This is a follow up to the DEWALT DCD950 vs DC925
We decided to do a quick comparison to the new DCD950 against a few other brands. This is one quick test to determine one possible outcome of holes drilled on a single charge.
This test was done with two 2x4 studs stacked. A 2 9/16 self feed bit. All drill's set in 1st gear. Since we are using stacked 2x4's we will be counting each completed hole drilled as two. We will also share a few likes and dislikes about each tool, however that is not the purpose of this test. (Just as a side note it is not always fair to compare cordless tools sharing the same voltage, but not the same AH.)
We stared this test off with the Ridgid X2 R86111, we really wanted to try the new X3 line, but did not have one available. This drill overall had the worst balance and feel. Not a whole lot of rubber on the grip. We did like the support grip; it felt solid, with a soft feel. The R8611 however had no problem drilling through the lumber. It had a slow and steady pace from the start, but once we got into the second stud it bogged down a little. During this test the drill finished in at 20 holes then the lithium ion battery shut off. After sitting for about 10 minutes the battery turned back on, and we were able to drill another 10 holes, for a total of 30. (This is why the second photo shows Ridgid in second)Second
in line was the Milwaukee M18 2611-24. This drill had a nice grip, good solid feel, but a little top heavy. The 2611-24 had a surprisingly longer handle than the rest. It really came in handy, and gave us extra support drilling these large holes. Unlike its competitors it only has 3 different handle settings, rather than your traditional spin lock style. The battery also features a nice fuel gauge that allows you to see how much juice you have left. (Were not sure how long that will last on the jobsite) Unlike the Ridgid R8611, this drill had no problem pounding out these holes. This drill did not suffer any bogging once it hit the second stud. Slow and steady start to finish. We did notice that this drill got very hot about 12 holes in. The fan would push out an uncomfortable amount of hot air onto our hands. All said and done, the Milwaukee 2611-24 had no problem pounding out 33 1/2 holes.Third
up was the DEWALT DCD950KX. This drill also had a very nice grip, a little top heavy but evened out nicely once the battery was on. Unlike its competitors the support handle is not padded. During our test, this drill was the only drill that did not lose grip on the 2 9/16 self feed bit. However, the self tightening chuck... once the test was complete, had a tough time unlocking. Like the previous drills, the DCD950 had no problem drilling the holes. It did however drill the holes noticeably faster. We did notice that once the bit hit the second stud, it did slow down a bit, but had no problem finishing the holes. (Side note, the holes were much cleaner with this drill, we can only assume it was because of faster RPM's) The DEWALT DCD950KX finished with an awesome 38 1/4 holes. Which was 1 3/4 less than our previous test. Last
to test was the Makita BHP451. This drill overall had the best grip, and feel. Lightweight, with good balance. It also shared a padded support grip with Ridgid R8611, and Milwaukee 2611-24. To our surprise, this drill finished dead last. It drilled each hole super slow, and left a very sloppy hole. It struggled to finish the last bit of each hole. After completing each hole, we were not sure if it would finish the next? It did however keep going... it would not stop, and certainly didn't want to give up. It finished in at modest 27 3/4 holes.Drill Line up:1st - DEWALT DCD950KX @ 38 1/4 holes
2nd - Bosch Brute 36718-01@ 36 holes
3rd - Milwaukee M18 2611-24 @ 33 1/2 holes
4th - Ridgid X2 R86111 @ 30 holes
5th - Makita BHP451 @ 27 3/4 holes Comparing Ah (Amp Hour)DEWALT DCD950KX; Nano Phosphate Lithium Ion 2.2 Ah
Bosch Brute 36718-01 ; "Litheon" ??oxide?? 2.6 Ah
Milwaukee M18 2611-24; Lithium Ion ??Manganese or oxide?? 2.8 Ah
Makita BHP451; Lithium Ion Oxide 3.0 Ah
Ridgid X2 R86111; Lithium Ion ??oxide?? 3.0 AhTOOL EFFECIENCY1st - DEWALT DCD950KX; 17.38.. holes per Ah
2nd - Bosch Brute 36718-01; 13.8.. Holes per Ah
3rd - Milwaukee M18 2611-24; 11.96.. holes per Ah
4th - Ridgid X2 R86111; 10 holes per Ah
5th - Makita BHP451; 9.25.. holes per Ah
Even though the DEWALT has the smallest Ah rating, it still drilled more holes, and also more holes per Ah.----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------(UPDATED 2.23.09)
A buddy brought over his new Bosch BRUTE 37618-01. I'ts not the Hammerdrill model, but we decided to test it anyways. The bosch 36718-01 was a little heavy, but very well balanced. Had a nice soft grip, and the handle grip was also nice and soft. The light seemed to be a bit dim. Unlike the others, the Bosch had a blue light that did not put off much light. We did not have a whole lot of scrap lumber laying around, so we did not stack 2x4's like in the previous test. This drill had no problems pounding out 36 holes, passing the Milwaukee and taking 2nd place. The Bosch Litheon battery acted much like the Makita. It did not shut off, rather it died down much like a Nicad battery. Another simliar aspect, both batteries were much hotter than the others after drilling there respective holes. We noticed both chargers have a fan that cools the battery during the 30 minute charge.
to see the internal specs.