DEWALT DW987K-2 18 Volt XRP 1/2-Inch Heavy Duty Adjustable Clutch Drill/Driver Kit

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DeWalt DW987K-2 description

Dewalt built Series 4000 high torque motor delivers 450 in-lbs. of maximum torque Exclusive 3-speed all metal transmission features MAX 3rd speed of 0-2000 RPM which is 38% faster than high speed 1/2" ratcheting chuch lock prevents bits from spinn  

DeWalt DW987K-2 specifications

Battery Type
Lithium-ion (Li-ion)
Battery Voltage
18 Volt
5.25 inches
14.25 inches
16 inches
13.75 pounds
Package Height
5.25 inches
Package Width
14.25 inches
Package Length
16 inches
Package Weight
13.75 pounds

DeWalt DW987K-2 reviews

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I've had this drill for about two years now. I had the standard DeWalt 18v first which was disappointing. The chuck was worthless if your goal was keeping a bit in it. I returned this drill after a few months and picked up the XRP.

A friend and I picked up the XRP's at the same time and we both have been very impressed with the quality. I have spent day's jamming 3/4' auger bits through hardened floor joists in 100 year old houses. I guess the clutch has slipped a few times but nothing that a quick adjustment hasn't fixed. It's been buried under piles of plaster, stored in my trunk over weekends with 30 below temps, dropped on cement floors and it's still going strong 2 years later.

Not sure what you guys are doing but I've pounded mine mercilessly and it rocks.

Great drill.. Like the extra battery!
Earlier I wrote that this drill broke after the warranty expired... Well, it didn't! Turns out I moved the clutch when drilling and it appeared that the gears gave out. All I had to do was turn the clutch back to one of the presets and all was good! I have used the heck out of this drill for drilling many holes and putting in many screws (drywall, shelving, etc.) and used it to build a playset for the kids. Battery life is very good and I love the fact that there is another battery. I am pleased with this drill & would buy it again. Now that I educated myself to the clutching mechanism, all is good!
Adequate Torque But Too Damn Heavy
I'm a contractor. I lift heavy things all day long, so I'm no 90lb weakling. But, I have to admit, I sold this tool after three months because I found it too heavy and cumbersome for all day use. The torque was adequate, but I find my 12v Porter Cable drill equally up to the task at a fraction of the weight. (Unfortunately, the chuck on the P/C drills are a total piece of crap, which is a whole other story!) Oh, this drill is fine for driving a few screws here and there, or the occasional heavy duty drilling tasks. But due to their weight and size, I now believe 18v drills in general are not versatile enough for professionals to use on a full day-to-day basis. In fact, many other contractors and builders I know have also dumped their 18v+ drills for lighter, smaller 12v and even 9.6v models. Plus, whenever I need a little extra power, I just pull out my 1/2" Milwaukee Hammer Drill, plug it in, and bombs away!!