DeWalt DCD796 18V XR




approx. price

The DeWALT DCD796P2 18V XR cordless drill is equipped with a powerful Li-Ion battery with a voltage of 18 V, which indicates that it will be one of the more powerful models. The battery capacity of 5 Ah is excellent and the endurance of the drill will be excellent. The advantage is also fast charging, the battery can be recharged within 30 minutes. Given the higher power, the higher weight of the drill probably won’t be particularly surprising either. 5.3 kg can be a really heavy weight for someone if they work especially at heights. The dimensions were still in the common standard, you can look at the specific height and length of the model in the table.

Basic characteristics

We can expect fairly decent equipment from a drill in a similar price category, and the DeWALT model is no exception. It can drill a hole with a diameter of up to 40 mm in wood, up to 13 mm in steel and 13 mm in masonry, which are relatively decent dimensions. Likewise, the 13 mm chuck was one of the better ones in our comparison. The torque of 70 Nm is above average, again indicating the drill’s high efficiency. The equipment does not lack smooth speed adjustment, reverse or impact, so you can use it for tightening, loosening and drilling into crumbly material without any problems.

Features DeWalt DCD796
Chuck 13 mm, keyless
No load speed 0-550/0-2,000/min
Impact rate 0-9, 350/3, 4000/bpm
Voltage 18.0 V
Number of speeds 2 speeds
Battery technology Li-ion
Wood drilling capacity 40.0 mm
Metal drilling capacity 13.0 mm
Torque 70 Nm
Hammer Yes
Reverse Yes

Expert Review

Dozens of short-term and long-term users have reviewed the DeWALT DCD796 drill and mostly speak of this model in superlative terms. He especially praises the drill’s performance, positively evaluating the impact, battery life and fast charging. As a shortcoming, they rather mention small things, such as the imperfect design of the briefcase. At Buildiro, this DeWalt DCD993P3 was also chosen as the best cordless drill for professionals, but also for DIY enthusiasts.


The DeWALT DCD796 cordless drill belongs to the averagely expensive but also more powerful models. It charges quickly and has an average endurance but impresses with its high battery voltage and torque. It does not lack speed regulation, reverse or impact, so its use is variable. It will drill relatively large holes in wood and steel, and its weight is not tragic, although it has already reached above average. If you are looking for a more professional cordless drill, you can check out the review of DeWalt DCD996P3 or Makita DHP485.