DeWalt DCD796P1 Cordless Drill Review

We review the DeWalt DCD796P1 cordless drill to help you decide if it's the right model for your tool kit

Dewalt DCD796P1 Cordless Drill
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Homebuilding Verdict

A solid drill with a long run-time that will stand up to demanding home and site conditions and use


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    Quality, single-piece, all-metal chuck

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    Spotlight mode is great for working in dim conditions

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    5Ah battery will last a long time on a single charge


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    Battery connection not the best

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A cordless drill in an invaluable addition to any DIYer's toolbox and this DeWalt DCD796 is a great all rounder. The compact 18V model is a cordless, brushless drill/driver/hammer drill capable of drilling into wood, most metals and masonry, as well as driving larger or longer fasteners. 

With 70Nm of torque in the lower of the two gears, you’ll be able to drive large fasteners with ease. The huge 5Ah battery provides for great run-time, but if you want to reduce overall weight at the expense of the run-time, smaller Ah batteries are available.

Garry Martin

Garry is an independent product tester, bringing decades of skill and experience in multiple trades to the art of authentic, real-world reviews. A technology geek, power tool addict, and soon-to-be Passivhaus self builder, he lives with his family in Worcestershire. He also has a passion for sustainability and plotfinding.