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Dewalt DCD776N 18V Cordless Brushless Combi Drill Review 

By  cordy

Thanks for taking your time to read our review of the tool only Dewalt DCD776N 18V Cordless Brushless Combi Drill. This is a versatile 2-speed combi drill from the high quality Dewalt brand. It forms part of their intelligent XR Lithium Ion Series and is capable of screwdriving, normal drilling and also has a hammer feature, which makes it suitable for drilling through masonry.

Short Summary Review

92% buyer satisfaction based on 150+ online buyer ratings

This is versatile 2 speed cordless combi drill with 15 torque settings along with drill and hammer settings

It forms part of the intelligent XR Lithium Ion Series

It has a 13mm single sleeve chuck and spindle lock for quick and easy bit change

It has an LED light

This is a very basic drill that has been around for a couple of years.

How Online Buyers Rate the Dewalt DCD776N?

92%
Buyer Satisfaction
  • Overall buyers rate this drill/driver with a high average 92% buyer satisfaction
  • 78% of those buyers thought this merited a full 5 star review
  • 3% 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 DCD776N 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.

Pros

  • This is a good value buy if you already own a compatible battery and charger  
  • Buyers said this drill is very well made and feels strong and sturdy in your hands
  • The majority of buyers say this drives and drills very well, is quiet and little to no vibration
  • Buyers said that it can handle drilling jobs with considerable ease thanks to the power and variable speed and torque options.

Cons

  • A couple of buyers said it struggles with drill bits with less than a 2 mm diameter  
  • A couple of buyers thought it was expensive

DCD776N Specification (Summary)

  • This is sold as a tool only so not sold with a battery and charger
  • This is a 2 speed drill/driver with a hammer action feature
  • It has a 13mm 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 variable speed
  • 15 adjustable torque positions
  • LED light with delay feature

Key Features

Battery Power

92% buyer satisfaction based on 200+ online buyer reviews

This DCD776N is an 18 Volt cordless drill and sold as a tool only. So if you already own a compatible 18V 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 5.0 Ah battery and a DCB115 Dewalt charger 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 Dewalt cordless tools.

You can either a buy a package like that, or buy a drill that comes with a battery and charger.

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 cordless hammer drill, so another tick in the box for this useful feature. It has a delay feature so stays on for a little while after the drill stops spinning.

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 cordless hammer drill has a 13mm single sleeve chuck and spindle lock for quick and easy bit changes using one hand.

Drilling Capacity

The maximum drilling capacity is:

Wood 35mm

Steel 13mm

Masonry 13mm

Clutch Positions & Torque

This Dewalt model has 15pre-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 has the important hammer function. The hammer function on a drill allows you to be able to drill through masonry such as brick, block, concrete and stone.

All drills have a rotary or spinning action which is measured in revolutions per minute (RPM). This is what is used to drill through materials such as wood, metals and plastic. To drill through masonry this rotary action is used, but when the hammer function is selected, an additional bumping action is added.

This is measured in bumps per minute (BPM) or impacts per minute (IPM). This is a small hammer type action that helps you get through hard masonry materials. 

When this drill has the hammer function selected, it is then used with a masonry bit which allows you to drill through harder materials like brick, block and concrete. 

Warranty

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 DCD776N 18V Cordless Brushless Combi Drill

92% buyer satisfaction based on 150+ online buyer ratings

This is a basic drill with all the right features and many UK buyers like this particular model. It will really only work for those who already own a compatible 18V 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 whole range of 18V 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.

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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.

Enda McLarnon

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