We recently discussed the new 12V Max cordless screwdriver that Dewalt is introducing as part of their upcoming line of compact cordless tools. We’re now going to talk about the 3/8″ drill driver (DCD710S2) that Dewalt will be releasing at the same time.
- Compact and lightweight (2.4lbs)
- 2-speed transmission: 0-400 and 0-1500 RPM
- 15 clutch settings + drill mode
- 3/8″ single-sleeve chuck
- LED worklight
- Belt hook
- Ergonomic handle and flat-bottom battery
With a 3/8″ chuck, the drill/driver can accept a much wider variety of drill styles and sizes than a 1/4″ hex chucked tool can. At Dewalt’s training facility, I gave the drill/driver a whirl with a 1/2″ spade bit against a 2x beam, and it absolutely plowed through the wood.
The drill/driver has two speed settings, 0-400 and 0-1500 RPM, that make it more versatile for drilling than the 12V MAX screwdriver, which only has one 0-1050 speed setting.
Since you’re dealing with a 3/8″ chuck, users can still use 1/4″ hex power bits or an adapter with 1″ insert bits. The chuck extends the nose of the tool by a bit, and the need for an insert bit adapter lengthens it further.
The drill/driver kit (DCD710S2) will include two batteries, a charger, and contactor bag, and will be priced at ~$159 this fall. A combo kit (DCK211S2) featuring the drill/driver and screwdriver will also be available.