Dewalt DCD950B 18V XRP Drill Review

dewalt dcd950B in action

This is my review of the DEWALT 18V XRP Drill and it is probably one of the best drills that DEWALT have ever produced, in my opinion. The model number for this particular drill is theĀ DEWALT Bare-Tool DCD950B.

There are hundreds of contented buyers who would share my opinion on this drill. You probably already know that this brand is renowned for making very high quality tools. The online buyers have rated this drill with a current 92% buyer satisfaction rating.

Well this Hammer drill/Driver is certainly close to the top of the list of all 18 Volt cordless drills. I use a lot of DEWALT tools and especially their drills in the line of work that I do, and I have never held a drill that feels so really well balanced in your hand. It simply looks good and it feels good.

In my opinion any contractor, or someone who needs a good solid reliable cordless drill, can simply not go too far wrong if they use this as their standard work horse.


Main Features of the Dewalt XRP Hammer Drill/Driver

  • If you have ever had the misfortune to use a drill and the bit keeps slipping in the chuck, then you will know how really annoying that is. The chuck in this drill however is a proper heavy duty one, that just grips bits and drills very tightly.
  • There is a nice 450 watt motor powering this so you get both speed and power
  • You know it is sheer quality as the transmission is 100% metal, which increases speed and durability

Other Features You Should Consider

Size

  • It measures 4.38″ in length by 11.13″ in width and is 3.75″ high and weighs 3.9 pounds which makes it a solid drill that can still be used in small and confined spaces.
  • There is also a strong LED light
  • This is classed as a BARE tool which simply means no battery supplied – uses an XRP style Dewalt battery
  • Has a 90 day money back guarantee and a 3-year limited warranty
  • Has 3 variable speeds 0.500, 0-1,250 and 0- 2,000 RPM.
  • It also has 3 hammer drill speeds with 22 clutch settings
  • Has a 1/2″ chuck and comes with a side handle
dewalt dcd950B in action

DEWALT DCD950B in action

What Buyers Say About the DEWALT Bare-Tool DCD950B 1/2-Inch 18-Volt XRPHammerdrill/Drill/Driver

At 92% online buyer satisfaction it is obvious that most buyers rate this drill very highly indeed. It is priced with an average buying price of around $140, but worthwhile shopping around to see if you can get slightly better value.

Buyers used this model of drill for a whole range of tasks. The most popular use was to make use of an excellent hammer action. That of course is required to help users get through the hard masonry materials like brick, block, mortar, cement and concrete.

They likes the hammer action on this drill and it is right up there with the best of them. It is worth noting though that if you use the hammer action, then it will use the battery quicker. When using this drill in normal mode there is of course just the turning action.

Once you hit the hammer function you then combine that turning action with the hammer bumping action. That is what helps it get through the masonry, but that combined action will use more battery power. However with this model of drill, it does go through masonry really well, according to almost every buyer review.

The only real complain that I could find with this drill was that a couple of buyers said the side handle was made of plastic and they would have preferred the older style Dewalt handle which was made from metal. Other than that it was hard to find any other type of complaints about this drill.

My Verdict on the DEWALT 18V XRP

Having worked in the building trade for many years, there are simply just times when you need certain tools to do certain jobs. I think the cheapest drill and the cheapest drill bit can manage to eventually make its way through a piece of softwood.

There may be a bit of smoke along the way but it should get there. On the other side of the spectrum try using something cheap to say attach brass screws to a nice piece of oak, and the cheap drill will just not hack that type of work.

For me personally I would much rather have a drill that is cordless and can do all jobs, including the tough ones. With the DEWALT DCD950B XRP that is what you get. The only thing I don’t like that much about it is the light as it tends to cast a small shadow on the area you are drilling.

I could be wrong of course but I don’t think there is really a design that would work around that. Other than that small moan, I found it hard to complain about this drill.


I guess the thing I like about DEWALT drills is that they continually try to improve them. The addition of the new chuck makes such a difference and saves you a lot of time and frustration. I also think the gear change on this is smoother.

Over the years I have used more types of drills than I care to remember. Many of those have been some type of Dewalt drill and to be honest, they seldom disappoint. If you can find this 18 volt cordless model for under $140, then that is a good buy in my opinion.

Everything works the way it should and it will give you years of drilling. If you already own an 18Volt XRP battery and suitable charger, then this bare tool model is certainly worth your consideration. It is a best in class length and gives you a really nice balance, good control and feels good in your hands.

This is in my opinion a very useful drill/driver to have in your tool bag. Like most Dewalt products this is certainly not a cheap option, but you will own a very high quality tool.

Enda McLarnon
 

Enda McLarnon is now retired and is now enjoying writing about his love of power tools. All types of these tools are now available and they make working on projects and DIY jobs around the home a great deal of fun