Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the Dewalt 20V MAX Cordless Drill. Any long term listener will know that I am a huge fan of Dewalt tools. I have a large existing collection of old school 18 volt power tools. Most are over 10 years old and still work as good as the day I bought them.
Last year I found out about the 18 volt to 20 volt adapter, I picked up one as a kit that included two batteries and a charger, since then I have decided whenever an 18vdc gives up the ghost to replace it with new 20Volt batteries and move on to better technology.
In fact I liked the adapter so much I bought a second bare one so that I don’t have to keep switching between tools. I realized recently that Dewalt made a very savvy business decision in coming out with the adapters. For a long time they seemed to be trying to smoke old guys like me out! Charging more and more for the old batteries and offering no conversion solution to the installed base (the installed base is people like me).
Then a listener told me about the adapter and I got one. So now when I need a new tool, what do you think I am going to buy? Well more 20v lithium ion of course. I have my eye on an angle grinder right now, but don’t need it yet. I am doing a ton of projects right now though and decided to get another drill. I like this one because it will also give me another battery and charger for less then I could buy them separately. One can never have too many batteries or chargers you know!
This is not Dewalts top end drill by any measure but it is a damn solid tool for what most people need a drill for, drilling and driving. When I picked up mine I also found a great add on item. It is this, 30 Pack of Dewalt #2 Bits for $4.94 but again it is an “add on item” meaning your total order must be over 25 dollars to buy it.
My view on #2 screwdriver bits is this, buy them when ever you can at a discount, they are the single most used driver on the planet in my view and they absolutely wear out in time, then they strip screws and need replacing. With this add on price they are 16 cents a piece. In have made a note to always check my bit supply when spending over 25 dollars on Amazon on anything. This is the best deal on these things I have found.
So if you are in need of a new drill/driver consider the Dewalt 20V MAX Cordless Drill as a new addition to your tool kit today. It will get you into the 20V Dewalt world with a great drill, two batteries and a charger all for under 100 bucks!
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P.S. – I noticed a significant number of one star reviews on this drill and almost every one was about the “batteries not charging”, this made absolutely no sense to me, at all. Dewalt is an incredible company with a multi decade rep for quality. It is why I am so loyal to them.
Then it hit me, such reviews only showed up on kits like this, where you get the batteries and charger with the kits. Many are clearly from people who are not well, “tool people” and I thought back to when I got my first ones. When you put the battery in the charger it seems like it is seated, and it may or may not charge when you do so. Leading you to think, well I did it right, nope, no you didn’t.
The battery must be pushed all the way in, until it clicks. Further if you do it wrong, and then push it in without pulling it our first it also won’t work. Check this quick video to see what I mean. I wonder if Dewalt themselves have figured out this problem yet?