DEWALT DCD995B Review Power Hammer Drill 

By  Enda McLarnon

This is my review of the DEWALT DCD995B 20V Premium Hammer Drill. This is a power drill designed for the serious DIY person, or for someone in the building or construction trades. The powerful brushless 650 watt motor delivers everything you will ever need in terms of power and more.

It is worth pointing out, that this is usually sold as a “bare tool.” That means that it does not come with a battery or a charger. Just be aware of that, if you decide to buy it online. You will need to buy a 20 Volt XR battery and a suitable Dewalt charger.

This drill will go through masonry like you would not believe. This drill is built to work and to add some extra power to those drilling jobs. It is another classic from DEWALT that I think will be around for a long time to come.

When this tool was first released it was just over $300, but that price has now been slashed to around half of that. It still costs a lot of money but is a high end product.

Main Features of the DEWALT DCD995B Premium

  • I really like the size of this drill as it measures 8.9 by 4.1 by 10.1 inches and weighs 4.4 pounds. I love using the 20V range of DEWALT tools but there is always the problem that they are too big to work in smaller areas. With this power drill they have really cut back on the size without any loss of power.
  • DEWALT have recently started using brushless motors and these will really extend the life of your drill as there are no brushes to burn out. You will get almost double the life span from this drill.
  • It is a 3-speed drill with a full metal transmission and a proper heavy duty 1/2″ metal ratcheting chuck. The speed of this is 0-2,000 rpm

Those are the main features of this drill and it is certainly the best of quality.

Other Features of the DEWALT DCD995B

  • It comes with the DEWALT standard 3-year limited warranty. (Make sure to register online to take full advantage of the 3 year warranty)
  • There is an LED light that has a 20 second trigger release and for once this light has been designed so as shadows are not cast on the area where you are working. This really does make a huge difference. They have achieved this by putting the light at the base of the drill rather than immediately under the chuck.
  • To give you an indication of the hammer power in this drill it can deliver up to 34,000 BPM (Blows Per Minute) This is perfect for taking on those tough masonry jobs
  • This one takes a lithium-ion battery but please note it does not come with this drill and nor does the charger

As you can see this tool comes with a brake and the chuck stops when the trigger is released. The side handle clamps to the front of the gear case and can be used by either a left or right handed person.

There is a forward and reverse control button and you can adjust the torque by adjusting the torque control to the required number. The higher the number, the higher the torque.

Buyer Reviews

Online there are around 300 buyer reviews who have highly rated this one at 92% buyer satisfaction. That is a really high rating and it shows you that this is a good quality product. According to buyers this is just a very powerful hammer drill that can handle any type of masonry drilling.

Buyers clearly stated that they noticed the increased power of the 20 Volt battery combined with the brushless motor. Those that stated that had previously been used to the 18 Volt range of Dewalt tools. Clearly this step up in power made a huge difference to them.

Most buyers also said that this is a very good choice if you have to use a drill everyday. Once again the brushless motor will make a huge difference here. As long as you have a fully charged battery, then this one will keep you going for most of the day.

Our recommendation is to always have a couple of batteries (if you can afford to do that) and a charger. That way you can keep going with one battery and have the other one on the charge, and ready for action.

Buyers also said that overall this drill feels pretty light despite the power that it delivers. That is also important to understand especially if you have to have a drill in your hand for long periods of time.

What’s In The Box

  • The DEWALT 995B power drill
  • Belt hook
  • Bit Holder
  • Side Handle

In the video below you can see this drill in action. You can also see a decent review on this product.


My Verdict of the DEWALT 995B Power drill

You would be really hard pushed to find a complaint about the power drill. If they had provided a battery and charger, then I don’t think I would have had a single thing to complain about. Sadly they didn’t and I really do wish DEWALT would provide these as standard and try to keep the price under control.

Now that said, if you are looking for a powerful hammer drill, then look no further than this one. It is extremely good and the DEWALT DCD995B 20V Max XR Lithium Ion Brushless Premium Hammer Drill Bare Tool gets the job done quickly.

This is not the type of drill that most home owners will ever need. This is a high quality hammer drill and will be used in the main by professionals and those in the various trades. If you plan on owning one of course, then we would highly recommend it, as it is very high quality.

This one is still selling really well. It seems to be firm favourite with many users.

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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