Dewalt DC970k-2 18-volt Drill/Driver Review 

By  Enda McLarnon

The DEWALT DC970K-2 leads the way as the top rated 18V drill/driver at the moment. In this article we will do a detailed review of this popular Dewalt 18 Volt compact drill/driver kit.

For the price at the moment it really is hard to look past this one as your number one choice. The brand alone almost ensures its quality and the size of this combination makes it ideal for using almost anywhere.

Here is a short video below that explains most of the key features

Dewalt DC970K-2 Video Review

With over 5,000 online buyer reviews available, that should give you a sense of just how popular this Dewalt DC970K-2 drill/driver combination has become. Combine that huge selling power along with an online buyer satisfaction rating of 92%, and clearly you have a fantastic product.

Many buyers are looking for one good piece of kit in their toolbox, that they can rely on time after time. I think that DEWALT, with this particular model have found that golden spot.

When you see a power tool selling as well as this one does, then it is certainly worth checking it out. Below we have done a full review so as you can see if this is the one for you.

Main & Important Features of the DEWALT DC970k-2

Dewalt have kept this one light at only 5.2 pounds and that means it can be used a lot without causing the user any type of fatigue. Many of the drills made today are heavy, and over long periods of use, can be quite sore on the arms and muscles. You will not have that problem with this one.

Size matters they say! Well when it comes to a drill, it actually does make a difference. In the past I have used a whole range of drills.

For general use though you basically want a drill/driver combo that you can work on anywhere, and that includes restricted areas. These are areas like under cupboards, in closets and bathrooms. Again this kit ticks the box on that.

All drills need power and in most cases the more of that you have the better. The 18V drill still remains the most popular of all the cordless batter type drills available. That is still the most popular selection for many users and this particular DC970k-2 model makes use of that battery size.


When you combine a voltage like this with the 300 watt high performance motor, then once again, you can be assured that your have something powerful in your hands, that will be capable of doing most jobs that you need it to do.

The only real down side of this drill in my opinion, is that it does use a NiCAD battery. However I am guessing that they used this to keep the price down. Had this one had a Lithium-Ion battery instead it would have pushed the price up, and out of the affordable range.

The good news is that you do get a couple of batteries, so at least you can use one, and have the other one on the charge. It is not that often where you will be able to buy a drill/driver, 2 batteries, a charger and a kit bag from a brand like Dewalt for well under $100.

Who Should Buy the Dewalt DC970K-2 Cordless Drill?

This is a drill suitable for a wide range of buyers. I know many professional contractors, who use this as their everyday drill/driver. It is of course also suitable for re-modelers, woodworkers, and for general purposes around the home and garden.

In other words anyone who wants to own a high quality drill/driver should buy this one. As I mentioned the only downside for me is the older battery style. Even with that drawback you will still get many happy years out of this drill.

DC970K-2 Chuck Size

This drill/driver combo has a 1/2″ single sleeve keyless chuck which simply means it will accept most drill bits, and you never have to worry about losing a chuck key.

The grip on the chuck is excellent and holds bits in place really well. It can handle bits of up to 1/2″ which is also very useful. Many drill/drivers use the slightly smaller 3/8″ chuck, and having that extra width really does make quite a difference, when it comes to the bigger and heavier drilling jobs.

DEWALT DC970K-2 18-Volt Drill/Driver Kit Review

Ratings and Reviews of The DEWALT DC970K-2

As I mentioned earlier, when you see thousands of reviews reviews and an average buyer satisfaction rating of 92%, then you know that not only is this a best selling product, but is also a very high quality product.

Buyers don’t leave high reviews if they are not entirely satisfied and this one certainly has got people talking.

If you decide to get one then you will receive the drill/driver, two 18V batteries, a 1-hour charger and a DEWALT contractor bag in which to keep all the different parts.

It’s great that you get two batteries as that means you can charge one, while you are using the other one, meaning you will always have a battery when you need one.

It really is hard to find something wrong with this power tool. My only gripe is the battery but I have explained my reasons for that. I think it also makes a really good gift for someone who is interested in doing some work around the home, or who likes to take on different projects.

Our Verdict on the Dewalt DC970K-2

This is a powerful drill and also a driver that offers you lots of control and plenty of power as and when you need it. Like any Dewalt product it is made really well, assembled really well and is built to last.

That pretty much sums this one up in my opinion. It is just a really good quality drill/driver to buy and have around the home when you need it. It will give you plenty of good service and is one of my favorite choices.

There is an old saying that so many buyers can’t be wrong. That applies for sure in this case. With over 5,000 available online buyer reviews, and average buyer satisfaction rating of 92%, it should be obvious this sells really well and is clearly very good as a drill and driver.

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

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