When it comes to purchasing power tools, most people agree that you really can’t do better than DeWalt. However, in order to successfully and safely use their tools to their full capacity, you need to understand how they work! So let’s find out: How fast does a DeWalt drill spin?

DeWalt Drill20V MAX* Brushless Cordless Magnetic Drill20V MAX* XR® Brushless Cordless 1/2 in. Hammer Drill/DriverFLEXVOLT® 60V MAX* VSR™ Stud and Joist Drill3/8″ (10mm) VSR Pistol Grip Drill 20V MAX* Lithium Ion Compact Drill 
Speed RPM300-2250650-2000300-12500-25000-2000

20V MAX* Brushless Cordless Magnetic Drill

This DeWalt drill has a spin speed of 300-2250 RPM, which means it offers an extremely high drilling capacity. 

In addition to its fantastic speed abilities, the best part of the 20V Max Brushless Magnetic drill is that it has 10 different speed settings! 

Which means whatever you’re working on, this drill can do it just right. 

20V MAX* XR Brushless Cordless 1/2 in. Hammer Drill/Driver

Although the 20V Max Hammer Drill/Driver only has 2 different speed settings, each setting is seriously impressive.

While the first allows the drill to spin between 0-600 RPM, the other goes all the way up to 2000 RPM. 

This tool allows you to speed through masonry jobs with its intense speed, but can also be set to the lower setting to safely work with softer materials.

FLEXVOLT 60V MAX* VSR Stud and Joist Drill

The FLEXVOLT® 60V MAX* VSR™ Stud and Joist Drill has two variable speed settings which vary from 0-300 to 300-1250. 

Even though it’s not quite as fast as some of the other models on our list, with the 60V motor, it can definitely handle the big jobs! 

3/8″ (10mm) VSR Pistol Grip Drill

Looking for a tool that can drill holes in almost anything? The 3/8″ (10mm) VSR Pistol Grip Drill is a fantastic option with 2 speed settings that allow for up to 2500 RPM. 

It can handle the heavy-duty work with ease. 

DCD780B 20V MAX* Lithium Ion Compact Drill

Finally, the 20V MAX* Lithium Ion Compact Drill, with RPMs of up to 2000 is another DeWalt favorite. 

With the 2 settings that allow for 0-600 or 600-2000 RPM, you can not only use the drill for the big projects, but also for the smaller ones!

How Do You Change DeWalt Speed Setting?

If you have experience or have done a little research, you will know how fast your DeWalt drill should be going during whatever project you’re working on. 

But you also need to know how to actually change the speed setting to keep you and your drill safe. 

Luckily, changing the DeWalt drill speed is extremely simple. On the top of the drill, there will be a switch that you can move between the number 1-2 or, for some newer models, 1-3. 

The 1 setting will offer the slowest RPM, whereas the 2 or 3 will offer the fastest. But exactly how fast the DeWalt drill will spin at the highest and lowest setting depends on the model. 

Why Is My DeWalt Drill Spinning Slowly?

Now that you know how fast your DeWalt drill should be spinning, and even how to change the speed settings, you will certainly need to know what’s going wrong if your drill is spinning too slowly. 

If your DeWalt drill is spinning slowly, even though you don’t have it set to the slow speed setting, it’s likely because one of the following reasons:

  • The battery is almost dead or dying. Make sure that the battery is charged to fix the problem.
  • The gears are not properly set (e.g. you have not completely moved the speed setting switch from one to another.)
  • The gears need to be greased. This may be a job for a professional if you don’t know how to take apart your drill. If you’re able, you can also buy grease and do it yourself.

If you have attempted to fix each of these issues and your DeWalt is still spinning slowly, you will likely need to reach out for a technician to find out what’s going on.