DeWalt job site tools with MAX premium brushless motors and a new premium battery for “Extreme Runtime” launched Oct. 1. Brushless motors reduce draw and improve battery life, giving the XR 3-speed hammerdrill DCD995 (shown) and DCD990 drill/ driver up to 57% more runtime over standard brushed motors. Both are available as premium kits with two high-capacity (33% more) lithium ion battery packs. A “fuel” gauge shows battery power during use.

The new hammerdrill and drill/driver feature 3-speed all-metal transmissions; XR premium brushless drills have an electronic clutch minimizes front-to-back tool length so they fit in tight areas. The DCD995 hammerdrill is 8.4˝ long and weighs 4.7 lbs.; DCD990 drill/driver is 7.9˝ long and weighs 4.6 lbs.) A comfort grip handle provide ideal balance and feel.

The tools include a heavy-duty 1/2˝ metal ratcheting chuck with carbide inserts for exceptional bit gripping strength. The LED work light is placed on the tool’s foot to minimizes chuck shadows. Kits for each of these De- Walt tools are in the neighborhood of $300; tools alone about half that. See videos and slide shows online.

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