DEWALT 20V MAX XR Brushless Drill/Driver 3-Speed, Premium 5.0Ah Kit, Cordless (DCD991P2)

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The power drill has 3-speed and all-metal high performance transmission that optimizes tool-to-task for fast application speeds and improved run-time

High power brushless motor of DEWALT 20V MAX drill delivers up to 57% more run time over brushed motor

3-Mode LED comes with the Dewalt drill to provide lighting in dark or confined spaces up to 20 times brighter than previous model

LED Spotlight Mode features 20-minute shutoff function allowing for extended work time in dark or confined spaces

Heavy-duty 1/2-inch ratcheting nitro-carburized metal chuck with carbide inserts for superior bit gripping strength

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Item Weight

‎10 pounds

Product Dimensions

‎11 x 4 x 17 inches

Country of Origin


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‎2 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)

Is Discontinued By Manufacturer



‎Drill/driver kit



Power Source



‎20 Volts

Maximum Power

‎300 Watts

Item Package Quantity


Type of Bulb



‎2000 RPM

Measurement System


Included Components

‎(1) DCD991 – 20V MAX* XR Lithium Ion Brushless Premium 3-Speed Drill/Driver, (2) DCB205 – 20V MAX* XR High Capacity Li-Ion Batteries (5.0Ah), Charger, Belt hook, 360° side handle, Kitbox

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Batteries Required?


Battery Cell Type

‎Lithium Ion

Warranty Description

‎3 year limited warranty





Customer Reviews

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Best Sellers Rank

#27,402 in Tools & Home Improvement (See Top 100 in Tools & Home Improvement)#86 in Power Drill Drivers

Date First Available

April 2, 2016

10 reviews for DEWALT 20V MAX XR Brushless Drill/Driver 3-Speed, Premium 5.0Ah Kit, Cordless (DCD991P2)

  1. John Webshopper

    I love this drill. Unlike other drills with brushes to wear out, this has a brushless motor which is controlled by a true electronic commutator. The drill has metal where others have plastic yet it is nicely balanced and not too heavy. The lithium batteries have great shelf life and last a very long time between charges.

  2. Derek Rowe

    I haven’t owned or handled a new drill for a long time. The last cordless drill I used was my father’s. He got it in the late 90’s/early 2000’s, and it used NiCd batteries. Experience with that made me feel incentivized to always buy drills with a cord (I only bought 1, in undergrad). Now that I actually have a garage and can do lots of projects in there, but I don’t have all that many outlets, I realized I should get a drill, and man it is a good time to get one now! Brushless technology is pretty mature at this point, so I trust this to last a long time, and these lithium batteries last an incredible amount of time on one charge! I charged them when I got them, and I’ve completed a few projects now without using a single bar on the battery in my DeWalt impact driver or this drill. I haven’t been recharging the batteries in between.

  3. Bstanleypa

    I have been heavily using this drill on a deck replacement project, and am still on the first battery charge. The three speed/power ranges (with trigger-based speed variability within each of those ranges) make this a wonderful drill, and unlike any previous cordless drills I have had, easily powerful enough to pull a 1/2″ augerbit right through a seasoned CCA-treated 4X4. Great drill!

  4. D. Sytsma

    There’s nothing that I don’t like about this drill. I used it to power an ice auger per the auger manufacturers recommendation. It came in a nice kit, with raised markings in the hard case to indicate which component went where and the orientation of the components. The battery life has been excellent, even after long exposure in temperatures of 20 degrees or less. Another plus, it’s made in the USA.

  5. Jeff the aeroE

    I was using another decent Dewalt battery model, and got some high end bits for going through steel but it took forever. over a minute per hole.I looked on consumer reports and of the drills rated this was substantially better marked than even the next best option, so I ordered one.It’s incredibly powerful and well built. You can tell just by picking it up, and it went through the steel in maybe 10 seconds with the same bits.Fantastic buy, I’ve been able to do more projects because of it.

  6. Juliet

    This DeWalt DCD991P2 20V Max XR drill kit is to retire my 30-year-old Milwaukee 0224-2 3/8″ Magnum corded drill.The tool weighs 4lbs, 8oz, w/ the battery pack and the included belt clip. The top/bottom balance is nice and appropriate. The tool is “made in the USA with global materials”. The two DCB205 20V 5.0Ah100Wh battery packs are made in Korea. The DCB115 charger base is made in China.After many months working w/ my daughter and her cordless tools, that reaffirmed my conviction that I am a troglodyte in my views on corded versus battery powered tools, leading me to investigate then select thiscordless drill. My plan is to use this as my primary tool and the Milwaukee as a back-up.The DeWalt DCD991P2 has plenty of power, with plenty of torque. The three-speed transmission permits selection of the correct / maximum torque for the application. This is a great feature, enabling versatility for one drill to serve three applications, low/medium/high speed or torque.The automatic 3-function LED illumination is handy and intuitive. The low and medium intensity modes turn off automatically after 20 seconds. The high / spotlight mode runs for 20 minutes.My preference has always been for a keyed chuck, but those are also gone the way of the dinosaur. I hate when a chuck / drill bit slips and there is no way to get it any tighter. So far I like this keyless chuck. The audible / felt clicks when hand tightening appear sufficient. IMO, the instructions go waaay overboard “disconnect tool from power source when changing accessories”. I put the Forward / Reverse switch in the center off position, instead of removing / replacing the battery pack whenever I need to swap a bit.The wobbly / sloppy fit between the battery pack and tool is not great, but I knew about that deficiency before purchase. IMO, DeWalt should improve this part of their design.The hard case is a useful feature of the kit. I prefer the protection it affords and everything having a place. The cover rib contacts the tool when closing, requiring either extra force to fully close, or pulling the top handle away from the hinge so the top cover internal rib clears the tool, so it may close. (Not a major issue, but should / could be improved). The other hard case improvement I would love is for additional room within the case for accessories. I would love to also store my drill bit index, plus other drill accessories within the case. This hard case doesn’t have room for other stuff. All I could fit within the case is a small 13-bit drill index case, near the charger base. It would be great if some of those cool DeWalt bit cases had a dedicated location in the drill case.The battery must be snapped into the charger, not just slid until the light changes, or it won’t charge the battery pack.

  7. Elle M.

    My husband has burned through 7 or 8 drills, even corded ones. I was tired of buying a new drill every year, so I researched to find the biggest, baddest drill I could get ahold of. This is it! Brushless motor, metal chuck, LED, variable speed. Definitely on the heavy side but balanced in the hand and makes it easy to drive or drill straight. We’ve only had it a couple months so far but it seems to handle even tough jobs much easier than previous drills. Don’t wasted your money on cheap drills, just get this one and call it a day!

  8. zachv

    5/28/2019 update: A wonderful representative from Dewalt customer service (Suzette) contacted me and found out that I had sent the drill to a local repair shop and the switch had burned out so she sent me a new unit out of the blue. That is some impressive customer service and a great way to stand behind their product. I do understand that things happen and hopefully this new one restores my high regard for Dewalt products, like Suzette’s service has restored my opinion of their customer service. Thanks, Suzette!We purchased this drill to replace a corded Milwaukee to use intermittently around our shop. It has been used maybe 3-4 times per week, until yesterday when the drill stopped working and only the little light works now when the battery is plugged in. It seems the trigger decided to give up the ghost. I am very disappointed by this tool that barely made it one year (purchased 4/18/2018, today is 5/9/2019). Can’t anything just be built to work for a decent amount of time any more? :sad face:

  9. Francolargo

    I have used this tool mostly for two jobs: mixing mortar for masonry and augering ice for ice fishing. Both tasks require high torque and on its slowest setting (of 3) the torque output of this tool is impressive. Battery life is also quite good. I can mix 400 pounds of dry mortar to stiff consistency on one charge using a screw-type mixer. Wetter material like grout is no problem whatsoever – batteries last much longer. Other features – the hammer drive is fairly high frequency and quite effective on stone and masonry; the chuck is rugged and well made; the drill is well balanced and comfortable to use, even if a bit heavy for all-day type tasks.I noticed only one negative about the tool. With a motor with brushes, a tool will ‘coast’ to zero RPM without stressing the drive train. This tool, with its brushless motor, jerks to a halt when you release the trigger. Fingers crossed that doesn’t shorten its working life.

  10. Winter

    I have two DeWalt 3-speed driver and hammer drills that I have used for years. I also have two Milwaukee high end 18v drills and two Makita 18v drills. When I opened the case and checked the drill the battery was loose. I tried the second battery and it was not tight either. Having a loose battery pack that slips around is annoying and a design defect. I was able to apply two pieces of plastic electrical tape on each side of the battery packs to achieve a snug fit (not needed with Milwaukee, Makita, or even Black & Decker batteries that slide in like this).Having three usable speeds with the gearing provided by DeWalt makes a tremendous difference in performance. I use the middle speed range with the Hole Pro Blue Boar 4 to 6 inch Mega TCT hole cutters to cut through 1-inch or thicker subflooring and it works great. With Makita or Rigid or Bosch or Milwaukee or Panasonic drills I own I would have to go to the low speed setting and performance would suffer and the cutting would be not nearly as smooth.What may seem minor but the DeWalt second handle can attach at any angle, like the Makita handles and unlike the ones with the Milwaukee hand drills. Often I want the second handle to stabilize the drill and often I do not want it at a 90 degree angle as space is often limited. With this kit the handle provided with DeWalt is more cheaply made but at least DeWalt provided a designated place for it in the carry case.This is a very light drill even with the 5 AH battery pack attached. It is close to what one gets with the half size battery packs that provide only 1/3 the charge life and reduce the drill motor power by more than 50%. It is the lightest heavy duty class drill I have used.Something else I have noticed with all the drills I own and have tested with a wide range of hole cutters is that only the DeWalt and the Bosch drills have tight chucks that do not loosen when there is a lot of vibration with hole cutting (as when drilling into stucco with a Blue Boar stucco hole cutter or plywood with any hole cutter). In fact the ratchet chuck mechanism works so very well with the DeWalt pro grade cordless drills that the first 5 or 6 times with a brand new drill I will have to use channel lock pliers to loosen the chuck. Small price to pay for not having drill bits or arbors and hole cutters falling out of the chuck in the middle of boring a hole, especially when up on a ladder.This drill has a LED light with three settings. One is high and a second is medium and a third keeps the light on for a full 20 minutes. Very handy to have these three options.On the back of the battery pack is a charge indicator with 3 LED lights. Nice to know how much charge is left before going off under a crawlspace or up on a ladder and being able to complete the task without making a second trip.The carry case is remarkably good and this is unusual with DeWalt tools that overall have the worst cases of any of the power tool manufacturers. The case provided with this drill is a third smaller than the cases for my 18V drills and it has places to nest the spare battery, charger, and side handle, and the places are obvious in terms of what goes where. It may seem trivial but I have Makita drill cases where it becomes a trial and error process to get everything back inside with tools I use on a less frequent basis.

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