DeWalt Cordless 1/2″ Drill

DeWalt Cordless 1/2″ Drill Variable Speed

Manufacturer:  DeWalt

Model:  DC759

Battery:  18V

RPMs:  0-450 & 0-1,500

Cost:  $250


The DC759 was for a long time the most used tool in my arsenal of weapons of mass construction.  It was the first cordless drill I bought and I have not “switched”.  However, the one I currently use is not my original.

When I started out on my own in home improvement I, like most people, used a corded drill.  I quickly found out that that was not practical.  I knew that DeWalt had a good reputation and so I decided that I was going with them for my cordless drill.

When I first put the DC759 to work I was extremely impressed at both its power and battery longevity.  Once I got used to the weight of the tool (the battery adds a considerable amount) I used it constantly.  I would drive 3.5″ screws in with no problems.  Drilling holes was a breeze.

The DC759 has a keyless chuck which makes changing out bits quick and easy.

Like I mentioned earlier, I used this tool everyday.  But after two years it started showing signs of lag.  What did it in was drilling holes for electrical runs in a full kitchen remodel.  Using a 5/8″ spade bit and drilling dozens of holes seemed to be too much for the drill.  Well, smoke appeared and it stopped drilling holes.  Being in the middle of the job, I needed a replacement and now.  So, I went looking and found another DC759.  I purchased it and returned to the jobsite.  However, I made the decision to use one of my corded drills to finish drilling the electrical runs.  I didn’t want to burn out my new DC759 the day I bought it.  However, I am truly convinced that its age and hours of use were the reason the original died.

The second DC759 was used as much as the first.  However, I did also decide to lessen it’s workload.  I would no longer used it for extreme duty.  I would use it for moderate to heavy screw insertion and light to moderate hole drilling.  I would use my corded hammer drill for the extreme work.  The second drill came in a three tool set (drill, light, and 18V reciprocating saw).  The drill lasted longer than both the light and saw.

My second DC759 lasted a little over two years.  For budgeting I figured that the DC759 would have a life expectany of two years and expect to purchase a new one in that time.  I was however very satisfied with the DC759 and told myself that I would continue to purchase one if they continued to manufacture them.  Besides, the Milwaukees were going for almost twice the cost for the same class tool.  Now the reason for failure of my second DC759 was not totally use fatigue.  I abused it in so many ways that probably caused it’s end.

So, I purchased my third DC759.  That is my current drill and I have been using it for over fours now.  However, it has been “demoted” because of another drill (which I will review next…DC825 Cordless Impact Driver).  I now only use my DC759 for light to moderate hole drilling.

The disadvantages of this tool make it not a choice for contractors but perfect for DIY’ers.

First, the keyless chuck is made of plastic.  I can see it starting to slip and losing its grip on bits.  DeWalt makes a class higher that has a steel keyless chuck.

Second, its longevity for doing heavy to extreme workloads makes it not feasible for contractors.

Third, which is more a DeWalt corporate problem than a specific tool issue, is that 18V batteries are being phased out.  DeWalt is now going to 22V systems and the batteries are not interchangable.

The batteries (18V) are starting to age.  I have 10 backup batteries, but only half now will take a full charge.  Granted some are almost 10 years old.

The DC759 is a good tool, but I am now considering making the change to the next highest class and the 22v system.  But I will wait until my DC759 finally gives out.

For DIY’ers, the DC759 is a great tool that will last and has a nice price tag.  A recommended buy.

For Contractors, the DC759 is NOT a recommended buy.

Posted June 12, 2014 by admin in Tool Reviews

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