DEWALT DW160V 3/8-Inch VSR Right Angle Drill

August 3, 2013 - Comment

A remarkably compact tool, DeWalt’s 3/8-inch, 3.2 amp right-angle drill is designed for electricians, plumbers, remodelers, and anyone else who works in tight places. The drill offers good speed (1,200 rpm) and weighs 3-3/4 pounds. The tool’s most distinguishing feature is its paddle-type trigger, which runs nearly the length of the tool’s body, allowing the

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A remarkably compact tool, DeWalt’s 3/8-inch, 3.2 amp right-angle drill is designed for electricians, plumbers, remodelers, and anyone else who works in tight places. The drill offers good speed (1,200 rpm) and weighs 3-3/4 pounds. The tool’s most distinguishing feature is its paddle-type trigger, which runs nearly the length of the tool’s body, allowing the user to engage the drill using all manner of inventive hand configurations. The molded neck makes the drill comfortable to grasp by the head, as well. The paddle trigger, however, does make it possible to engage the drill unintentionally while you’re maneuvering or when you set the tool down. In order to make this drill so compact, DeWalt had to make a few design compromises. The tool has a keyed chuck; a keyless chuck, when you think about it, makes the drill’s nose significantly longer. The drill also doesn’t reverse, and depending on the materials you’ll be drilling through, this is something to consider before you buy. But for anyone looking for an extremely compact drill that’s built to last, this DeWalt is a smart buy. A key and a rubber key holder complete the package. –Jon Groebner

Product Features

  • Compact right-angle design for easy access in tight places
  • Paddle switch for convenient one-handed operation
  • Chuck is shielded to protect workpiece from chuck teeth in confined areas
  • 100% ball-bearing construction provides durability and longer tool life
  • Double gear reduction increases torque performance and decreases gear stress

Comments

Scott Pointon "Former Marine, Librarian, Wood... says:

Its ok for the money, but far from terrific. I bought one of these for my father, a retired electrician who occasionally still takes jobs. At first, he loved this little drill. The only shortcomings he noticed in the beginning were the lack of a keyless chuck and the fact that the paddle-switch could be dangerous if you weren’t paying close attention to what you were doing. In the end though, what became this drills downfall was the cheap construction inside the housing. After only a few jobs, a plastic component around the motor…

Bob Feeser "MillCrafters.com" says:

What no variable speed and reversing? I did a lot of looking around at medium right angle drills. The drawbacks on the Dewalt is no variable speed, and no reversing. So it may be prone to stripping screws, and now way to reverse them out when they do. Ouch. For straight drill of holes it is great.If you have air around, and don’t need to make large holes in 2x12s, the air driver Porter Cable is sweet. Has air pressure, to create torque and variable speed adjustments, and has reversing capabilities, and is the best price on…

Clarke Prichard says:

Poorly designed w/little features I’m an Industrial Technology teacher and have access to many new tools. I am very disappointed with this Dewalt Product. I still don’t understand why they didn’t put a reversable switch on this unit. It would have been great for installing and removing Kitchen cabinets. Moreover, when using spade bits to drill through flooring, you periodically need to “back” the bit up to remove it when it becomes bound. I think a better purchase would be a temporary 90 degree chuck that mounts to a…

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