Purchased this to drill holes through the top plate of a wall from above. Was able to drop a 1-3/8" auger through the two 2-bys without any trouble at all. Have used a number of times through studs in tight places, works great. The head design is nice and very compact. The drill isn't short, which I actually appreciate as it gives some leverage to hang onto in tight spots.
I bought this tool in January and after light service i.e. turning screws, the rings holding the chuck came off. I've used this tool for a total of maybe 1.5 hours. Lame.
Worked great...the first time, but I only got about a half dozen uses out of this product in six months time. I am a busy electrical contractor and I bought this for the "every once in a while" tight spot to drill a hole for wiring. and it burnt up with a simple 3/4" bit. I personally love Dewalt tools, and this doesn't sway me, but wont purchase another one of these.
This is not a particularly strong drill, nor should it be expected to be. It is great for holes 1/2” and under and screws in tight places. I really like the built in 1/4” chuck within the chuck. My main use for it is driving pocket hole screws and this feature makes bit insertion really easy. I do wish it had a bit more power, but it performs how I expected it to when I purchased it so I can’t complain. I did burn out my first one drilling too large of a hole, but the warranty process was quick and easy to get it repaired.
Now that it is out of warranty, if it dies I would definitely buy one again. [This review was collected as part of a promotion.]
I only use this on a rare occaision but when it's needed it steps up to the job! I won't leave the office if this isn't in my van. [This review was collected as part of a promotion.]
I bought this thing almost 7 or so years ago and used it almost daily for a range of carpentry projects. This thing is so tough and durable, even taking a (ok, a few) 12 foot drop onto concrete, this thing is so tough. This has been my first Dewalt tool, and it's been so great I've ended up replacing almost all my other tools with Dewalt because of this drill.
My only complaint is they need to upgrade this to a brushless model.
I feel bad for the folks who had theirs burn out - recent production problem maybe? I bought mine just over a year ago. Have used it a lot with a six inch long 1” boring bit to bust through 2x's - studs and doubled up top plates - when pulling cable. Chews through everything no problem. I guess it's when it works it works well.