For reasons I can’t pinpoint – naivety? affiliate link spammage? – mass media sites have been promoting several Dewalt cordless power tool deals on Amazon. If you ask me, the deals they’ve been promoting range from lackluster to plain awful.
Here, the Dewalt DCD771C2 cordless drill kit is not a good deal in 2020. Sure, this was once a reasonable mass-market Dewalt-branded drill kit for holiday season shoppers. But, 2015 was the last year this was true, as Dewalt’s first brushless motor cordless drill kit special buy came out in 2016 and there was no reason to look back.
This DCD771 cordless drill kit is larger and weaker than their more recent brushless and Atomic brushless motor drill kit offerings, and those same better cordless drill kits are about to be on sale. Like clockwork, Dewalt’s entry-level brushless drill kits go on sale for $99 every year, so why buy this larger, weaker, and less energy efficient brushed motor model for the same price?
Sure, this drill kit is presently being discounted, but that doesn’t make it a good deal.
If you want a Dewalt brushless cordless drill for $99, check out their 12V Max kit. I love using that compact brushless drill, and like Dewalt’s 20V Max kits, it’s also bundled with 2 Li-ion batteries.
I guess the DCD771C2 kit is an acceptable buy if you want a Dewalt 20V Max cordless drill kit for $99 right now, or if for reasons I don’t understand you prefer this particular model and want another one. But if you can wait 4-6 weeks, there will be better drills on sale for the same price, maybe even sooner.
If you’re a bargain shopper, now’s not the time to buy a cordless drill kit. If you can wait, pass on this drill kit deal – it’s just not a very good value compared to what Dewalt and other brands typically stock the store shelves with for the winter holiday shopping season.
I mean, it’s a usable drill, but larger, weaker, and slower compared to price-point competition, and also bundled with the cheapest and lowest capacity 20V Max batteries Dewalt still makes.
This is simply not a good deal. Yes, I know I’m repeating myself, but I really want to get the point across. There’s a reason Dewalt keeps making this model – people keep buying it! I can understand its inclusion in Dewalt’s budget-focused 20V Max cordless power tool combo kits, but the drill kit isn’t competitive at the $99 price point anymore.
It could be argued that this is the best Dewalt cordless drill kit right now, and that might be true. But being the best deal that’s available right now isn’t saying much given the far better deals that we have seen and will be seeing again later this month and in November.
Some of the mass media and tech websites boasting this as a fantastic deal correctly point out that you can use the charger and batteries with Dewalt’s other 20V Max cordless power tools, but the batteries are less than ideal entry into the Dewalt 20V Max cordless lineup, too low in charge capacity to be of much use for anything beyond this drill.
This is Amazon’s 2nd best-selling cordless drill kit right now.
If you can’t wait and need to buy something right now, encouraging you for the upcoming holiday season promos and special buys isn’t good advice. But perhaps you could at least consider some of the better options currently available.
I really like Dewalt’s 12V Max Xtreme Subcompact brushless drill kit.
OR, also consider Metabo HPT’s $89 18V cordless kit deal. I’d buy that over the Dewalt without hesitation, although it’s also not as well-featured or bundled as the drill kits that are just a few weeks away.
Wait a second – THIS Bosch 18V brushless hammer drill kit is what I’d recommend at the $99 price point right now.
I haven’t tried this Bosch drill kit promo yet, but on paper it’s far better than the Dewalt DCD771C2 kit.
To be fair, the Dewalt DCD771C2 cordless drill kit is not without merit.
If you look at Amazon’s user reviews, it – and some bundles that feature it – currently has nearly 9,800 ratings, and with an above-average ratio of 5-star ratings. At the time of this posting, there are 85% 5-star ratings and 9% 4-star ratings, and just 6% 1-3 star ratings combined.
It’s a very popular seller and users seem happy with it.
My opinion isn’t about whether this is a good product or not, but that at $99, there are better drill kits and also better bargains.
If this is truly what you want, go for it. At least now, you’re hopefully more informed.
Seasonal Dewalt Cordless Drill Kit Deals
Both of the following Dewalt cordless drill kits usually sell around the $99 price point during holiday shopping seasons.
The Dewalt DCD777C2 brushless drill kit is a common holiday season special-buy at $99. It is not on sale yet.
A few years ago, there was a similar brushless hammer drill kit deal, bundled with a compact 3.0Ah battery for the same $99, but that promo has not yet been repeated/
The Dewalt 20V Max Atomic cordless drill kit, DCD708C2, is also seasonally on sale for $99.
This drill is 25% more compact and 13% more compact compared to the DCD771 featured in this post. It has a brushless motor, which is more efficient, and also comes with a belt clip, a small but appreciated addition.