Amazon Price: $149.00 $149.00 (as of June 19, 2018 4:59 pm –
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
Manufacturing and Quality-Control Issues
I bought it because it was at a reasonable price point and bound to be of good quality as my other DeWalt power tools. But I ended up returning it because the chuck wobbles excessively, causing the end of the drill to spiral in circles… DeWalt Support replied promptly with a boilerplate response about shipping it to them or bringing it to a repair center. They sure didn’t take a personal interest in the problem. So I bought a Makita and it was practically perfect in every way.
Solid performer (and it is variable speed and reversing)
Not sure why some reviewers claim that the DW160V doesn’t reverse or have variable speed, but it certainly does. The size and torque are good, and Dewalt has done a nice job of keeping the chuck short. Those who complain about a lack of a keyless chuck might want to take a look at the chuck size for those, which all I’ve seen are significant larger than this drill’s compact chuck. The paddle control seemed strange at first, but then after using the drill it worked quite naturally, allowing me to keep the drill in precise alignment while ramping up the speed. As to those who claim issues with the paddle being pressed when the drill is set down, one just has to pay attention and all is well.
Very sturdy tool at a good price
We’re using this with a wire brush head to remove old coating on our log home and it is working well. If it lives through that we’ll use it as a backup to our battery powered right angle drill, which eats batteries quickly doing what we are doing now.
Great variable speed and reversible drill
I don’t know why some reviewers have stated that this drill is not variable speed or is not reversible – it’s both. There’s a little switch at the bottom where you can change the direction. This drill has been a great help due to its compact size and power. Two of my truck’s starter bolts broke off and I could not get them out by any means: vise grips, welding a nut, etc., so I had to drill them out. The drill worked like a charm – powerful and compact enough to do the job.
it’s shallow enough, that it worked for my project.
Dewalt makes great tools. Best of all – they are MADE IN THE USA!
Worked as designed for a tight space in a car …
Worked as designed for a tight space in a car application. The on switch lever can be a bit tricky in a tight situation. sensitive and turns on with light pressure.
Works just fine!
I didn’t pay close enough attention when I ordered this drill. I failed to notice that it was not variable speed or reversible. All I saw was that it was the cheapest one. OK, so make sure it does what you want. If it does what you want, it works fine! I really have no complaints about the drill as it is. It has plenty of torque. The keyed chuck is very good quality. The paddle switch works fine, and is made out of metal (I think it’s cast aluminum.) The switch is long and it pivots sideways – the hinge is parallel to the body/motor. I can get a good working grip at several places along the body, or with the drill twisted around in my hand at a wide range of angles. I can’t blame the drill for my mistake, and besides, it has served me well in a couple tight places inside walls and and between some hard to reach ceiling joists. It is pretty compact, which is definitely a benefit. If I had it to do again, I would buy the 12volt DeWalt right angle VSR drill that uses the same batteries as my regular DeWalt cordless drill. But now that I have this one, I’m all set! Oh, one more thing; notice that it does not come with any kind of case. It just comes in a DeWalt yellow box. That’s not a big deal, unless you are expecting a case.
This drill allows for getting into places not available with a conventional straight drill.
great for smaller holes..
didn’t hold up well drilling large holes..