05:57AM | 12/30/02
Member Since: 07/29/02
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Most of my friends swear by the 14.4v dewalts. I find that I like the new 12v XRP over the 14.4v because it is lighter. I suspect that the new 12v XRP, which has 350 inch pounds of torque is just as powerful as the older 14.4v models. I do not do any heavy drilling, I am more a weekend project guy. I have also read on the internet of problems with the clutch not working in first gear, and the 3 speed transmission difficult to move. Does anyone know it these defects are now fixed?

mini me

12:10PM | 12/30/02
Member Since: 12/09/02
66 lifetime posts
the new 12v XRP will actually have more power than the older 14.4v models...however you will end up losing runtime on the batteries...if you are looking for a lighterweight drill with plenty of torque and don't want to mess w/ the 3 speed gearbox...give the DeWalt 14.4v compact drill it has 350 in./lbs. of torque 3/8" chuck and weighs about the same as the 12v XRP

mini me

12:12PM | 12/30/02
Member Since: 12/09/02
66 lifetime posts
also to answer you question about the 3 speed gearbox...i have been selling 2-3 of each voltage 12-14.4-18v per week for the last 4 months and haven't had any complaints/returns


02:38PM | 12/30/02
Member Since: 07/29/02
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I really like the 12v dewalt XRP. I did test it against my friends older 14.4v 2 speed XRP with some 3" screws into a thick piece of oak. The 12v new XRP had slighty more power.

However, I found that the clutch in 1st gear does not work. I exchanged it for another one, but still the same problem. A woodworker friend has had the same drill for a while, and he complained about the same problem (he also exchanged his and the second one was the same). I read similar reports on the net, and assume it is a design problem, though when I called Dewalt customer service, they denied any problem exists. Any idea whats up?

[This message has been edited by johnnyBgood (edited December 30, 2002).]


05:48PM | 01/05/03
Member Since: 11/06/02
1280 lifetime posts
With Dewalt, you get what you pay for - a weekenders tool.
Get a good tool from Porter Cable or Makita or Milwaukee if you need to depend on it.
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