DeWalt DCD985L2 20V Li-Ion 3.0 Ah Hammer drill

My Rating for the DeWalt DCD985L2 is 5 Stars

DeWalt DCD985L2 20V Li-Ion Hammer DrillReview Summary: The DeWalt DCD985L2 20V Li-Ion 3.0 Ah Hammer drill is a real powerful, fast and long running hammer drill. It is one of the best in the 18 to 20 volt class.


Detailed Review of the DeWalt DCD985L2 20 volt cordless hammer drill

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Blows per Minute (BPM) Grade: Excellent

The DeWalt DCD985L2 has a top BPM of 34,000 bpm. The average top BPM of 18 to 20 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 DCD985L2 has a power rating of 450 uwo. The average power rating of 18 to 20 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 DCD985L2 has a top speed of 2000 rpm. Higher speeds help you drill holes quicker and cleaner. The average speed of 18 to 20 volt cordless hammer drills is around 1700 rpm.

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Battery Run Time: Excellent

The battery run time is 3.0 amp hours. The average for 18 to 20 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 DCD985L2 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 DCD985L2 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: $200-300

Prices may have changed since this review was done. Always check the most recent and best price for the DeWalt DCD985L2 cordless hammer drill from multiple stores.

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Tool Weight: Above Average

The DeWalt DCD985L2 weighs 5.3 lbs. The average 18 to 20V 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. If you are looking for a much lighter hammer drill, you might be interested in the Bosch HDB180-02. It weighs only 3.2 lbs. You can read my review of the Bosch HDB180-02 18V Hammer Drill here.

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DeWalt DCD985L2 Cordless Hammer Drill Strengths

  1. Excellent hammer blows per minute
  2. Excellent battery run time
  3. Very fast
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DeWalt DCD985L2 Cordless Hammer Drill Weaknesses

  1. Heavy for its class
  2. None

Some other features of the DeWalt DCD985L2 include:

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

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Reviewed by Jon Sevenson on 4/12/12.

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