DeWalt has a new legendary reputation for manufacturing some of the very best cordless tools money can buy. These black and yellow cordless tools are found all over construction sites in the United States and around the world and for good reason.
Not only are they well-made pieces of equipment for serious tradespeople and craftsmen, but they also have durability and consistency that few other brands on the market enjoy.
Their cordless battery technology (especially when they made the leap forward to lithium-ion from nickel-cadmium) took these cordless tools to the next level.
This change cut a lot of weight off of these cordless tools while adding a lot of extra power and performance, improving overall battery life, charging time, and consistent delivery of power to the tool head even when the battery was getting close to completely discharged.
On top of that, cordless drills from DeWalt – the DCD771C2 in particular – have always been considered some of the most comfortable and ergonomic to use.
There’s just a great feel in the hand when you are rocking and rolling with this particular drill and driver, something that we are going to dig a little bit deeper into throughout this DeWalt DCD771C2 review.
Shall we get right into it?
Who’s It For?
A lot of people are going to be able to make use of this amazing cordless drill and driver, but it really has been built from the ground up to deliver the power and performance professional contractors need an on-the-job day in and day out.
If you are going to be depending on your cordless tools to make a living, and cannot afford to invest in cordless tools that might disappoint or let you down when you need them most, the DeWalt DCD771C2 is right up your alley.
The build quality, the caliber of the construction materials used, the overall engineering, and the thought that went into the design of this drill really shines when you are putting it through its paces.
The entire unit is strong and rugged yet still lightweight and easy to maneuver. There’s just something about this that feels like a professional-grade tool – and it delivers over and over again on job sites all over the world.
Homeowners and DIYers that want a quality cordless drill and driver that won’t break their bank account but will also help them tackle all kinds of projects around their place will want to look closely at the DeWalt DCD771C2, too.
This is a super affordable option (compared to all of the other top-of-the-line cordless tool manufacturers, anyway) and delivers the consistent performance you are looking for.
Homeowners and DIYers likely won’t put this drill through the wringer the way that construction professionals are going to, if only because it likely won’t get day-to-day usage the same way it would a job site, but it’s going to be reliable and always there when needed most.
All in all, this is a cordless power tool that pretty much anyone that needs cordless power tools will be able to make great use of.
You’re never going to be disappointed in the results you get using the DeWalt DCD771C2.
What We Like About the DCD771C2
Right out of the gate it’s easy to be impressed with the way that the DeWalt DCD771C2 drills.
A lot of people forget that these “screw guns” are drills and drivers and that a lot of people – particularly in the construction world – use them almost exclusively to punch holes in things rather than to set screws around the house.
The power of this lithium-ion battery drill is right up there amongst the very best of the other lithium-ion options. It is so powerful, in fact, that it is comparable to what you might expect from older generation corded power tools.
The startup is very clean, it isn’t going to bounce your drill around on the material that you are working with, and it achieves top speed in no time whatsoever.
All of this helps to improve the accuracy of things that you are drilling or punching holes into while adding a bit of cleanliness to the overall result as well.
DeWalt is famous for a test where they drill 5-inch holes into solid core doors and then 1-inch paddle bits into them as a follow-up to see how their drills stand up against the competition – and the DeWalt DCD771C2 sits head and shoulders above pretty much everything out there.
If you’re going to be drilling a lot of material and need clean, accurate, and consistent results than the DeWalt DCD771C2 is definitely something you want to focus on.
In the driving department, the DCD771C2 also has a fantastic reputation – especially when it comes to overall performance and efficiency of driving screws and other fasteners into a variety of different materials.
Pushing screws and fasteners into things like wooden framing and other materials really takes a lot out of poorly made drills. But that’s never going to be a problem with the DeWalt DCD771C2.
You have a variety of different speed settings to pick and choose from, a whole bunch of different clutch options to throttle your capabilities, and can effortlessly switch out different driving bits with a toolless chuck action, too.
All of this results in a very modern, very easy to use, and very consistent driver that you are going to like right out of the box.
The battery life on the DeWalt DCD771C2 really needs to be mentioned here as well.
Running off of lithium-ion battery power (like pretty much every single other high-quality cordless drill and driver on the planet), the DeWalt DCD771C2 features these companies’ next-generation battery technology.
Not only do these lithium-ion batteries hold a charge longer, but they also charge much faster (going from 0% to 50% battery life in 30 minutes) without compromising the overall health and vitality of that battery pack over the long haul.
Other companies promise quick-charging lithium-ion batteries without telling you that this technology is going to chew through the battery life of those units faster than you ever imagined. DeWalt took a unique approach to get your batteries “juiced up” without causing wear and tear along the way.
This lithium-ion battery technology (1.3 Ah batteries) also delivers close to 100% power regardless of how much charge is left in the battery itself.
This basically means that whether you’re operating at a 95% battery that is close to fresh off of the charger or a battery that’s close to 5% and nearly dead you’re still going to get the same speed, the same strength of performance, and the same consistent out of the drill itself.
That’s really unique in this space and once again helps the DeWalt DCD771C2 to sort of separate itself from the rest of the pack in a big way.
Lastly, the overall ergonomics in the way this fits in your hand is very impressive.
Lightweight, easy to handle with one hand, and still plenty strong enough to power through whatever kind of project you are working on, you won’t find yourself fatigued when you are using this drill on a regular basis.
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What We Don’t Like About the DCD771C2
While we think that the DeWalt DCD771C2 is very much a high-quality cordless power tool it’s not exactly the greatest “value” on the planet.
No, the drill is the most expensive option you can buy – but it’s not the least expensive option, either. It goes on sale quite frequently (all over the place) which drops the price even lower, making it a better buy. But for the most part, there are other drills out there that might have more bells and whistles near the same price point.
All in all, though, you won’t find the legendary DeWalt durability or reliability elsewhere at any price point.
If you value your cordless power tools and expect to use them for at least a couple of years without any hiccups or major issues, DeWalt is definitely the way to go and the DCD771C2 is a great purchase.
- Super lightweight and very compact
- Easy to squeeze into tighter spots
- Made out of high-quality construction materials
- Great engineering and overall design from the folks at DeWalt
- Can charge lithium-ion batteries to 50% and 30 minutes
- Unbelievably long-lasting batteries
- LED work light is a nice addition
- Double speed transmission gives you more control
- Toolless chuck configuration is easy to use
- Variable speeds between 450 RPM and 1500 RPM
- Three-year warranty
- Lack of a magnet tray makes this a bit of a pain to use with one hand
- No bit holder set up to make quick changes really easy
- Not exactly the most “heavy-duty” drill driver on the market right now
- The chuck has a reputation for loosening up on its own the older the drill gets
You’re going to get a couple of things and the package when you buy the DeWalt DCD771C2.
For starters, you are going to get the drill and driver itself. You’re also going to get two high-performance lithium-ion batteries as well as a quick charging station straight from the folks at DeWalt.
A soft-sided tool bag that fits the drill driver, the batteries, and the charger itself keeps everything nice and neat, and you’ll also find a couple of bits from the folks at DeWalt, a manual to help you get familiar with your tool, and information about the warranty going forward.
Overview of Features
- Powered by a 20-volt lithium-ion battery pack
- Variable two-speed trigger control from between zero and 450 RPM and zero and 1500 RPM
- Standard half-inch chuck excepts all kinds of bits and drill components
- High-speed transmission designed for commercial-grade projects
- A quick charging battery system
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At the end of the day, there are a lot of quality cordless drill driver units out there that you could choose to move forward with – but none of them are quite as popular as the DeWalt DCD771C2.
Super easy to use, really comfortable in the hand, and one of the quickest charging units money can buy there’s really not a lot to knock against this quality setup.
No, it may not be as hard-core as an impact driver or capable of punching through blocks of concrete on a regular basis before overheating or melting down the battery. But for traditional construction projects (including the day in and day out project work) there’s really nothing else out there like this.
The bottom line is pretty simple. With a DeWalt, you know what you are getting.
You are getting a quality tool that isn’t going to break your bank account, a tool that is going to last and last even when you push it beyond what most people would think a tool can handle, and a tool that is always going to pleasantly surprise you with its overall capabilities.
This is a great cordless power tool to have on hand if you’re looking to build out a power tool collection, but it’s also a great tool to add to a cordless setup you already have – especially if you have DeWalt tools and can swap batteries across them.
All in all, this is the flashiest option and it certainly isn’t the most feature-rich cordless compact drill and driver money can buy.
But it is a black and yellow DeWalt that has the reputation for excellence you deserve and isn’t ever going to let you down when you need it most.
Instead, you’re going to get a solid tool that “just works” every time you reach for it, a tool that charges quickly and delivers consistent power, and a tool that feels like it makes working on your projects easier every time out.
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