DEWALT DC970K-2 18-Volt Review

The Dewalt DC970K-2 cordless drill 1/2-inch compact drill driver is a compact drill capable of drilling and driving in tight spaces most tools cannot reach.

The DC970K-2 has a very ergonomic design that minimizes user’s fatigue and makes it extremely comfortable to use. Reaching a max speed of 1500 rpm, we can see that the small design does not sacrifice power. For the sake of comparison however, we should note that with a slightly smaller design (3.43 pounds versus 5.2 pounds), the Bosch DDS181-02 delivers more max speed (1700 rpm versus 1500 rpm).

On the plus side, the Dewalt drill is now offered at a really reasonable price, which makes it very popular these days.

Below are some of the benefits of theDC970K-2:

  • A compact size that fits into the tightest spots
  • An ergonomic design
  • Dual speed range, 0-450/0-1,500 rpm
  • 1/2-inch single sleeve key-less ratcheting chuck for tighter bit grip

On the other hand, we note some disadvantages that are worth considering before making the decision to buy this drill. First, the battery is very large (and heavy), making the drill less suitable for women. The torque delivered (380 inchxpounds) feels like the drill will not hold up for heavy-duty use; with a smaller design, the Bosch DDS181-02 delivers twice as much torque (600 inchxpounds). Below is a summary of the disadvantages noted on the Dewalt DC970K-2:

  • A slow charge time for a small battery (around 45 minutes)
  • Big and heavy batteries
  • Not suitable for heavy load use.

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Who should buy the Dewalt DC970K-2?

The Dewalt DC970K-2 cordless drill is mainly designed for homeowners as they can use it to accomplish most of the tasks at home. Due to its heavy batteries, we would not recommend this drill for women. Women looking to buy a compact and lightweight drill can either look at the Bosch DDS181-02 or the Bosch PS31-2A.

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DEWALT DC970K-2 18-Volt Drill/Driver Kit

Images and Technical specifications

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The technical specifications of the Dewalt DC970K-2 are summarized in the table below:


Battery Voltage 18 Volts
Weight 5.2 LBS
Length 14.7″
Torque 380 INCHxLBS
Speed 0-450 RPM / 0-1500 RPM
Drill Chuck 1/2″ metal single sleeve
Batt Type NiCAD
Work Light None
Tool Warranty 3 Years

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Power, Torque and Battery life of the Dewalt DC970K-2

We will now look at the details of this Dewalt drill for those of you who are interested in getting familiar with the technicalities of this drill before buying it.

You would be interested to note that the DC970K-2 has two optimized speeds:

  • 500 RPM speed: ideal for applications requiring a high torque and,
  • 1700 RPM speed: ideal for applications requiring high speed

It provides a maximum of 380 inch-pounds of torque which is an average torque compared to its competitors.
The battery life is as good as any comparable cordless drills from other brands. It will allow you a little bit less than 5 minutes of non stop drilling.



As with all Dewalt tools, you don’t have to worry about the warranty. The DC970K-2 comes with a 3 year warranty.

Learn more about the warranty here.

What people who bought the Dewalt DC970K-2 have said

We have also gathered for you what other people who bought/used the Dewalt DC970K-2 cordless drill have said about it.

By N. Ilyin 
“Great drill that really accomplishes anything I throw at it. I’ve been able to easily screw in 3″ construction screws into dry fir. Great for flooring applications and really nice slow speed to make sure you’re starting steady. The two batteries that come with this kit are great. I’ve been able to go a full day without swapping.”

By Robert I. Hedges 
“I am a huge fan of this drill and see why my contractor has a variety of DeWalt power tools and little else. I strongly recommend this drill and driver for homeowners: it has great performance at a great price.”

By MK. Ultra
“For around the house stuff like hanging fixtures, plant holders, or other tasks that don’t require a lot of torque, this drill is pretty good. Recharge time is fast, and it can do most drilling through 2x4s and other wood. For metal, it just doesn’t perform as well as my other drills do.”

By D. Diesel 
“I used it to replace the wood on my patio within days of receiving it and as usual, DeWalt tools perform steadily, get the job done quickly and have enough power to drive the 2 1/2 inch screws through the wood. I was a little bit disappointed with the amount of battery capacity so. Even so there are too of them and you can recharge one while using the other, they drain their capacity too fast for a professional job”

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Final Opinion and Rating

To sum up, we think that the Dewalt DC970k-2 is a perfect cordless drill for a multitude of user categories. We recommend this drill for DIY amateurs planning on a light usage around the house as well as for professionals as a complementary drill assuming they already have a reliable corded drill. However, as we said earlier, the DC970K is not very suitable for women because of its heavy batteries.

If we have to make a comparable analysis, we would say this drill ranks above average amongst other competitors. You wouldn’t expect a large torque from this drill, but it can be used to accomplish most of the tasks around the house.

Our rating is 4.4 stars. (See how it ranks with other drills: full rating chart)


Best price of the Dewalt DC970K-2 Cordless Drill

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After extensive research, we recommend that you buy the Dewalt DC970K-2 at Amazon, as they offer, in our opinion, the best price-to-reliability ratio. Amazon is currently offering a 48% discount on this product.






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Excellent review

Jun 04, 2013 by Mark

Excellent review guys, it was really helpful.. I just ordered this drill right now can't wait to try it :)
thanks again.

May 21, 2013 by Jack

Excellent drill! I have it for almost 2 years now..and it has always been there for me. I highly recommend it! , USA 4.5 5.0 2 2 Excellent review guys, it was really helpful.. I just ordered this drill right now can't wait to try it :)thanks again.

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