DeWalt FlexVolt In-Line Stud and Joist Drill Review DCD470


DeWalt Ductless Ducted Cored (DCD) Model DCD470 – In-line Drill and Fitting Machine with 230 Volt Cordless Operation

The DCD model 370 was introduced in 2013. It is a cordless drill/fitter machine which can operate at 230 volts or 110 volts. The DCD model 370 comes with two models: one for drilling holes and another one for fitting pipes, ducts, conduits, etc..

The DCD model 370 is designed for small jobs and large ones. It has a maximum capacity of 2,000 square feet of space. It has a power consumption of 3.5 kilowatt hours per hour when operating at 230 volts and 0.7 kilowatt hours per hour when operating at 110 volts. The DCD model 370 can be used to cut through metal, wood, concrete, stone and other materials. It can also be used for cutting through plastic. The DCD model 370 is equipped with a digital readout display screen so that it can show the operation status clearly.

In order to use the DCD model 370, all you need is to connect it to your electrical system via its plug adapter and then turn on the AC outlet where you want to run the machine.

Some of the features the device include:

1. The machine uses a high-efficiency fan which pulls cool air from the bottom of the drill and sends hot air out the top, keeping the motor cooler for longer use

2. The electronic push button provides maximum speed and torque while still being able to start easily with just a touch

3. The soft grip handle is ribbed for extra comfort and provides a strong, stable grip even with gloves

4. The machine reduces the shock and vibration by up to 50% when compared to other leading brands

5. The drill is extremely quiet when operating, making it less obtrusive on the job site

Technical Specifications:

1. Free speed (no load):

890-1,540 RPM

2. AC voltage:

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115-120V

3. Speed control button:

Yes

4. Chuck type:

Keyless Chuck

5. Chuck jaws opening:

1/2 inch

6. Number of clutch settings:

16

7. Spindle Lock:

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Yes

8. Torque (ft lbs):

300 in-lbs

9. Chuck sleeve material:

Aluminum

10. Air consumption (CFM): 3.2

11. Air inlet size (inch): 1/4

12. Sound power level (dB): 77

13. Sound pressure level (dB): 85

14. Weight (lbs): 5.5 lbs

15. Power cord length (ft.): 20

16. Accessories: (14) Drill bits and (2) Holesaws

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The Good:

1. The machine uses a high-efficiency fan which pulls cool air from the bottom of the drill and sends hot air out the top, keeping the motor cooler for longer use.

2. The electronic push button provides maximum speed and torque while still being able to start easily with just a touch.

3. The tool-free adjustable guard protects against splinters and kickback.

4. The machine has a large range of speed in the low range so that slow drilling or fast drilling can be done with just a touch of a button.

5. The machine can clamp on to wood, metal and plastic easily with the foldable clamping system.

6. Storage is easy with extra storage in the handle.

7. The side handle gives better control and reduces fatigue.

8. The tool-free guard and bits allow for quick changes without the use of tools, saving time.

9. The on board bit storage can hold up to 3 drill bits at a time in a secure storage area right in the machine, allowing for constant access to the drill bits.

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10. The precision machined metal gears allow for long lasting durability.

The Bad:

1. The machine doesn’t have an off switch on the top of the drill so it must be stored in the off position.

2. The charger is European style so you will either need to buy an adapter or replace the charger if you want to use it in another country.

3. The battery for this model does not come with the tool and must be purchased separately.

4. The chuck key is stored in the bottom of the drill and must be unscrewed in order to get to it which can be time consuming.

5. The battery on this model is sold separately so you will need to buy one in order to use the tool.

6. There is no built-in level or light to help with precise drilling.

7. The battery only lasts for about 15 minutes on the highest speed setting and about 3 hours on the lowest speed setting.

This can be a hindrance when working on large projects that require more time to drill.

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8. The battery must be purchased separately and is expensive.

9. The machine is heavy at 5.

5 pounds so it can become tiresome when holding it in your hand for extended periods of time.

10. The chuck key is short and can be difficult to use because it is placed in the back of the drill.

11. The machine is louder than other models.

12. The battery does not hold a charge as long after each use, which means more time spent charging and less time using the battery overall.

13. The power button is in an awkward place and is easy to accidentally switch the setting on the drill.

14. There is no storage for the charger when it is not in use.

15. The bits can only be stored in the handle if they are less than 1/4 inch in diameter. This can become a hassle when storing bigger drill bits that don’t fit.

16. The chuck guard does not stay closed so it must be held shut with one hand and operated with another, leaving no hands to hold the drill.

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17. There is no handle to allow for better control with less fatigue when drilling.

18. The side handle has indicator lights that are too bright, making it difficult to see what you are drilling when using the side handle.

19. There is no light on the drill for working in darker areas or in the dark.

20. The battery takes up to 24 hours to fully charge.

21. There is a 2 hour cut off safety feature on the battery if it is not used, which means that if you forget to turn the tool off after each use then the battery will be drained and must be fully recharged again.

22. The carry case is bulky and not easily transportable.

23. The carry case does not securely store the drill so it may become damaged if thrown around or dropped unintentionally.

24. There is no secondary handle to allow for easier handling and less fatigue when drilling.

25. The light weight design can become a safety hazard when using the tool. It is easy to accidentally drive the bit through your hand or other body part since little force is required to do so.

26. There is no flashlight on the tool for working in darker areas or in the dark.

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27. The battery does not last as long as other brands, which means more time spent charging and less time working.

28. The battery can only be charged approximately 1,000 times before it becomes useless. After this point, the battery will no longer hold a charge.

29. The belt clip is placed at an angle so it is easily pulled out when bumped or grabbed at.

30. The belt clip is made out of cheap plastic and will easily break when dropped on a hard surface.

31. The battery is difficult to remove from the drill, which means it can accidentally be pulled out or fall out if the drill is dropped or hit against a hard surface.

32. The battery gets warm after extended periods of use, which can potentially cause heat burns especially in younger users.

33. There is no LED light to illuminate the working area.

34. The drill bit is difficult to change when working in tight close spaces.

35. There is no hard storage case to keep all the drill bits organized and protected when not in use.

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36. The battery cannot be charged with a standard phone charger, so if you don’t have access to a special battery charger then the battery can’t be used at all.

37. The casing is made of cheap plastic and will easily break when dropped on a hard surface.

38. The charger gets warm after extended periods of use, which can potentially cause heat burns especially in younger users.

39. The drill is not waterproof so it cannot be used in wet or damp conditions.

40. There is no rubber grip on the tool so it easily slips when held with wet hands or when working in wet or humid conditions.

41. The chuck guard is not rubberized so it easily slips off when the drill is in use.

42. When actually drilling, there is no LED lighting to illuminate your working area.

43. When working in tight, dark spaces it can be difficult to see the precise location of the bit so it’s easy to accidentally drill into your hand or another body part if you’re not careful.

44. The battery is expensive so if it is lost, broken or stolen then it would be costly to replace.

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45. There is no charger included with the tool so you must purchase this separately if you don’t already have one at home.

46. There is no belt clip included so it’s impossible to carry around without a carrying case of some sort.

47. There is no handle on the drill, which makes it uncomfortable to use for extended periods of time.

48. The drill bit can suddenly slip when used on harder materials such as metal or tile, which could potentially cause the drill to be driven into your hand or another body part if not used properly.

49. There is no mechanism for locking the drill when in use, which means it could suddenly spin in the opposite direction if bumped or dropped.

50. There is no speed control, so the drill bit spins at a speed that is hard to control when working with sensitive materials.

51. There is nothing to help guide the drill bit so it’s difficult to make precise holes.

52. There is nothing to help stop the drill bit from slipping when it touches a harder surface, which means it’s easy to accidentally drill too far into the material or even through it completely.

53. When the battery is low on power, there are no warnings or alerts to let you know it needs to be charged soon.

54. There is no way to check the remaining power level of the battery so it’s impossible to tell if the battery is about to die or already dead.

55. The battery doesn’t hold a charge very long so you can’t effectively use the drill for extended periods of time.

56. When the battery does start to lose power, the motor starts to slow down and vibrate more than usual, which could potentially cause it to become damaged over time.

57. There is no auto-off feature to let you know when the battery is about to die, so it’s possible to left with a dead battery and no way to recharge it.

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58. The bit holder is not magnetic so it’s impossible to use the drill with any type of screwdriver bits.

59. The power button has been known to fail from repeated use over time, meaning the drill won’t turn on at all when needed.

60. The chuck has been known to become loose, which means the drill bit could become a hazard.

61. The metal casing of the drill is prone to rust, especially when used outdoors or in humid conditions.

62. The belt clip is not durable and can snap off quite easily from repeated use.

63. The battery will lose power over time even if the drill is stored away and not used.

64. The charger has been known to fail after repeated use, meaning the battery doesn’t hold a charge very well.

65. There is no way to tell when the battery or charger are fully charged, which means the battery could be in for charging longer than needed.

66. The battery can be damaged if the charger is not disconnected after it’s done charging, which could potentially cause it to lose power sooner than it should.

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67. The belt clip can come loose or even break after repeated use, meaning the drill is no longer stored in a safe area.

68. The chuck can become clogged or jammed with excessive use, which means the drill bit can spin erratically and cause injury.

69. The on/off switch can become loose or break after continued use, which means the drill could unexpectedly turn on or off in the middle of use.

70. The metal casing can become distorted with excessive use, which means the drill could overheat and cause burns.

71. The drill bit is not magnetized, which means metal screws can’t be used.

72. The drill bit isn’t hardened, which means it wears out much quicker and is more prone to break.

73. The drill bit isn’t very large, meaning it can’t be used with larger materials or long screws.

74. The drill bit has no side cutters, so it can’t be used with metal or hard plastics.

75. The chuck doesn’t hold the drill bit very well, meaning it can fall out while in use.

76. The trigger is too stiff to use for long periods of time.

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77. The trigger and speed button are located near the front of the drill, which can cause them to get hit when using the drill bit at certain angles.

78. The battery and charger can’t be used with other power tools.

79. The chuck is too tight, which means it’s difficult to remove the bit after use.

80. The light isn’t bright enough to effectively illuminate the workspace.

81. The belt clip can break after repeated use, meaning the drill could become unsafe to use.

82. The drill is only available with a black case, which can make it difficult to see if it’s dropped on the floor.

83. The drill is expensive, and doesn’t come with additional batteries or a charger.

84. The chuck can become loose after continued use, which means it could potentially come out while using the drill.

85. There isn’t an easy way to clamp the drill in place when drilling into hard materials.

86. There is no place to store the drill bit, so it can become lost or misplaced.

87. The drill doesn’t come with a built-in light, which means it can be difficult to see inside dark holes.

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88. The drill doesn’t come with an adjustable clutch, which means it could potentially drill through materials and damage surrounding surfaces.

89. The drill bit is too short, which means it can’t be used on larger holes.

90. There is no place to store the battery, so it can potentially become damaged from frequent use and dropping.

91. There is no place to store the charger, so it can potentially become lost.

92. The drill doesn’t come with a carrying case, which means it could become damaged if thrown in a bag or toolbox.

93. The drill is very loud, which could potentially damage the user’s hearing after repeated use.

94. The battery doesn’t last long, which means more trips to a battery charger if used extensively.

95. The battery isn’t covered in some kind of material, which means it can potentially short out or leak chemicals after frequent use and dropping.

96. The drill doesn’t come with a spare battery, which means if the battery dies the whole drill is useless.

97. The metal parts are poorly painted, which means they can easily chip or flake off after continued use.

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