In case you missed it in our Home Depot Black Friday 2013 tool deals listing, this Dewalt 20V Max compact drill/driver kit will be on sale for just $99 throughout the season. It comes with a 20V Max 1/2″ drill, (2) Li-ion batteries, a charger, and kit bag.
This kit is the DCD771C2, which is a little different than their DCD780C2 kit. The DCD780C2 kit is currently $169 via Home Depot.
When this post was first published, we wrote that we believed the DCD771 was a close derivative of the DCD780. However, it has come to light that the two drills are very different designs. The DCD771 is a little less featured and less powerful, and was designed to appeal to customers with tighter budgets.
We reviewed the Dewalt 20V Max DCD780 compact drill kit a while back, and the drill proved itself to be a quite comfortable and capable design. If you are looking for a Dewalt 20V Max drill with more features and greater power, we still strongly recommend the DCD780.
Thanks to comments from DKing and Scotty, and an email from a Dewalt rep, we have a much clearer understanding about how this drill, which is confirmed to be the DCD771, differs from the “standard” DDCD780 drill.
Compared to the 20V Max DCD780 drill, the DCD771 is:
- a little longer (8.7″ vs. 7.5″)
- a little heavier (3.6 lbs vs 3.4 lbs)
- a little less powerful (300 UWO vs. 350 UWO)
- a little slower (0-450/0-1500 RPM vs. 0-600/0-2000 RPM)
- bundled with 1.3Ah batteries vs. 1.5Ah
- bundled with a slower 20V Max charger (60 mins vs. 30 mins)
- bundled with a contractor bag instead of a hard plastic case
The DCD771 has a 1/2″ ratcheting single sleeve chuck, built-in LED worklight, and 16 clutch settings.
This model was designed in the same spirit as Dewalt’s DC970K-2 NiCd kit, which is exceptionally popular every year. A lot of customers are okay with the size/power/features tradeoff because it means for substantially lower pricing.
There will be a couple of pro-brand $99 Li-ion drill/driver kits this year, such as the Bosch 18V drill deal we recently discussed. But unlike this Dewalt drill deal and that Bosch deal, many 18V Li-ion drill/driver special buys at the $100 price point only come with one battery pack, not two.
If you’re looking for a new cordless power drill and are on a limited budget, this looks to be a good deal.
At the $100 price point, pro-grade brands typically produce one of three 18V/20V Max drill kit options for the holiday season: a 2-battery NiCd kit, a 1-battery Li-ion kit, or a 2-battery Li-ion kit.
In this case, you get a lower-spec’ed drill with 2-batteries. If you opt for a 1-battery kit, you often get a regular-line product, but buying a second battery will typically reduce your net savings to nil. Going with Dewalt’s NiCd will save you $10 more, but in my opinion buying into NiCd at this point is a mistake.
If you’re in the market for a $100 drill kit, the decision will therefore come down to a higher-spec’ed 1-battery drill kit, or lower-spec’ed 2-battery drill kit. In our opinion, a 2nd battery is more valuable than a bump-up in features and specs.
What did we do? We opted for a regular-line drill/driver and impact driver 2-battery kit. That way there was no compromise, but of course this option comes with costs.