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The DeWalt DCD771C2 is the best cordless drill for under $100 – hands down. It beats its competitors on RPM and is a leader when it comes to weight, chuck size, batteries and warranties.
The DCD771C2 is a winner when it comes to RPM not just because of it’s maximum RPM of 1,500 but also because it has two speed ranges and 16 clutch settings.
So if you are driving screws, the DCD771C2 operates between 0 and 450 RPM. And if you need to drill a hole, the DCD771C2 offers up to 1,500 RPM.
The DCD771C2 comes with Dewalt’s 20V max Lithium ion battery, which have more than enough power for most DIY projects.
Another advantage of Lithium ion batteries is how long they hold a charge for. Other battery technologies, like NiCAD, will slowly drain after being charged.
So if you charged a battery a few months ago it could be dead when you come to use it. But not with Lithium ion batteries – many of them can hold a charge for more than a year 🙂
Even better – you get two batteries. So if one battery runs out, you can just slide in the other battery and keep working.
That makes this kit an awesome deal when you think about the fact that one of these batteries can cost $50.
And you also get a charger and contractor bag to keep your drill safe.
And if that’s not enough power for you, you can buy larger replacement batteries that last 33% longer. Check out the DEWALT DCB204-2 20V Max Premium XR Li-Ion Battery for more details.
Another great feature of Lithium ion batteries is their light weight. This helps to keep the DCD771C2 light at only weighing 3.6 pounds, which is one of the lighter 20V cordless drills out there.
But don’t confuse it’s light weight for a lack of power. The DCD771C2 produces 300 UWO of torque, which is more than most cordless drills aimed at DIYers.
That’s even more impressive, when you think about the fact that the DeWalt is pretty compact.
In fact it only measures 13.9 x 9.9 x 4.2 inches. That’s smaller than just about another other drill with the same amount of torque.
So not only is it powerful, but it’s light and compact – what’s not to love about this drill? 🙂
Well nothing really, which is why it’s so highly rated on Amazon.
As well as being light and powerful, the DCD771C2 can use a wide variety of drill bits and drivers.
That’s thanks to it’s 1/2 inch chuck.
A lot of drills aimed at DIYers come with a 3/8” chuck, which works fine for most DIY projects.
But sometimes you need a larger drill bit and that’s where the 1/2” chuck is the winner. (Not to mention is the fast that the DeWalt can use 3/8” drill bits as well).
The LED light on the DCD771C2 reminds you that DeWalt really thought about the people that would use this drill.
On most drills, the LED light turns off when you let go of the trigger. On the Dewalt it stays on for 20 seconds.
Why’s that important? Well if you’re drilling where the light is poor, like a basement, attic, outside in the dead of night when you’re making emergency repairs…, you need the extra light to see what the heck you’re doing.
So with the DCD771C2 you can tap the trigger to engage the light, line up the bit or screw, and then start drilling or driving. That’s a nice feature that can help avoid the need for an extra worklight.
DeWalt’s build quality is legendary. That’s why you see so many DEWALT products on construction sites.
And the excellent build quality means that DEWALT products rarely develop faults.
That’s why DEWALT is happy to give its products a generous warranty. In this case, the DCD771C2 comes with a 90 day money-back guarantee, a 1 year free service contract, and a 3 year limited warranty.
That’s not even mentioning that the DCD771C2 was designed to be repaired.
So if it’s out of warranty, there’s a good chance that you can fix it yourself. Just check out the schematic below to see what spare parts could be available 🙂
That might not sound like much but there are tools brands that only offer a two-year warranty on more expensive drills. Heck, there are brands out there that only offer a one-year warranty! (We’re looking at you B+D).
Overall, this is a great drill that will help you complete DIY projects in no time!
Update: we loved this drill so much that we included it in our guide to the 50 best gifts for DIY fans.
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- Torque – 300 UWO
- RPM – 0-450/0-1,500 rpm
- Chuck size – 1/2 inch
- Batteries – 2 Lithium ion batteries with charger
- Speed settings – 2
- Clutch settings – 16
- Size – 9.88 x 13.88 x 4.25 inches
- Weight – 3.6 pounds
- Warranty – 90 day money back guarantee, 1 year of free services and 3 year limited warranty
How does the DCD771C2 compare to other drills? Check out our review of the best cordless drills under $100.