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Dewalt DCD796 Review: Brushless Combi-Drill – Perfect for Trade

With a powerful brushless motor, 70Nm of torque & a 13mm steel chuck, the Dewalt DCD796 makes tough jobs easy

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


  • Brushless Motor
  • 70Nm of Torque
  • 13mm Chuck
  • Batteries work across the Dewalt range
  • None

Dewalt DCD796 Review

The Dewalt DCD796 is our top choice cordless drill & 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.

With 70Nm of torque, two gears and a decent top speed, the DCD796 delivers on the toughest jobs. And whether you’re drilling or driving bolts and screws, the 15 torque & 2-speed settings make power control easy. Plus, the 34,000 blows per minute (bpm) hammer action mean this cordless drill is a match for tough masonry jobs too.

The all-metal 13mm chuck gives this drill a premium robust feel and importantly, it can handle all sizes of drill bit.

Brushless Motor

The standout advantage of a brushless motor is that it wears less and therefore lasts longer. But this isn’t the only benefit.

Adding to the extended lifespan, it generates less heat, uses less power, allows for superior 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.


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

Ratings: Dewalt DCD796

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

Verum ratings are calculated with data from multiple sources, weighting criteria and comparative metrics to give a quantitative measure of the product, based on key decision-making factors.

What Else Do I Need to Know?

No power cord makes every task a little easier. And what’s important is that with the Dewalt DCD796, there’s no compromise in power. Plus, this drill is a compact 173mm in length and weighs only 1.3Kg + battery. It’s rare to find a power tool that can be described as both lightweight & powerful.

These important details make working in tight spaces doable. Adding to this, the bright led light illuminates your work area. There’s also a sturdy belt hook. A small negative compared to older models is the lack of anywhere to keep a driver bit mounted on the drill.

The DCD796 works with all the Dewalt 18v XR batteries. The links below give you a choice of the bare tool or a complete kit that includes a battery, charger & case.

The Dewalt 18v power tool range is superb & they all use Dewalt 18v XR batteries. Run all your tools off the same 4 Ah or 5Ah batteries and over time, you’ll save a small fortune.

With battery-powered tools, there’s every reason to stick with one brand and Dewalt is our top choice for professional-level power tools, both in terms of range and performance.


Dewalt DCD796 - Best Buy
Dewalt DCD796 + 4Ah battery + charger + case
All Day Power with 2 x 5Ah Batteries
Pro choice complete with two batteries
Bare Tool
Dewalt DCD796 - Choose charger & battery separately

UK Verdict

This Dewalt DCD796 is our top choice combi-drill. Class-leading in terms of power and value. The brushless motor, 13mm chuck and 70Nm of torque make this the top choice for all trades. Plus, it’s a great choice for demanding DIYers who are looking for professional quality power tools that are built to last.