DeWALT DCD740C1 20V MAX 3/8″ Right Angle Drill/Driver Kit


A right angle drill allows you to get into tight areas.  It is perfect for plumbers, electricians and even auto installers.  DeWALT now has a 20V Lithium Ion right angle drill.  It weighs in at 3.8 lbs and has a front to back length of  4″ making it good for tight areas.  It also accepts 2″ hex bits in a deep pocket so the stick out is that of a 1/4″ hex bit.  DeWALT rates this tool at 360 UWO which is 10 UWO more than the DCD785C2 compact hammer drill, not too shabby.


2 speeds provide 0-650/0-2000 rpm via a long variable speed paddle switch and the throttle control is very precise.  Overall the ergonomics of the tool is great, a rubber over molded grip helps you hold on to the to tool with or without work gloves on.   The ratcheting 3/8″ chuck is plastic and requires minimal effort to lock a bit into place.  An LED light illuminates your work, it is activated via the trigger , a slight squeeze will illuminate the light and it remains lit for 20 seconds or so.  It has a removable belt clip and easily hangs off of most tool belts and belts.

We have been using this tool for a while now and are pleased with its operation.  It bores 1″ holes through wood all day long with ease.  You can push the tool hard before its electronics kick in and cut out the tool.  The DeWALT 20V Right Angle/Drill Driver does not have an electronic clutch for precise jobs like the Milwaukee 2615-21.  However, it does have a lot of power and two speeds to tackle almost any job.  It comes with one 1.5 ah battery and charger , you can also use 3.0 ah batteries to extend your run time.  The entire package comes in a very nice hard case and DeWALT’s standard 3 year warranty.  If you are looking for a tough right angle drill/driver to abuse the DCD740C1 is the tool for you.



  1. This is one of those things I’ve needed just enough to want, but not enough to convince my wife to let me get it. My Dads a Dewalt guy so I got him the 20V Max Hammer Drill and Impact Driver combo for Christmas and I’m impressed. Not really sure what Dewalt is doing with this 2 18V platform situation they’ve created, but I figured the 20V was surely the safe bet long term. Love the LED set-up on the impact driver.

  2. I think their commitment to the old 18V line is great, but I can’t figure why they’re still making tools that use the stem style batteries. Seems to me they’d get behind the 20V by stopping production of the old style tools while continuing to make the lithium batteries for them. But, I guess that’s why I work on the Railroad instead of in Dewalt’s marketing department.

    • I think that there is so many 18V tools still out there that they do not want to abandon the end user. Colder climate guys still like the XRP battery. The railroad? Thats awesome, I have always wanted to do something like that. Dan


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