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DEWALT DCD777C2 Review

The DCD777C2 is one of the best drills we have seen and would have claimed the top spot if it only had a better battery life
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Price:   $160 List | Check Price at Amazon
Pros:  Excellent drilling performance, tons of driving power, decently convenient
Cons:  So-so battery life, somewhat pricey
Manufacturer:   DEWALT
By David Wise and Austin Palmer  ⋅  May 23, 2019
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#2 of 15
  • Drilling - 35% 10
  • Driving - 35% 9
  • Included Battery - 20% 5
  • Convenience - 10% 6

Our Verdict

Although it narrowly missed out on the top spot overall and an Editors' Choice, the DEWALT DCD777C2 is still an excellent product. It did phenomenally well in our drilling and driving tests, even handling the hardest challenges with absolute ease. It has a solid set of features and functions that make it hassle-free to use and operate. However, it didn't deliver the most impressive performance in our battery life test, dropping it out of the top spot. It also is decently expensive, but the DCD777C2 can definitely handle any project you throw at it — as long as it has a freshly charged battery.


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Pros Excellent drilling performance, tons of driving power, decently convenientPowerful, great battery life, fantastic integrated worklightBurly construction, tons of powerPhenomenal driving performance, solid drilling powerGood driving power, solid all-around performance, less expensive than premium products
Cons So-so battery life, somewhat priceyExpensive, only includes a single batteryHeavy, costlySubpar battery lifeSo-so with the spade bit, slow to charge
Bottom Line The DCD777C2 is one of the best drills we have seen and would have claimed the top spot if it only had a better battery lifeIf you want a heavy-duty drill that can keep up with all your toughest projects, the Kobalt is the best you can getThis 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 powerThe PCCK607LB is a good choice if you are looking to save some cash over the premium models but still want plenty of power
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Rating Categories DEWALT DCD777C2 Kobalt KDD 1424A-03 Milwaukee M18 DEWALT DCD771C2 PORTER-CABLE...
Drilling (35%)
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Driving (35%)
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Specs DEWALT DCD777C2 Kobalt KDD 1424A-03 Milwaukee M18 DEWALT DCD771C2 PORTER-CABLE...
Battery Capacity (Included) 1.5 Ah 2 Ah 1.5 Ah 1.3 Ah 1.5 Ah
Battery Voltage 20V 24V 18V 20V 20V
Max Chuck 1/2" 1/2" 1/2" 1/2" 1/2"
Battery Chemistry Lithium-Ion Lithium-Ion Lithium-Ion Lithium-Ion Lithium-Ion
Drill Model Tested DCD777 KDD 524B-03 2606-20 DCD771 PCCK607
Box Model (Kit) Tested DCD777C2 672823 2606-22CT DCD771C2 PCCK607LB
RPM Low: 0 - 500
High: 0 - 1750
Low: 0 - 550
High: 0 - 2000
Low: 0 - 450
High: 0 - 1800
Low: 0 - 450
High: 0 - 1800
Low: 0 - 450
High: 0 - 1800
Peak Torque 340 UWO 650 in-lbs 500 in-lbs 300 UWO 270 in-lbs
Measured Length 7-1/4" 7-3/8" 7-1/4" 8-3/8" 7"
Measured Weight 3 pounds
4.1 oz
3 pounds
15.2 oz
3 pounds
12.6 oz
3 pounds
7.3 oz
3 pounds
5.2 oz
Measured Charge Time 65 minutes 75 minutes 31 minutes 58 minutes 85 minutes
Battery Indicator Location N/A Battery Battery N/A Drill
LED Location Above the trigger Above the battery Above the trigger Above the trigger Above the battery
Included Belt Clip No Yes No No Yes

Our Analysis and Test Results

The DCD777C2 finished right at the top of the group, just behind the Kobalt KDD 1424A-03 and ahead of the Milwaukee M18. The Kobalt and the DCD777C2 both did equally well in our drilling, driving, and convenience tests, but the Kobalt's far superior performance in our battery life gives it an overall edge on the DCD777C2. It also costs a little bit more. The Milwaukee M18 also costs a bit more than the DCD777C2, but struggled just a bit more in our hardest drilling tests compared to the DEWALT, knocking it down a few points.

The powerful DEWALT DCD777C2.
The powerful DEWALT DCD777C2.

Performance Comparison


In our quest to find the best cordless drill of them all, we started off by comparing tons of different tools, then buying all the most promising and well-regarded products out there. We pitted all of these products against each other in a series of side-by-side tests, rating and scoring their performance against their peers. We grouped these tests into four weighted rating metrics, with the DCD777C2's results in each outlined in the next sections.

The DCD777C2 went through 16 gauge steel like a hot knife through butter.
The DCD777C2 went through 16 gauge steel like a hot knife through butter.

Drilling


As expected, the drilling performance of each drill makes up a large portion of its overall score, accounting for 35%. To judge the performance of each tool, we evaluated and compared their drilling performance in three tasks: drilling through a solid door with a 5" hole saw, drilling through a 2x12 with a 1" paddle bit, and using both a ¼" and ½" twist drill to make some holes in a 16 gauge steel sheet. The DCD777C2 did extremely well, earning a 10 out of 10.

The DCD777C2 easily drilled the 5" hole saw to its full depth in about 17 seconds, cutting through the solid door without any signs of slowing down or struggling. It packs plenty of power, letting you keep the drill in its higher gear the entire time, and delivered one of the best performances we have seen to date in this test.

The DCD777C2 made quick work of the hole saw test.
The DCD777C2 made quick work of the hole saw test.

This tool continued its fantastic performance in our steel drilling tests. It drilled through the metal with both the ¼" and ½" twist drill with absolutely no trouble at all, taking less than two seconds with the smaller drill and less than four with the larger one.


It finished out this metric with another excellent showing in our last test, the 1" spade bit. This drill made it through the wood easily, but it didn't drill the holes quite as fast as the top drills — occasionally getting a little hung up and stalling for a brief moment when in its higher gear.

Driving


We then moved on to evaluating the driving performance of each drill, scoring each tool on how quickly and easily it drove in fasteners and if it could properly set a countersunk screw head without stalling. This also accounts for 35% of each tool's total score, with the DCD777C2 again doing exceptionally well, meriting a 9 out of 10.

Starting off, we drove in a ton of 3" long, #9 screws with the DCD777C2. It handled this task with ease, driving the screws in quickly and powerfully. It has no problem at all setting the heads to be flush with the surface of the wood and affords you tons of control so you don't accidentally overdrive the screw.


Our next driving test upped the difficulty a bit for each of the tools, as we had each of them drill a 5" long, ½" lag screw to its full depth to connect a 2x4 to a 4x4. However, we did drill a pilot hole first, as it is a bit unreasonable to drive in a screw that large without one. This tougher test proved no match for the DCD777C2, which drove the screw to its full depth without any issue at all, even tying with the best of the best in terms of speed.

Included Battery


After assessing the drilling and driving power of each tool, we next compared and scored the battery life and recharge time, as well as awarded some points based on the number of batteries included. Regrettably, the DEWALT DCD777C2 didn't do all that well in this metric — worth 20% of the total — earning a 5 out of 10 for its middle-of-the-road performance.

This drill did earn some points by including a pair of 1.5 Ah batteries and for recharging slightly faster than average — it only takes a little over an hour to completely charge a dead battery with the included charger.

However, it was in the battery life test that the DCD777C2 faltered. For this test, we alternated between driving in 16 #9 screws and drilling three 1" holes with the spade bit until the drill totally died, scoring based on the number of cycles the tool did. The best drills were in the double digits before they died. Unfortunately, the DCD777C2 only made it through five full cycles before quitting; it drilled a single screw of the sixth set before the battery gave out.

Convenience


For the remaining 10% of the score, we looked at all the different convenience features that each drill has. Specifically, we awarded points for the quality of the built-in work light, the range of bits the chuck can hold, the different speed modes the drill has, its weight, and if there is a belt clip. Additionally, we also compared the ease of swapping the batteries and if there is an integrated battery charge indicator. The performance of the DCD777C2 rebounded a bit, earning it a 6 out of 10. This drill can be equipped with a belt clip but it isn't included.

The chuck can hold a bit with up to a ½" shank and the integrated work light on this tool is decent. It's located above the trigger and stays on for about 20 seconds after you release the button.


The DCD777C2 has two different gearing ratios so you can maximize speed or torque for your specific project, but it is one of heftier drills of the group, weighing in at 3 lbs., 4.1 oz.

It is super easy to install or remove the battery, with the locking tab releasing easily and a new battery sliding right into place without too much effort. However, it does lack a battery indicator to alert you that the battery is running low before it totally dies.

Value


The DCD777C2 is a decent value, holding its own against the best drills while having a slightly lower list price. It is still a bit expensive for the casual homeowner but could be a good pick for someone who wants exceptional drilling and driving performance and doesn't mind the reduced battery life.

Conclusion


Undeniably, the DCD777C2 is an exceptional cordless drill. It handed our toughest drilling and driving tasks with relative ease, usually tying for the top spot overall. It's not overly expensive and is decently convenient, but we did wish that it had a bit better of a battery life.


David Wise and Austin Palmer