Those who are accustomed to low powered drills will immediately feel the difference with the DEWALT DCD996B hammer drill.
This drill runs on a single 20V Li-Ion battery and a brushless motor. The brushless motor and the high capacity battery delivers 57% more battery life than its brushed counterparts.
We found this drill powerful, easy to use and comfortable. The DCD996B weighs only 4 pounds despite of its high capacity battery.
The 3-Mode LED light with time delay is handy for dark places. Its battery lasts a very long time, we managed to get a full day of work in with this drill. That is over 8 hours of intensive work and the charge is exhausted to only half. With normal usage conditions, it is well possible that the battery would last a week without recharging. The battery also recharges in less than an hour, so, you can count on the second supplied battery while the first recharges.
The DEWALT DCD996B has a three speed transmission for fast application speeds. Using a high quality drill bit in combination with this drill makes it pass through conrete and brick like it was butter.
We have not found any problems with this drill overall, however, there have been a few reports about the chuck locking up after heavy usage. Need a new hammer drill? Check out our latest hammer drill reviews.
If you’re looking at buying a cordless drill, I’d recommend you see our article on the best cordless drill.