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DeWalt DW511 VSR Hammer Drill Review

The DeWalt DW511 is designed to be a versatile handheld hammer drill that is lightweight and easy to use for extended periods of time. It is designed to handle anything from wood and steel to more heavy duty jobs like masonry and concrete. It is a single-speed hammer drill that has a 7.8 amp motor and variable-speed control which allows users to have more control over the placement of the holes.
DeWalt DW511
DeWalt DW511 VSR Hammer Drill Features

  • 7.8 amp motor
  • Overload protection
  • Variable speeds
  • Precise hole placement
  • Dual mode: hammer drill/drill for wood and steal or masonry applications
  • Weighs 4.3 pounds
  • Lightweight design for more comfort
  • 360 degree side handle with depth rod
  • 3 year limited warranty
  • 1 year free service contract
  • 90 day money-back guarantee


The 7.8 amp motor can deliver up to a maximum of 650 watts and has overload protection and a variable-speed trigger for precise hole placement and can handle different materials. It can be used quickly and easily on light-duty concrete and masonry and it can bore through the hard materials without damaging or burning the bits. It has a ½ inch drilling capacity on steel and a 1 ¼ inch capacity when used on wood. On concrete is has a 5/32 to 3/8 inch capacity.

The DeWalt DW511 also comes with a two-finger rubber trigger that is designed to optimize speed control. It also has a 360 degree side handle that allows for different hand position options that make handling the hammer drill easy and effortless. The drill measures 11 ½ inches long and weighs only 4.3 pounds, and also it also features a depth rod that allows for top-down accuracy.

Speed and Power

Many that have purchased the DeWalt DW511 hammer drill have found that it is very quick and powerful. In comparison to other lightweight small drills the DW511 is faster and it is also just as powerful if not more powerful than traditional hammer drills which can be heavy and also slow. Many consumers also appreciate the speed trigger and being able to have full control over placement. The drill is corded but many users do not seem to mind that so much as it still an effective drill and can easily drill through concrete at a fast speed. It also has more power than most cordless hand held hammer drills and does not require the usual battery changes that cordless drills do. The drill is not only a hammer drill but by simply flipping a switch it becomes a regular drill which many consumers enjoy as it means they only need one drill for their needs not a separate hammer drill and regular drill.

Some consumers have found that their drills do not last long and that after only a few holes bearing grease begins to leak out and then the bearing fails, but the motor still works. This may be a flaw in only a few of the drills and can vary from drill to drill as not all of the consumers that purchased the DeWalt DW511 experience that problem. Other users have experienced the same issue but when they were using the drill outside in very hot weather and the drill began to spray grease. This could be the result of the drill overheating or poor manufacturing. Although there are some issues with the bearings many consumers have not had that issue and have found that they can use one bit for several hole and not have to replace them. Users have found though that the drill does slow down when it is being used on concrete or stone but that it still preforms better than most other hammer drills.

Users have consistently noted that the drill not only works great but that it lasts for a long time many consumers have owned their drills from 2 or 3 years sometimes longer. Others have not had as much luck with their hammer drill but again the quality of the drill can vary from drill to drill but with the 3 year warranty it makes it easy to replace it with a new one. Some users have noticed that the hammer drill works extremely well on concrete and that it is great for drilling holes but that it can be difficult to use when it comes to screwing in screws as the unit can be a little touchy and it takes a lot of control and focus/ time to use it for screwing screws in.

Occasionally users have issues with the chuck being too loose however others have noted that before using the hammer drill they must tighten the chuck. This could be the reason for individuals having issues with a loose chuck. Others have had issues figuring out how to attach the chuck key to the drill. Some consumers have also noted that the case that may or may not come with the hammer drill is made of flimsy material and is not made of quality materials. However, some consumers did not even receive a case with their drills so it may vary from purchase to purchase.


  • Light weight
  • Easy to handle
  • Powerful
  • Easy to control
  • Can be used on concrete, wood, stone, and sheet metal
  • Great for drilling
  • Does not need charged as it has a cord


  • Some users think it is too heavy to use over extended periods of time
  • Some do not like that it has a cord and prefer cordless
  • Over heats
  • Burns up and sprays grease
  • Case is of poor material (if it comes with one)
  • Not good for using on screws
  • Not good for using on concrete or stone as it overheats
  • Slows down when used on concrete or stone

Overall the DeWalt DW511 hammer drill and drill is a good drill for the price. It is fairly low priced and can be purchased as a refurbished unit to save even more money. It is light weight but still packs a lot of power and can be used on wood, stone, concrete, and sheet metal.

DeWalt DW511
$99.00 from Amazon

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