For the first of hopefully many cordless hammer drill reviews at Tool Talk, I thought it fitting that I talk about one of the first “real” (read, relatively expensive/professional level) tools that I purchased since coming to Australia, the Dewalt DCD795. When I finally decided to settle here, which gave me the freedom of no longer trying to contain my belongings to within the air travel weight restrictions, I began searching for what is often the first tool in someone’s arsenal, a quality combo drill.
The kit I purchased was a Dewalt brushless set, and to be completely honest, the reason I purchased this particular set at the time was because it was on sale for a fairly good price and none of the other kits were. Amazing what a good sale can convince you of! Do I regret falling for the clever marketing strategies? Check out the review below to see!
Dewalt DCD795 – Cordless Hammer Reviews
Chuck Capacity: 1.5-13mm
Power Output: 360 Watts
Speed: Low 0-600/High 2000RPM
I’m giving ‘er all she’s got, Captain! -or How Much Power Does This Thing Have?
Since purchasing nearly two years ago, I have put the little guy (don’t let 795 catch me calling him little though!) through the paces.
While he is little in size, the 795 has very little to complain about in the power department. Dewalt has a reputation for power and hardiness, and it’s a well-earned reputation. In regard to power and efficiency, the 795 definitely isn’t the black sheep of the Dewalt family. With 360w power output, it hasn’t in any way struggled with the masonry, hardwood, or metal that I’ve thrown at it.
The 795 is a brushless model, and I have found that it doesn’t heat up nearly as much as other brushed motor drills when drilling consistently. In addition, battery life is excellent, and on a good day at home, drilling 200+ holes in structural pine, I usually have a full or ¾ battery at the end of the day.
The 795 has a relatively good amount variable settings for your disposal. Two-speed settings are a staple of most combi-drills these days, and you will also find them on this drill.
The hammer setting is nearly as effective as my rotary hammer, although you wouldn’t want to use this setting often as it’s as hard on the tool as my mother-in-law is on me! The 795 chewed through my brick wall with an 8mm bit like my StaffyX, Taco, chews through her dinner – in a few seconds flat. At 60nm of max torque, I didn’t come across anything that really stopped me.
This drill only has 15 different settings for torque, which is on the low end of the spectrum for me. I like the control of the 25ish options that my Bosch has – but REALLY, I use my driver for screws 90% of the time, and so the torque settings for the Dewalt 795 are more than adequate for when I do need some finer settings.
But how does it FEEL? or Ergonomics and Features
Ergonomics are one thing that I focus a good deal of attention on when buying a tool. The reality is that we live in a world where many of the top brands aren’t too far away from each other in terms of power and design; and so, as long as the tool can do the job, the ergonomics and features are what my choice often truly comes down to.
Because, if the tool is comfortable and fun to use, I will reach for it over any other tool in the shed for the job.
The Dewalt DCD 795 is a surprisingly light little guy, I will give it that. Having held some of the older Dewalt drills which felt like lead bricks compared to some of the more well-designed models of their rivals, I was pleasantly surprised at the 795’s 1.88kg weight. It seems that Dewalt has followed the footsteps that we all do and has come a long way from their chunky, awkward, teenage era self (Oh, we weren’t all chunky, awkward pre-pubescents? Just me? Moving on).
The feel of the drill in hand is comfortable. The grip on the 795 is slim and fits well in hand, with soft rubber at the back that minimizes those nasty thumb-web blisters. The action is relatively smooth, with not much vibration. What I do truly like is the compact body of the drill itself. It is thin, streamlined, and fits in some awkward situations that a thicker drill wouldn’t.
The 795 has a single LED light that is at the base of the body, which eliminates much of the shadow from the chuck, which you would get from the light being at the top of the body.
Attached to the base of the drill’s body is a magnetic holder for bits and screws. This is a nice handy addition that I use quite often and find myself looking for when I’m using one of my drills that don’t have it.
In addition, it also features a stainless-steel buckle for hanging from the belt or easy wall storage.\
So now we come down to the real nit and grit of the matter. What’s the final say? How has the 795 held up over the year?
There is a single issue I have had with this Dewalt combi-drill that has really bothered me and certainly warrants me taking it in to have it repaired under warranty (always seem to forget at the end of the day!).
The chuck has a fair degree of wobble! This wasn’t there when I first purchased it but did develop a few months after – which is a bit ridiculous for a drill of this price and caliber.
So, if I’m willing to look past the above, I would say that the 795 has held up well. The battery life is still fantastic, it doesn’t overheat, it’s powerful, and no matter how many times it’s been bumped or dropped, the body is still looking great. It’s a good working drill with very little else to complain about.
But the thing is, I’m not really willing to look past the chuck wobble because it’s a significant flaw, and it developed only a few months into my owning the drill. This isn’t the quality I would expect from Dewalt, and while the warranty with Dewalt is generally good – I’m not entirely convinced that I would receive a replacement without this defect, especially after poking around on the internet and seeing several other people who have had the same issue.
Lots of power/torque
Good battery life
Only 15 torque control options (Not a significant con, but a con nonetheless)