DeWalt DCD985L2 Review

DeWalt DCD985L2

DeWalt DCD985L2 DeWalt
DCD985L2

20V Max Premium
Hammer Drill Driver
1/2" Chuck
Price Level: $$$
Power

535

Max UWO
Speed

2000

Max RPM
Weight

5.2

Lbs w Batt
Battery

3

Ah Capacity
Warranty

3

Year

Ratings Guide   Best Better Good FairPoor



KEY STRENGTHS & WEAKNESSES
POWER The DCD985L2 is 15% more powerful than average and ranks in the top 40% of 18V-class drills for torque and power. It generates 67 UWO more maximum power than the average 468 UWO drill in its class.
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 weighs about average and would be considered standard weight when compared to other 18V-class drills. The average cordless drill in this voltage class weighs about 4.7 lbs.  
BATTERY This Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) battery has a 37% higher than average run-time with an amp hour (Ah) rating that ranks in the top 20% of 18V-class drills. It has 0.8 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 DCD985L2 Cordless Drill


PERFORMANCE RATINGS
Power 535 UWO - The DCD985L2 is 15% more powerful than average and ranks in the top 40% of 18V-class drills for torque and power. It generates 67 UWO more maximum power than the average 468 UWO drill in its class.
Speed
Settings
3 Settings 0-575 / 0-1,350 / 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 DCD985L2 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
103 P/W - The DeWalt DCD985L2 has an 3% higher than average power-to-weight ratio and ranks in the top 40% of efficiently designed 18V-class drills. The P/W ratio is 3 higher than the 100 average ratio for this class drill.
Hammer 0-9,775 / 0-22,950 / 0-34,000 IPM - Equipped with a 26% faster than average hammer impact rate and ranks in the top 20% of hammer drills for IPM. It delivers 7000 more impacts per minute (IPM) than the average 27000 IPM drill.


DURABILITY RATINGS
Gear
Case
All-Metal - The DeWalt DCD985L2 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) DCB200 - 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 3 Ah - This Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) battery has a 37% higher than average run-time with an amp hour (Ah) rating that ranks in the top 20% of 18V-class drills. It has 0.8 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
Battery Fuel Gauge - Equipped with an on-board battery charge indicator that keeps you aware of the remaining battery life. Great feature that prevents frustration - no more dead battery surprises.
Backup 2 Batteries Included - It's important to have a second back-up battery for the DeWalt DCD985L2 that's charged and ready to go. Makes it easy to swap-out batteries during the job with minimal down-time.


CONVENIENCE RATINGS
Weight 5.2 lbs Tool Plus Battery - It weighs about average and would be considered standard weight when compared to other 18V-class drills. The average cordless drill in this voltage class weighs about 4.7 lbs.  
Length 9-3/8 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 DCD985L2 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.


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