For those who run a woodworking shop, an on the blink cordless drill can cause a whale of a problem, the chief among them being the dilemma about which new cordless drill to buy. Take the case of Bill and Larry for instance.
Their old cordless drill has just gone out of functioning and the duo who runs a woodworking shop had often come to rows, not being able to decide which cordless drill to buy. While Bill was all up for the new Makita 6347DWDE 18-Volt NiMH Cordless Drill/Driver Kit, Larry was rooting for the new DEWALT DCD760KL 18-Volt 1/2-Inch Cordless Compact Lithium-Ion Drill/Driver Kit. When I had come to learn of their indecision, I too was thrown into a tizzy. But then I thought of doing a comparative study between these two cordless drills that will help dispel all the confusion.
Comparison Makita 6347DWDE vs the new DEWALT DCD760KL
The comparative study has been discussed under the following heads in terms of volts, weight, speed, battery, durability and user’s convenience. Below the two products are –
How Much Power Is Needed?
In case of cordless drills, power is measured in terms of battery voltage. As indicated by the name, both the Makita 6347DWDE and the DEWALT DCD760KL run on 18 volts of power. Both these 18 volt cordless drills allow you to work on drilling, boring holes and driving without involving the problems of tangled cords and the wall outlets being stationed far away.
Weight is an essential consideration while buying a cordless drill. A cordless drill should essentially be lightweight so that the user can work with it for long hours without experiencing fatigue. At 4 pounds, the new DEWALT DCD760KL is very lightweight and allows you to work throughout the day without exerting your wrists and hands. This helps enhance productivity. Measuring just 8.2 inches, its compact size allows you to work in small spaces like in corners, under sinks or a closet.
While the exact weight of the Makita 6347DWDE has not been specified, users have testified that it is surprisingly lightweight and well balanced. The drill is also much lighter than the lower voltage NiCad battery drills. It feels more like a 14.4 V drill than an 18V drill when held in hand. What’s more, it is comfortable to use even at odd angles and at arm’s length.
How fast is the speed?
The DEWALT DCD760KL renders a dual speed range of 0-500/0-1,700 rpm for maximum versatility. The fast speed setting is great for drilling and the low-speed setting is ideal for good cutting speed and has enough power to bore 8-1/4 Inch holes in TJI or plywood. What’s more, the 3-speed transmission provides you with enough speed to drill optimally with small bits, as opposed to the two-speed drivers.
The Makita 6347DWDE offers a dual speed of 0-100/0-1,300 rpm. The all metal-gear transmission increases efficiency for the most demanding jobs.
How Good Are the Batteries?
The DEWALT DCD760KL operates on compact Lithium-Ion batteries that work with the existing system of all the DEWALT 18-volt power tools devised since 1996. Lithium-Ion batteries are considered superior to the conventional Ni-Cad batteries as they charge faster (in just 30 minutes) and last up to 3 times longer per charge. Moreover, it holds its charge for many months so there is no need to recharge it just because it was in the non-operational mode for a while. The drill comes with an extra battery pack. With the spare battery pack, you can leave one on the charger while using the other.
The Makita 6347DWDE comes with 2 NiMH 2.6A batteries. The NiMH 2.6A batteries too have a great runtime and are lighter in weight than the traditional Ni-Cad batteries. Like the DEWALT, the Makita to comes with two batteries which imply zero downtime. This cordless drill comes with a charger that can handle multi-volt batteries.
Are the Drills Lasting?
Both the cordless drills boast of an incredibly sturdy construction. For instance, even if you drop the DEWALT DCD760KL from a considerable height, it is less likely to develop a scratch. It is built like a tank and comes with protection mechanisms that disable the drill if the motor is likely to be damaged from overheating.
Same goes for the new Makita 6347DWDE. The plastic housing can withstand rigorous wear and tear. One consumer, for instance, has recounted his experience when he dropped the drill accidentally from single story roof and it survived.
Is It Easy to Use the Drills?
Both these cordless drills are a breeze to use. First, let us discuss the Makita 6347DWDE. With this cordless drill, you can bore holes in a variety of materials as well as sink a variety of lengths of screws in a number of materials. Thanks to the exclusive Shift Lock Drive, you can quickly change from “drill” to “driver” mode. This locks out the clutch for more efficient drilling. The clutch is effective at driving screws. The drill comes with a keyless chuck that tightens easily and stays tight. It features a rubberized grip that offers the user a secure hold, even at odd angles. The included carrying case is spacious enough for accommodating bits and drivers. The DEWALT DCD760KL comes with a 1/2-inch chuck and 17 clutch settings. It also features an LED work light that allows you to work in tight corners or low light conditions.
What Comes in the Package?
The Makita 6347DWDE comes with 2 batteries, plastic tool case, multi-volt charger, keyless chuck, two-headed bit and a battery cover. The DEWALT DCD760KL comes with a 30-minute yellow top Lithium/NiCad charger, two compact Lithium-Ion batteries, and a heavy-duty kit box.
Does It Come with the Warranty?
The DEWALT DCD760KL features a three year limited warranty. There is also a 90 day money back guarantee and a one year free service contract. The batteries of this cordless drill are backed by a two-year free service contract. The Makita 6347DWDE is backed by a 1-year warranty.
What Others like About the Drill
The lightweight design of the DEWALT DCD760KL allows you to work for extended hours without feeling tired. The drill is much lighter than 18 V drills with traditional Ni batteries and more powerful. It comes with a strong gearbox and an excellent chuck which can handle all size bits. The drill comes with a heavy duty plastic case that holds up to quite a bit of abuse. It also comes with an extra battery pack. The batteries charge in nearly 30 minutes which is a good recovery time. The LED light in front comes really handy while working in low light conditions.
The battery pack of the Makita 6347DWDE proves more than adequate in delivering plenty of power over an extended period of time. It also comes with a backup. It is surprisingly lightweight and well-balanced. The drill is much lighter than the lower voltage NiCad battery drills. The users are likely to face no problems while switching between the two speeds. It comes with durable metal gears. It also comes with a switch that makes it easy and quick to change between the drill and the screw mode.
What Others Don’t Like
Every coin has two sides. Likewise, both these cordless drills come with their set of advantages and disadvantages. Many of the users, for instance, have found the Makita 6347DWDE to be a bit too heavy for use. The speed variation is very high. Also, the two speeds do not always engage. Half the time, you have to switch back and forth to make them engage. The chuck is all metal and smaller in diameter than the ones in the old style which makes it harder to grasp and tighten it.
One of the major complaints that the users of the DEWALT DCD760KLhave that the, unlike the NiCad drills that just turn slower and slower as the batteries discharge, the Lithium battery just shuts off without a warning. Also, some feel that the batteries die out too soon. Some also opine that drill needs to have more speed options or a variable speed trigger. Also if you rub the front of the drill against something while drilling, the chuck can get accidentally loosened.