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Winter 2013-2014

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DeWalt 20 Volt MAX* Lithium Ion compact drill/driver and compact hammer drill

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DeWalt 20 Volt MAX* Lithium Ion compact drill/driver and compact hammer drill

Ideal for professionals including remodelers, carpenters, cabinetmakers and installers, woodworkers, electricians and plumbers.

DeWalt announces the launch of its new 20 Volt MAX* Lithium Ion compact drill/driver (DCD780C2) and compact hammer drill (DCD785C2). Ideal for professionals including remodelers, carpenters, cabinetmakers and installers, woodworkers, electricians and plumbers, these two new products offer the performance, ergonomics and innovative features professionals expect from DeWalt power tools and accessories.

To deliver comfortable and ergonomic drill/drivers, the new DeWalt DCD780C2 and DCD785C2 units use a 1.5 Amp Hour (Ah) slide-on Lithium Ion battery pack, which allowed engineers to develop a slim handle design.

In addition to the contoured grip on the handle, the new 20 Volt MAX* Lithium Ion drill/drivers are well balanced and compact enough to fit into tight areas.

The new compact drill/driver is 7-½ inches long, which is ½-inch shorter than current drill/drivers on the market. The new compact drill/driver and hammer drill are also lightweight, weighing 3.4 pounds and 3.5 pounds, respectively. This translates to comfort for contractors who use these drill/drivers and hammer drills throughout the day.

DeWalt also designed the new cordless compact drill/driver and hammer drill to alleviate the frustrations contractors often experience when using other drill/drivers. These specific frustrations include issues with performance and speed. For fast speed of application, the DCD780C2 and DCD785C2 deliver 2,000 RPM, which is up to 35 percent faster versus other leading 18 Volt Lithium Ion tools. Also, for optimized drilling and fastening, the compact drill/driver and hammer drill feature a high-speed transmission, which includes two different speed settings that deliver 0-600/0-2,000 RPM. To provide professionals with a reliable solution, DeWalt designed the compact drill/driver to include a ½-inch ratcheting chuck that helps to reduce bit slippage during high torque applications. The compact drills also each include a belt hook and on-board bit storage on the battery of the tool to save time otherwise spent locating and holding bits.

Both the DCD780C2 and DCD785C2 offer a bright LED light positioned above the trigger, with a 20-second delay for extended use in dimly lit spaces. A 1.5 Ah Lithium Ion battery powers the compact drills, which is smaller in size to allow for a more compact solution. However, the drills will also work with the 3.0 Ah Lithium Ion batteries that are available as replacement packs or come with the Premium drills or saws.

Additionally, DeWalt-designed electronic features are built into the switches of all 20 Volt MAX* Lithium Ion tools and lights. These electronics provide maximum life for the tools and batteries by helping to protect them from overheating, overloading and deep discharge during use. The charger for each of the items in the system has dual voltage capabilities, and it is compatible with 12 Volt MAX* and 20 Volt MAX* Lithium Ion DeWalt batteries.

The new 20 Volt MAX* Lithium Ion compact drill/driver and hammer drill will be available in September 2011 anywhere DeWalt products are sold. The compact drill/driver, sold with two 1.5 Ah Lithium Ion batteries and a charger, is expected to retail for approximately $219.00, and the compact hammer drill, is expected to retail for $239.00. They also will be offered in a variety of combo kit options. Click here to view the complete 20 Volt MAX* Lithium Ion combo kit listing.

The drills will come standard with a three-year limited warranty, one-year free service contract and 90-day money-back guarantee. The 1.5 Ah Lithium Ion battery, which is sold with the tools, will come with a two-year free service contract and the 3.0 Lithium Ion Ah battery, which can be bought separately, will come with a three-year free service contract. For more information on available accessories, please visit www.dewalt.com.

* With respect to the 12V MAX*: Maximum initial battery voltage (measured without a workload) is 12 volts. Nominal voltage is 10.8. With respect to the 20V MAX*: Maximum initial battery voltage (measured without a workload) is 20 volts. Nominal voltage is 18.