DEWALT DCD771C2 20V Compact Drill/Driver Kit Review – A Beast of a Handy Device

Published: 20 January 2016Updated: 19 July 2023

What is the DEWALT DCD771C2? It is a compact drill driver with a lightweight design. However, don’t let its compact nature fool you as it is equipped with a high-performance motor. Said motor is able to deliver 300-watts of power while its high speed transmission is able to generate 2 speeds of 0 to 450 RPMs and 0 to 1500 RPMs. Its ergonomic design promotes comfort and control, and its light weight means that you will have little to no trouble using it for projects.

DEWALT DCD771C2 20V Compact Drill/Driver Kit Review - A Beast of a Handy Device

The DEWALT DCD771C2 is an Absolute Compact Workhorse

Weighing at only 3.6-pounds, the DEWALT DCD771C2 is one light drill/driver. It comes with dimensions of 13.9 x 9.9 x 4.2-inches, which means that it is smaller than your average drill/driver unit, but not terribly too small that it won’t help you with your home improvement projects. The standard package comes with 2 Lithium ion battery (to power the device), a durable contractor bag, and a compact charger.

While it may be new for some, the DEWALT DCD771C2 20V Compact Drill/Driver Kit is actually the detuned version of the DCD780. The DCD771C2 is larger, heavier, slower, and has less power than its counterpart. It also has lower capacity batteries, a slower charger, has no belt or bit holder included in the package, but has a price that makes up for these shortcomings. Because of these elements, the DCD7712C is great for the once-a-month DIY home improvement person, but this is not an everyday contractor tool.

The included Li-Ion 20V batteries have multiple cells inside of them which can individually drift. The charger can correct the drift but under known temperature conditions. The included 771 charger can accurately give the batteries the juice required to operate the compact drill/driver kit when it is between 65 and 75 F. Charging outside this temperature zone will shorten the battery life. Once again, for a homeowner who likes to do DIY projects once a month, this is no big deal. However, for a contractor, time is money.

While it is not without its own set of shortcomings, the DCD771C2 performs well. So much so that it is a compact workhorse. When you place a Torx T-30 bit on it and it will only take 50-seconds to drive and remove a 5/16 x 4-inch Lag Screw into a pine log. Not too impressed? Within those 50-seconds, you can already insert and remove said Lag Screw three times.

While the size and battery of the 20V Compact Drill/Driver Kit is smaller as compared to the company’s other drills or drivers, such as the DCD780, it performs really well despite some limitations.


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