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DeWalt DW511 Review

Last Updated: 22.01.22



Notable features


This model is reported to be very reliable and able to handle more difficult tasks than its price tag would otherwise suggest.

At 650 UWO, the motor offers a good level of performance for its weight.

It is very light and ergonomic, with a 360 rotating front grip and rubberized parts placed in strategic locations.

Good drilling capacity, confirmed by customer reports.

A very affordable unit, as long as you don’t mind using a keyed chuck.

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Known issues


A lot of DeWalt DW511 reviews marked it down for being outfitted with a keyed chuck as standard, but other than that, there are no common complaints regarding this item.




Main features explained


Despite its relatively low cost, this corded hammer drill still bears the DeWalt brand on its side, which means it will be able to hold to some heavy punishment and long work days. At least this is what most people who’ve used it found most impressive about it.

It’s 7.8-amp motor features the company’s trademark overload protection, and delivers a remarkable amount of power for its weight, at 650 Unit Watts Out. At the maximum spinning speed, the 2 disks it uses for the hammer action will generate 46,000 beats per minute, so light concrete and masonry applications will be done in a remarkably low amount of time.

Not that you can’t linger on a task, as the 4.3 to 5.0 lb* of the DeWalt DW511 hammer drill won’t make themselves felt on your hands for hours on end under regular working conditions. The 360 degrees articulated nose handle is reported to offer good grip and, what we found to be a smart design solution, only the back part of the pistol handle is rubberized, so that the fingers on the dexterous hand can move unimpeded while the palm itself maintains a secure grip.

Like most items of its type, it has 2 modes of operation, drill only and hammer plus drill, together with a speed adjusting trigger, which will make the machine easier to manage while performing tasks on either concrete, wood, or steel. The drilling capacity for each material is specified at 5/32 – ⅜ inch; 1-¼ inch; and ½ inch respectively.

Since DeWalt had to cut costs somewhere, this unit is standardly outfitted with a keyed chuck, which might not agree with some people, especially as buying a keyless one separately can be quite expensive.


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