Rated 5 out of 5Â by IntoEverything Can't praise this drill enough
Having invested 500+ quid on a Snap-On 18V Li Drill 2 years ago (which needed repairing within a month - gone for 6 weeks) 9 months later, was faced with the situation where the Snap-On drill needed repairing AGAIN. With a big decking/renovation job looming, and with the fear that my drill would be gone for another 6 weeks (rightfullyas it happens) was forced into going a different way. Put a lot of research into it, as I didn't want to be bitten again. It came down to Makita, or DeWalt. the choice was made after getting hands on with both the the Makita 458, and the DCD985. This DeWalt is the cordless equivalent of a wrecking ball. Tough and brutal, just the kind of thing for bending the world to your will. It flew through the job way better than expected. Impressing everyone who laid hands on it, including a Makita man.The Makita felt like a high class, well engineered saloon, but when you need a Bulldozer (yeah, it felt that tough), the DeWalt is the one. Not for picture framers or upholsterers, etc, It'll probably outlast me. Incidentally Snap-On have replaced the whole drill with a brand new unit, which was nice. let's hope the 1st was a duffer....ps..BUY THIS DRILL....
19 Sep 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by DIYismylife Workhorse of a drill
I have the DCD785 which is a small powerful drill for most jobs around the house. My next drill up was an SDS drill so I wanted something more powerful than the 785 and was guided by the reviews for this drill.
It goes through concrete, brick, wood with little or no effort and no slowing down. The 4Ah batteries last me all day and hold charge for weeks, probably months but I use the drill at least every few weeks for some job or other.
An example is going through the 4 inch bit of a 4x2 to install an aerial cable to a bedroom, the 10mm flat bit chewed through in seconds. The 785 found the previous cable job hard work.
Having 3 speeds makes this a very versatile tool. It is heavier and bigger than the 785 so I still use that drill a lot. But having that step up in power means that I can tackle pretty much any job with the right drill.
Only gave 4 for reliability as I have not had it very long, but so far no issues, when I need it, it works.
13 Sep 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by SystemsServices Brilliant
I've always thought Dewalt was expensive. It is, but I see why now. Fast charging, easy battery swap, very controllable. Not used it a great deal yet but what I have done with it makes me impressed. The LED light is a bit tacky but it works!
4 Sep 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by NWPlumbingSolutions Swear by dewalt
Lightweight, powerful and up to the job for heavy duty drilling & driving.
I would not buy anything else and recommend the 985 to anyone wanting the best on the market.
24 Aug 2014