Love this drill! Drills right through all kinds of stuff without issue, love the worklight feature as well as the multiple speeds. Solid construction, quality brushless motor. The only thing I wish DeWalt would have changed was the coating/material of the collar. I have never had this drill exposed to heavy moisture and the chuck collar is starting to rust.
I loved this drill. It did everything I needed it to do and then 1 year and 3 days later the entire drill dies. Nothing happens when I pull the trigger. At first I thought the battery died but the drill died. I wish I knew that the problem isn't with newer models because I don't know if I should go with a company that has products only last days over a year.
I have now owned 3 of these. The only reason I’m on number 3, is because the first two were stolen. This drill has not let me down, and I use it every day. The variable speed and adjustments give it range from delicate, to aggressive. 3/4” holes 8” deep in concrete, was able to do 60 without a battery swap. 2.5” holes through block, last all day and performed just as well as the corded Bosch, but easier to use thanks to being cordless and lighter. The all metal chuck is great. I have dropped it countless times from a ladder, used it on exterior jobs in the rain and snow, temps well below freezing, but every time I pick it up, it just works. Of all the major brands, this has been my favorite, and continues to impress me. The only improvement I would like to see, is making the handle collar metal, or of a stronger material. The drill has not failed me, but I have snapped half a dozen handles, albeit in conditions exceeding recommendation. I have bought 3, and will continue to purchase this product. [This review was collected as part of a promotion.]
bought the dcd996b hammer drill for work. while using 3/8 drill bit through 3/16 steel the bit got hung up a few times like most bits do during the process, as the bit gets hung up the motor stops turning "shuts down" protection feature? Probably so. any way, it happened a few times again on the second hole drilled and then shut down completely, swapped batteries to make sure with failed results, no light, no sound, no burnt smell. My guess, knowing quite a bit about brush less motors and the speed controllers that drive them, it is the trigger mechanism (speed controller). Dewalt Please, Please. if you are going to make an industrial tool for everyday use, At least make it last longer and more durable. you might find that your money spent on repairs will be much less.
After 3 months my chuck started jamming opened.
Thought that I would simply replace it....but no can do.
That chuck screw is attaches the chuck from inside...requiring
specialized tools and a complete drill dis-assembly.
Their earlier 1./2" hammer is not this dumb design - its chuck is removed as all chucks have been designed - B.D. (before Dewalt).
Wished I bought the DCD795.
I will now have to treat my DCD996 'gently'.
I'm an industrial contractor. Bought about 10 pieces of it since 2016. 5 of them already dead and 2 of these 5 last less than 12 months. Gearboxes are too fragile. Dewalt needs to improve the quality of these machines. It's an evolution but it needs to be tough.
This is my third one. Not complaining I put them thru the mill , definitely job site tough . much better hammer drill feature than the 2 older ni-cad models I had. And I really like the work light feature for the few times it`s needed. I give it 4 stars because it`s picky about using partialy charged batts but it`s a beast