DeWalt DCD790D2 Compact Drill/Driver Kit Review

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Review of DeWalt DCD790D2

Editor Rating: 4.5/5

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Review Summary

This DeWalt DCD790D2 is a 2-speed brushless motor impact driver that’s ultra-compact and lightweight, allowing for use in confined spaces. It also has a trigger design that allows for total control of application as well as 15 different adjustable torque controls for anyone who likes to change up their tool power. The model runs on lithium-ion batteries but also comes with a multi-voltage battery changer that will allow it to run longer. However, it isn’t the most affordable DeWalt model available and it isn’t ideal for beginners. We recommend that you look a little further than this model if you’re just starting out and need a good quality, but good value for money, impact driver. While it’s relatively good and works well, there are many other models out there by different brands—and even other DeWalts—that are better.

DeWalt is known in the industry for producing tools of good value and great quality—their name never fails. Both professionals and beginners love them, especially since they provide a 3-year limited warranty with most of their products (like this DCD790D2 model!) which is helpful to have if your driver proves faulty. The support network that DeWalt has is great for new customers too, so there’s no need to worry about being left out to dry once you’ve purchased the DeWalt DCD790D2 model.

DeWalt DCD790D2 used in metal

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Pros
  • Lightweight and Compact Design
  • Brushless Technology
  • Includes a Carry Case
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Not Ideal for Beginners
  • Wobbly Chuck

Specifications

Brand Name: DeWalt

Weight: 8.4lbs

Dimensions: 16 x 10.3 x 4.8 inches

Voltage: 20V

Power Output: 360 Watt

Max Torque: 60Nm

DeWalt DCD790D2 drilling wood

2-Speed Metal Transmission

For both reverse and forward transmissions, this 2-speed setting on the DeWalt DCD790D2 allows for an increased runtime and a longer tool life. The user can change the speed according to how they want it, which is particularly useful if you have certain jobs to do. The battery life of this driver is very long too, which means that even if you choose to use the faster, quicker setting more often, the drill won’t prematurely slow down or run out of battery . While some of the DeWalt models have a 3-speed setting, this model has only 2. Though this might seem to be a disadvantage, the idea that you can still change up the speed according to the different settings is a great addition to the drill and its features.

Improved Brushless ID and Ergonomics

The brushless technology is a great feature on the DeWalt DCD790D2 model, making the drill more efficient so that it runs for a longer time. This model has an improved brushless feature which means it’s even better than its predecessors. For anyone who doesn’t know, brushless technology refers to the power tool motor adjusting to the tasks the drill is performing. In other words, if there’s more resistance, the drill will draw more power and vice versa.

15 Adjustable Torque Controls

Unlike other DeWalt models, this DCD790D2 has 15 adjustable torque controls which allow the user to consistently drill into a variety of different materials. If you want to screw into wood, or perhaps a stronger material such as metal or copper, the DCD790D2 model can achieve this with ease—as long as you have the correct control on when you’re doing it. Since there are 15 to choose from, there’s a lot of variety you might want to consider before picking your torque control.

DeWalt DCD790D2 with light

FAQ

How good is the warranty that comes with this model?

As is standard with most of their models, DeWalt offers a 3-year warranty with this model and then another 3 years on the batteries. This warranty is limited though and doesn’t cover normal wear and tear or tool abuse. It does, however, cover any manufacturing errors and defects. If you’re a DeWalt customer, you should be able to contact them via the telephone or email. Tell them your problem and they’ll inform you of what to do next.

How well does the DeWalt DCD790D2 perform?

It’s a very powerful drill that can handle a lot of tough jobs easily. Since it uses 20 volts, it runs at a rate of 2,000 RPM (maximum).  This is still very impressive for a drill, and it has one of the fastest turning rates among many other DeWalt models. The performance is good for this model, it does what it’s meant to do, and it impresses those who use it. It’s also good value for your money.

Does this model come with any accessories?

It actually does and they’re very good to know about. You receive a carry case when you buy the drill either directly from DeWalt or from Amazon. It also comes with an LED light that illuminates the areas in front of you. It’s located at the bottom of the tool, so it won’t cast any unwanted shadows around where you’re working. If you wish, you can also buy additional screw heads of different sizes so that you can do any job without a hassle!

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Conclusion

We love this model and so do all of the customers and users who review it. It may have its flaws and it isn’t adored by everyone, but it’s a great tool to have in your box. The DCD790D2 is ideal for both semi-professionals and hobbyists which is great because the price isn’t too high. We recommend buying this product if you’re looking for a DeWalt model that’s somewhere in the middle—a model that isn’t too expensive but still has extra features you can make use of. It’s a great impact drill with a lot of great elements you will be sure to love.

About the Author Adam Harris

Hi there! My name is Adam and I write for HealthyHandyman. I have a great passion for writing about everything related to tools, home improvement, and DIY. In my spare time, I'm either fishing, playing the guitar, or spending quality time with my beloved wife. You'll also often find me in my workshop working on some new project!