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DEWALT DCD710S2 Review

This underpowered 12-volt drill failed to impress, all while being a bit on the more expensive side
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Price:   $130 List | $110 at Amazon
Pros:  Compact, convenient
Cons:  Underpowered, expensive
Manufacturer:   DEWALT
By David Wise and Austin Palmer  ⋅  May 23, 2019
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#12 of 15
  • Drilling - 35% 3
  • Driving - 35% 4
  • Included Battery - 20% 3
  • Convenience - 10% 5

Our Verdict

Scoring in the lower part of the group, we weren't overly enamored with the DEWALT DCD710S2. This drill delivered below average results in our drilling, driving, and battery life tests, only scoring about average in our assessment of convenience features. This drill is compact and lightweight, similar to the budget models we have tested but it costs significantly more, making it hard for us to recommend.


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Pros Compact, convenientPowerful, great battery life, fantastic integrated worklightExcellent drilling performance, tons of driving power, decently convenientBurly construction, tons of powerPhenomenal driving performance, solid drilling power
Cons Underpowered, expensiveExpensive, only includes a single batterySo-so battery life, somewhat priceyHeavy, costlySubpar battery life
Bottom Line This underpowered 12-volt drill failed to impress, all while being a bit on the more expensive sideIf you want a heavy-duty drill that can keep up with all your toughest projects, the Kobalt is the best you can getThe DCD777C2 is one of the best drills we have seen and would have claimed the top spot if it only had a better battery lifeThis beefy drill features industrial build quality with an all-metal chuck but was just slightly outmatched when it came to drilling powerThe DCD771C2 is a good option if you value driving performance above drilling power
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Rating Categories DEWALT DCD710S2 Kobalt KDD 1424A-03 DEWALT DCD777C2 Milwaukee M18 DEWALT DCD771C2
Drilling (35%)
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Specs DEWALT DCD710S2 Kobalt KDD 1424A-03 DEWALT DCD777C2 Milwaukee M18 DEWALT DCD771C2
Battery Capacity (Included) 1.3 Ah 2 Ah 1.5 Ah 1.5 Ah 1.3 Ah
Battery Voltage 12V 24V 20V 18V 20V
Max Chuck 3/8" 1/2" 1/2" 1/2" 1/2"
Battery Chemistry Lithium-Ion Lithium-Ion Lithium-Ion Lithium-Ion Lithium-Ion
Drill Model Tested DCD710 KDD 524B-03 DCD777 2606-20 DCD771
Box Model (Kit) Tested DCD710S2 672823 DCD777C2 2606-22CT DCD771C2
RPM Low: 0 - 400
High: 0 - 1500
Low: 0 - 550
High: 0 - 2000
Low: 0 - 500
High: 0 - 1750
Low: 0 - 450
High: 0 - 1800
Low: 0 - 450
High: 0 - 1800
Peak Torque 189 UWO 650 in-lbs 340 UWO 500 in-lbs 300 UWO
Measured Length 7- 3/8" 7-3/8" 7-1/4" 7-1/4" 8-3/8"
Measured Weight 2 pounds
7.5 oz
3 pounds
15.2 oz
3 pounds
4.1 oz
3 pounds
12.6 oz
3 pounds
7.3 oz
Measured Charge Time 58 minutes 75 minutes 65 minutes 31 minutes 58 minutes
Battery Indicator Location N/A Battery N/A Battery N/A
LED Location Above the trigger Above the battery Above the trigger Above the trigger Above the trigger
Included Belt Clip Yes Yes No No No

Our Analysis and Test Results

The DCD710S2 finished just behind the Makita XFD10R and ahead of the BLACK+DECKER LDX120C. The DCD710S2 did slightly better than the LDX120C when it came to driving in fasteners, while the DEWALT has an edge at drilling holes and has a few more convenience features. This pair of drills both have about the same battery life, but the list price of the DCD710S2 is over double that of the BLACK+DECKER. The Makita XFD10R is even more expensive than the DEWALT and is far better at drilling holes but it gave us some battery issues in the hardest tests, dropping it away from the top and mid-tier tools.

The DCD710S2 is compact and lightweight but lacks power.
The DCD710S2 is compact and lightweight but lacks power.

Performance Comparison


To find out which cordless drills stand out from the rest, we began by comparing the ratings of dozens of different drills, then bought all the best to test out for ourselves head-to-head. We analyzed and compared the results of each tool in a wide range of different tests grouped into a quartet of weighted rating metrics, with the DCD710S2's performance described below.

We used multiple twist bits to keep the drills on a level playing field.
We used multiple twist bits to keep the drills on a level playing field.

Drilling


To begin, we rated and compared the power and speed of each cordless drill at drilling holes, which constitutes 35% of the total score for each tool. We scored the DCD710S2 as it drilled a hole in a solid door, dimensional boards, and a steel sheet with a 5" hole saw, 1" spade bit, and a pair of twist drills, respectively. It didn't do terribly well, earning a 3 out of 10.

The DCD710S2 very much struggled in the solid door with the 5" hole saw. It couldn't drill the saw to the full depth, overheating at around 2.5 minutes — even with a brief respite part of the way through.

It did a little better at drilling through the 2x12 with the 1" spade bit. It drilled the holes fine, though it was on the slower side. Additionally, you really had to push this drill and we could hear it straining the entire time throughout this test.

Unsurprisingly, it also struggled with drilling through the 16 gauge steel sheet. It did about average with the ¼" twist drill, making the hole in a little less than five seconds but you could definitely hear more of a struggle compared to the higher voltage models. It took about 30 seconds to make it through with the ½" drill, protesting and binding up the entire time when the best drill only took 3-4 seconds with the same drill.

The DCD710S2 is a good option for light-duty home improvement projects.
The DCD710S2 is a good option for light-duty home improvement projects.

Driving


The DCD710S2 did a little better in this metric, earning a 4 out of 10. For this metric, we graded each drill's performance at driving in both #9 screws that measured 3" in length and driving in a ½" lag screw that is 5" long. Overall, these two tests are also responsible for 35% of the total score.

This DEWALT drill struggled a bit at driving in the large lag screw.
This DEWALT drill struggled a bit at driving in the large lag screw.

This drill did alright with the smaller screws, driving them in most of the way relatively quickly and easily.

A close up of one of the driving test boards.
A close up of one of the driving test boards.

It did struggle a little bit towards the end, especially when it came to setting the countersunk head. However, it could usually set the head flush eventually.

The DCD710S2 didn't have an amazingly impressive battery life.
The DCD710S2 didn't have an amazingly impressive battery life.

Included Battery


Next, we compared and scored the battery performance of each cordless tool, which is responsible for 20% of the overall score. We awarded points on the effective runtime of each drill, as well as on the time it took for a dead battery to recharge and on the number of batteries included. The DCD710S2 again didn't do exceptionally well, earning a 3 out of 10.

To compare the runtime of each cordless drill, we alternated driving in 16 of the 3" long, #9 screws to their full depth in a pair of stacked dimensional 2x12s and then drilling three 1" diameter holes through a single 2x12 with the paddle bit with the DCD710S2. We then repeated this until the drill died, with the DCD710S2 unfortunately only making it through two full cycles of this and died two screws into the third cycle. The best tools made it more than 10 sets before dying.

The 1.3 Ah batteries of the DCD710S2 do charge relatively quickly, taking less than an hour to fully recharge and this drill did earn a few extra points by including an additional battery.

The chuck on the DCD710S2 can only expand to 0.375".
The chuck on the DCD710S2 can only expand to 0.375".

Convenience


Our final set of tests dealt with the different functions and specs of each drill that make them more enjoyable and efficient to operate, which accounts for the remaining 10% of the final score. The DCD710S2 is about average for these products, earning it a 5 out of 10.

This drill does not have any sort of battery charge indicator and we found it to be a bit more difficult to install or remove the battery compared to some of the other tools. The release button for the locking mechanism also isn't the most user-friendly that we have seen so far.

This drill is on the lighter side, weighing less than 2.5 pounds and includes a belt clip. It has two different operating speed ranges — 0-400 and 0-1500 — and the chuck can expand up to ⅜".

It also has a built-in work light that turns on when you hold the trigger. However, we did find that it is a bit on the dim side and we would usually want supplemental lighting when working in a dark area.

There is a decent amount of light emitted by the DCD710S2 but it has a bit of an annoying shadow.
There is a decent amount of light emitted by the DCD710S2 but it has a bit of an annoying shadow.

Value


The DCD710S2 is a terrible value, performing similarly to other drills that cost a fraction of the price.

Conclusion


Overall, we wouldn't really recommend the DCD710S2. It didn't score particularly well and has an overly high list price, with many less expensive drills scoring a lot better.


David Wise and Austin Palmer