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Amazon Price: $162.50 (as of March 24, 2019 12:37 am – Details). Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the Amazon site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

DEWALT’s DC970K-2 18-volt drill-driver kit features a 1/2-inch drill-driver that’s ideal for drilling and fastening applications in a variety of materials (view larger).

The kit includes two 18-volt NiCAD batteries and a one-hour charger so that you’re always powered up on the job site (view larger).
DEWALT’s DC970K-2 18-volt drill-driver kit packs a big punch in a small package, with a powerful high-performance motor tucked away inside a compact design that improves user comfort, especially when working in tight spaces over long run times. Ideal for drilling and fastening with a variety of materials such as wood, metal, and plastic for applications like framing, cabinet installation, and HVAC work, the DC970K-2 kit is a great foundation for any professional contractor or DIYer’s power-tool collection.
Cordless and Compact
DEWALT’s DC970K-2 cordless 18-volt drill-driver kit maximizes performance while minimizing user fatigue. Its high-output motor (380 unit watts out) and dual-speed capability (0-450/0-1,500 RPM) maximizes efficiency for drilling and fastening applications, while its 9-inch length and 5.2-pound weight make it ideal for working in tight spaces and at awkward angles. The plastic 1/2-inch single-sleeve keyless ratcheting chuck provides a tighter bit grip for better bit retention and increased precision and accuracy. Two 18-volt NiCAD batteries are included with the kit, as well as a one-hour charger and a contractor bag for easy transport from one rugged job site to the next.
About DEWALT
DEWALT is a leading manufacturer of industrial power tools and accessories, including corded and cordless drills, saws, hammers, grinders, routers, planers, plate joiners, sanders, lasers, generators, compressors, nailers, saw blades, metal and masonry drill bits, abrasives, screw driving accessories and more. DEWALT tools can be found nationally and internationally wherever tools are sold. With more than 1,000 factory-owned and authorized locations, DEWALT has one of the most extensive service and repair networks in North America.
What’s in the Box
One DEWALT DC970K-2 18-volt drill/driver kit, including one 1/2-inch compact drill-driver, two 18-volt NiCAD batteries, one one-hour charger, and one contractor bag.

Highlights Lightweight yet powerful cordless drill-driver is compact to fit into tight spaces Ideal for drilling and fastening applications in a variety of materials Motor delivers 380 unit watts out and 0-450/0-1,500 RPM 1/2-inch single-sleeve keyless ratcheting chuck for tighter bit grip Backed by a 90-day money-back guarantee, a one-year free service contract, and a three-year limited warranty

The kit’s 18-volt drill-driver is lightweight and compact for increased user comfort (view larger).

Customer Reviews

Strong drill, long-lasting

436 of 459 people found the following review helpful
By N. Ilyin
Great drill that really accomplishes anything I throw at it. I’ve been able to easily screw in 3″ construction screws into dry fir. Great for flooring applications and really nice slow speed to make sure you’re starting steady.

Great Light Duty Drill/Driver

292 of 314 people found the following review helpful
By Chris
It is impossible to beat the deal on this cordless drill, but be aware that this is Dewalt’s entry level drill. It comes with their smaller batteries (1700mAh) compared to the larger capacity XRP batteries (2400mAh). So when people say that replacement batteries are $60 each they are referring to the larger XRP batteries. The batteries that this drill comes with are not even sold separately, or if they are not at any stores that I have seen. It also has a limited speed compared to their larger and heavier XRP drill which also has the hammerdrill capability for drilling into masonry and hard material.

By the numbers….

188 of 203 people found the following review helpful
By Derek Diamond
This is an “old school” drill that in fact has been discontinued by Dewalt. It has a power rating of 380 which is somewhat less than the average drill (480). Battery size is 1.7AH while most Dewalt drills now have at least 2.4AH.

DEWALT DC970K-2 18-Volt Drill/Driver Kit

118 of 137 people found the following review helpful
By Buzz4
I just placed into retirement the first generation 18 v Dewalt hammer drill given me many, many years ago before they hit the shelves. I still could have fixed it but wanted a fresh horse. Looking forward to this lasting as long.

Cant go wrong with a dewalt

127 of 148 people found the following review helpful
By Daniel
There is a reason why I only buy dewalt. They practically gave this drill set away. A must have for any household. great for standard projects. Bump up to the impact models if your gonna build a barn.

No more lithium-ion for me

565 of 678 people found the following review helpful
By Rut
I purchased this item for only $99 at HD. This unit includes 2 Ni-cad batteries. Why get these instead of the newer Lithium-ion? Research on the web shows that Lithium-ion batteries have a shelf life between 2-3 years. So, unlike Ni-cads, EVEN IF YOU DON’T USE THEM, they will degrade and need replacing in a couple of years. How long have they been sitting on the shelf before you buy them is anyone’s guess but that is part of the battery’s shelf life. Then when you do go buy new ones they cost as much as the kit did to begin with.

reduced quality drill, chuck is not acceptable

69 of 81 people found the following review helpful
By Matthew G Smith
Update: Bought a 80 dollar Ryobi at Home Depot that is built just as well with better chuck performance. Since these 50-200 dollars drills all seem to be disposable these days I think the Ryobi is a better option for home owners even if the lithium batteries die after a year.

Drill broke after 14 months – DeWalt did not honor warranty

128 of 156 people found the following review helpful
By Stephen Manza
I received this drill through Amazon as a wedding gift in August, 2012. The chuck broke (one of the vises in the chuck seized up) in October, 2013. When I dropped it off for repair at an authorized service center they told me DeWalt automatically considers the chuck a wear item and I had to pay for its repair. So I got stuck with a $55 repair bill on a $99 drill after 14 months of light use. This failure to cover the chuck isn’t mentioned anywhere in the manual or the item description.

2 in a row have broken on me

30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
By Nick
I was under the impression Dewalt was a reliable brand capable of handling a lifetimes worth or use and abuse. The brand professionals chose. Thats apparently all BS because I have gone through two of them in 3 months and I don’t put it through anything that my $20 target drill that came with a generic tool box didn’t handle for years. In fact what what appeared to do this p.o.s. in was drilling upward. While drilling some pilot holes in my ceiling for a couple of lag bolts the drill started squealing. I sounds like the gears inside slid out of place because now anytime I use it I get a high pitched shieking. The noise is terrible and while I could live with the sound it clearly indicates an impending failure and therefore can’t be safe to use. Can’t believe Dewalt sucks this hard. Never buying dewalt again! I am an electrician and will bring my drill to every job site along with my story in to enlighten all as to the quality that Dewalt is really providing. I will also contact Dewalt and if they actually rectify my issue then i will update this review but I am doubtful.

DeWalt Quality Control

23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
By Amazon Customer
After opening the box, and testing the drill I quickly noticed that the chuck was off-center, DeWalt had a good reputation with me up until recently, it seems like they are just another run of the mill drill these days. If one thing is going to be perfect on a drill, it should be the chuck, especially on a DeWalt. For the price you can probably replace the chuck for a better one, but who wants to do that on a brand new tool?
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