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Dewalt DCD796 Cordless Drill Review: In-Depth | Combi-Drill for Pros

dewalt dcd796 cordless combi drill 13mm chuck brushless motor with charger and battery

The Dewalt DCD796 is the professional combi-drill of choice. It’s built to handle anything and everything, plus it will keep going all day, every day. The specification shouts quality and the brand reputation delivers longevity.


  • Brushless Motor
  • 70Nm of Torque
  • Batteries work across the Dewalt range
  • Costs a few quid more

Professional Cordless Combi-Drill

The Dewalt DCD796 is a trade favourite. And for good reason. Superb build quality, excellent specification and brand reputation make this cordless drill an easy choice for professionals and expert DIYers, alike.

High torque and maximum speed make the DCD796 perfect for most jobs, whether you’re drilling or driving bolts and screws. Plus, the 34,000 blows per minute (bpm) hammer action mean this cordless drill is a match for masonry too. Although to be clear, this is in comparison to other combi-drills. A mains powered SDS rotary hammer drill is on another level, again.

The all metal chuck gives a premium robust feel and importantly, it can handle 13mm bits.

Brushless Motor

The principal advantage of a brushless motor is that it wears less and therefore lasts longer. In addition to this, it generates less heat, uses less power, is easier to control and delivers more torque. Yes, it costs a few quid more, but this is offset by longevity alone. Factor in longer battery run time plus additional power and a brushless motor is clearly a must-have for anyone considering regular use.

What Else Do I Need to Know?

This drill has a bright led light that illuminates your work area and a sturdy belt hook. A small negative is a lack of anywhere to keep a driver bit mounted on the drill – something older models include.

It works with all the Dewalt 18v XR batteries. We recommend the 5Ah battery as it weighs roughly the same as the 3Ah, but delivers a far superior run time.

There are 100s of excellent power tools that use Dewalt XR batteries. This means there’s the opportunity to buy a couple of batteries to use them across a number of power tools – over time, saving a small fortune.


  • WEIGHT: 1.2kg
  • MAX TORQUE: 70Nm
  • MAX SPEED: 2000 RPM
  • GEARS: 2 (with variable speed)
  • CHUCK SIZE: 13mm
  • WARRANTY: 1 Year
  • INCLUDES: 5Ah Battery & charger

Ratings: Dewalt DCD796

  • PERFORMANCE: 4.9/5
  • DESIGN: 4.8/5
  • EASE OF USE: 4.3/5
  • OVERALL: 95%

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This Dewalt drill isn’t cheap, but it’s excellent value for money. The brushless motor, 13mm chuck and top-end power make this an excellent choice for all trades.


Why Spend More?

If you’re planning big DIY projects or simply enjoy using the best power tools, choose the Dewalt DCD796 – it’s a joy to use. For professional or trade use, this drill is an easy buying decision and a great investment.

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