DeWalt DW217 Review

DeWalt DW217

DeWalt DW217 DeWalt
DW217

1/4" (6mm) VSR
Power Drill
1/4" Keyed Chuck
Price Level: $$
Power

6.7

Amps
Speed

4000

Max RPM
Weight

3.2

Pounds
Capacity

0.75

In. Wood Bit
Warranty

3

Year

Ratings Guide   Best Better Good FairPoor



KEY STRENGTHS & WEAKNESSES
POWER The DW217 generates about average power when compared to other corded power drills. The average power drill motor carries an electrical current load of about 7.2 amps.  
SPEED This DeWalt drill is 267% faster than average and ranks in the top 20% of power drills for maximum RPM. It can run at speeds that achieve 2910 RPM more than the average 1090 RPM corded drill.
WEIGHT It is 31% lighter than average and ranks in the top 20% of power drills for lower weight. It weighs 1.4 lbs less than the average 4.6 lb corded drill and should decrease operator fatigue.
CAPACITY This power drill has a lower than average wood bit capacity and ranks in the bottom class of corded drills. It can drill a hole in wood that is smaller than the average 1" to 1-1/4" hole capacity for corded drills.  
WARRANTY DeWalt's 3-year limited tool warranty is a little longer than average for the drill industry where the standard is about 2-3 years. Longer warranties can often indicate improved durability with fewer repairs.


DeWalt DW217 Cordless Drill


PERFORMANCE RATINGS
Power 6.7 amps - The DW217 generates about average power when compared to other corded power drills. The average power drill motor carries an electrical current load of about 7.2 amps.  
Capacity
Wood
0.75" Hole - This power drill has a lower than average wood bit capacity and ranks in the bottom class of corded drills. It can drill a hole in wood that is smaller than the average 1" to 1-1/4" hole capacity for corded drills.  
Speed 0-4000 RPM - This DeWalt drill is 267% faster than average and ranks in the top 20% of power drills for maximum RPM. It can run at speeds that achieve 2910 RPM more than the average 1090 RPM corded drill.
Capacity
Steel
0.25" Hole - This power drill has a lower than average bit capacity for steel and ranks in the bottom 15% of corded drills. It can drill a hole in steel that is smaller than the average 3/8" hole capacity for corded drills.  
Power
Ratio
2.1 P/W - The DeWalt DW217 has an 32% higher than average power-to-weight ratio and ranks in the top 20% of efficiently designed power drills. The P/W ratio is 0.5 higher than the 1.6 average ratio for corded drills.
Gear
Reduction
Single - Gear systems without double or triple reduction generally provide less torque for a given amperage. They operate less efficiently at lower speeds and the gears receive more stress and wear.  


DURABILITY RATINGS
Gear
Housing
All-Metal - The DeWalt DW217 is manufactured with an all-metal gear housing that protects the transmission and prevents the drill from cracking when dropped onto hard surfaces such as concrete.
Gears All-Metal - The transmission contains all-metal gears that provide superior durability compared to nylon gears found in some drills. Gears spin at high RPMs and are susceptible to material break-down.
Warranty 3-Year - DeWalt's 3-year limited tool warranty is a little longer than average for the drill industry where the standard is about 2-3 years. Longer warranties can often indicate improved durability with fewer repairs.


CONVENIENCE RATINGS
Weight 3.2 lbs - It is 31% lighter than average and ranks in the top 20% of power drills for lower weight. It weighs 1.4 lbs less than the average 4.6 lb corded drill and should decrease operator fatigue.
Length 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
No Spindle Lock - This power drill has a keyed chuck with superior gripping ability. Spindle lock is only applicable to keyless chucks and allows the operator to change drill bits with just one hand.  
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
No Side Handle - Side handles are a great safety feature and should be considered if you plan to drive at higher torque levels. They can help prevent injury by providing increased stability and control.  
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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