Welcome to this DeWalt DCD985B 20V MAX Lithium-Ion Premium Hammer Drill review. Here you will find all of the information that you need about this DeWalt drill with hammer function to make an informed purchase decision. All of the features will be discussed as well as the pros and cons.
DeWalt has always been associated with high quality tools and the DCD985B hammer drill continues to demonstrate this. It is a powerful drill that has the power to be used on almost any surface. The hardest of woods, metal and even concrete are not a problem for this drill. No job is too tough for this versatile cordless drill.
Design And Features Of The DeWalt DCD985B
The DeWalt DCD985B will handle just about any normal drilling or hammer drilling applications that you can imagine. With the 20V MAX battery pack loaded the drill will easily outperform the previous 18V models.
The drill has received an ergonomic makeover from DeWalt. The drill is lightweight at just under 4 pounds, and the rubber overmold provides a solid grip that will fit into your hand well. It is comfortable to use the drill wearing gloves or without gloves.
It is very well balanced, and when you are holding the drill it will feel like an extension of your arm. When in hammer drill mode there is very little kick back. The ergonomic design also ensures that fatigue is kept to a minimum after using the drill, and there should be no pain experienced by the user.
A new electronic revamp has also been undertaken. All of the switches now have electronics built into them, and this is designed to provide intelligence to the drill and prolong the life of the tool and the battery. The electronics also help to prevent overloading, overheating and a deep battery discharge while the drill is being used.
The DeWalt DCD985B is a very versatile drill and a very good workhorse. It is also very tough, and it is unlikely to stall even when confronted with the toughest of drill challenges like so many others do. It has a pretty high threshold for pain and will just keep on drilling. Unlike on previous models, you can keep your current driver clutch setting when you are changing over from drill to hammer drill mode (and vice versa).
In regular drill mode the DeWalt DCD985B can accommodate up to a 4 inch hole saw for wood and also a 1 3/8 inch hole saw for use on metal. With the ½ inch ratcheting chuck being made of metal, it is no problem to use other drill accessories such as sanding pads and wire brushes as well. The chuck has its jaws coated in carbide, and this provides a very strong grip of any loaded round shank drill bit.
There is a secondary handle supplied with the DeWalt DCD985B and this works very well and is extremely flexible. It is easy to attach to the drill, and you can you can set the position of the handle anywhere where it feels the most comfortable. This is a significant advantage over the competition, that usually provides handles that only lock in 90° increments (and sometimes less).
The hammer function of the drill is more powerful than you might think. It has a maximum output of 34,000 blows per minute (BPM) when it is operating in the highest gear. The 3 speed motor will deliver low end torque or high speed drilling to suit almost any drilling application. The three speeds of the motor are 600 RPM, 1250 RPM and 2000 RPM. There is also a screw position for bits and drivers. The motor also has a forward and reverse function.
Summary Of The DeWalt DCD985B Features
It has a high speed, high efficiency three speed motor which delivers a maximum output of 535 UWO
Normal drill and hammer drill functionality
Three speed motor operates at 600 RPM, 1250 RPM and 2000 RPM
Hammer function can deliver 34,000 blows per minute
The ratcheting all metal chuck is ½ inch size and the chuck jaws have carbide coating which provides a very strong grip especially for round shank bits
Cordless and powered by 20 volt MAX battery (not supplied)
22 clutch settings
Supplied with 360° side handle that can be positioned anywhere
Dimensions are 10.2 inches by 2.9 inches by 10.2 inches.
It weighs 3.9 pounds without the battery and 5.3 pounds with the battery installed.
It is supplied with a limited 3 year warranty, a one year free service contract and a 90 day money back guarantee.
Pros Of The DeWalt DCD985B Drill
The following positive statements are a summary of true customer reviews about the product:
“A very powerful drill” there were a lot of positive comments about how powerful this DeWalt drill was and that it was a vast improvement over the 18 volt models. Customers stated that the drill was able to penetrate concrete and brick with ease.
“The battery lasts a really long time” a number of people were very happy about how long the battery lasted. There were also complimentary comments about the rapid battery charger as well.
“This is a professional quality drill” there were favorable comments from a lot of professional construction workers who felt that the drill was ideal for their needs. They commented on the high quality and the fact that it was a DeWalt.
“This drill can do everything” a lot of people liked the multi functionality of the drill and felt that it could tackle just about any job.
Cons Of The DeWalt DCD985B Drill
The negative statements below are a summary of real customer reviews on the product:
“There were no batteries and no charger supplied” one customer was unhappy that a charger and battery were not supplied with the drill. It is very clear that this is a tool only purchase and that batteries are extra. This is not considered to be a big problem.
“It is a poor quality drill” a customer stated that this DeWalt drill was poor quality because after using it once the bearings appeared loose. Most people felt that the drill was of high quality, and this should be viewed as a one off problem.
“The drill is not comfortable” one complaint was about the drill not fitting well in the hand and the buttons being hard to push. None of the other reviews mentioned this, and it is not considered to be a big problem.
Of all the reviews created about this drill, a 5 out of 5 star rating was awarded by 77% of the reviewers and 15% awarded a 4 out of 5 star rating. This is a very credible 92% overall. The negative reviews were not considered to be major issues.
If you are looking for a powerful cordless drill / hammer drill that has a lot of very useful features and that is built to last then the DeWalt DCD985B is a very good choice.
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