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If an 18-volt Lithium-ion drill-driver is in your sights, you just may want to take a look at the new DCD760 from DeWalt. This drill driver is ready to take on the competition in the compact drill-driver tool category, and its rise to the top could be quick.

At a mere four pounds – including the battery – this tool has a 1⁄2″ keyless, single sleeve chuck, dual-range gearing and in the kit setup (DCD760KL), there’s a 30-minute charger and two DeWalt compact Lithium ion batteries. (These batteries are backward compatible with any DeWalt 18v tool produced since 1996.)

The speed selector switch allows you to choose a low-speed, high-torque option at 0 -500 rpm, or there is a high-speed, low torque gearing that spins at 0 -1,700 rpm. A simple push/pull switch located on top of the tool allows easy changes.

The DCD760 has 17 torque settings for driver tasks; the torque-adjustment ring is easily turned to select the appropriate setting to either seat screws flush to the surface or bury the head if you choose. Or you can set the tool to drill mode.

The DeWalt compact drill-driver stands 91⁄4″ tall with the battery installed, and the body of the drill-driver is just less than 81⁄4″ in length. These sizes allow access to areas into which full-size drills cannot get.

Also, this tool’s body is set at a 90º angle to the handle. While different from other drill drivers in the category that shift the body in an upward angle, the DCD760 saves wear on your wrist when used in normal operations – you don’t have to cock your wrist down to drill straight into your work.

Over-molded rubber makes the tool comfortable in your hand while its light weight keeps fatigue at bay.

— GH

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