Steve emailed in the other day, with a tip that the Dewalt DCD777C2 brushless drill kit was on sale for $105. I thought he was on to something, and decided to check back in a few days.
Lo and behold, I checked the price of the drill kit first thing this morning, and found it to be $99, a new all-time low according to my records.
The Dewalt DCD777 was born as a holiday season mass market model, originally being released at $119 last holiday season.
When I first wrote about the DCD777, I said:
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Heck, if this kit was $99, even I would have a hard time keeping my wallet in my pocket.
Hold on a second.
OK, DONE! I just ordered one for a long-time friend that just moved to a new house. With a new baby and in a new house, they’re bound to have lots of little projects here and there. And now they’ll have a compact and capable brushless drill to help them get to it. After some time they’ll get back to me with feedback.
- 340 UWO (unit watts out) Max power
- 0-500, 0-1750 RPM
- 1/2″ ratcheting chuck
- LED worklight (under the chuck)
- 7.52″ length
- Weighs 2.6 lbs
- Kit comes with (2) Li-ion battery packs, charger, and carrying bag
I had been flip-flopping about which cordless drill kit to get them as part of a housewarming and “best tools for homeowners and DIYers” post update. It was between this one and Milwaukee’s 2606-22CT or 2606-21L kit. The 2-battery kit isn’t on sale at the moment, and wasn’t during last holiday season, and the 1-battery drill plus flashlight bundle is still $119 and not yet at the $99 price I expect it to hit for Father’s Day.
So with this Dewalt brushless drill dropping to $99, it was a pretty easy decision. While this isn’t a drill I’d buy for my own use right now, it’s definitely something I would have bought a few years ago when I had less demanding needs and less money to spend on tools.
I think that this could very well be the most appealing cordless drill kit for under $100. I haven’t tried it out (yet?), but at its current price of $99, I’m awfully tempted to buy a pair to hack into a robot project.
Public user reviews have been pretty favorable, and no complaints have hit my inbox either. I’m optimistic that it’s a good choice for those in the market for a $99 drill kit.
I don’t think most of those buying or using this drill were ever concerned with the brushes wearing out on a brushed motor drill, but the greater efficiency of the brushless motor provide should deliver longer runtime from the entry-level compact battery packs.
If you’ve already bought or received this drill kit, how well has it served your drilling and driving needs?
Side note – has anyone taken the guts of a brushless drill for use in an electromechanical project? I wonder how well Dewalt’s electronics play well with signals from an Arduino or other microcontroller.