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DEWALT LAUNCHES NEW LINE OF XRPâ„¢ AND XRPâ„¢ LITHIUM ION DRILLS -- COMPLETELY REDESIGNED FOR INCREASED PERFORMANCE, DURABILITY, RUNTIME AND ERGONOMICS

 

   

-- New XRPâ„¢ Lithium Ion is Compatible with More Than 40 Tools

in the DEWALT 18V System --

December 2008 – DEWALT, a leading manufacturer of industrial power tools, launches a new line of heavy-duty XRP™ hammerdrill/drill/drivers and a new XRP™ Lithium Ion drill. The drills are designed from the ground up with significant performance, durability, run time and ergonomic enhancements. The XRP™ line includes three 18V models (DCD950KX, DCD950VX and DCD940KX), three 14.4V models (DCD930KX, DC930VX and DCD920KX) and a 12V model (DCD910KX). Additionally, the new line includes an XRP™ Lithium Ion 18V hammerdrill/drill/driver (DCD970KL) with a Nano-Phosphate Lithium Ion battery that is backwards compatible with more than 40 tools in the DEWALT 18V system.

Performance and Runtime:

Each hammerdrill/drill/driver has a patented, three-speed transmission that matches each speed to the appropriate application, offering professional end users maximum performance for various applications. For example, first speed is ideal for drilling large holes in wood using large diameter hole saws and self-feed bits. Second speed is ideal for use with auger bits and step bits, while third speed is most commonly used for fastening and hammer drilling into concrete. The speed shifting control is now positioned front to back and has positive detent stops allowing users to easily shift between various speeds. Additionally, the new drills now have a two-collar design that enables users to quickly transition among drilling, screwdriving and hammer drilling modes without changing the clutch setting.

The new XRPâ„¢ Lithium Ion and XRPâ„¢ drills are built with a high-power, high-efficiency frameless motor that delivers increased performance for drilling and fastening applications. All the hammerdrills are equipped with an exclusive chuck that self-tightens throughout the application to prevent bits from slipping. The chuck is designed with twice the bit holding strength of traditional ratcheting chucks.

Additionally, the new line of drills have 30 percent more runtime than previous XRPâ„¢ drills because DEWALT optimized the frameless motor and patented three-speed transmission enabling the drills to operate more efficiently.

Durability:

In order to meet the jobsite demands of end users, DEWALT designed the drills with an all-steel transmission. The tools have a metal gear case allowing the transmission to dissipate heat and run cooler. Additionally, a steel lockout feature positively locks the tool in drill mode. The frameless motor produces increased airflow through the tool allowing the unit to function more efficiently. The motor also contains replaceable brushes for easy serviceability.

Ergonomics:

The new drill/drivers offer a best-in-class length and a smaller footprint for increased balance and control. The handles of the drills are improved for a better grip and increased user comfort. A bright LED work light provides increased visibility in dimly lit areas.

XRPâ„¢ Lithium Ion Battery Chemistry and System Compatibility:

The XRPâ„¢ Lithium Ion drill features a battery designed with Nano-Phosphate Lithium Ion cells that provide users with increased battery durability and cycle life, offering 2,000 recharges. The battery is compatible with the existing system of DEWALT 18V power tools produced since 1996. The backwards compatibility of the XRPâ„¢ Lithium Ion battery enables users to continue to expand upon their existing 18V platform and use any DEWALT 18V battery with any DEWALT 18V tool.

About DeWALT (www.dewalt.com)

DeWALT is a leading manufacturer of industrial power tools with more than 300 power tool and equipment products as well as 800 power tool accessories, including corded and cordless drills, saws, hammers, grinders, routers, planers, plate joiners, sanders, lasers, generators, compressors and nailers, as well as saw blades, metal and masonry drill bits, abrasives, screw driving accessories and more. DeWALT tools can be found wherever tools are sold, nationally and internationally. With over 1,000 factory owned and authorized locations, DeWALT has one of the most extensive service and repair networks in North America.

DEWALT is a leading manufacturer of industrial power tools with more than 300 power tool and equipment products as well as 800 power tool accessories, including corded and cordless drills, saws, hammers, grinders, routers, planers, plate joiners, sanders, lasers, generators, compressors and nailers, as well as saw blades, metal and masonry drill bits, abrasives, screw driving accessories and more. DEWALT tools can be found wherever tools are sold, nationally and internationally. With over 1,000 factory owned and authorized locations DEWALT has one of the most extensive service and repair networks in North America.

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I just got my hands on the replacment for the DC925 its the DCD950.... Great balance and really easy to use!!  The switch to change from Hammer to Drill to screw is seprate from the clutch so you don't have to change your clutch setting to change modes.  The shift from speeds 1-3 is really easy to use and didn't seem to get stuck between gears like the old one.  I can't wait to get this out and really put it through its paces. :o

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In regards to the LED on the DCD950, does it only illuminate the work piece area below the bit?  Or is the LED aimed upwards with a wide enough beam so that it does a very good job at illuminating the work piece both above and below the bit?

Some of the other brands of tools I've tried poorly illuminate the work piece or they only illuminate the bottom half below the bit.  Our Hitachi 18V hammer drills & impact drivers / wrenches have an adjustable light and I really like this because I can always center the beam of light around the bit / work piece no matter how long the bit is.  We also have some Milwaukee M18 and M12 impact drivers among other tools we use with LED's and I was shocked to see just how much difference there was in LED illumination between one impact driver to the next.  Two of our M12 impact divers have the beams aimed way off to the left and one is dead center where I think it should be.  And there's a noticible difference in brightness in the LED's and a difference in aim with our M18 impact drivers.  Again, one is perfect to where I'm happy with it and the others are not as bright and their aim is a bit off.  Our M12 and M18 tools have better illumination than other tools we've used and owned, but I wish their LED illumination was better.

Even though the LED on our Dewalt DC827 Impact Drivers is fixed, it's aimed in such a way that it does a very good job of putting the light where its needed (on the work piece around the bit).  Also, our DC827's are consistant with uniform brightness and aim, but I only have a small sample of DC827's to work with and maybe I just got lucky?  And last but not least, the brightness and color temperature of the LED used in our DC827's is better than the other brands / models of tools I've used and owned.

Thanks for any thoughts you might have on the DCD950 LED in terms of its aim and brightness.

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I own the DC212KA. It's lightweight, very well balanced. I will post a video on it's performance in a few weeks. It's rated up to 3/8" but I've drilled much larger holes with it. I wished it had chipping mode. But I understand why it does not.  Most chipping tasks take awhile, and a 18v battery just wouldn't cut it.

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