed motor, so for similarly sized motors you get greater power, greater runtime, or most often a greater balance. In this case, Dewalt seems most focused on runtime, which we know is what many users look for in compact power tool.
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Size-wise, the new drill doesn’t look to break any records with its 7.8″ length, and its 3.6 pound weight is just a little heavier than what their brushed hammer drill weighs.
Dewalt says that the drill provides up to 57% more runtime than their brushed hammer drill. The 2.0Ah batteries included in the kit provide up to 33% more runtime than 1.5Ah batteries and are said to take 35 minutes to recharge.
It’s also great to see that Dewalt followed Bosch and Ridgid’s lead in moving the LED worklight to the base of the drill near the battery, as this can provide for better quality illumination with fewer shadows.
Overall the new brushless hammer drill looks to be a nice design, but expect for it to be priced higher than the non-brushless model.
If you ask my opinion, users who want a compact hammer drill might be better off looking at Milwaukee’s M12 Fuel model. It’s small, lightweight, and exceptionally powerful for its size (350 in-lbs torque). The Milwaukee M12 kit even comes with one each of 2.0Ah and 4.0Ah batteries.
And if you want something better suited for heavier duty tasks, Dewalt’s premium (brushed motor) hammer drill and other brands’ heavy duty brushed and brushless models offer more power. Heavier duty hammer drills also come with removable auxiliary handles and depth guides, a feature compact models like this one lack.
That all said, this model seems like a great option for users looking for a compact and long-lasting light- to-medium-duty hammer drill.