I am just loving these little 12 volt drills that all the manufacturers are coming out with but this one honestly is the most powerful of the ones that I have used and researched. It is hard to believe that this little workhorse is 12 volts as it drives pretty much anything you can throw at it. These are perfect for around the house or in our cabinet shop for installing doors and hardware on finished cabinetry. I definitely give this drill 5 Stars Here is what Amazon.com has to say about this bad boy…

Engineered to satisfy the demands of professional contractors, the cordless DEWALT 3/8-inch compact drill/driver has a comfortable, compact size–just 3.8 pounds and about 8 inches long–that easily fits into tight, narrow spaces. It comes with two 12-volt batteries and a 1-hour charger, as well as a kit box for storage and transport.

DEWALT DC742KACompact, yet powerful drill/driver kit includes
batteries and charger (view larger). At a Glance

DC742KA 12-Volt, 3/8-Inch Compact Drill/Driver
At a Glance:

Two speed ranges (0-400/0-1,450 RPM) for versatility

200 unit watts out of maximum power

3/8-inch ratcheting chuck reduces bit slippage

Includes two 12-volt batteries and 1-hour charger

Three-year limited warranty; one-year free service At a Glance

Power and Performance

Driven by a 12-volt battery, the DC742KA offers plenty of power for hole drilling and screw driving through virtually any building material. Its variable-speed, two-speed, reversing motor can be operated on low (0-400 RPM) for driving large screws and drilling large holes, or high (0-1,450 RPM) for drilling smaller holes and fasteners. The tool is equipped with a 3/8-inch, keyless, single-sleeve, ratcheting chuck that securely locks down on bits to prevent slippage, even when boring large-diameter holes. And its adjustable slip clutch has 17 settings, which ensures precise, consistent screw driving in various materials–hardwood, softwoods, plastic and metal–without fear of over-driving or stripping the screws. An onboard LED worklight greatly enhances visibility when working in dark, confined spaces.


This DEWALT tool is backed by three-year limited warranty covering any defects due to faulty materials or workmanship (from the date of purchase). It’s also covered by DEWALT’s one-year free service contract, where DEWALT will maintain the tool and replace worn parts caused by normal use–for free.

What’s in the Box

DEWALT DC742KA 12-volt, 3/8-inch compact drill/driver; two 12-volt batteries; 1-hour charger; operating instructions

Compact size allows fit into tight spaces, lightweight design (3.8 pounds) minimizes user fatigue

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