DeWalt DW246 Review

DeWalt DW246

DeWalt DW246 DeWalt
DW246

1/2" (13mm) Keyless
Power Drill
1/2" Keyless Chuck
Price Level: $$
Power

7.8

Amps
Speed

600

Max RPM
Weight

4.4

Pounds
Capacity

1.5

In. Wood Bit
Warranty

3

Year

Ratings Guide   Best Better Good FairPoor



KEY STRENGTHS & WEAKNESSES
POWER The DW246 is 9% more powerful than average and ranks in the top 40% of power drills for amperage. The motor carries 0.6 amps more electrical current load than the average 7.2 amp corded drill.
SPEED This DeWalt drill is 45% slower than average and ranks in the bottom 40% of power drills for maximum RPM. It can only run at top speeds that are 490 RPM less than the average 1090 RPM corded drill.  
WEIGHT It is 5% lighter than average and ranks in the top 40% of power drills for lower weight. It weighs 0.2 lbs less than the average 4.6 lb corded drill and should decrease operator fatigue.
CAPACITY This power drill has a higher than average wood bit capacity and ranks in the top class of corded drills. It can drill a hole in wood that is larger than the average 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 DW246 Cordless Drill


PERFORMANCE RATINGS
Power 7.8 amps - The DW246 is 9% more powerful than average and ranks in the top 40% of power drills for amperage. The motor carries 0.6 amps more electrical current load than the average 7.2 amp corded drill.
Capacity
Wood
1.5" Hole - This power drill has a higher than average wood bit capacity and ranks in the top class of corded drills. It can drill a hole in wood that is larger than the average 1-1/4" hole capacity for corded drills.
Speed 0-600 RPM - This DeWalt drill is 45% slower than average and ranks in the bottom 40% of power drills for maximum RPM. It can only run at top speeds that are 490 RPM less than the average 1090 RPM corded drill.  
Capacity
Steel
0.5" Hole - This power drill has a higher than average bit capacity for steel and ranks in the top 40% of corded drills. It can drill a hole in steel that is 1/8" larger than the average 3/8" hole capacity for corded drills.
Power
Ratio
1.8 P/W - The DeWalt DW246 has an 13% higher than average power-to-weight ratio and ranks in the top 40% of efficiently designed power drills. The P/W ratio is 0.2 higher than the 1.6 average ratio for corded drills.
Gear
Reduction
Triple - Gear systems with triple reduction generally provide the most torque for a given amperage. They operate more efficiently at lower speeds and the gears receive less wear, which extends the life of the drill.


DURABILITY RATINGS
Gear
Housing
All-Metal - The DeWalt DW246 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 4.4 lbs - It is 5% lighter than average and ranks in the top 40% of power drills for lower weight. It weighs 0.2 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
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.
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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