TESTED: The DeWalt DCD776C3 Combi Drill

Posted On 20 Aug 2015
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DewaltDrilltestaWith more than 90 years’ experience in designing and manufacturing solutions for the professional construction industry, Dewalt promotes its tools as Guaranteed Tough: engineered to exceed the expectations of building contractors and professional tradesmen, even when tested in the most extreme construction environments.

The company boats that it is the number one selling brand of professional power tools in North America today, and is the fastest growing professional power tool brand in the world for the last five years.

The DCD776C3 drill is an 18V combi with 2-speed all-metal gearbox for improved toughness and durability. Supplied with charger, three 1.3Ah Li-Ion batteries and a heavy duty carry case the drill can be up and running following a 1-hour charge.

The drill is described as the latest generation 18V XR Li-Ion compact hammer drill/driver and has a compact, lightweight design for use in confined spaces. It has an all metal transmission for increased runtime and longer tool life and a 14-position adjustable torque control for consistent screwdriving into a variety of materials with different screw sizes.

A neat feature is the intelligent trigger design which allows for total control of application. The compact 13mm single sleeve keyless chuck with automatic spindle lock allows quick and easy bit change with one hand.

The drill also has a bright white LED with delay feature for improved visibility and flashlight functionality in tricky areas and an ergonomic design and rubber grip improves user comfort and helps you keep a hold of the unit.

We asked Gordon McKeown, Projects Manager at Hadrian Technology to spend some time with the drill and to use it on a few jobs. Following the test period here are his thoughts:

What jobs did you use the products for? Installation of CCTV cameras, intruder alarm system, both drilling and screwdriving.

What did you like about the units? The compact lightweight design makes this drill so versatile to use. Having three batteries meant it lasted a whole day without recharging. This made it perfect for site work with no access to power points. Managed to drill a 10mm thick steel girder and tapping comfortably. Drilling concrete blocks for mounting junction boxes was easy.

What did you not like about the units? Not quite as much power than some of the heavier units but, in fairness, any heavy work should be done with a decent battery Special Direct System (SDS) drill.

Would you recommend these products? Absolutely for steel drilling and light duty masonry drilling.

Score: 9.0 out of 10