Whether you are a professional or occasionally work on home improvement and DIY projects, a cordless drill is a must-have item in your toolbox. Join me as I look into three amazing drills from three of the biggest names in the power tool world: Dewalt, Makita, and Milwaukee. Actually, you will not go wrong with any of these brands because they are quite known to produce high performing, high quality, and durable cordless drills.
Dewalt DCD771C2 20V MAX Cordless Lithium-Ion Drill Driver Kit
The Dewalt DCD771C2 drill driver has impressive features at a very affordable price. At just under $100, this is the ideal drill for homeowners and DIY enthusiasts as it can do simple and basic tasks around the house.
This drill can deliver 300 UWO (unit watts out) of power for a wide array of applications and uses on different materials. It has a two-speed gear setting that ranges to 450 RPM for low speed and 1,500 RPM for high speed.
Tackling those hard to reach areas and awkward angles are easy with this drill. Its weight of just 3.6 pounds already includes the battery, making this one of the lightest drills on the market today. This also means lesser arm and wrist strain and longer work hours. It has built-in LED lights to add to your convenience especially when working in dark areas.
This kit includes two 20V lithium ion batteries that are fast charging and hold a charge for a long time. Also included in the kit is a battery charger and a handy contractor bag.
Pros: Ideal for most drilling and driving jobs at home because of its remarkable torque and ergonomic design that can fit comfortably in smaller hands. You get to enjoy easy maneuverability as well due to its light weight and compact size.
- Powerful motor
- Compact and lightweight design
- Durable steel construction
- Has a built-in LED light
- Equipped with two-speed transmission settings
Cons: Not a pro-grade tool, this drill is only suited for light to medium duty jobs as it has no hammer drill feature.
- Not for heavy-duty usage
- No bit holder
Makita XPH102 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Hammer Driver Drill Kit
The Makita XPH102 is power and speed packed in a compact size. It is one of Makita’s bestselling cordless drills and has received tons of positive reviews online. In addition, I have to agree with those reviews. This drill is only 3.9 pounds and 7.3 inches long with a maximum torque of up to 480 in. lbs. using its four-pole motor. It uses 18V lithium ion batteries that can get you to work at around 3 hours depending on the kind of job you are doing. Moreover, in just 30 minutes of recharging, you can have it working again.
This tool carries Makita’s trademark Extreme Protection Technology (XPT) that makes the drill dust and water resistant. Its dual speed settings offer a low speed of 600 and 1,900 RPM while the other setting can give you 9,000 and 28,500 BPM. This kind of range makes this tool best suited for every type of drilling application.
Pros: This tool can perform drilling and driving jobs with ease because of its hammer drill feature. It is designed to work on tough jobs such as drilling through wood, metal, masonry, and concrete.
- Uses a four-pole motor
- Delivers 480 in. lbs. of maximum torque
- Has a dual speed transmission system
- Engineered with Makita’s Extreme Protection Technology (XPT)
- Astonishing battery life
Cons: Only one battery is included in the kit, having two batteries would somehow make this a perfect kit, so this is not much of a deal breaker.
- No extra battery included in the kit
- The tool sometimes makes a noise
Milwaukee 2607-20 18V Lithium Ion Cordless Compact Hammer Drill Driver with Textured Grip
The Milwaukee 2607-20 is one of powerhouse cordless drill that can go through brick, block, and concrete with less effort. It can also perform simple drilling and screwing jobs because of its variable speed trigger that lets you select the desired speed depending on the task at hand.
Using a four-pole motor that offers 525 in. lbs. of peak torque, this hammer drill can drive screws and drill concrete walls easily and efficiently. It is unquestionably versatile as it can hammer, drill, and screw, just like having three tools in one. Its two-speed gearbox can give you up to 1,800 RPM at high speed and a low-speed limit of 400 RPM.
It has built-in LED lights to light up your workspace, a keyless chuck for easy bit replacements, and is designed with Milwaukee’s REDLINK Intelligence system to protect the tool and the battery from overheating. It runs on an 18V lithium ion battery that holds a charge longer and can be replenished in just 30 minutes.
Pros: This tool is easy to use and ideal for most drilling and screwing jobs. However, the best part is the hammer drill feature that lets you work on heavy duty applications and materials.
- Equipped with a high-performance motor
- Has a two-speed gearbox
- Comes with a ½-inch all-metal ratcheting chuck
- Compact and lightweight
- Delivers up to 28,800 BPM
Cons: This is a good all-around hammer drill but is sold as a bare tool only, and the battery is sold separately.
- Battery is not included
- There is some slight sparking
Dewalt Vs. Makita Vs. Milwaukee Product Comparison
The Dewalt DCD771C2 and Makita XPH102 are kits that come with accessories while the Milwaukee 2607-20 is sold as a bare tool only. The Makita kit is the most expensive at almost $230 while the other two are priced at around $100.
Among these three power tools, the Milwaukee 2607-20 has the more torque, more capabilities, and is the lightest of them all. Makita has more speed than the two but is the most expensive.
As both hammer drill drivers, the Milwaukee and Makita models share only a hairline difference in BPM rates at 28,800 and 28,500 respectively. There are also slight differences between the two in terms of RPM speeds with the former having 400 and 1,800 while the latter 600 and 1,900. The Dewalt drill driver, however, falls below the other two’s high speed ranges with only 1,500 RPM.
In terms of added value, Milwaukee offers the RedLink Intelligence System while Makita the Extreme Protection Technology feature. Dewalt may seem to fall behind on a lot of fronts, however, lesser power and features does not always spell defeat.
Both pros and non-pros alike will love these incredible drills as they all prove to be structurally strong and durable to handle almost any drilling task at home or the job site. It can be hard to choose which one to get so this is where your budget and needs come into play.
If you want to drill through heavy-duty materials, then, by all means, get the Milwaukee 2607-20 for its hammer drill capabilities. If you want something to use for your DIYs and if you are on a limited budget, the Dewalt DCD771C2 would fit the bill just right. However, if you want to get high quality in a power tool, the Makita XPH102 will not disappoint you.