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DEWALT DCD778D2T-GB 18V 2 x 2.0AH LI-ION XR Brushless Cordless Combi Drill with charger - £119.99 at Screwfix + free Click and Collect
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DEWALT DCD778D2T-GB 18V 2 x 2.0AH LI-ION XR Brushless Cordless Combi Drill with charger - £119.99 at Screwfix + free Click and Collect

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Compact and ergonomic combi drill with 18V brushless motor and XR technology. Features include 65mm max torque, intelligent trigger design and spindle lock for quick and easy bit change. Ideal for consistent screw driving into a variety of materials with different screw sizes.

2 x 2.0Ah Li-Ion Batteries
90min Charge Time
Max. Torque: 65Nm
15 Torque Settings + Drill + Hammer Drill
13mm Keyless Chuck
2-Speed Variable & Reverse
All-Metal Gearing
Brake
LED Work Light
Spindle Lock
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People in the trade tend to go for the more expensive and hardwearing steel grip chuck DeWalt drills with 4Ah+ batteries and dismiss these plastic grip with 2Ah types, but if you are looking for a combi-drill for diy jobs, this has plenty enough torque, and if used occasionally rather than 8 hours everyday, it will last you forever.
Edited by: "WayneBruce" 28th Jun
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People in the trade tend to go for the more expensive and hardwearing steel grip chuck DeWalt drills with 4Ah+ batteries and dismiss these plastic grip with 2Ah types, but if you are looking for a combi-drill for diy jobs, this has plenty enough torque, and if used occasionally rather than 8 hours everyday, it will last you forever.
Edited by: "WayneBruce" 28th Jun
WayneBruce28/06/2020 13:57

People in the trade tend to go for the more expensive and hardwearing …People in the trade tend to go for the more expensive and hardwearing steel grip chuck DeWalt drills and dismiss these plastic grip types, but if you are looking for a combi-drill for diy jobs, this has plenty enough torque, and if used occasionally rather than 8 hours everyday, it will last you forever.


Spot on - and. 4a plus battery kicks !
In real world layman's terms, how does this stack up against the Bosch PSB 1800 LI-2? For e.g. what could I do with this, that I couldn't with the Bosch?

As you've probably guessed by the question, I'm far from an experienced DIY'er. I've found the Bosch a bit lacking when going into masonry on the rare occasion I've had to. However, it did get the job done.

The Bosch is my first drill, so I've got nothing to compare it against.

Cheers.
BlueF3028/06/2020 16:27

In real world layman's terms, how does this stack up against the Bosch PSB …In real world layman's terms, how does this stack up against the Bosch PSB 1800 LI-2? For e.g. what could I do with this, that I couldn't with the Bosch? As you've probably guessed by the question, I'm far from an experienced DIY'er. I've found the Bosch a bit lacking when going into masonry on the rare occasion I've had to. However, it did get the job done. The Bosch is my first drill, so I've got nothing to compare it against.Cheers.


The ‘Green’ Bosch range of power tools are aimed at the casual diy-er, and your PSB 1800 has a maximum torque delivery of 38Nm (probably closer to 30Nm in real world tests) so will struggle with anything bigger than a brand new 8mm bit in masonry, and then the 1.5Ah battery will probably be close to exhausted after a handful of holes.

The DeWalt in the deal is measured at 65Nm, so it should have double the drive capability, and it has an all metal gearbox to keep the torque delivery efficient, as opposed to the plastic gearbox of the PSB which soaks up the torque with flex in the differential.

The PSB is probably fine at driving a few short screws in softwood, but if you want something a bit heavier duty and like Bosch tools, the ‘Blue’ range are the ones to go for, but at a far greater cost.

Personally, I go for DeWalt every time, and this 778 is as good as you are going to get for £120 with 2 batteries.

Sure you can get better, but unless you need something that will bang 6” screws in all day, I wouldn’t bother.
WayneBruce28/06/2020 17:31

The ‘Green’ Bosch range of power tools are aimed at the casual diy-er, and …The ‘Green’ Bosch range of power tools are aimed at the casual diy-er, and your PSB 1800 has a maximum torque delivery of 38Nm (probably closer to 30Nm in real world tests) so will struggle with anything bigger than a brand new 8mm bit in masonry, and then the 1.5Ah battery will probably be close to exhausted after a handful of holes. The DeWalt in the deal is measured at 65Nm, so it should have double the drive capability, and it has an all metal gearbox to keep the torque delivery efficient, as opposed to the plastic gearbox of the PSB which soaks up the torque with flex in the differential. The PSB is probably fine at driving a few short screws in softwood, but if you want something a bit heavier duty and like Bosch tools, the ‘Blue’ range are the ones to go for, but at a far greater cost. Personally, I go for DeWalt every time, and this 778 is as good as you are going to get for £120 with 2 batteries. Sure you can get better, but unless you need something that will bang 6” screws in all day, I wouldn’t bother.


Thanks for the informative reply, very much appreciated. I'll pick one up, double the torque can't be a bad thing.

I bought these with the Bosch. They've handled everything pretty well that I've used them for. Do you think they'll be alright with the DeWalt or should I be looking to upgrade those also?

Cheers again.
BlueF3028/06/2020 17:49

Thanks for the informative reply, very much appreciated. I'll pick one …Thanks for the informative reply, very much appreciated. I'll pick one up, double the torque can't be a bad thing. I bought these with the Bosch. They've handled everything pretty well that I've used them for. Do you think they'll be alright with the DeWalt or should I be looking to upgrade those also?Cheers again.


My pleasure. The Bosch bits you bought will be absolutely fine with the 778. You’ll be able to tell when they’re past best when you start having to put your body weight behind them, but until then, happy drilling.
BlueF3028/06/2020 17:49

Thanks for the informative reply, very much appreciated. I'll pick one …Thanks for the informative reply, very much appreciated. I'll pick one up, double the torque can't be a bad thing. I bought these with the Bosch. They've handled everything pretty well that I've used them for. Do you think they'll be alright with the DeWalt or should I be looking to upgrade those also?Cheers again.


From the link.

"Can be used with all brands of drills (excluding SDS rotary hammers)"


Drill bits are not Brand specific.

But there are different types.

SDS Drills have a different shank and locking mechanism. These are the more heavy duty drills.

The bosch ones you have and the drill in this post are (for want of a better word) Normal drill bits. So yep would work.


I would note that a large chunk of the drill cost is the batteries and charger - 4ah batteries are what £50-80 a pop?

And as such you tend to get drawn into Brand loyalty when you add on things like impact drivers, circular saws, torches...... So choose your platform wisely.


You might even be able to get a meatier bare bosch drill and use your same battery?
adamg0228/06/2020 18:11

From the link."Can be used with all brands of drills (excluding SDS rotary …From the link."Can be used with all brands of drills (excluding SDS rotary hammers)"Drill bits are not Brand specific. But there are different types.SDS Drills have a different shank and locking mechanism. These are the more heavy duty drills. The bosch ones you have and the drill in this post are (for want of a better word) Normal drill bits. So yep would work. I would note that a large chunk of the drill cost is the batteries and charger - 4ah batteries are what £50-80 a pop? And as such you tend to get drawn into Brand loyalty when you add on things like impact drivers, circular saws, torches...... So choose your platform wisely. You might even be able to get a meatier bare bosch drill and use your same battery?


Thanks for extra information. I knew the bits were compatible. However I wasn't sure if they would bottleneck the DeWalt as they are pretty cheap compared to some of the higher end ones.

I doubt I'll ever progress to circular saws. I'm ecstatic when I can get a wall plug to stay in; It'll be a long time before I'm moving on to anything other than a drill. Obviously a valid point for people handier than myself.

Good point on the Bosch drill. I'd probably keep that as a spare, as it's only using the 1.5Ah batteries. I'd want at least 2.0ah if I were to upgrade.

I wonder how long the 2.0ah DeWalt's will last, based on general usage. With all it's juice, I'd imagine it would race through a 2.0Ah battery in no time at all. Although, I have heard brushless drills are less power hungry than their non-brushless counterparts.
WayneBruce28/06/2020 18:07

My pleasure. The Bosch bits you bought will be absolutely fine with the …My pleasure. The Bosch bits you bought will be absolutely fine with the 778. You’ll be able to tell when they’re past best when you start having to put your body weight behind them, but until then, happy drilling.


I've found I'm really leaning into the drill when drilling masonry, however I largely suspect that's the drill, not the bit at fault.

Thanks again.
Quick update to thank the OP and the guys above who helped me out. I've ordered one for collection based off your advice. Much appreciated again!
WayneBruce28/06/2020 13:57

People in the trade tend to go for the more expensive and hardwearing …People in the trade tend to go for the more expensive and hardwearing steel grip chuck DeWalt drills with 4Ah+ batteries and dismiss these plastic grip with 2Ah types, but if you are looking for a combi-drill for diy jobs, this has plenty enough torque, and if used occasionally rather than 8 hours everyday, it will last you forever.


This drill has a steel grip chuck too.
I have one alongside my 996 and it's more than adequate for many roles.
cannotthinkofone28/06/2020 19:02

This drill has a steel grip chuck too.I have one alongside my 996 and it's …This drill has a steel grip chuck too.I have one alongside my 996 and it's more than adequate for many roles.


Maybe there was a revision. The 778 in this deal has the N472497 chuck which has an ABS Injection Moulded outer grip.

Dewalt part number 8:

partshopdirect.co.uk/dewalt-dcd778-hammer-drill-spare-parts-s16142/
Edited by: "WayneBruce" 28th Jun
BlueF3028/06/2020 18:39

Quick update to thank the OP and the guys above who helped me out. I've …Quick update to thank the OP and the guys above who helped me out. I've ordered one for collection based off your advice. Much appreciated again!


i second the advice given by the helpers above. to note i do quite a bit of DIY and have the dcd796 with 2x 2.0ah batteries one for the impact driver one for the drill - have used them for loads of stuff over 4 -5 days and still have plenty of charge left. The 2.0ah is good all rounder for size/weight/power. ur 4.0ah will last u AGES

this will make mountains move compared to ur bosch its a good purchase.

if u do want to upgrade some bits

screwfix.com/p/b…9fv

these are VERY good. The blue drill bits drill through anything. and the screw bits are very good also impact proof - if u ever decide to buy an impact driver later......
Bought this the other day, it's a great drill so far, only thing I noticed is in the manual that comes included it shows you how to attach the belt clip, however it doesn't come with 1 included
s8728/06/2020 19:55

i second the advice given by the helpers above. to note i do quite a bit …i second the advice given by the helpers above. to note i do quite a bit of DIY and have the dcd796 with 2x 2.0ah batteries one for the impact driver one for the drill - have used them for loads of stuff over 4 -5 days and still have plenty of charge left. The 2.0ah is good all rounder for size/weight/power. ur 4.0ah will last u AGESthis will make mountains move compared to ur bosch its a good purchase.if u do want to upgrade some bitshttps://www.screwfix.com/p/bosch-hex-shank-hex-9-drill-screwdriver-bit-set-35-pieces/619fvthese are VERY good. The blue drill bits drill through anything. and the screw bits are very good also impact proof - if u ever decide to buy an impact driver later......


Good to know! Will those drill bits fit in my chuck, I noticed they were the hex type.
packard28/06/2020 14:29

Spot on - and. 4a plus battery kicks !


Agreed on the metal chuck preference. However I prefer the right battery size for the right job. E.g for furniture assembly I'd prefer the lighter battery but for when performance/runtime is more important, I'll pop in a 5 Ah.
Screwfix sell this drill in a package with 2x 4ah batteries.
They cycle the deals on these packages, so if you are in no hurry and prefer the 4ah option, simply wait a few weeks and the price of this kit will go up and the 4ah kit will fall again.
BlueF3028/06/2020 20:47

Good to know! Will those drill bits fit in my chuck, I noticed they were …Good to know! Will those drill bits fit in my chuck, I noticed they were the hex type.



You'll be fine. The drill/driver bits come with a 60mm QR locking bit holder (RH, bottom left in red), or you can mount them without.

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Edited by: "WayneBruce" 28th Jun
WayneBruce28/06/2020 19:32

Maybe there was a revision. The 778 in this deal has the N472497 chuck …Maybe there was a revision. The 778 in this deal has the N472497 chuck which has an ABS Injection Moulded outer grip. Dewalt part number 8:partshopdirect.co.uk/dewalt-dcd778-hammer-drill-spare-parts-s16142/


I've just spotted that this package has the plastic outer grip, yet the same drill with the 4ah batteries has the all steel chuck.

Odd, but all the more reason to buy the 4ah kit when that is reduced in price again.
BlueF3028/06/2020 20:47

Good to know! Will those drill bits fit in my chuck, I noticed they were …Good to know! Will those drill bits fit in my chuck, I noticed they were the hex type.


yup as answered above u can do with the adapter or without!
WayneBruce28/06/2020 21:09

You'll be fine. The drill/driver bits come with a 60mm QR locking bit …You'll be fine. The drill/driver bits come with a 60mm QR locking bit holder (RH, bottom left in red), or you can mount them without.[Image]


You should be getting paid for the quality of your replies. Nice to know they'll fit should I feel I need an upgrade. Is it a case of these going through materials more efficiently and with more ease, or that they're just more durable and long lasting? Or both...
cannotthinkofone28/06/2020 21:13

I've just spotted that this package has the plastic outer grip, yet the …I've just spotted that this package has the plastic outer grip, yet the same drill with the 4ah batteries has the all steel chuck.Odd, but all the more reason to buy the 4ah kit when that is reduced in price again.


Bit late for me now. I doubt it's worth the trouble of me cancelling the order to wait, or is the steel chuck worth the hassle?
BlueF3028/06/2020 21:47

Bit late for me now. I doubt it's worth the trouble of me cancelling the …Bit late for me now. I doubt it's worth the trouble of me cancelling the order to wait, or is the steel chuck worth the hassle?


It'll only be a problem if you drop and break the plastic outer grip of the chuck.
If you take care of your tools you'll not likely have an issue.

If you're not in urgent need of the kit, it's worth waiting for the 4ah kit to come back down to £149.99.
I've no idea when that will be, but the two kits have been on a constant price cycle since January.
cannotthinkofone28/06/2020 22:07

It'll only be a problem if you drop and break the plastic outer grip of …It'll only be a problem if you drop and break the plastic outer grip of the chuck.If you take care of your tools you'll not likely have an issue. If you're not in urgent need of the kit, it's worth waiting for the 4ah kit to come back down to £149.99. I've no idea when that will be, but the two kits have been on a constant price cycle since January.


I think I'll do that. 2.0ah to 4.0ah is quite the upgrade for only 30 quid. Not to mention the steel chuck that seems desirable. Cheers.
BlueF3028/06/2020 18:23

I've found I'm really leaning into the drill when drilling masonry, …I've found I'm really leaning into the drill when drilling masonry, however I largely suspect that's the drill, not the bit at fault. Thanks again.


When drilling masonry, the drill should be set to hammer mode, which you are probably already aware of. This will cause the tool to pulse the bit into the material.
If you apply too much physical pressure you will actually reduce the effective working of the tool, as the drill bit won't be able to chisel away at the material. So try to refrain from pushing too hard yourself and let the tool do the work for you.
cannotthinkofone28/06/2020 22:39

When drilling masonry, the drill should be set to hammer mode, which you …When drilling masonry, the drill should be set to hammer mode, which you are probably already aware of. This will cause the tool to pulse the bit into the material. If you apply too much physical pressure you will actually reduce the effective working of the tool, as the drill bit won't be able to chisel away at the material. So try to refrain from pushing too hard yourself and let the tool do the work for you.


I definitely push too hard, I wouldn't have thought of it like that. Great tip!
Anybody know how this drill compares/differs with the DeWalt DCD709D2T that was on sale for the same package & price?
ALC28/06/2020 23:45

Which drill set would you go …Which drill set would you go for?https://www.screwfix.com/p/erbauer-ecd18-li-2-18v-4-0ah-li-ion-ext-brushless-cordless-combi-drill/609fvhttps://www.its.co.uk/pd/DHP482WITS-18v-LXT-White-Combi-Drill-with-1-x-3Ah-Battery-Charger-and-Bag-_MAKDHP482WITS.htmhttps://www.screwfix.com/p/bosch-v-50-18v-4-0ah-li-ion-coolpack-brushless-cordless-combi-drill/506jfhttps://www.screwfix.com/p/dewalt-dcd778d2t-gb-18v-2-0ah-li-ion-xr-brushless-cordless-combi-drill/268fx



None of those.
Wait until Screwfix reduce the price of THIS again.
Pigbristle28/06/2020 23:02

Anybody know how this drill compares/differs with the DeWalt DCD709D2T …Anybody know how this drill compares/differs with the DeWalt DCD709D2T that was on sale for the same package & price?


I've got the 709/809 package from Toolstation coming today (£189 with 809 impact driver and 2x 2ah)

Not much in it but the 09's I think are newer (atomic), smaller with more power but less speed.

Minefield with the model numbers on all these and various variations.
adamg0229/06/2020 08:45

Minefield with the model numbers on all these and various variations.


It's a nightmare! No idea what the difference is lol
ALC29/06/2020 17:49

It's a nightmare! No idea what the difference is lol


There's a compare checkbox on the products. I found it quite useful. It will highlight the differences between the drills for you.
cannotthinkofone29/06/2020 08:09

None of those. Wait until Screwfix reduce the price of THIS again.


Thanks, I’ll be waiting for that. I am not in a rush.
cannotthinkofone29/06/2020 08:09

None of those. Wait until Screwfix reduce the price of THIS again.


Unfortunately I could do with one this week
cannotthinkofone29/06/2020 08:09

None of those. Wait until Screwfix reduce the price of THIS again.



Which is the better drill,the one you say to wait for,or this one.And what is the difference in both drills,if any.
Edited by: "oddjob" 30th Jun
oddjob30/06/2020 11:10

Which is the better drill,the one you say to wait for,or this one.And what …Which is the better drill,the one you say to wait for,or this one.And what is the difference in both drills,if any.



Personally I'd pay the extra and go for the 796 deal* over the 778, both have the twin 4Ah, but the 796 is a cracking little powerhouse, albeit heavier than the 778. The 709 Atomic is a great little combi also, lighter still than the 778, being shorter in length but a little taller.

Don't be put off by the 2Ah deals either, you will get very good longevity out of them and the other will be charged before you empty the one in use... and they are much lighter than the 4Ah versions.

*For nothing but banging screws in I would go fo the lighter 709/2Ah combo, for anything heavier I would go 796/4Ah.
Edited by: "WayneBruce" 30th Jun
WayneBruce30/06/2020 11:32

Personally I'd pay the extra and go for the 796 deal* over the 778, both …Personally I'd pay the extra and go for the 796 deal* over the 778, both have the twin 4Ah, but the 796 is a cracking little powerhouse, albeit heavier than the 778. The 709 Atomic is a great little combi also, lighter still than the 778, being shorter in length but a little taller.Don't be put off by the 2Ah deals either, you will get very good longevity out of them and the other will be charged before you empty the one in use... and they are much lighter than the 4Ah versions.*For nothing but banging screws in I would go fo the lighter 709/2Ah combo, for anything heavier I would go 796/4Ah.



Thanks for the info.

I forgot to mention,I'm after a cordless hedge trimmer too.I think the 4Ah would be better for me,as I need the bigger battery for the Dewalt hedge trimmer.
Edited by: "oddjob" 30th Jun
oddjob30/06/2020 11:10

Which is the better drill,the one you say to wait for,or this one.And what …Which is the better drill,the one you say to wait for,or this one.And what is the difference in both drills,if any.


796 is the better of the two, but you are now jumping up to another level.
You have to decide what level of power you need or just go the whole hog and choose the 996 as that is a beast of a tool.
cannotthinkofone30/06/2020 18:46

796 is the better of the two, but you are now jumping up to another …796 is the better of the two, but you are now jumping up to another level.You have to decide what level of power you need or just go the whole hog and choose the 996 as that is a beast of a tool.


Is this the 796 you are referring to?

hotukdeals.com/dea…320
Edited by: "aKennethJnr" 2nd Jul
aKennethJnr02/07/2020 08:28

Is this the 796 you are referring to? …Is this the 796 you are referring to? https://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/dewalt-dcd796m2-gb-18v-li-ion-brushless-combi-drill-2-x-40ah-16998-with-code-at-toolstation-3491320


Yes,the 796 is the better drill.Waynebruce's comments above,also states the 796 is the better drill.

I would personally go for this drill (wait for the battery and charger deals,or if you wanna buy another Dewalt tool cheap,with battery and charger),seeing as it has all the power you need and just in case you buy the wrong drill that doesn't do the job properly.
Edited by: "oddjob" 2nd Jul
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