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DEWALT DCD780C2 20-Volt Max Li-Ion Compact 1.5 Ah Drill/Driver Kit

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Product Features

  • Compact, lightweight design fits into tight areas
  • High speed transmission delivers 2 speeds (0-600 and 0-2,000 rpm) for fastening and drilling applications
  • Ergonomic handle delivers comfort and control
  • LED light with 20 second delay after trigger release
  • Powered by an Energy Star qualified charger for a better environment

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DEWALT DCD780C2 20-Volt Max Li-Ion Compact 1.5 Ah Drill/Driver Kit + DEWALT DCL040 20-Volt MAX LED Flashlight
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Product Information

Technical Details
Part NumberDCD780C2
Item Weight3.6 Kg
Product Dimensions41 x 25.1 x 11.4 cm
Item model numberDCD780C2
Power Sourcecordless-electric
Voltage20 volts
Item Package Quantity1
Batteries Included?Yes
Batteries Required?Yes
Weight3.6 kilograms
Length41 centimeter
Width25.1 centimeter
Height11.4 centimeter
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #1,668 in Tools & Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight5 Kg
Date First AvailableNov. 11 2011
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Product Description

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DEWALT’S DCD780C2 20-volt max lithium-ion compact 1.5 Ah drill/driver kit comes equipped with advanced technology and innovative features that make it ideal for commercial and residential builders, remodelers, carpenters, woodworkers, electricians, and plumbers. Its extreme durability, performance, and comfort allow users to match the tool to the task at hand, increasing its flexibility for a variety of applications regardless of speed, torque, or power.

At a Glance
DCD780C2 20-Volt Max
Lithium-Ion Compact
Drill/Driver Kit
At a Glance:
  • Compact and ergonomic design that doesn’t compromise on power

  • Two-speed transmission delivers 0-600 RPM and 0-2,000 RPM

  • 1/2-inch ratcheting chuck with carbide inserts helps to reduce bit slippage

  • Includes belt hook and on-board bit holder for convenience

  • Drill/driver backed by 3-year limited warranty
At a Glance
DCD780C2 20-volt max lithium-ion compact 1.5 Ah drill/driver
The DCD780C2 20-volt max lithium-ion compact 1.5 Ah drill/driver is compact and ergonomic for user comfort (view larger).
Strength and Speed
DEWALT-designed electronics have been built into the DCD780C2’s switch to provide maximum life for the tool and battery by helping to protect them from overheating, overloading, and deep discharge during use. The 20-volt’s lithium-ion batteries provide up to 35 percent more runtime than existing 18-volt lithium-ion battery technology. The included charger has dual voltage capabilities, and it is compatible with both 12-volt max and 20-volt max DEWALT lithium-ion batteries; the DCD780C2 is also compatible with the 3.0 Ah lithium-ion batters that are available as replacement packs or come with the premium tools. Plus, the drill’s high-power, high-efficiency motor delivers 350 unit watts out of maximum power for superior performance in light and medium drilling applications. A 1/2-inch ratcheting chuck with carbide inserts provides superior bit-gripping strength—reducing slippage during high-torque applications—thus providing longer tool life. The drill/driver’s two-speed (0-600 RPM and 0-2,000 RPM) transmission allows users to select the appropriate speed for the job at hand and is up to 30 percent faster than current drill/drivers on the market.

Comfort and Convenience
The compact drill’s design incorporates a slim handle with contoured grip that extends user comfort during long jobs, and DEWALT’s engineering and design team adjusted the product footprint and weight allocation for ideal balance and a lightweight feel, making the 3.4-pound tool easy to maneuver in tight areas. Its 7.5-inch length is half an inch shorter than other currently available drill/drivers. The bright built-in LED work light above the trigger has a 20-second delay that improves visibility in dimly lit spaces.

About DEWALT's 20-Volt Mx Lithium-Ion Tools
DEWALT’s line of 20-volt max lithium-ion tools features improvements in engineering and design to provide the performance, the ergonomics, and the innovation that contractors require. The new line consists of 11 tools, two lithium ion batteries, and two battery chargers, as well as a number of combo kits.

What's in the Box
One DEWALT DCD780C2 20-volt max lithium-ion compact 1.5 Ah drill/driver kit, including one 1/2-inch drill/driver, two 20-volt max 1.5 Ah lithium-ion batteries, one 30-minute fast charger, one belt hook, one on-board bit holder, and one hard plastic storage and carrying case.

DCD780C2 20-volt max lithium-ion compact 1.5 Ah drill/driverDCD780C2 20-volt max lithium-ion compact 1.5 Ah drill/driver
DEWALT's DCD780C2 20-volt max lithium-ion compact 1.5 Ah drill/driver kit includes features and accessories that make it easy to tackle a variety of tasks (click each to enlarge).

Product Description

Compact, lightweight design fits into tight areas High speed transmission delivers 2 speeds (0-600 and 0-2,000 rpm) for fastening and drilling applications Ergonomic handle delivers comfort and control Heavy-duty1/2-inch ratcheting chuck provides superior bit gripping strength Powered by an Energy Star qualified charger for a better environment

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This little one rules! Feb. 16 2013
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Torque, compact size, light weight, fast charging. Everything I wanted in a cordless drill. And small enough I could carry it around in my purse!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Everything I ever wanted in a cordless drill Nov. 23 2013
By Netbis
I my honest opinion, this is the best drill for the money I have seen, I have found a perfect balance between top of the line models regardless of brand and the entry level less ergonomic model with lower torque and heavy Ni-Cd batteries. DCD780 is light, powerful with 20V 1.5Ah Lith-Ion batteries, small enough to fit in tight spaces, batteries are made in Japan, drill in Mexico. I bought mine at much lower price from Lowe's, they had a special promotion. I walked out with a big smile, as I was looking at less expensive models which would suit me well enough for casual jobs around the home, but ended up getting this drill. I was debating between Makita and Dewalt, but have noticed that all construction guys when they're looking at tools are only considering Dewalt brand.
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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars  71 reviews
58 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Drill June 21 2011
By Michael McKee - Published on Amazon.com
Vine Customer Review of Free Product
Like many guys I've spent time doing construction. My first cordless drill was the original Makita, which lasted me through a couple of battery replacements. Since I'd gotten back to a desk and had lost the wrist strength to a use pro grade cordless, I replaced it with a Black & Decker VPX1212X Li-Ion 14.4-Volt VPX Drill Driver, which is light enough to use and powerful enough to drive screws through 2x4s. For bigger jobs, though its batteries didn't last long enough and took too long to recharge.

Enter the DeWALT. With its lithium ion batteries, it's light enough for me to use for hours. The batteries last for hours, too. I spent all day putting up a fence. The first battery got me through lunch and into the afternoon. I gave out before the second battery did about time to put some fish on the grill. It has plenty of power. It isn't an impact driver drill, which makes is slightly less powerful. On the plus side of that it has an adjustable clutch. When I get tired I rely on that a lot to not overdrive screws. It has two speeds. High is plenty fast enough to run a drill. Low has a variable speed, which is nice on delicate work. The handle is just right for my med-large glove size and can be used by those with smaller hands.

The drill has all the little features I'd expect on a pro model. There's an LED light, a lanyard clip and a belt clip, as well as a clip to hold a screw bit. One nice touch is that the belt clip and screw bit holder are removable and can be switched for left handed users. It has a 1/2 inch chuck.

I have a 25 year old DeWALT belt sander and a Porter Cable (same company) orbital sander that are both still going strong and have always considered DeWalt to make rugged and dependable tools. This has a 3 year limited warrante and a 1 year full one. As a home owner I expect this to last, though lithium ion batteries have a definite shelf life limit.
52 of 59 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Probably a one-off problem... or NOT (Final Update) Feb. 17 2012
By Ray Schleicher - Published on Amazon.com
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I loved this drill when I first got it, so I'm going to chalk up my problem to it being a one-off issue (see "Experience" section).

1. Awesome ergonomics. I just wanted to hold my new drill because it feels great to hold. I caught my friends picking up my drill to feel it in their hand.
2. Light weight. It's incredible how much torque such a small piece of equipment can generate.
3. Sturdy ratcheting chuck. The chuck feels solid - way more solid than any of the other compact drills I have examined. I didn't experience any discernible wobble problems.
4. Batteries charge fast (less than 30 min.) and have a long run-time.
5. LED light helps illuminate target surface from a distance.* (I didn't realize how useful this feature would be. Added bonus.)

1. * LED suffers from shadow cast by the chuck when up close to target surface.
2. Weak manual on one sheet of paper. They could definitely improve upon that with a booklet and a larger font.

I was in the middle of installing a closet system in my master bedroom. Toward the end of the project, I was driving screws into MDF shelving when I pulled the trigger and the drill started clicking but not really spinning. I also started to smell something burning, so looked at the motor part of the drill and pulled the trigger. I will admit that I wasn't wearing goggles (bad), and something small (speck-sized) hit me in the eye. I was able to get the drill spinning again after pulling the trigger a couple more times, but the same thing happened again. The drill also developed a very subtle clicking sound from that point. Luckily I was literally on my last screw, so I was able to finish the project. I returned the drill not sure if I wanted to give Dewalt another shot. In the end, I just really liked the drill and want it to work out, so I ordered the drill and impact driver combo kit to replace it. If I have anything productive to add to this review after receiving the new set, I will update it.

Some people are partial to Dewalt. Some people seem to complain that Dewalt tools are just over-priced Porter Cable tools. I'm too ignorant of the power tool industry to have an opinion on that. I'm just a new home-owner that has lots of fixing up to be done. (Ever see "The Money Pit"?) I just want a drill that is light, comfortable, and powerful, and I want the batteries to last. I looked at all reputable brands and chose this one because of the size, weight, solid chuck and long lasting batteries.

I'm rating the drill 3 stars due to my defective experience. I hope to raise that to 5 stars if my new drill pans out. I really hope this was a one-off incident. I'm also hoping that I don't get the dreaded "wobbly chuck" problem that others have mentioned with the new drill...

UPDATE (2/23/12):
I received a clearly used combo kit in the mail. It had been resealed and the case was fairly scratched up. Best of all <sarcasm>, the impact driver smelled like it was burning. I also decided to check out the chuck to see if there was the reported wobble, and yes, there was a definite wobble. (Please see the attached video. The bit in the drill spins straight in several other drills. I was doing some hex driving and felt I needed to document it. Sorry for the shadows. I have other videos of the chuck itself wobbling, but they are less clear.)

Shipping me a used and defective product was Amazon's fault. There is no way this kit should have been sent back out. I have already ordered a replacement, but I'm starting to really wonder about Dewalt's quality after checking out the wobble on the drill's chuck. I'm not going to change my 3 star rating yet, but if this one comes back with the same chuck wobble or any burning issues, I will...and I'll be changing brands. Stay tuned...

FINAL UPDATE (3/6/2012):
My last combo set arrived. This one appeared to be new (no scratches on case and it was not re-sealed). Both the drill and the impact driver smelled like they were burning. Maybe this is how they're supposed to smell, but if that's the case then Dewalt needs to at least be consistent. The fact that my first and second drill did not (at least initially) smell like they were burning, but the third one did indicates manufacturing problems to me. That being said, my major problem is not with the smell.

The third drill exhibited the same noticeable wobble as the second drill. I am now very disappointed with Dewalt for allowing this product to make it into production with this issue. When I'm spending this much money on something, I expect quality. I love the ergonomics and features of this drill, so I'm giving it 2 stars for potential. Until Dewalt gets its act together and fixes the chuck wobble, I recommend looking elsewhere.

Side note: It seems that chuck wobble is reported in reviews of most, if not all, "high-end" compact drills that I have looked at, so maybe there is a problem getting a true chuck in such a small body.
33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars R Steve McKown Feb. 29 2012
By R. McKown - Published on Amazon.com
I loved almost every aspect about this drill (DCD780C2), but I ended up returning it.

I got fed up with the ever decreasing battery life of my ancient but solid Makita. Both batteries exhausted doing 20 1/8" drill hits through 1/8" angle aluminum. Not much more $$ to buy a new drill than replace batteries, so that's what I tried. This Dewalt is a stellar drill in most respects. It did 3x the workload of the Makita, in less time, and apparently using only a fraction of the charge in the battery. The combination of high power, small size and weight, and excellent ergonomics in the hand is a huge benefit that I didn't fully appreciate until I used the drill for myself. I am now certain that for my usage, a compact form factor 18V Lithium drill is the way to go.

I only have one real complaint with this drill, and it's a show stopper. Bits do not run true. At 4" past the chuck, a rotating bit will show over 1/8" of wobble. My Makita shows < 1/64", and it has been dropped repeatedly and otherwise abused over the years. I had some challenge with the new DeWalt walking bits on the aluminum I was working with -- a problem that was not happening with the Makita on the same material and with the same drill bit. For someone who doesn't need precision, this drill would still be a good choice. Which concerns me. If the bulk of users don't need low run-out, there may be less incentive for DeWalt to fix this problem. Still, DeWalt should know that increased run-out causes greater wear on other parts, like the bearings.

So I went out to find another 18V compact that I could life with. No go with the Hitachi DS18DSAL. I tried two in succession and both came with dead batteries that would not charge. Makita is rife with complaints on chuck wobble, Milwaukee has too many 18V lithium battery complaints for my taste, and Bosch has several complaints about the transmission speed switch breaking. It seems all of these manufacturers can put out a decent drill, but marry 18V lithium to a compact form factor, and no one seems to be able to do it with high quality.

In contrast, it looks like there are quality options in 12V Lithium drills. However, I want the greater runtime, power, and presumably higher quality afforded by a beefier 18V unit. For now, it looks like that drill may not exist. So I'll either buy a new battery for my aging Makita, or go out and get a $60-$80 cordless that I won't mind too much if it breaks in a year.
31 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Contractor grade in a light-duty package July 20 2011
By Lincoln J. Mennuti - Published on Amazon.com
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+++ THE PROS +++
[+ UTILIZES LI-ION TECH]: Li-Ion offers more power in a smaller/lighter package, vs. NiCad and NiMH.
[+ LED GUIDE LIGHT]: Positioned above the trigger. Turns on when you pull the trigger and auto-off after 20-seconds of non-use
[+ 2-SPEED MOTOR]: High speed (up to 2,000rpm) for drilling, Low/Variable speed (up to 600rpm) with clutch for driving
[+ LIGHT WEIGHT]: The 1.5A batteries weigh 12oz each. With battery inserted the total drill weight is 3.5lbs
[+ 2 X 1.5A BATTERIES]: With each 1.5A battery capable of providing several hours of runtime, you're not actually giving up much runtime at all to have a lighter drill (vs. having a single 3.0A battery). That, in combination with the quick-charger being able to charge a battery faster than it takes to drain one...You could actually keep working with the drill on-stop, perpetually.
[+ DUAL VOLTAGE QUICK CHARGER]: Charges a battery in 30min and if you happen to also use Dewalts' 12V MAX line, this charger will charge those batteries as well.
[+ INCLUDES HEAVY-DUTY CARRY CASE]: With the included belt-clip, the drill could just as easily be a part of your tool belt or be in your tool box/chest. But if you like having a place for everything and everything in its' place, then the included case keeps your 20v kit together nicely and should be strong enough for the job site

--- THE CONS ---
[ - ACTUALLY 18V SYSTEM]: At full charge and checked with no load, you get the 20V reading. The actual in-use voltage is 18V. But so as to not confuse this new line with their other 18V lines that don't use Li-Ion, Dewalt calls these the 20V "MAX" system. So you'll need to remove the voltage difference, when doing comparison shopping, to other 18V systems.

I've got big hands (XL size gloves) and find this drill to be comfortable to hold, well balanced and even only after a short time of use the lighter weight is appreciated. The included instructions warn that using the variable speed of the drill can shorten the life of the motor, so it's especially nice having a clutch so you can just run the motor full tilt all the time and have the clutch kick-in at the right amount of tightness/torque you want.

This is a new product line, based on the long time success of the 18V line and brought up to current technology and ergonomics. Well recommended.
18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing power for it's size, but don't trust the clutch Oct. 26 2011
By DaveKamm - Published on Amazon.com
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This is amazingly powerful for such a small tool. Very light and easy to use. It fits into much smaller spaces than the drill it replaced. Like most of the drills I've used though, it's clutch is not to be trusted. During assembly of several face frames using this tool with a Kreg jig, the drill started overtightening and stripping the screws. At the time of failure, the clutch was set at 10 and I had already tightened about 20 screws with no problems. Oh well, I'll go back to snugging the screws with the driver and hand tightening the rest of the way. I just thought I would see if this drill had a more dependable clutch than past drills. It doesn't. If it lasts, I'll still consider this a good purchase.
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