DeWalt DCD950KX 18V Hammer Drill

My Rating for the DeWalt DCD950KX is 4 Stars

DeWalt DCD950KX 18V Hammer DrillReview Summary: The DeWalt DCD950KX 18V Hammer Drill has older Ni-Cd batteries, but it has great speed, power and blows per minute.


Detailed Review of the DeWalt DCD950KX 18 volt cordless hammer drill

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Blows per Minute (BPM) Grade: Excellent

The DeWalt DCD950KX 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 DCD950KX 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 DCD950KX 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: Below Average

The DeWalt DCD950KX comes with 2 Ni-Cd 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. If you would like a hammer drill with better batteries check out the DeWalt DCD775KL. You can read my review of the DeWalt DCD775KL 18V Li-Ion Hammer Drill here.

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Charger: Average

The DeWalt DCD950KX 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 DCD950KX cordless hammer drill from multiple stores.

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Tool Weight: Heavy

The DeWalt DCD950KX weighs 6.25 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. For a lighter hammer drill, check out the DeWalt DCD785C2. It weighs only 3.5 lbs. You can read my review of the DeWalt DCD785C2 20V Li-Ion Hammer Drill.

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DeWalt DCD950KX Cordless Hammer Drill Strengths

  1. Excellent hammer blows per minute
  2. Powerful torque
  3. Very high speed
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DeWalt DCD950KX Cordless Hammer Drill Weaknesses

  1. Heavy for its class
  2. Older battery technology

Some other features of the DeWalt DCD950KX include:

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

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Reviewed by Jon Sevenson on 5/1/12.

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