The Dewalt DCD777C2 20V cordless drill is known for being a workhorse drill with a smaller profile and lighter weight. Let’s take a closer look at this one.
Drilling Power & Motor
This cordless drill is powered by a brushless motor that providesin total power output. The brushless motor helps keep this drill efficient in terms of power use while also providing a good amount of torque. The drill can operate at variable speeds and can spin at a maximum no-load speed of 1750 RPM. It also has a 2 speed transmission for additional speed settings.
There is a forward/reverse button above the trigger and it can be used to select direction or lock the drill. This button is pretty easy to reach and doesn’t feel awkward in use.
The torque can be adjusted with a collar on the drill and there are numbers indicating a range of 1-15. Lower torque settings are good for lighter drilling tasks and higher torque settings may be needed for fastening. It’s recommended to start low and work your way up if you need more torque to avoid damaging the materials or the bit.
This model (DCD777) doesn’t have a hammer drill setting, but it has an adjacent model (DCD778) that is very similar that does have the hammer drill option.
This drill is capable of both wood and metal drilling applications and despite it’s smaller size it can be useful both around the home or on the job site. People using it at home find it has plenty of power for home maintenance and renovation uses. On the job site it is a good tool for getting into smaller spaces due to it’s smaller profile.
This drill can use up to 1/2 inch drill bits and it uses a keyless chuck that operates with a single sleeve ratchet. There is a built-in automatic spindle lock that assists in bit changes.
Dewalt recommends removing the battery during bit changes. To loosen the chuck you simply grab and turn the sleeve on the chuck. Insert your bit about 3/4 inch into the chuck and then tighten by hand. You’ll hear a few clicks when tightening and that’s how you’ll know it’s been properly tightened.
The keyless chuck works pretty well on this drill and people don’t really have any issues with it. It holds the bits firmly and people don’t really experience any slippage during tougher drilling applications.
This drill features a single LED light that points to just below the drilling area, which works well enough to illuminate the work area in darker conditions. This is one of those features that you don’t think is useful until you need it, and then it’s invaluable.
The LED light turns on when you press the trigger for operation and it turns off about 20 seconds after you release the trigger. The LED can’t be activated or deactivated separately and only activates when the tool is in operation.
This drill uses Dewalt’s 20V batteries and the kit that we looked at comes with (2) 1.5 AH batteries and a charger. The model number for the included batteries is DCB201. The batteries that come with this drill are some of the lower capacity batteries available from Dewalt, but they provide enough juice for most people and the smaller size keeps the drill lightweight during use. The included batteries can be charged in 90 minutes or less. It’s nice that 2 batteries were included since you can charge one while use the other and it reduces downtime.
This drill can use any of Dewalt’s 20V Max batteries which are available in sizes from 1.3 AH to 6AH. You can also use any of the Flexvolt batteries. Some people like to upgrade to 2-4 AH batteries to get a little longer life. Keep in mind though that larger batteries will add more weight to the drill.
Ergonomics & Handling
This drill is lighter in weight, especially if you use the smaller sizes batteries with it. It weighs in at 2.9 lbs without any batteries attached. It has a comfortable rubberized grip and people find that it’s very comfortable to hold and use for longer projects. The power trigger and direction buttons are easy to use and don’t feel awkward at all. The smaller size profile allows people to maneuver this drill into some smaller places which is great for handling. Overall this is a very ergonomically pleasing drill to use and people like using it.
Bit changes also feel good and are quick and easy with the spindle lock and ratcheting chuck. It doesn’t feel awkward to hold this drill during bit changes which is great.
This drill is safe to use and with the nature of a drill there really aren’t any outstanding safety features to cover for this one. Most of the safety precautions with a drill like this involve safe practices such as safe handling of the battery packs and making sure the battery is removed during bit changes. Otherwise it’s good to practice typical safety precautions as with any other power tool in your lineup.
This drill feels very well built and during operation it doesn’t feel cheap or lacking in power. It’s lightweight, which is helped by the plastic included in the build, but there aren’t really any weak points with the plastic parts or parts that are prone to breakage. People who own this drill find that it hold up well over time and even stands up to being dropped or being banged around, which is great.
This drill kit that we looked at comes with a few accessories. In addition to the drill you get (2) batteries and a charger. There is also a bag included, which is just large enough for the drill and batteries. The bag feels a little tight when fully packed up but it works.
One notable but minor thing that people notice with this drill is that there is no bit holders anywhere on-board. It’s a small thing but people do find it to be an issue if most other drills they’ve used have such a feature. The good news is that a bit holder can be purchased on the aftermarket and added to the drill, but it involves extra expense and time to get it done.
Setup & Assembly
This tool is easy to get up and running, there’s not really any setup involved. New units may need to have the batteries charged, which could create some waiting time when it’s new out of the box. Other than that it’s pretty much a plug and play tool.
Dewalt offers a 3 year warranty on defective parts or workmanship. They also include a 1 year free service contract and a 90 day money back guarantee. This is good enough to help you out if you have quality control issues in that first year of use.
- Adjustable torque
- Lightweight, comfortable and maneuverable
- LED Light
- Includes 2 batteries and charger
- Keyless chuck
- Brushless motor
- No bit holders on board
- Not as much power or torque as some larger drills
- Smaller batteries can feel under powered for demanding drilling work
20V Max or Flexvolt
6.370 in x 8.750 in 10.750 in
2.9 lbs without battery
The Dewalt DCD777C2 cordless drill is a smaller drill with decent power, and it should be considered a medium duty drill. It has plenty of power for smaller jobs but might come up short when you put it to the test with harder materials and larger bits. It’s a good drill for general use for homeowners and can be a good optional drill for job sites for situations where space is limited.