In our shop, the DCD996 has long been respected as a powerful 3-speed drill that can get work done, but it can also be dangerous. The DEWALT DCD996 has one major flaw! The DCD996 auxiliary handle is too short for the amount of power the drill has. DEWALT corrected that when they released the DCD998 & DCD999.
DEWALT has been saying that the Power Detect and Flexvolt Advantage tools are built to accept more power from the larger batteries. While in a drill, it seems senseless to put these large batteries on them, we thought we would try to prove that the new drills do have more power.
The DEWALT DCD996 was put up against the DCD999 FlexVolt Advantage with the thought that the testing would be pretty quick and the outcome would be obvious. That was not the case! The DCD996 was hanging with the DCD999 through most of the testing until we took everything to an extreme to really try to prove a point.
While taking things to an extreme, we took one last spin with the DCD996 with the 8.0 Ah 20-volt battery and we put the nail in the coffin for the DCD996. While we did kill the drill in this testing, we did prove the DCD996 can keep up with the new drills on the market.
If you can find a deal on the older DEWALT DCD996, it is still worth buying. You might not want to push it as hard as we did with larger batteries, but it will still make a great drill.
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