Dewalt DCD701F2 Review
  • 280 UWO
  • 1,500 RPM
  • Brushless Motor
  • 15 Clutch Settings
  • 2-Speed Transmission
  • 3/8-Inch Keyless Chuck

The Dewalt DCD701F2 drill driver is a slim and smart buddy in your hand that is 20% shorter in length. But amazingly, with its compact size, it has 32% power with its brushless motor that delivers efficient performance.

The drill kit includes one 3/8-inch drill and two 12V MAX Li-ion batteries of rating 2Ah with Dewalt multi-volt charger. Dual batteries offer longer runtime without wasting your time of pauses. The kit contains a handy contractor tool bag to easily carry from one job location to another.

There is an indication on the charger for the power level while charging so that you can manage the drilling task while taking into consideration the power level of the installed battery and the charging one.

In the compact size of 5.97 inches only, it is equipped with a 2-speed transmission and 15 clutch settings. Its 3/8 inch ratcheting chuck can accept a variety of bits, so you can put in up to a 1/2-inch spade bit.

The combination of these settings with the battery and charger enables it to perform in a wide range of applications. Ideal for precision applications such as small-sized pilot drilling.

It also features a bright LED positioned on foot to enhance the visibility of the work areas with its superior illuminance.

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DCD701F2 Dewalt Specs

Brand Dewalt
Model DCD701F2
Torque 280 UWO
Max Speed [RPM] 1,500 RPM
Variable Speed 2-Speed
Working Modes Drilling, Driving
Voltage 12v
Motor Type Brushless
Chuck Size 3/8 Inch
Chuck Type Keyless
Body Design Compact With 20% Shorter Size
Grip Type Ergonomic
Weight 1.9 lbs
Battery Included 2
Battery Type Red Lithium-Ion
Battery Amp 5.0Ah
Charge Time 60 Minutes
Battery Indicator Yes
Work Light LED
Drill/Driver Kit Yes, With Multi-Volt Charger, Contractor Tool Bag,
Belt Hook Yes
Our Rating 9.5 / 10

Detailed Review of Dewalt DCD701F2 Cordless Drill

Dewalt DCD701F2 Power

The Dewalt DCD701F2 cordless drill has a power of 250 UWO (Unit Watts Out). As you know, Dewalt drills power is measured in UWO instead of In-lbs or Nm. It’s the point at which both Torque and speed of the drill are at their maximum.

Higher is the power rating or UWO of the drill, the better and faster it will perform at the work. And that’s why the torque and speed combined considered UWO power of Dewalt Drills.

It’s quite different from the Torque and RPM relation. For that, you can check out our high cordless drill torque chart to understand the relation between Torque and RPM.

Drill Clutch Settings And Modes

The drill clutch is what you see as a rotational dial with numbers located after the chuck. The Dewalt DCD701F2 has 15 clutch settings for various types of applications.

The above power rating with drill clutch system is built for woodshop work, small home projects, and drilling into materials such as softwood, hardwood, and aluminum as well.

Besides the 15 clutch system, there is also a no clutch drill position point for only drilling. As for modes of transmission, the 12v compact cordless drill has 2-speed modes.

I say the 1-Speed is for hard materials the drill can be used at a lower speed of 425 RPM. While the 2-Speed 1500 RPM grants high speed for faster drilling into soft materials such as softwood.

Cordless Drill Chuck Size

The drill has a 3/8-Inch ratcheting keyless chuck. The benefit that ratcheting chuck grants compared to conventional chuck is its bit retention. You can easily tighten up regular drill bits that are shankless.

The 3/8-inch compared to 1/2-inch drill chuck size only works with 3/8-inch drill bits or with a smaller size. But, there is an exception with this drill as it can also accept a 1/2 spade bit.

The chuck design is quite convenient due to the keyless feature. With clockwise and anti-clockwise rotation you change bits quickly and smoothly. Compared to the keyed chucks, you first have to ensure that the bit is tightened up or not before starting to work.

Drill Bits Compatibility And Recommendation

Thanks to the 3/8-Inch ratcheting keyless chuck, the Dewalt DCD701F2 can hold different types of drill bits as you can see. The drill bits are not themselves included in the kit. So, here I have listed all the drill bits that I know work fine with this cordless drill.

High-Speed Steel Screwdriver Bits

These are Dewalt high-speed steel screwdriver bits set with the ToughCase+ system. It has a total of 45-pieces of the most commonly used screwdriver accessories.

There are 2 nut drivers, a magnetic sleeve, bit holders, Phillips, slotted, square, and double-ended bits.

The design is smart enough to make using this set pretty easy. The lid is see-through, allowing you to see the items without opening the case. The closing system is a clip-latch to secure the bits properly.

The overall size is compact to fit in the small & medium tough-case plus (not included). As for the warranty, the drill bit set does come with a 30-day money-back guarantee.

Titanium Nitride Coated Drill Bits

They also come in a Dewalt ToughCase+ system. These are special titanium nitride-coated drill bits with patented web taper and proprietary Pilot point tip.

The patented web taper increases the overall bit strength while the pilot point grants speed.

Another advantage the pilot point drill bits has is that it minimizes the bit walking and help in drilling burr-free holes. That’s why these drill bits are ideal for plastic, wood, and metal work.

Although I advise using this cordless drill carefully when using it for metal. Lastly, it also has a 30-day money-back guarantee.

1/2 Spade Drill Bits

These 1/2 Dewalt large head drill bits are specially made for boring clean holes in heavy deputy applications. Due to the heat-resistance feature, rest assured that these drill bits won’t break or even bend.

Besides, the cutting groove of these bits is customized, making removing the chip easy and quick. Having a durable design includes well-made corners that are chamfered to avoid any nail impact scenarios.

Furthermore, you will see a paddle hole that is convenient to pull a wire and store the bit, and ¼ inch ball-groove shank that helps in changing the bit quickly.

This spade drill bit is versatile and includes 6 different bits sizes of  3/8″, 1/2″, 5/8″, 3/4″, 7/8″, and 1″. Keep in mind that the cutting (or Assembled) diameters are 0.375″, 0.5″, 0.625″, and 0.375″.

This drill provides superior performance for heavy duties with the ½ spade bits. They ensure the utmost proficiency and strength to get the job done effortlessly.

Drill Design And Ergonomics

The Drill’s design is compact, lightweight, and features Yellow/Black finishes. It is made out of plastic that is super durable and ensures long service life. 

The ergonomic pistol handle is designed in a way that makes holding the drill comfortable. While the trigger switch is larger in size for easy to use.

Other Features In Dewalt DCD701F2

LED Foot Light

This cordless drill features a LED light mode that comes in handy when you are using it during the night or for duties in confined, dark, and tight spaces.

These lights come in three different modes and turn off automatically after 20 minutes to save the battery.

Belt Clip

Holding a drill for a long period might turn the duty from simple to a more tiring one. Thus, having a belt clip in this drill is a plus.

Attaching the drill to your belt keeps it handy and saves a lot of your time going back and forth to the tool storage bag.

Customer Care And Support

In terms of the after-purchase service, you get 3 years warranty, including 1-year of free service.

Pros
  • Lightweight design for ladies
  • One of the best gifts for DIYers
  • Compact size for small hands
  • The driver has great torque
  • The drill is a very well balanced
  • LED for lighting up the work area
  • Approx 32% more power-efficient
  • Last long battery with enough charge
  • Plenty of power to do a variety of jobs
  • It is lightweight and comfortable to use
  • Enough power for drilling into Aluminium
  • Large bag for keeping drill bit sets
  • 15 clutch settings for wider application usage
  • Great for woodshop and small home projects
  • Accepts the Dewalt 1/2-inch spade bits
  • Compatible with hex shank drill bits
  • Works well with high-speed steel screwdriver bits
  • Also works with titanium nitride-coated drill bits
  • 3-year limited warranty (Acme Tools)
  • 1-year free service contract (Acme Tools)
  • 90-day money-back guarantee (Acme Tools)
Cons
  • Chuck issues
  • The battery charger doesn’t charge the battery properly

What Does The Dewalt DCD701F2 Cordless Drill Driver Kit Include

This kit comes in a storage bag that includes the drill (driver), two batteries, a belt clip, and a charger. 

2 Dewalt DCB122 12V Li Ion Battery

This 2.0 Ah Lithium-Ion battery weighs 0.5 lbs and it is super efficient, increases the drill’s runtime, has a light indicator for the battery charging status, and comes fully charged out of the box.

These kinds of batteries usually last for 3 years with no more than 1000 charging cycles, and are compatible with the DCS312, DCB120, DCL510, and any other Dewalt product line that has the same volts.

To charge these batteries, you need to get the Dewalt charger that is compatible with 12v batteries; however, most DeWalt charges work for both batteries; 12v and 20v.

With this purchase, you get a limited warranty of three years, a free service for one year, and a money-back guarantee period of 90 days.


Dewalt DCB112 Charger For 3/8 Cordless Drill

9.2 / 10

This charger is well-made and gives you a fully-charged battery in around  90 minutes period, minimizing the downtown to get the job done faster.

It is a multi-volt charger that you can use to charge DeWalt lithium batteries of 12 volts and 20 volts, making it a must-have tool that fits the bell well.

In addition, this charger comes with an indicator for the battery status, including Pack Charging, Pack Charged, and Hot/Cold Delay. The overall weight of the charger is around 13.7 ounces.


Dewalt 13″ Mini Heavy Duty Contractor Tool Bag

9.0 / 10

Having all your items and whatever you need in one place is a key factor in getting a well-done and organized duty. The storage bag model is #N655010, the dimensions are L9.76″ X W7″ X H7.9″, and the overall size is 13 Inches.

It is roomy enough to keep all tools altogether with some extras – like the Dewalt battery nailer, keeping you organized and ease your job. Plus, it is made out of the Naylon material that is high in quality, super durable, and easy to clean.

Dewalt DCD701F2 Alternatives 2022

If you are looking for an alternative for the Dewalt DCD701F2 drill driver, we recommend you try one of these kits mentioned below.

DEWALT 20V Max Cordless Drill / Driver Kit, Compact, 1/2-Inch (DCD771C2)

The main difference in this alternative is the Voltage. This drill (DCD771C2) has 20 Volts capacity, while the DeWalt (DCD701F2) is only 12 volts.

It is compact and weighs around 3.64 lbs with dimensions of 13.88 x 9.88 x 4.25 inches, hence, it is lightweight and portable to suit tight applications.

This is a high-performing motor that goes up to 300UWO to suit the different types of duties. And there are two different speeds (0-450 & 1,500 rpm) to choose from, based on the type of application.

Besides, there is a half-inch single-sleeve ratcheting chuck that keeps the bit strongly gripped, and a comfortable handle to make holding the drill for a longer period a comfy task to do.

Keep in mind, that the charger works ONLY with 120V electrical power and is not applicable with any other voltage. And this kit includes a drill,  Lithium-Ion battery, charger, and storage bag.


DEWALT 20V Max Cordless Drill Combo Kit, 2-Tool (DCK240C2), Yellow/Black Drill

Unlike the DeWalt (DCD701F2) driving kit, this one comes with 2 drivers of different models (DCF885 & DCD771), two 20v Lithium-Ion 1.3Ah batteries, a 20v charger, and a tool storage bag.

The DCD771 cordless drill features two different speeds (0-450 and 0-1500 RPM) and a high–performing motor that gives a power of 300 UWO.

DeWalt drills ensure a strong bit grip, comfortable handle, and compact size for a better drilling experience, and these two are NO exception.

However, the DCF885 driver is shorter in length and lighter in weight than the DCD771 drill. They both come with a built-in LED light, 1/2-inch ratcheting chuck, a powerful motor, and a compact design.

My Final Verdict To You

I am in the opinion, that it’s a good compact drill for men as you have seen above. On the other hand, it is also an excellent choice for ladies for doing small projects and DIY chores at home and shop.

Apart from if you hold other different opinions, then there are alternatives that you can closely look at and pick what suits your requirement and the type of work you do.

DeWalt DCD701F2 FAQs

Q: What Is The Difference Between 18V And 20V Drill?

Ans: There is no difference between 18V and 20V drill. They both get the job done. The 18v drill has a compact, lightweight, ergonomic design, and drill stats same as the 20v drill. The only difference is the price which I see as a marketing strategy by the companies. But, do know this doesn’t apply on the 18v Ni-Cad batteries.

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