Dewalt DCD710N-XJ Cordless Subcompact Drill/Driver Review

Thanks for taking your time to read our review of the tool only Dewalt DCD710N-XJ Cordless Subcompact Drill/Driver. This is a 10.8V light and compact drill/driver that has 2 speed settings, a 10mm chuck, variable speed trigger, all metal gearing and 15 adjustable torque settings.

Short Summary Review

92% buyer satisfaction based on 150+ online buyer ratings

This is a 10.8V light and compact drill/driver (tool only) which is lightweight and very compact (Tool Only)

It has all metal gearing and an LED work light

It is a 2 speed drill with 15 adjustable torque settings (16 Nm)

It has a 10mm single sleeve keyless chuck with automatic spindle lock for quick and easy bit changes

The maximum drilling capacity in wood is 19mm and 10 mm in metal (No hammer feature for masonry drilling)

How Online Buyers Rate the Dewalt DCD710N-XJ?

Buyer Satisfaction
  • Overall buyers rate this drill/driver with a high average 92% buyer satisfaction
  • 75% of those buyers thought this merited a full 5 star review
  • 1% of all buyers online gave this a poor review

The above ratings are based on 150+ online buyer reviews at the time of writing this article. We calculated the average buyer satisfaction rating from the ratings left at websites who sell Dewalt drills.

What Buyers Say about the Dewalt DCD710N-XJ Tool Only Model?

So we know that buyers rate this tool only highly enough, and below we have summarised, in the form of a pros and cons table, what those buyers had to say. This information is left after they have bought and used the drill, so is very useful information to know and consider.


  • This is a good value buy if you already own a Dewalt compatible battery and charger  
  • Buyers said this drill is very well made and great for getting into any type of restricted spaces
  • The majority of buyers say this is still powerful despite its small size
  • Buyers said that it can handle most drilling jobs with considerable ease and most screwdriving jobs thanks to the variable speed and torque options.


  • A couple of buyers thought they could use 18V batteries with this, but you can't

DCD710N-XJ Specification (Summary)

  • This is sold as a tool only so not sold with a battery and charger
  • This is a 2 speed drill/driver and does not have a hammer action feature (Can't be used to drill through masonry so please be aware of that)
  • It has a 10mm single sleeve chuck and spindle lock for quick and easy bit changes using one hand
  • It has a reverse switch, required for screw removal
  • It has 2 speed settings and also variable speed
  • 15 adjustable torque positions (Maximum torque is 16 Nm)
  • It does have an LED light
  • Measures 21 x 20 x 8 cm and weighs 500 grams

Key Features

Battery Power

94% buyer satisfaction based on 300+ online buyer reviews

This DCD776N is an 18 Volt cordless drill and sold as a tool only. So if you already own a compatible 10.8V battery and charger, then this would be a good value drill for your needs.

However, if you don't own those, then you will need to buy a battery and charger. We have shown a 2.0 Ah 10.8V battery to the left which is compatible with this drill.

If you decide to go for that, then of course you can also buy other Dewalt tool only power tools that use the same voltage battery. At some stage you are going to need these if you want to use the range of 10.8V Dewalt cordless tools.

You will also need to buy a Dewalt 10.8 V charger and these cost around £30.. 

So as you can see, if you don't already own the battery and charger, the overall purchase can get expensive. The drill/driver costs around £100, the battery around £50 and the charger around £30. The only real benefits is that after that you can buy any 10.8V Dewalt bare tool, and the same battery and charger will work for those.

LED Worklight

These small LED work lights pretty much come as standard on most types of drills. Only the very cheap models leave these out. The lights can be handy if you are working in a poorly lit area or any type of confined space.

There is one on this drill/driver, so another tick in the box for this useful feature.

Keyless Chuck

Just like the LED, a keyless chuck is now the norm for these types of drills. A keyless chuck is of course a drill where the chuck is tightened by hand and holds the bits securely. They are just much faster and you never have to worry about losing a chuck key again.

This drill/driver has a 10mm single sleeve chuck and spindle lock for quick and easy bit changes using one hand. Just be aware though that this size of chuck means drill bits are limited in size. 10 mm drill bits are quite limited in terms of the size of hole that you can drill.

It will not affect any screwdriving bits as they all have a standard size.

Drilling Capacity

The maximum drilling capacity is:

Wood 19mm

Steel 10mm

Clutch Positions & Torque

This Dewalt model has 15 pre-selectable torques. Many buyers get confused about exactly what these are used for. When you drill through different materials you should use different speeds for the best results. This is achieved by picking the right torque.

For example in soft woods you would use a lower torque as you don't want to over drive screws.

This drill also has a 2 speed gearbox which is very useful. Most drill/drivers have two speeds. On most drills including this one setting 1 is low speed/high torque and is best for driving screws. Setting 2 is a medium speed/torque and can be used for drilling or driving.

Variable Speed Control

Variable speed delivers the optimum power and speed to ensure you have control in a range of applications. Adjustable speed makes your work a lot easier as you can control this by how hard you squeeze the trigger.

This Dewalt model does have variable speed control.

Hammer Function

This drill does not have a hammer feature.


We would always recommend checking out the warranty that you get with any product that you buy.

With this model you get a 3 year limited warranty and 1 year free service.

Our Verdict on the Dewalt DCD710N-XJ Cordless Subcompact Drill/Driver

92% buyer satisfaction based on 150+ online buyer ratings

This is a small, compact and lightweight drill which works really well for screwdriving and light drilling of wood, plastic or metal.

It will really only work for those who already own a compatible 10.8V battery and charger, or are willing to buy these.

That does make the initial purchase more expensive. That said, you can then of course buy a limited range of 10.8V Dewalt power tools and use the same battery and charger.

This model though is good for all your basic drilling needs around the home and garden, and is supported with a solid warranty, and a very good Dewalt customer service team.

If this is not the cordless drill for you then check out our full list of Dewalt cordless drills by clicking here. If you don't fancy a Dewalt drill, then you can check our full list of all brands of cordless drills by clicking here.

Dewalt - The Company and Brand

The Dewalt brand are the leading high end brand for tools in the world and really do make high quality products. This is the go to tool brand for professional trades people and has been for a very long time.

The company was formed in 1922 by Raymond E. Dewalt. The actual Dewal company started out in Leola, Pennsylvania. Their first product was an electric universal woodworking machine known as the DEWALT "Wonder-Worker".

Like many tool companies they grew a lot during the second World War and just after that period. They continued to expand in the 60's and 70's making bench grinders and metal cutting machines.

It was as far back as 1992 when they first started making portable electric tools aimed at the contracting and building markets. In 2011 they introduced the ground breaking XR system.

Dewalt have around 43 different types of cordless drills available on the UK market. This includes 12V, 18V and 20V options. The models include drill/drivers, impact drills, hammer drills and SDS drills.

About the author cordy

I am a retired construction worker and I also happen to love power tools. I have used hundreds over the years and offer my opinions on them here.

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