Dewalt 12V Xtreme DCD706 Hammer Drill Vs Ryobi 18V One+ PSBHM01 Hammer Drill

Dewalt DCD706 Angle 5

Dewalt DCD706

Quick take

The Dewalt 12V Xtreme DCD706 Hammer Drill and Ryobi 18V One+ PSBHM01 Hammer Drill are similarly powered light to medium-duty drills with different approaches. The Ryobi PSBHM01 is a hybrid drill designed to be more powerful than a 12V drill but more compact than most 18V drills. The Dewalt DCD706 is a true 12V drill that is highly compact and light. In practice, the Ryobi PSBHM01 didn’t deliver on its hybrid promise and isn’t as fast under load as the Dewalt DCD706. However, both are solid options for homeowners wanting a basic compact drill for routine tasks. The Dewalt DCD706 has a 3/8” chuck, and the Ryobi PSBHM01 has a 1/2” chuck.

Brand Dewalt
Platform 12V Xtreme
Motor Brushless
Speeds 2
Torque in-lbs Not advertised
BPM 25,500.0
Clutch settings 15
Chuck size 3/8"
Same as DCD706B
Brand Ryobi
Platform 18V One+
Motor Brushless
Speeds 2
Torque in-lbs 400.0
BPM 27,200.0
Clutch settings 22
Chuck size 1/2"
Same as N/A

Editorial opinion

Rating

4.16 / 5 ⭐️’s

Methodology used: Light duty

Pros

  • Exceptionally lightweight
  • Compact footprint
  • Brushless motor
  • Includes a hammer drill
  • Solid warranty

Cons

  • Slow drilling and driving speeds
  • Plastic chuck

Rating

3.55 / 5 ⭐️’s

Methodology used: Heavy duty

Pros

  • Highly compact footprint and lightweight
  • Brushless motor
  • Hammer drill functionality

Cons

  • Slow driving and drilling speeds in the most demanding tasks
  • Short battery warranty
  • Chuck build quality

Global rankings

18 models tested

TestResultRank
Drilling speed (sec.)25.615
Driving speed (sec.)25.315
Torque (in-lbs)Not advertisedNot ranked
RPM1,475.016
Bare weight (lbs)2.042
Drilling Noise (dBA)93.715
TestResultRank
Drilling speed (sec.)31.917
Driving speed (sec.)29.217
Torque (in-lbs)400.010
RPM1,626.012
Bare weight (lbs)2.215
Drilling Noise (dBA)88.610

Kit and bare tool options

DCD706F2

Includes (2) Max 12V 2Ah battery

DCD706

Bare tool

Lab results

Design & ergonomics

Stands upright (no battery): No
Stands upright (w/ battery): Yes
Grip material: Rubber overgrip
Magnetic holder: No
Bit holder: No
Belt hook: Yes
Lanyard compatible: Yes

The DCD706 is compact for a drill and has a slight forward-leaning handle for the proper ergonomics when exerting forward pressure when drilling. It doesn’t lean as far forward as other drills and doesn’t have an upward-sloping head, ergonomics that better support an aggressive drilling position.

The DCD706 has a rubber overmold surrounding the grip, which is helpful for shock absorption and gripping power.

An all-metal belt hook included in the box is mountable on either side of the base.

Design & ergonomics

Stands upright (no battery): Yes
Stands upright (w/ battery): Yes
Grip material: Rubber overgrip
Magnetic holder: No
Bit holder: No
Belt hook: No
Lanyard compatible: Yes

The PSBHM01’s handle leans slightly forward, orienting the head on a flat plane when held in the drilling position and exerting forward pressure. The grip is covered in a rubber overmold that provides shock absorption and gripping power, which is particularly welcome when using the hammering functionality.

Unlike some Ryobi impact drivers, there is no onboard bit holder or magnetic plate to hold fasteners, though you can buy these from third parties and attach them to the PSBHM01.

A hook is mountable on either side of the base, though it isn’t included in the box.

Weight

Dewalt DCD706 On Scale

Bare weight (lbs): 2.04
Weight w/ 2Ah battery (lbs): 2.53
Weight w/ 4Ah battery (lbs): Not tested
Weight w/ 5Ah battery (lbs): Not tested

One of the defining features of the DCD706 is its weight. This hammer drill is one of the lightest in our test fleet, weighing in at 2.04 lbs in its bare form. During our testing, we didn’t frequently experience hand or arm fatigue operating the DCD706, which is rare for any hammer drill.

We tested different battery configurations since the working weight can differ meaningfully from the bare tool weight. We recommend combining the DCD706 with Dewalt’s 12V Max 2Ah battery for good drilling performance and weight balance in a lightweight setup.

Pair the DCD706 with Dewalt’s 12V Max 5Ah battery for a longer run time if weight is less of a concern. However, upgrading to Dewalt’s 20V Max drill lineup may be more suitable as you increase the battery Ah capacity since the weight and footprint increase moving up to a 12V 5Ah battery.

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Weight

Ryobi PSBHM01 On Scale

Bare weight (lbs): 2.21
Weight w/ 2Ah battery (lbs): 3.17
Weight w/ 4Ah battery (lbs): 3.79
Weight w/ 5Ah battery (lbs): Not tested

One of the standout features of the PSBHM01 is how light and agile it is for a hammer drill, two features not commonly mentioned in the same sentence. It is light enough to effortlessly hook onto a tool belt and even a jeans pocket.

We tested different battery configurations since the working weight can differ meaningfully from the bare tool weight. We recommend combining the PSBHM01 with Ryobi’s 18V One+ 2Ah battery for a good balance of drilling performance and weight in a lightweight setup.

Or pair the PSBHM01 with Ryobi’s 18V One+ 5Ah battery for a longer run time and improved drilling performance if weight is less of a concern.

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Footprint

Dewalt DCD706 Footprint1

Max height (in.): 8.500
Max width (in.): 2.500
Chuck to back length (in.): 6.625
Base length (in.): 3.500
Base width (in.): 2.500

The DCD706 is reasonably compact when measured in many of its dimensions. Notably, it casts a thin shadow from the front and behind, it isn’t tall with a battery, and the tip-to-tail length is short.

Combined with its weight, the DCD706 feels nimble in hand without the bulky heft that plagues most hammer drills, even some competing 12V models.

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Footprint

Ryobi PSBHM01 Footprint1
Ryobi PSBHM01 Footprint2

Max height (in.): 8.500
Max width (in.): 3.125
Chuck to back length (in.): 6.625
Base length (in.): 5.375
Base width (in.): 3.125

It is highly compact for an 18V hammer drill in all the meaningful dimensions we measured. The PSBHM01 isn’t tall with a battery attached, it has a reasonably narrow head, and the tip-to-tail length is short. As a result, the PSBHM01 feels nimble in hand, and the weight is balanced in the center of the handle, helping to reduce hand fatigue with prolonged use.

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Motor & BPM

Dewalt DCD706 Drill Modes

Motor type: Brushless
Action modes: Drill, hammer
Advertised blows per min. (speed 2): 25,500.0
Advertised blows per min. (speed 1): Not advertised
Variable speed trigger: Yes
Kickback control technology: No
Trigger draw length (in.): 0.375

Dewalt made the right call to include a brushless motor at this price point. Dated brushed motors are commonly found in cheaper, less durable, and less efficient drills.

There are two action modes: a standard drill mode that disengages the chuck for peak torque output and a hammer drill mode that does the same but adds 25,500.0 blows per minute (BPM). 25,500.0 BPM is comparably low, yet the hammer drilling mechanism improved drilling speeds sufficiently well in our below drilling tests.

There is no kickback control technology in the DCD706, nor is there a need for one since it’s not powerful enough where wrist injuries are a risk.

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Motor & BPM

Ryobi PSBHM01 Drill Modes

Motor type: Brushless
Action modes: Drill, hammer
Advertised blows per min. (speed 2): 27,200.0
Advertised blows per min. (speed 1): Not advertised
Variable speed trigger: Yes
Kickback control technology: No
Trigger draw length (in.): 0.375

Ryobi’s calling card is building tools with advanced brushless motors that are more durable and efficient than brushed motors at a budget price. Ryobi stayed that course with the PSBHM01, highlighting its value for the price.

There are also two action modes on the same set ring as the clutch settings. The drill mode is ideal for drilling and driving with the clutch disengaged for unrestrained torque. The hammer drill works similarly but layers in a hammering rate of 27,200.0 blows per minute (BPM).

The hammering mode vastly improves the versatility and efficiency when drilling masonry and thick lumber. While 27,200.0 isn’t a high hammering rate, the hammering functionality works exceptionally well, as our drilling speed tests below demonstrate.

There is no kickback control feature to reduce the risk of wrist injuries when binding up. Upgrade to the Milwaukee M18 Fuel 2904-20 Hammer Drill if you desire this feature in a much more powerful and construction-ready drill.

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Clutch & speed settings

Dewalt DCD706 Clutch & Speed

Speed settings: 2
Clutch settings: 15

The DCD706 includes a standard two-speed transmission to run the hammer drill in a low or high-peed setting in any action mode or the 15 clutch settings. Setting it to drill mode in the low setting generates the maximum torque output.

15 clutch options are right in the middle of the pack. While some drills offer upwards of 20 clutch settings, 15 is more than enough to precisely fine-tune the DCD706’s torque output to avoid stripping screws and finishing with a perfect recess, regardless of the driving task.

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Clutch & speed settings

Ryobi PSBHM01 Clutch & Speed

Speed settings: 2
Clutch settings: 22

The PSBHM01 has a two-speed gearbox that runs the hammer drill in the low or high-speed setting in any drill modes and clutch settings.

22 clutch settings are far more than most competing drills offer, allowing you to fine-tune the torque output to a given task more precisely.

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Chuck

Dewalt DCD706 Chuck Closeup

Chuck size: 3/8″
Chuck sleeve material: Plastic

The DCD706’s ratcheting chuck works well and locks down on bits without loosening with usage, as we discovered throughout our testing. However, the chuck sleeve is made of plastic and doesn’t match the premium feel and build quality of other models in our test fleet.

We didn’t perform any drop tests, though we presume any plastic chuck sleeve won’t be as durable as an all-metal sleeve with a direct impact.

Chuck

Ryobi PSBHM01 Chuck Closeup

Chuck size: 1/2″
Chuck sleeve material: Knurled metal

The PSBHM01’s ratcheting chuck is sufficient but doesn’t offer the same build quality found in other hammer drills. Instead of metal, the chuck sleeve is made from plastic, though it is easy to grip, helpful for locking in drill bits.

Otherwise, the chuck feels loose and clunky compared to many other drills with its jumbly moving parts.

Build quality aside, the chuck works well in practice. We closely observe how well the chuck holds bits throughout our testing. The PSBHM01’s chuck didn’t inadvertently loosen throughout our lab testing.

Auxiliary arm

Auxiliary arm: No

The DCD706 doesn’t include an auxiliary handle to control recoil and enhance stability during heavy-duty drilling tasks. But we don’t see this as a downside. The DCD706 isn’t designed to tackle the heaviest-duty drilling tasks, such as drilling wide and deep holes in masonry or wood, where an auxiliary handle is helpful.

Auxiliary arm

Auxiliary arm: No

The PSBHM01 doesn’t include an auxiliary handle to control recoil and enhance stability during heavy-duty drilling tasks. But we don’t see this as a downside. The PSBHM01 isn’t designed to tackle the heaviest-duty drilling tasks, such as drilling wide and deep holes in masonry or wood, where an auxiliary handle is helpful.

Drilling speed

Drilling speed total time (drill mode, sec.): 25.6
Drilling speed average time (drill mode, sec.): 5.1
Drilling speed total time (hammer mode, sec.): 20.9
Drilling speed average time (hammer mode, sec.): 4.2
Hammer mode speed improvement: 18.4%

One potential downside is the DCD706’s drilling speed. This drill completed our heavy-duty drilling speed test in 25.6 seconds, one of our slower results. The included hammer mode speeds up the process when drilling masonry or thick lumber. However, we don’t recommend the DCD706 if you frequently bore 1/2-inch and larger holes. It can complete these tasks in a pinch, but it is underpowered for them.

Arguably, the performance in less demanding tasks should carry more weight. We further tested the DCD706’s performance in various common drilling scenarios around the home, such as drilling holes narrower than 1/2 inch into multiple materials. The DCD706 breezed through light and medium-duty jobs we threw at it, as do most comparable drills.

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Drilling speed

Drilling speed total time (drill mode, sec.): 31.9
Drilling speed average time (drill mode, sec.): 6.4
Drilling speed total time (hammer mode, sec.): 23.2
Drilling speed average time (hammer mode, sec.): 4.6
Hammer mode speed improvement: 27.3%

The PSBHM01 isn’t powerful enough to take the drilling speed crown when put against higher-priced 18V drills in our drilling test. The PSBHM01 drilled through stacked lumber without bogging down. It just didn’t do so quickly.

It cleared chips from the hole well enough, and we didn’t need to remove and re-insert the bit to finish boring a 1/2-inch hole as fast as possible, which can’t be said for several similarly-compact hammer drills.

Admittedly, our drilling speed tests don’t replicate the tasks the PSBHM01 will be used for inside most homes. These tests are designed to understand how each drill performs at the top end of its range, which most homeowners won’t reach.

We ran several other drilling tests with different gauge spade, forstner, and auger bits to further understand its performance and potential versatility.

You can start to feel how the PSBHM01 is underpowered when boring 1/2-inch and larger holes, and we had to drop a gear in some tests for extra torque to finish the job. However, the PSBHM01 performed well boring smaller holes, which is what most homeowners will use it for.

Impressively, the hammering functionality vastly improved the drilling speed. We expect a high-performing hammer drill to improve speeds by at least 20.0% over the standard drill mode. The PSBHM01 turned in 27.3% faster performance using the hammer drill functionality.

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Driving speed

GRK total driving time forward (sec.): 25.3
GRK average driving time forward (sec.): 5.1
GRK total driving time reverse (sec.): 27.0
GRK average driving time reverse (sec.): 5.4

The DCD706 is similarly slow when driving structural screws and lag bolts. The DCD706 doesn’t have the power to rapidly finish heavy-duty driving tasks, although it’ll complete them in a pinch.

We needed to drop a gear to the low setting for added torque to complete our driving speed test, explaining the slow performance.

Driving speed performance isn’t an issue with shorter and more common #6, #8, and #10 screws, which we also tested driving. The DCD706 competently completed the tests driving these screws into various material densities.

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Driving speed

GRK total driving time forward (sec.): 29.2
GRK average driving time forward (sec.): 5.8
GRK total driving time reverse (sec.): 27.7
GRK average driving time reverse (sec.): 5.5

As our driving speed tests uncovered, the PSBHM01 doesn’t have the muscle to drive big fasteners quickly. In these tests, we rarely need to use the low setting to complete the test with 18V drills, as we did with the PSBHM01.

We also tested driving several wider gauge lag bolts and various common length #6, #8, and #10 screws. The PSBHM01 struggled to finish big lag bolts in the low setting but performed well driving smaller screws, which most homeowners will use this drill for.

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Torque

Advertised max torque (in-lbs): Not advertised
Advertised max torque (ft-lbs): Not advertised

Dewalt no longer advertises the torque of its drills and we currently don’t test torque on a torque meter in-house, like we do for impact drivers.

Instead, review the results of our drilling and driving tests to understand each drill’s torque and RPM performance in practical applications.

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Torque

Advertised max torque (in-lbs): 400.0
Advertised max torque (ft-lbs): 33.3

The PSBHM01 isn’t designed with brute-force torque in mind, which explains why it offers only 400.0 in-lbs of advertised torque. This performance was most noticeable in our drilling and driving speed tests. We frequently had to drop to the low setting for more torque to complete each test, resulting in poor speed performance.

However, torque isn’t critical for people considering purchasing the PSBHM01. A basic drill like this one easily handles routine maintenance jobs around the home, and an impact driver is a far better option for jobs that require torque, such as driving lag bolts and busting loose some fasteners.

Note: We don’t currently test drill torque in-house, as we do for impact drivers using a torque meter. The torque commentary discussed here relies upon both advertised torque specifications provided by manufacturers and practical insights learned from performance in our various drilling and driving tests.

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Battery lineup

Dewalt 12V Battery Lineup

Dewalt offers 2Ah, 3Ah, and 5Ah batteries in its 12V Max lineup. Upgrading to the higher Ah options increases battery run time and improves drilling performance, though we’ve not tested all of these batteries to understand the cost tradeoffs.

Buying at least two batteries is best so you don’t miss a beat when draining one battery. We recommend buying two Dewalt 12V Max 2Ah batteries for most Dewalt 12V drill setups for a good balance of performance, price, and size.

Battery lineup

Ryobi 18V One+ Battery Lineup

Ryobi offers 1.5Ah, 2Ah, 4Ah, 6Ah, 8Ah, and 12Ah batteries in its 18V One+ lineup, and some versions come in a standard or High-Performance model. Upgrading to the higher Ah options increases battery run time and improves drilling performance, though we’ve not tested all of these batteries to understand the cost tradeoffs.

Buying at least two batteries is best so you don’t miss a beat when draining one battery. We recommend purchasing a Ryobi 18V One+ High Performance 2Ah and a Ryobi 18V One+ High Performance 4Ah battery for most 18V One+ drill setups for a good balance of performance, price, and size.

Charging time

Dewalt DCD706 Fuel Gauge

Charger tested: Dewalt 20V Max (DCB115)
Charging time 2Ah battery (min.): 39.0
Charging time 4Ah battery (min.): Not tested
Charging time 5Ah battery (min.): Not tested
Charging time per Ah (min.): 19.5
Fuel gauge: On battery

The Dewalt charger that comes with most kits (model DCB115) charges 12V batteries rapidly. In our tests, the charger topped off a 12V Max 2Ah battery in 39 minutes, or 19.5 minutes per Ah.

This charger also charges Dewalt’s 20V battery platform, helping to save space in your shop if you have several tools in the Dewalt ecosystem. But consider that the DCB115 doesn’t charge 20V Max batteries as rapidly.

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Charging time

Ryobi PSBHM01 Fuel Gauge

Charger tested: Ryobi 18V One+ (PCG002)
Charging time 2Ah battery (min.): 49.0
Charging time 4Ah battery (min.): 117.0
Charging time 5Ah battery (min.): Not tested
Charging time per Ah (min.): 26.9
Fuel gauge: On battery

The 18V charger included with most Ryobi kits (model PCG002) charges batteries moderately slower than other brands.

Our tests took 49.0 and 117.0 minutes to charge a Ryobi 18V One+ 2Ah and 4Ah battery, respectively. Several other brands we’ve tested take approximately 20 minutes per Ah, whereas the Ryobi charger takes at least 24.5 minutes per Ah.

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RPM

Dewalt DCD706 RPM Chart

Max RPM speed 2: 1,475.0
Max RPM speed 1: 432.0

We measured moderately low RPM output with the DCD706 in both speed settings, partly explaining why it didn’t shine in our driving and drilling tests. Higher RPM output would improve the drill’s speed throughout its range.

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RPM

Ryobi PSBHM01 RPM Chart

Max RPM speed 2: 1,626.0
Max RPM speed 1: 440.0

The PSBHM01 doesn’t have a high RPM output in all its transmission settings and drill modes, partly explaining its underwhelming performance in our speed tests.

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Drilling clearance

Min. interior width clearance (in.): 8.250
Min. top edge clearance (in.): 1.375
Min. interior 45-deg. clearance (in.): 6.750

Since it is a compact hammer drill, the DCD706 drills wells in situations where there are obstructions or tight corners to reach into. Notably, it performed best in our interior width and top-edge clearance tests. In practice, the DCD706 fits easily between two vertical boards and easily reaches under shelves and when obstructed from above.

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Drilling clearance

Min. interior width clearance (in.): 8.875
Min. top edge clearance (in.): 1.250
Min. interior 45-deg. clearance (in.): 6.750

The PSBHM01’s compact footprint helps it squeeze well through openings and into tight corners. Notably, its compact head allows it to fit nicely under shelves and other scenarios when the top of the head is obstructed.

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Noise

Dewalt DCD706 Noise Chart

Max no-load noise (dBA): 79.8
Max drilling noise (dBA): 93.7

The DCD706 is moderately loud when drilling under load. We measured the maximum noise output when hammering and drilling stacked lumber. The dBA results rival the same noise the top impact drivers generate, which can be harmful with prolonged exposure.

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Noise

Ryobi PSBHM01 Noise Chart

Max no-load noise (dBA): 78.5
Max drilling noise (dBA): 88.6

Since it is a hammer drill, the PSBHM01 is reasonably loud under load. We tested the maximum drilling noise in the hammer mode, which generated 88.6 dBA in our testing, closely rivaling the noise output of the best impact drivers.

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Light

Dewalt DCD706 Light Wall
Dewalt DCD706 Light Closeup

Light: Yes
Light location: In base
Light positions: 1
Customizable light settings: None
Light count: Single LED
Light active time (sec.): 20.0

There is a single bulb located in the base that shines upward. It sufficiently illuminates the work surface in front of the DCD706’s nose. However, we prefer drill designs that include the light near the trigger and shine straight forward, improving the light’s versatility and ensuring the intended area is most brightly lit.

There are no advanced light features, such as a dedicated spotlight mode and the ability to turn off the light, which some of the best Dewalt drills include.

Light

Ryobi PSBHM01 Light Wall
Ryobi PSBHM01 Light Closeup

Light: Yes
Light location: In base
Light positions: 1
Customizable light settings: None
Light count: Single LED
Light active time (sec.): 15.0

The PSBHM01’s work light does the job but isn’t as versatile as other higher-priced drills. A single LED bulb in the base shines upward to illuminate the drilling work surface. We prefer lights located near the trigger and pointing straight forward since these designs more accurately target the light in front of the tool in all scenarios.

There are no advanced features, such as a dedicated spotlight mode or the ability to turn off the light, as several of the best Dewalt drills include.

App integration

App integration: No

There is no Bluetooth app integration to track drill usage and location, display tool diagnostics, and allow you to set custom profiles on your phone.

Dewalt’s ToolConnect-branded drills include an app integration, but you’ll only find the ToolConnect feature built natively into its flagship models. Milwaukee utilizes the same approach with its One Key lineup, which offers similar app features and is only available in flagship tools.

App integration

App integration: No

There is no Bluetooth app integration to track drill usage and location, display tool diagnostics, and allow you to set custom profiles on your phone.

Dewalt’s ToolConnect-branded drills include an app integration, but you’ll only find the ToolConnect feature built natively into its flagship models. Milwaukee utilizes the same approach with its One Key lineup, which offers similar app features and is only available in flagship tools.

Warranty

Tool warranty (years): 3
Battery warranty (years): 3

Dewalt stands behind the durability of its drills with exceptionally long warranties. The DCD706 has a three-year warranty. Dewalt’s 12V Max batteries include a three-year warranty.

Dewalt also offers free maintenance and replacement of worn parts for one year for the DCD706.

Warranty

Tool warranty (years): 90 day
Battery warranty (years): 3

Ryobi offers an exceptionally long three-year warranty on its drills. However, Ryobi’s battery warranties don’t come close to matching the length provided by most other manufacturers. Ryobi has a 90-day battery warranty, whereas other manufacturers commonly offer two to three years of coverage.

Nathan Hamilton
Nathan Hamilton
Nathan Hamilton is the founder of DIY Gear Reviews and a recognized expert in the home and DIY space. He has over 200 bylines covering topics such as power tools, hand tools, and woodworking. Nathan is the strategic director for DIY Gear Reviews, deciding everything from the content covered to designing the testing methodologies for lab-tested reviews. He can be emailed at nhamilton@diygearreviews.com.

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