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The chuck makes anything else I’ve used feel like a joke. The makita and porter cable chucks are not great. The other dewalts at least did not slip with smaller bits, but the metal 791 chuck is on another level. It’s very precise and smooth and grips firmly. The chuck alone warrants the extra cost over the 780. The 780 is only $30 less, which I don’t understand, because it’s much closer to the 771 than the 791. If you’re considering the 780 either save your money and get the 771 which is pretty much as good, or just spend a little more to get the 791 which is a huge step up.
The brushless motor is extremely powerful compared to most drills. According to the internet this drill has an output of about 620 in-lbs of torque. In America, dewalt lists their drills based on some arbitrary non standard unit of output. There’s probably some old engineer working there that thinks he knows everything and won’t use the same measurement of torque that everyone else uses but there you have it, 620 in-lbs based on converted European (newton meter) specs. Anyway, if the drill bit snags you’re going to be in for a surprise, at least I was, and I’m not a weak person. The drill whipped right around and if I had a weak wrist it might have hurt a lot. I guess you could say this is a good thing because more torque = more better (right?) but at any rate just be aware that a lot of drills this powerful have an extra handle, whereas this one is meant to be used one handed. It makes me slightly nervous now but I’m just being more careful. Everything else I’ve used that has a brushed motor, I am strong enough to stop the drill if it snags.
I can’t comment on the battery life because I haven’t used it enough to have cycled the batteries or even run one of them down all the way. Based on the old model and typical brushless drill efficiency it should be good. It makes it harder to run out of battery when you can check the charge level and keep the second battery charged, anyhow, just pay attention.
The case seems well made and everything fits well. I might have liked more room to store drill bits (there isn’t much extra room, and no designated spot that I can see for storage) but the compact size of the case is useful in its own right.
The light is very bright and has a few settings, not much to say there, but it’s more useful than most.
I can’t imagine there is anything else out there right now that’s better than this drill as far as a compact. I did a lot of research and the next best drill I found was a rockwell that’s also sold here for about as much as the dewalt 780. The rockwell also has a metal chuck and brushless motor, unlike the dewalt 780, making it a better choice in my opinion. Bosch is known to make good drills, however their most recent models of compact brushless drills are reported to have frequent issues with the trigger, and they all have plastic chucks. They are relatively inexpensive though, although the torque ratings on the bosch are quite low (in the 400’s in-lb) which is even weaker than the rockwell (530-ish in-lbs) and much less powerful than the dewalt 791 which appears to be the most powerful compact brushless available.
That about sums it up, if this drill is in your budget I don’t think you can go wrong, if your budget is limited get the 771 because it is half the price and works fine, especially if it’s not being used in an industrial setting.
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Pros:Super lightVery compactShortish barrel length (Note: This is the shortest barrel length that I am aware in a compact drill However is still longer than most Driver only cordless devices and longer than some of the lower power impact drivers)BrushlessAmazing battery life! Put an estimated 250 3-1/2 #8’s into 95 year old studs without any loss of power and still has plenty of juice left to frame 4 irregular sized windows. Ran out of sun before I ran out of power.
Cons:At this point none. Durability remains to be seen but I am not anticipating in issue.My father (a roofer) considers the price obscene in comparison to his BLACK+DECKER but even with his limited use of a drill he still burns though 2 B&D’s a year. At the Price point of $200 bucks with two 2.0 AH MAX XR batteries Assuming this is a 3-5 year drill its right at the price point it should be. However if I do ever catch it on sale I’ll get a 2nd one as a spare for contractors that forget their tools… and probably get good ol’dad one… see if we can change his mind.
Other thoughts:I am not sure how I feel about the placement of the LED… I think I would have preferred on barrel so that the light isn’t blocked in tight spaces.I don’t really like or trust the belt clip… There is nothing to indicate that its no functional but it is less covenant than a holster and it seems like it would just take moderate jostle to dislodge it. For most applications I am sure its fine. But if you are not on the ground and switching tools frequently… spend 15-20 bucks and get a holster.
Conclusion:Did I mention: best cordless drill driver ever!
Along with a Wera bit set like Wera Torsion 8600-9/TZ Sheet Metal Bit Set its a tough combo to beat.