In the past 12V power tools were more or less a joke. They didn't have the power to do much except some small hobbies around the house. As the battery technology has moved forward, so has the joke of the 12V. 12V power tools are now a useful tool to have around, even on the job-site. We tested the Dewalt 12V Max Drill/Driver to see if this was a joke or the real thing.
Power Tool Review – Dewalt 12V Max Drill/Driver
Power Tool Model – DCD710
Pros: Ergonomics, Balance, Power, LED Innovation
Cons: Not a lot of tools in the 12V line yet and no battery gauge
Specifications of the Dewalt
Number of Speeds – 2
Max RPM – 1500
Clutch Settings – 15
Chuck Size – 3/8″
Tool Weight – 2.4 lbs.
No Load Speed – 0-400, 0-1500 rpm
Tool Lenght – 7.5″
Nuts & Bolts of the Dewalt
If you look at the specs above and take away the weight and where it says 12V, you would probably think you were reading an 18V drill, not a 12V. This small drill has some serious specs to get excited about. We like the fact that is has two speeds, so your application use increases. Now we are not saying this will take the place of an 18V, but it will allow you to put the 18V down for a while and get most jobs done such as hanging cabinets and more.
Now for the review we could have done a comparison against other 12V drills to see how many holes you can drill compared to another drill, but we didn't want to bore you. The truth is that most drills with the same battery type and same volt will be close in terms of how many holes they drill. There is not much of a difference in number of holes drilled to be a deciding factor of buying a drill. What we really want to cover and show was the balance and the power.
If you read our review of the Dewalt 12V Impact Driver, you know we are crazy about the balance of the 12V line. This is a power tool you can work with all day and not get fatiqued from the drill. Yes the weight has a lot to do with it, but the design of the tool has an impact also. The pancake battery and the overall design ( especially the handle grip) fits perfect. There is not too much weight in the front or back of the tool.
In regards to power, again its not an 18V, but this small tool packs a powerful punch. All we did was drive a 3″ screw into a piece of 2″ pine, 1″ oak and 3/4″ plywood with no problems. The change in grain and material didn't bog the drill down. As you can see by the video, it ran right through all the wood.
Overall this is a great drill. The balance is incredible and the tool just fits your hand like a glove. Great power for a 12V. If your looking for a small, lightweight drill to carry around and have some power, you have to take a look at the Dewalt 12V DCD710 and the whole Dewalt 12V Max line.