December 2008 – DeWALT, a leading manufacturer of industrial power tools, launches a new line of heavy-duty XRP™ hammerdrill/drill/drivers and a new XRP™ Lithium Ion drill. The drills are designed from the ground up with significant performance, durability, run time and ergonomic enhancements. The XRP™ line includes three 18V models (DCD950KX, DCD950VX and DCD940KX), three 14.4V models (DCD930KX, DC930VX and DCD920KX) and a 12V model (DCD910KX). Additionally, the new line includes an XRP™ Lithium Ion 18V hammerdrill/drill/driver (DCD970KL) with a Nano-Phosphate Lithium Ion battery that is backwards compatible with more than 40 tools in the DEWALT 18V system.
Performance and Runtime:
Each hammerdrill/drill/driver has a patented, three-speed transmission that matches each speed to the appropriate application, offering professional end users maximum performance for various applications. For example, first speed is ideal for drilling large holes in wood using large diameter hole saws and self-feed bits. Second speed is ideal for use with auger bits and step bits, while third speed is most commonly used for fastening and hammer drilling into concrete. The speed shifting control is now positioned front to back and has positive detent stops allowing users to easily shift between various speeds. Additionally, the new drills now have a two-collar design that enables users to quickly transition among drilling, screwdriving and hammer drilling modes without changing the clutch setting.
The new XRP™ Lithium Ion and XRP™ drills are built with a high-power, high-efficiency frameless motor that delivers increased performance for drilling and fastening applications. All the hammerdrills are equipped with an exclusive chuck that self-tightens throughout the application to prevent bits from slipping. The chuck is designed with twice the bit holding strength of traditional ratcheting chucks.
Additionally, the new line of drills have 30 percent more runtime than previous XRP™ drills because DEWALT optimized the frameless motor and patented three-speed transmission enabling the drills to operate more efficiently.
In order to meet the jobsite demands of end users, DEWALT designed the drills with an all-steel transmission. The tools have a metal gear case allowing the transmission to dissipate heat and run cooler. Additionally, a steel lockout feature positively locks the tool in drill mode. The frameless motor produces increased airflow through the tool allowing the unit to function more efficiently. The motor also contains replaceable brushes for easy serviceability.
The new drill/drivers offer a best-in-class length and a smaller footprint for increased balance and control. The handles of the drills are improved for a better grip and increased user comfort. A bright LED work light provides increased visibility in dimly lit areas.
XRP™ Lithium Ion Battery Chemistry and System Compatibility:
The XRP™ Lithium Ion drill features a battery designed with Nano-Phosphate Lithium Ion cells that provide users with increased battery durability and cycle life, offering 2,000 recharges. The battery is compatible with the existing system of DeWALT 18V power tools produced since 1996. The backwards compatibility of the XRP™ Lithium Ion battery enables users to continue to expand upon their existing 18V platform and use any DeWALT 18V battery with any DeWALT 18V tool.