DeWalt DW222 Review

DeWalt DW222

DeWalt DW222 DeWalt
DW222

3/8" (10mm) Keyless
Power Drill
3/8" Keyless Chuck
Price Level: $$
Power

6.7

Amps
Speed

1200

Max RPM
Weight

3.3

Pounds
Capacity

1.25

In. Wood Bit
Warranty

3

Year

Ratings Guide   Best Better Good FairPoor



KEY STRENGTHS & WEAKNESSES
POWER The DW222 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 11% faster than average and ranks in the top 40% of power drills for maximum RPM. It can run at speeds that achieve 110 RPM more than the average 1090 RPM corded drill.
WEIGHT It is 29% lighter than average and ranks in the top 20% of power drills for lower weight. It weighs 1.3 lbs less than the average 4.6 lb corded drill and should decrease operator fatigue.
CAPACITY This power drill ranks about average for wood bit capacity with a hole diameter that is considered standard for corded drills. The average wood bit capacity for corded drills is about 1" to 1-1/4".  
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 DW222 Cordless Drill


PERFORMANCE RATINGS
Power 6.7 amps - The DW222 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
1.25" Hole - This power drill ranks about average for wood bit capacity with a hole diameter that is considered standard for corded drills. The average wood bit capacity for corded drills is about 1" to 1-1/4".  
Speed 0-1200 RPM - This DeWalt drill is 11% faster than average and ranks in the top 40% of power drills for maximum RPM. It can run at speeds that achieve 110 RPM more than the average 1090 RPM corded drill.
Capacity
Steel
0.375" Hole - This power drill ranks about average for bit capacity in steel with a hole diameter that is considered standard for corded drills. The average bit capacity in steel for corded drills is 3/8".  
Power
Ratio
2 P/W - The DeWalt DW222 has an 25% higher than average power-to-weight ratio and ranks in the top 20% of efficiently designed power drills. The P/W ratio is 0.4 higher than the 1.6 average ratio for corded drills.
Gear
Reduction
Double - Gear systems with double reduction generally provide more torque for a given amperage. They operate more efficiently at lower speeds than single gear systems, which extends the life of the drill.


DURABILITY RATINGS
Gear
Housing
Non-Metal - The DeWalt DW222 gear housing is made from non-metal materials that may not protect the drill or transmission from repeated drops onto hard surfaces. Metal housings are more durable but add weight.  
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 3.3 lbs - It is 29% lighter than average and ranks in the top 20% of power drills for lower weight. It weighs 1.3 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
One-Hand Bit Change - This keyless 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.
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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