DeWalt DC730KA 14 Volt Cordless Drill

My Rating for the DeWalt DC730KA is 4 StarsDeWalt DC730KA 14 volt cordless drill

Review Summary: A sturdy, light weight and compact drill from DeWalt. This cordless drill would rate higher if it had the newer lithium-ion batteries that most cordless tools are now using.


Detailed Review of the DeWalt DC730KA 14 volt cordless drill

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Power Grade: Below Average

The DeWalt DC730KA has a power rating of 300 uwo. The average power rating of 14 volt cordless drills is 315 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: Above Average

The DeWalt DC730KA has a top speed of 1450 rpm. Higher speeds help you drill holes quicker and cleaner. The average speed of 14 volt cordless drills reviewed is around 1385 rpm.

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Battery Run Time: Above Average

The battery run time is 2.2 amp hours. The average for 14 volt cordless drills is 2.0 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 DC730KA comes with 2 NiCd 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.

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Charger: Average

The DeWalt DC730KA 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. To check the most recent and best price for the DeWalt DC730KA cordless drill from multiple stores.

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Tool Weight: Lighter

The DeWalt DC730KA weighs 4.3 lbs. The average 14V cordless drill weighs about 4.8 lbs. Tool weight comes into play when you use it for extended periods of time or you hold it in awkward positions.

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DeWalt DC730KA Cordless Drill Strengths

  1. Light weight and compact size
  2. Above average run time and speed
  3. High performance frameless motor
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DeWalt DC730KA Cordless Drill Weaknesses

  1. Older NiCad battery technology
  2. Storage case does not hold enough

Some other features of the DeWalt DC730KA include:

  • 1/2” ratcheting chuck
  • Storage case
  • LED work light

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Reviewed by Jon Sevenson on 11/17/2011.

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