In this DeWalt DCF885B 20V MAX Lithium-Ion 14-Inch Impact Driver review, we will take a good look at the features and benefits of the tool. The pros and cons will also be discussed so that you can make an informed purchase decision.
There are many different jobs that call for a high quality impact driver, and the DeWalt DCF885B will not disappoint. It will be able to tackle those rusted in bolts and screws that ordinary tools just cannot budge. Despite its compact size, this DeWalt impact driver delivers a real punch even though it is cordless. Working with a battery pack, the impact driver can be used anywhere.
Design And Features Of The DeWalt DCF885B Impact Driver
The first thing to understand is what an impact driver does to see if you need one. In truth everybody needs one, because a power impact driver will loosen stubborn bolts and screws so that they can be removed easily. If you have a rusty bolt in your car or at home it can be impossible to shift with conventional tools. You are more likely to shear off the bolt head.
When you use this DeWalt impact driver the downward rotational forces will loosen the bolt properly for you. The impact driver can work in a clockwise or counter clockwise direction. It can also be used to drive long screws into brick or tough wood. The DeWalt DCF885B impact driver will do this with ease.
DeWalt have really gone for a compact design with this impact driver. The tool only measures 5.5 inches front to back and weighs just 2.4 pounds without the battery and around 4 pounds with the battery installed.
As usual, DeWalt have used ergonomics in the design of this impact driver. This has resulted in the driver being perfectly balanced in your hand when you are using it. The ergonomic design of the tool also ensures that you will not suffer fatigue while using it.
Because it is very compact does not mean that there is any lack of power. The DeWalt DCF885B impact driver has a brushless motor which delivers up to 125 feet pounds of torque.
The impact driver has a variable speed up to 2800 RPM which provides greater control. You do not want to be using full power in every situation. The speed of the impact driver is controlled by the trigger, and this has a good response.
The brushless motor is definitely a step up from the previous brush motor. The new motor provides less of a drain on the battery, which means that you can use this impact driver for a lot longer. The brushless motor will run up to 57% faster than a motor with brushes.
The DeWalt DCF885B impact driver has a ¼ inch hexagonal chuck that will accommodate bit tips of 1 inch. It is so easy to load new bits into the chuck with this impact driver, and with a little practice you can do this one handed.
If a job is too tough for a screwdriver or a wrench then this impact driver will do the job for you. If you have to drive tough and long screws into hardwood then this can be almost impossible with a standard screwdriver. It is no problem for the impact driver. The same goes for screwing into brick or other masonry.
This DeWalt impact driver can be used on your car, van or motorcycle as well. It is inevitable that you will come across a rusted bolt or nut at some stage. A conventional socket spanner won’t move it and you need more power. The DeWalt DCF885B impact driver provides that power.
This model of impact driver has three LED lights situated around the collar, and these can really help to illuminate where you are working. If the bolt you are after is hard to reach then let these lights guide you to it. Because of its small size, it is easier to get the DeWalt DCF885B into the tightest of spaces where other tools would fail.
Summary Of The DeWalt DCF885B Impact Driver Features
It has a maximum torque delivery of 125 feet pounds
It has a fast brushless motor that can operate up to 2800 RPM and deliver 3200 Impacts Per Minute (IPM)
It has a ¼ inch hex chuck for 1 inch bits
The impact driver dimensions are 5.5 inches by 9.4 inches by 3.9 inches
It has been rubber over molds for comfort and control and has been ergonomically designed so that it is easy to use and does not fatigue the user.
It weighs only 2.4 pounds without a battery and around 3 pounds with the battery installed
It is cordless and powered by a 20 volt lithium ion battery (this is not supplied)
It is supplied with a limited 3 year warranty, a one year free service contract and a 90 day money back guarantee.
Pros Of The DeWalt DCF885B Impact Driver
The positive comments below are summaries from actual customer reviews:
“A great impact driver” there were several customers who remarked about how happy they were with their impact driver. One described it as the best tool they had ever owned and another said it was the best impact driver ever.
“Very powerful motor” quite a few customers liked the power of the impact driver. Some described it as effortless to use. One customer described the power as screaming.
“LED lights a very useful feature” a lot of customers really liked the LED lights and said that they really helped to light up what they were doing.
“A must for any mechanic” whether you are a professional mechanic or a home mechanic this impact driver is a must said one customer.
“It can easily work in tight spaces” there were many comments about how good the impact driver was in tight spaces.
Cons Of The DeWalt DCF885B Impact Driver
These negative comments were summarized from real customer reviews:
“The impact driver broke after falling three feet” one customer complained that the impact driver gave up working after falling three feet. Power tools like this are not meant to be thrown around, and this is not considered to be a big problem.
“Not built to last” one customer complained that his impact driver had stopped working after only 6 months. None of the other customers complained about this and it was covered under the warranty.
“It isn’t great at removing bolts” one customer stated that the impact driver was not good at removing bolts and only useful for driving in screws. This was not the majority view and this is not considered to be a big issue.
There were a lot of reviews for this DeWalt impact driver, and 83% of those who left a review awarded a 5 out of 5 star rating. A further 10% gave the tool a 4 out of 5 star rating and this is an impressive 93% overall. There were few negative comments, and these are not big problems and shouldn’t put you off buying the tool.
The DeWalt DCF885B Impact Driver is an ergonomically designed compact tool which delivers good power enabling the driver to tackle all kinds of jobs. Being small it can easily be used in tight situations. Made to the usual high quality DeWalt standards, this impact driver is a recommended purchase.
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