Heavy-Duty Drill/Driver Review - Wrapping It Up
Issue: Drill/Driver Review (March/April 2013)
Posted Date: 2/4/2014
If I learned anything from testing drills, it’s that pushing a tool to its performance limits separates the best from the merely adequate. All of these drills are capable of turning in a good day’s work (although with the Panasonic, I’d hope the day isn’t too long or tasks too arduous). However, at the end of the day, the two units that performed best were the Festool T18+3 and DeWALT DCD980L2. Both offer a good feature set and are just a little more powerful and longer running than competitors. The top-scoring Festool offers cutting-edge technology and features not available on other drills. The only thing that tarnishes its glowing performance is its top-shelf selling price. Bringing value into the mix, I have to give our “Best Bet” award to the DeWALT DCD980L2. It may lack the Festool’s high-tech electronics, but it turned in top-notch scores and proved itself a venerable performer with a strong feature set and an affordable price tag.