DeWalt DCD970KL 18V Li-ion Hammer Drill

My Rating for the DeWalt DCD970KL is 5 Stars

DeWalt DCD970KL 18V Hammer DrillReview Summary: The DeWalt DCD970KL 18V Li-ion Hammer Drill very fast and powerful, and has a great bpm. It is one of the best hammer drills in the 18 to 20 volt class.


Detailed Review of the DeWalt DCD970KL 18 volt cordless hammer drill

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Blows per Minute (BPM) Grade: Excellent

The DeWalt DCD970KL has a top BPM of 34,000 bpm. The average top BPM of 18 volt cordless hammer drills is 27,525 bpm. The higher the BPM of a cordless hammer drill the faster the hole will be created in materials such as concrete.

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Power Grade: Excellent

The DeWalt DCD970KL has a power rating of 450 uwo. The average power rating of 18 volt cordless hammer drills is 410 uwo. The power of a cordless hammer 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: Excellent

The DeWalt DCD970KL has a top speed of 2000 rpm. Higher speeds help you drill holes quicker and cleaner. The average speed of 18 volt cordless hammer drills is around 1700 rpm.

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Battery Run Time: Above Average

The battery run time is 2.4 amp hours. The average for 18 volt cordless hammer drills is 2.3 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: Good

The DeWalt DCD970KL comes with 2 Lithium Ion batteries. Most newer cordless hammer 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 DCD970KL 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 DCD970KL cordless hammer drill from multiple stores.

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Tool Weight: Above Average

The DeWalt DCD970KL weighs 5.25 lbs. The average 18V cordless hammer 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. You can see my review of the Makita BHP452HW 18V Percussion Drill if you are interested in a lighter tool. It weighs only 3.6 lbs.

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DeWalt DCD970KL Cordless Hammer Drill Strengths

  1. Excellent hammer blows per minute
  2. Very fast and powerful torque
  3. Above average battery run time
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DeWalt DCD970KL Cordless Hammer Drill Weaknesses

  1. Heavy for its class
  2. None

Some other features of the DeWalt DCD970KL include:

  • 1/2-inch single-sleeve ratcheting chuck
  • LED work light
  • Three-year limited warranty

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Reviewed by Jon Sevenson on 4/24/12.

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