DeWalt DC720KA 18 Volt Cordless Drill

My Rating for the DeWalt DC720KA is 4 StarsDeWalt DC720KA 18 volt cordless drill

Review Summary: The DeWalt DC720KA is a powerful , fast and heavy drill even in its 18 volt class. A very good drill for big jobs.


Detailed Review of the DeWalt DC720KA 18 volt cordless drill

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Power Grade: Above Average

The DeWalt DC720KA has a power rating of 410 uwo. The average power rating of 18 volt cordless drills is 380 uwo. The power of a cordless drill is measured by torque (inch-pounds). Torque is the measurement of the twisting force the drill applies when started. Power in DeWalt cordless drills is measured in unit watts out(uwo) which measures torque at different drill speeds.

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Speed: Very Good

The DeWalt DC720KA has a top speed of 1700 rpm. Higher speeds help you drill holes quicker and cleaner. The average speed of 18 volt cordless drills is around 1525 rpm.

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Battery Run Time: Very Good

The battery run time is 2.4 amp hours. The average for 18 volt cordless drills is 1.6 amp hours. The ampere-hour rating (Ah) gives you an idea of how long your battery will last between charges. A 3Ah will last 3 times longer than a 1Ah battery.

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Battery type and quantity: Average

The DeWalt DC720KA comes with 2 Ni-Cd batteries. Most newer cordless drills have 2 Lithium batteries included. Lithium are lighter , can hold a charge longer, and are more environmentally friendly than older NiCd batteries. The Hitachi 14 volt cordless drill reviewed recently has similar powerful features with Li-Ion batteries.

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Charger: Average

The DeWalt DC720KA comes with a 1 hour charger. The best chargers offer less than 1 hour charging and a maintenance mode that can extend the life of the battery.

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Price Range: $100-200

Prices may have changed since this review was done. Always check the most recent and best price for the DeWalt DC720KA cordless drill from multiple stores.

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Tool Weight: Heavy

The DeWalt DC720KA weighs 4.8 lbs. The average 18V cordless drill weighs about 4.0 lbs. Tool weight comes into play when you use it for extended periods of time or you hold it in awkward positions. If you want a good cordless drill that weighs less, you may be interested in the Hitachi DS18DSAL. It weighs only 3.5 lbs. You can read my complete review of the Hitachi DS18DSAL 18V Cordless Drill.

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DeWalt DC720KA Cordless Drill Strengths

  1. Compact size allows users to fit into tight spaces
  2. Good speed and battery run time
  3. Lower end of price range
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DeWalt DC720KA Cordless Drill Weaknesses

  1. Older NiCad battery technology
  2. Heavier than average 18 volt drill

Some other features of the DeWalt DC720KA include:

  • 1/2” ratcheting chuck
  • LED work light provides increased visibility
  • Depth Gauge Rod

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Reviewed by Jon Sevenson on 11/17/2011.

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