Have you ever tried looking through your whole toolbox or bucket to find one measly wrench and ended up digging through for hours? This is a sign you may be hoarding tools unnecessarily. It’s time for spring cleaning, and that means all the old tools are out. How can you tell how old your DeWalt drill is?

Locating the model or serial number will tell you exactly when your DeWalt drill was made. This is an easy and quick way to know how old it is.

Keep reading to find out more about how to prolong your DeWalt drill’s lifespan, and if it’s too old for your standards, what newer, shinier models you can replace it with!

Find the Model Number On Your DeWalt Drill

If you are curious as to how old your drill is, simply take a closer look. 

Follow these steps:

  1. Find the rating label, which is a section of information printed on the drill. 
  2. There should be a date code, which is the year the drill was manufactured as well as the week.
  3. This will be an 8 digit code and will let you know exactly how old your drill is.

Also in the rating label is a model number that starts with the letter D. Looking up this series of numbers on the internet will also tell you what model of drill you have. 

Depending on what model of DeWalt drill you have, you may have a serial number instead of a model number, though both will tell you what kind of drill you have.

How to Prolong the Life of Your DeWalt Drill

Taking care of your tools is essential to making sure they last and stay in good shape. Some tools and drills can be expensive, so taking the time to care for them is well worth the effort. 

Below we have compiled a list of some tips to maintain your drills.

Watch How Hot Your Drill Gets

The motor in a drill works very hard to spin at such a fast rate. 

Using the drill for a long time or working on particularly thick materials can put stress on the motor and cause it to heat up. 

Watch out for overheating as that can destroy the motor and cause you to have to purchase a new drill.  

Keep Your Drill Clean

This might seem like common sense to some, but keeping your tools clean and free of debris will prolong their usefulness.

Use a dry cleaning cloth and compressed air for the best results. Also make sure that you are cleaning the exhaust fan.  

Lubricate Your Drill Bits

Friction from use can cause corroding and overheating over time. Lubricating your drill bits when you are using them will prevent this from happening.  

Keep Your Drill Bits Sharp

Not only does using dull bits mean that you are more likely to mess up your projects, but it also means that the motor has to work harder, which makes it prone to overheating.

Now you have some great ideas on how to keep your drills in the best shape possible.

Is Your Drill Too Old? Replace It With One of These!

We’re here to make sure that whatever you take on next is a success, so we have put together some of the best drills of this year.

Check them out here:

Knowing which drills will be best for you is a great way to ensure that you will be working with the best tools.


The short answer is that by looking at the date code on your DeWalt drill you are able to see how old your drill is. 

There isn’t necessarily a lifespan, so as long as the motor is still working feel free to use a drill of any age. 

Also, make sure that you are using your drills properly and caring for them so that they can be of use for years to come.