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A remarkably compact tool, DeWalt's 3/8-inch, 3.2 amp right-angle drill is designed for electricians, plumbers, remodelers, and anyone else who works in tight places. The drill offers good speed (1,200 rpm) and weighs 3-3/4 pounds. The tool's most distinguishing feature is its paddle-type trigger, which runs nearly the length of the tool's body, allowing the user to engage the drill using all manner of inventive hand configurations. The molded neck makes the drill comfortable to grasp by the head, as well. The paddle trigger, however, does make it possible to engage the drill unintentionally while you're maneuvering or when you set the tool down. In order to make this drill so compact, DeWalt had to make a few design compromises. The tool has a keyed chuck; a keyless chuck, when you think about it, makes the drill's nose significantly longer. The drill also doesn't reverse, and depending on the materials you'll be drilling through, this is something to consider before you buy. But for anyone looking for an extremely compact drill that's built to last, this DeWalt is a smart buy. A key and a rubber key holder complete the package. –Jon Groebner

Customer Reviews

Its ok for the money, but far from terrific.

27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
By Scott Pointon
I bought one of these for my father, a retired electrician who occasionally still takes jobs. At first, he loved this little drill. The only shortcomings he noticed in the beginning were the lack of a keyless chuck and the fact that the paddle-switch could be dangerous if you weren’t paying close attention to what you were doing. In the end though, what became this drills downfall was the cheap construction inside the housing. After only a few jobs, a plastic component around the motor cracked, allowing the teeth to slip under strain. A DeWalt service shop charged… to fix this problem. The second hole it drilled after that caused the gears to give out. It was a great idea, but DeWalt needs to send this one back to the design board for more work… I wish now that I had spent the extra money on the bigger DeWalt right angle drill.

What no variable speed and reversing?

23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
By Bob Feeser
I did a lot of looking around at medium right angle drills. The drawbacks on the Dewalt is no variable speed, and no reversing. So it may be prone to stripping screws, and now way to reverse them out when they do. Ouch. For straight drill of holes it is great.

Poorly designed w/little features

35 of 41 people found the following review helpful
By Clarke Prichard
I’m an Industrial Technology teacher and have access to many new tools. I am very disappointed with this Dewalt Product. I still don’t understand why they didn’t put a reversable switch on this unit. It would have been great for installing and removing Kitchen cabinets. Moreover, when using spade bits to drill through flooring, you periodically need to “back” the bit up to remove it when it becomes bound. I think a better purchase would be a temporary 90 degree chuck that mounts to a portable drill. Be very careful when setting this unit on the ground … it’s super easy to hit the start switch and if you’ve got a large spade bit in the chuck “watch out!!” I also would like to see a variable speed adjustment as this drill does create a lot of torque and can easy twist and sprain you wrist if you’re not anticipating it.

Poor Right Angle Drill

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
By T. Aerts
I purchased this drill two years ago when it first came out. While this drill is certainly heavy duty, it has been a disappointment. It has a very dangerous switch which is easily turned on when you are working in awkward positions, as typical with right angle drills. Also, it lacks variable speed and reverse which was not clear in the description when I bought it. My brother has a Milwaukee (made by Sioux) right angle drill which is hands down better which I would recommend instead.

DeWalts DW160

19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
By Ron Taylor
The construction of the DeWalt DW160 right angle drill is surprisingly good being that the enclosure is all plastic. The drill trigger is ruff cast aluminum and sized for someone with a certain size hand. The drill is made for right hand users and can not be converted to lefty. The trigger design could be improved upon by removing the bar that runs from the top to the bottom of the drill to allow you to grip the drill fully and not end up inadvertently turning it on. The weight of the drill is very good and the compactness is exceptional. It would have been better if this drill was available with a keyless chuck. The drill motor is very quite and supplies smooth operation but does not have variable speed. The power it provides for drilling through floor joists is more than adequate.

A drill for those who make no mistakes

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By tool collector
Horrible little drill!!!! No variable speed, no reverse!!!You better be perfect because god forbid you must back a screw out, no reverse. Hard to start screws w/o variable speed. I replaced this drill w/ bosch’s 1132vsr rt. angle drill. I am happy with the bosch, it is head and shoulders above the dewalt. I gave the Dewalt to my father in-law.

Full time construction worker

11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By Amazon Customer
I own this particular drill, although it is a powerful drill for a compact right angle drill, the major draw back for me is the non-reversing feature. What I have needed to use it for mostly is driving in screws in compact areas such as the inside of cabinets. If there is a need to remove the screw for adjustment of what you are working with you are really up a creek. Other than that it is also not variable speed which is not critical but would definitely be a plus if it were variable speed. I would recommend the makita model although not as powerful it has all the things the dewalt model lacks. P.S. A friend of mine has this drill and while trying to change the bit with the drill plugged in accidentally hit the trigger driving the chuck key deep into his hand. VERY PAINFUL!

Good sturdy drill

11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
By Kindle Customer
Bought this drill while I was rewiring several rooms in my house. Got it to drill through floor joists, and it did just that very well. Compact size with good power.

The switch on this 90 is dangerous.

12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
The plastic gard around the chuck is strange and there is no reverse. It might be ok for wood.

DeWalt DW160

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Amazon Customer
I have used this tool for several years, and bought it instead of the Milwaukee close-quarter drill because the DeWalt seemed to measure a little less in depth, which I preferred for access to tighter spaces. I generally like the DeWalt, but the reason I only give it three stars instead of four or five is from what I perceive to be a safety issue. The DeWalt has a large switch trigger (the large silver colored thing in the photo) which is helpful when working in close quarters, but you have to watch what you are doing when you go to pick the drill up. There does not appear to be an interlock on the trigger, and I have had several occasions where just picking up the drill caused it to start because I inadvertently activated the switch when picking up the drill. Luckily there were no serious consequences. It seems to me that this tool should have an interlock (at least I didn’t see one) such as on some right angle air tools, that require a lever or similar to be flipped before the paddle switch can be engaged.
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