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Dewalt Cordless Tools

Dewalt cordless tools have a reputation for being durable, good quality and easy to use. Below we are going to take a brief look at the best models. Here you will find out what actual users think of these power tools.

We aim to tell you the pros and cons of each of them to help you to make informed purchasing decisions. Here we have looked at the most popular power tools, which the majority of people will want in their tool kit. Dewalt sell other kinds of cordless tools, but these are the key ones.

The DC390Dewalt Cordless Circular Saw


  • 3,700 RPM for fast rip and cross cuts
  • 6-1/2-inch carbide tipped blade with the ability to cut at 45 and 90 degrees
  • Strong magnesium shoe with an upper guard for increased durability
  • A bevel of 0-50 degrees
  • The motor is fan-cooled motor with replaceable brushes

This is a professional duty tool, which will cope with practically any product. It comes with a three-year guarantee.

User Reviews

Overall, the user reviews for this product are very positive. The only negative seems to be that the trigger can be awkward to use.

Some people bought a skeleton product without realizing that they were doing so. This meant that they had to go out and buy a battery, so it is best to double check exactly what you are buying before you order. If you do plump for a product without its own battery you need to double check that your existing Dewalt battery is compatible with this cordless saw. Usually, it will be, but it is best not to assume that this will be the case.

Apart from that, there are no negatives for this product. Users particularly liked the way that the DC390 handled. Naturally, the fact that it runs on a battery means that it does not have as much torque as a circular saw that you plug into a socket.



The Dewalt DC720KA Cordless 18-Volt Compact Drill/Driver

Dewalt power drillFeatures

Very compact

Lightweight at just 4.8Ibs

½ inch ratcheting chuck

Dual speed for optimum performance

Frameless motor with a maximum power of 410 watts out

LED work light included for working in confined or dark spaces

This drill comes with a one-hour charger, as well as a strong kit box with space for extras. You have complete control because you can adjust the speed from 0 to 500 and 0 to 1/700 rpm.

Reviews for the Dewalt DC720KA

Again, the reviews for this product are overwhelmingly positive. Over 70% of users say that this drill is perfect for them.

The only negative comment of note will not bother most users. Some people found that the batteries did not last long when under heavy use. In most cases, the users had assumed that this drill would come with a XRP battery instead of a bulk standard 18V battery. For big projects this can be an issue, for normal day to day DIY it is not an issue.

A few people noted that the chuck started to wear after a while. However, again most people were happy and did not experience any issues with the chuck.

The feature people like the best was the adjustable torque, in particular the wide range, something that not every modern drill features. Many users also found the LED light a useful feature. It is bright enough to light up all of those awkward jobs.

DCD925 Dewalt Combi Hammer Drill


18v 3-speed combi

Torque control with a lock for when you switch modes

22 position torque control

13mm self tightening keyless chuck

Electronic brake

40-minute charger

Side handles with adjustable positions

Heavy-duty carrying case

User Reviews

Unfortunately, there are not a lot of user reviews for this drill. However, the few that are out there are all very positive. The battery is a good one, which is particularly important for long-term use.

At 2.9kg, it is quite a heavy drill, but again that is not unusual for a construction drill with such a powerful motor. However, on the plus side it is a very compact drill for one that is so powerful, it is great for using in tight spaces.

This drill is designed for professionals rather than DIYers.

Dewalt DCK955X 18-Volt XRP Cordless 9-Tool Combo Kit

This is the ultimate power tool kit for homeowners.

What is Included

DCD950 XRP 18-v cordless hammer drill


1/2-inch self-tightening chuck that delivers 450 units watts out


DC390 XRP18v circular saw

61/2-inch 16-tooth carbide blade

45-degree angle cuts are possible


DC385 XRP 18V reciprocating saw

keyless blade clamp for quick blade change

no need to touch the blade to change it


DC825 18-volt impact driver

1,330 in-lbs of maximum torque

compact light weight design


DC411 18-volt cut-off tool

6,500 rpm for high power cutting and grinding


DW919 18-volt flexible floodlight

Hands free usage


Reviews for the Dewalt DCK955X Power Tool Kit

The reviews for this product are all very good. Naturally, battery life is an issue on big projects. As a result, most users recommend that you buy an extra charger and battery. If you are planning to work on something over a weekend you will have one fully charged battery to hand, one on the tool and a third one that is charging. That way you can keep working. A few users pointed out that the light was not that bright, because it did not use LED bulbs.

Overall Dewalt cordless power tools perform exceptionally well. They are not especially cheap, but this is reflected in the build quality and they represent great value for money.

An Overview of Dewalt Batteries

If you are lucky enough to own Dewalt tools, you will know how good they are. However, they only stay good if you maintain them and use genuine Dewalt batteries. Doing so will ensure that you get the most out of your power tools and that they will not let you down when you need them.

Your Battery is the Heart of Your Power Tools

Your battery is perhaps the most important part of your power tool. Without a good quality battery, your drill will not work efficiently. It will run out of power quickly and let you down repeatedly.

Why Using Cheap Batteries is a False Economy

Dewalt BatteryThe other problem with not using a genuine Dewalt battery is that you can actually end up damaging your drill. You need clean power without spikes or fluctuations for your drill to run efficiently and smoothly.

Cheap batteries do not always deliver enough power to keep the motor of your power tool working properly. This means that some components overwork and are subjected to unnecessary wear and tear.

That cheap Dewalt 18v battery you bought from a market trader for $20 less than you would pay online or in a hardware store for a genuine one can end up costing you a new drill. Buying and using cheap batteries will often work out more expensive in the end.

Normally, they are made from cheap materials. That means that they cannot be recharged as many times as a genuine Dewalt 20v max that is made from high quality materials.

This means that even a battery that works well can still turn out to be a false economy. You could end up having to buy two batteries in five years instead of just one simply because the materials used are such low quality.

What You Get When You Buy a Genuine Dewalt Battery

When you buy a genuine Dewalt battery, you get far more than a power tool battery that you can rely on. Dewalt is a great company that has been making power tools since 1936. In many countries, they are the construction tools of choice.

As you would expect you get a good warranty when you buy a proper Dewalt battery. Usually it is three years.

In addition, you get support from the company’s customer support team. You can email them with your questions or use the help section of their website to find the answer to any battery related questions you may have.

On the Dewalt website, you can find out how to get the most out of your battery. Below we have summarised some of the information to provide you with a quick reference point.

How Can I get the Most Out of my Dewalt Battery?

If you buy a genuine Dewalt battery, you will get good run time. Most models come with the option of buying a charging unit that will hold a spare battery. However, it is still a good idea to know how to charge and use the battery to get maximum run time out of it.

  • Always keep some charge – You should never allow your Dewalt XRP battery, or any other type of battery to discharge completely. As soon as you notice, the power in your drill or other power tool waning plug it in and charge it.


  • Completely discharging battery can damage the battery.


  • Keep the battery in the charger – keeping your Dewalt batteries in the charger makes sense from several points of view. It means that the battery will always be fully charged. They are designed to be kept in the charger so that your power tool is always ready when you need it.


Can I Improve the Runtime of my Dewalt XRP Battery?

Provided your battery is in good condition and has been properly used, you can potentially improve the runtime. To do this, follow the instructions below:


  • Use your power tool for a normal job up until it reaches the point where it needs charging. Do not hold the trigger to discharge, just use the tool as normal.


  • Next, leave the battery out of the charger for at least 2 hours.


  • Now charge the battery overnight.


Provided your battery was in good condition, to start with you should find that the run time has improved.

Tips for Buying Dewalt Batteries

Even if you look after your power tool batteries they will eventually lose their ability to hold their charge, so at some point you will need to buy a new Dewalt 8 or 16v battery. Here are a few tips to help ensure that you buy a genuine Dewalt battery without having to pay more for it than is necessary.


  • Read the reviews – If you buy online you can find out about any known issues by reading the reviews. Most of the time there are no issues, but it is a good way of establishing whether you are buying genuine Dewalt batteries. On trader sites, bad reviews are a sign that fake Dewlat batteries are being passed off as genuine ones.


  • Buy online – If you buy your batteries online you get the opportunity to shop around and find the best value for money.


  • Buy from a trusted source – Unfortunately, you have to be careful when buying power tool batteries. There are fakers out there who sell batteries made from cheap materials and try to pass them off as genuine Dewalt batteries. For this reason, you should only buy power tool batteries from trusted sources.

Follow our tips and tricks to get the most out of your existing power tool battery and to ensure that when you replace it you get a good quality one that will see you through another few years of home projects.

Don’t forget to Insure your Power Tools

Power tool collage isolated on a white background depicting carpentry and construction tools.

Most of us take out home insurance of some type and make sure that we have a reasonable amount of content coverage. However, despite this we still forget to buy enough coverage. We remember to add our expensive pieces of jewellery and tech to the policy to make sure that if we are burgled they are covered, but we often forget to insure basic, everyday items.

I was reading recently on www.thatsinsurance/travel-insurance that 6.8 million UK homes are underinsured. That equates to one in five households not having enough buildings or content insurance to cover their losses in the event of a fire, flood or burglary.
This article will help to ensure that you are not one of them. Here are some tips to help you to avoid this issue.

Three areas of the home we all forget

The three main areas we forget to factor in when calculating how much content insurance we need is the contents of our shed, garage and loft. Often these are big omissions because these areas of our home often contain some of the most expensive items in the house.

The contents of your garage is worth thousands


On average, a UK garage contains £2,000 worth of tools. Depending on the exchange rate, that equates to $3000+ and in the US the average value of what is in a home garage or workshop is even higher.

If you are a home hobbyist or very keen on DIY the chances are you have pieces of equipment that cost you hundreds to buy. Some of these items should be listed individually on your contents policy to ensure that they can be replaced if they are damaged or stolen.

The garden shed

shed contents

Some people’s sheds only contain a couple of shovels and maybe a broom, but the majority of people own lawnmowers, hedge trimmers and other expensive pieces of equipment. A keen gardener will have equipment in his or her shed that is worth hundreds of pounds. Kit that they have no coverage for.

Not only do they not have enough content insurance coverage if they have bought the wrong policy they may have zero coverage for what is in the shed. This is because in some areas some firms do not provide any coverage for the contents of a shed. If you live in such an area and cannot persuade your normal provider go to to find information about buying dedicated shed insurance.

Expensive loft junk

A good home contents policy should cover the entire contents of your home including what you have stored in the loft. Most people’s lofts are full of memorabilia old photos, the kid’s paintings and old fancy dress costumes, but not everyone’s is like that.
Some families have stuff in their loft that is actually quite valuable. For example, I had a friend who had two motorbikes and an airplane engine (all in bits) stored up there. When he eventually got them down and sold them, he got thousands for them. He certainly did not have enough insurance to cover those items and everything else in his home.

Think when applying for contents insurance

Next time you renew your buildings and content insurance policies there are two things you need to do.
1. Check your policy covers all of your contents and there are no exceptions e.g. items over a certain value, of a certain type or stored in a certain part of your home.
2. Make sure that you buy adequate coverage and you list out expensive items if you are required to do so.
Do this and you should not find yourself uninsured.