DeWalt DCD960KL Review

DeWalt DCD960KL

DeWalt DCD960KL DeWalt
DCD960KL

18V XRP Li-Ion
Drill Driver
1/2" Chuck
Price Level: $$$$
Power

450

Max UWO
Speed

2000

Max RPM
Weight

5.3

Lbs w Batt
Battery

2.4

Ah Capacity
Warranty

3

Year

Ratings Guide   Best Better Good FairPoor



KEY STRENGTHS & WEAKNESSES
POWER The DCD960KL generates about average power and torque when compared to other 18V-class cordless drills. The average cordless drill in this class can generate up to 468 UWO.  
SPEED This DeWalt cordless drill is 27% faster than average and ranks in the top 20% of 18V-class drills for maximum RPM. It can run at speeds that achieve 416 RPM more than the average 1584 RPM drill in its class.
WEIGHT It is 12% heavier than average and ranks in the bottom 40% of 18V-class drills for higher weight. It weighs 0.6 lbs more than the average 4.7 lb cordless drill in this class and may increase operator fatigue.  
BATTERY This Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) battery has a 10% higher than average run-time with an amp hour (Ah) rating that ranks in the top 40% of 18V-class drills. It has 0.2 Ah more capacity than the average 2.2 Ah battery in this class.
WARRANTY DeWalt's 3-year limited tool warranty is a little longer than average for the cordless drill industry where the standard is about 2-3 years. Longer warranties can often indicate improved durability with fewer repairs.


DeWalt DCD960KL Cordless Drill


PERFORMANCE RATINGS
Power 450 UWO - The DCD960KL generates about average power and torque when compared to other 18V-class cordless drills. The average cordless drill in this class can generate up to 468 UWO.  
Speed
Settings
3 Settings 0-500 / 0-1,250 / 0-2,000 RPM - Above average number of no-load speed settings that provides greater versatility in matching the correct speed range to the task. The standard for most drills is a 2-speed High and Low.
Max
Speed
2000 RPM - This DeWalt cordless drill is 27% faster than average and ranks in the top 20% of 18V-class drills for maximum RPM. It can run at speeds that achieve 416 RPM more than the average 1584 RPM drill in its class.
Clutch 22 Settings - The DeWalt DCD960KL has an above average number of clutch settings that provide a wide range of protection for almost any job. The clutch acts like a brake and helps prevent stripping screws.
Power
Ratio
86 P/W - The DeWalt DCD960KL is designed with an average power-to-weight ratio that is standard for mid-range 18V-class cordless drills. The average P/W ratio is about 100 for cordless drills in this voltage class.  
Hammer This cordless drill is not equipped with a hammer function that can deliver several thousand impacts per minute. Hammer drill drivers are usually a little heavier and costlier, but they are effective on tougher jobs such as drilling into concrete.  


DURABILITY RATINGS
Gear
Case
All-Metal - The DeWalt DCD960KL transmission has all-metal gears that provide superior durability compared to nylon gears found in many drills. Gears spin at high RPMs and are susceptible to material break-down.
Chuck All-Metal - Drills are commonly dropped-off ladders onto concrete and the chuck often bears the brunt of the impact. An all-metal chuck with metal sleeve helps prevent damage and costly repairs.
Motor No Brush Access - The entire drill usually has to be taken apart in order to access the motor brushes. Motor brushes wear-out and must be replaced periodically, but repair costs can sometimes be prohibitive.  
Warranty 3-Year - DeWalt's 3-year limited tool warranty is a little longer than average for the cordless drill industry where the standard is about 2-3 years. Longer warranties can often indicate improved durability with fewer repairs.


BATTERY RATINGS
Type Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) DC9180 XRP - Newer technology rechargeable battery that provides higher capacity and longer run-time with less weight, but are more expensive than the older NiCd and NiMH batteries.
Capacity 2.4 Ah - This Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) battery has a 10% higher than average run-time with an amp hour (Ah) rating that ranks in the top 40% of 18V-class drills. It has 0.2 Ah more capacity than the average 2.2 Ah battery in this class.
Charge
Time
60 min DeWalt Charger - Battery charge-time is about average for this class battery. If you only have one battery, or you go through multiple batteries on the job-site, charge-time is an important consideration.  
Fuel
Gauge
No Battery Fuel Gauge - Not equipped with a battery charge indicator that alerts you to remaining battery life or if the batteries are running low. Sudden battery failure during the job is a common frustration.  
Backup 2 Batteries Included - It's important to have a second back-up battery for the DeWalt DCD960KL that's charged and ready to go. Makes it easy to swap-out batteries during the job with minimal down-time.


CONVENIENCE RATINGS
Weight 5.25 lbs Tool Plus Battery - It is 12% heavier than average and ranks in the bottom 40% of 18V-class drills for higher weight. It weighs 0.6 lbs more than the average 4.7 lb cordless drill in this class and may increase operator fatigue.  
Length 9.25 in - Cordless drill length is a personal preference, but shorter is generally better to help you in close quarters such as under a sink, or drilling in-between studs. Torque is harder to handle if the drill is too short though.  
Spindle
Lock
One-Hand Bit Change - This single-sleeve chuck has auto spindle lock. The drill bit can be changed with only one hand by simply spinning the chuck open to release the bit, and counter-spinning it to tighten.
LED
Light
Integrated LED Light - The DeWalt DCD960KL illuminates your work area and allows you to clearly see your bit position and depth while you're drilling or driving. Great feature that's now available on many cordless drills.
Belt
Hook
No Belt Hook - There is no provision to hang the drill on your belt and free-up both hands to perform other tasks. You may be able to purchase a separate belt clip that can be attached to the drill.  
Side
Handle
Side Handle Included - Higher torque levels can cause injury if a bit suddenly binds or the drill slips. A side handle is essential to handle more powerful drills and provides additional stability and control.
Bubble
Level
No Bubble Level - This feature is only available on a few drills and can be helpful in situations where precision holes are critical for alignment. Most projects can be performed with just visual sighting.  
Keyless Keyless Chuck - Nearly all cordless drills are now equipped with keyless chucks that can be tightened with both hands (double-sleeve) or just one hand (single-sleeve) without the use of a key.
VSR VSR - Most cordless drills are equipped with variable speed capability that can be controlled with simple trigger pressure. Reverse is usually performed with the push of a side-to-side button.


Go to Cordless Drill Reviews from DeWalt DCD960KL Review
Go to DeWalt Cordless Drill from DeWalt DCD960KL Review





Disclosure | Disclaimer | Privacy
Copyright © 2009-2013 Cordless-Drill-Reviews.com. All Rights Reserved.