Summary: Bought so I could get replacement batteries...I already owned one Dewalt Drill for a 5 years when the battery finally finally stopped working...I looked for replacements at Lowe's and Home Depot in Austin Texas but none had the rechargable 12-V...they only had the 18-V. I looked online and saw that a replacement 12-V on amazon was about 60 bucks... so for a little more I got this one with two chargers and the drill.
Summary: I have owned an earlier version of this for years, and while there seems to be a voltage arms race which has left this tool in the dust, it is a superb tool with more than adequate power. Only a professional who uses a drill all day long needs more voltage. With steel gears, it should last forever, but expect to replace the batteries every four years or so.
Summary: Update 8/22/08: Still going strong with no noticeable drop in battery performance 12 volt cordless tools seem to have been supplanted in the market place by their 18v brothers. Occasionally you will find less is more. Ergonomically designed, with an eye towards evolution and not revolution. My venerable 12v xrp drill/driver remains serviceable and on par with all current inovations. Dropped often and used almost everyday ...
Improved design? Poorer performance. If it aint broke, dont fix it.
14 August 2014
Summary: I bought this to replace my 14 year old 12V Dewalt cordless which still works great but thought the charger was bad. Anyways, about this drill. 1. Things I like: The 3 speed "transmission" 1.Things I don't like. When attempting to change speeds via the "transmission" you usually have to actually run the drill to get it to disengage or engage, which I assume is not good for it. 2. Battery life seems very short! 3.
Summary: just every thing about this drill/driver is great. i have used a few and this one just tops the rest. u can't beat the price for this dewalt, and i got the 12-volt because of the power it has to drive the screws in easy, just a great drill