Dewalt just announced that they will releasing a new brushless impact driver this April. Although this is Dewalt’s first-ever cordless power tool built with a brushless motor, we’re sure there will be more to come.
(Tool-tech 101: brushless vs. brushed power tool motors.)
The new brushless impact driver is said to provide 57% longer runtime vs. their latest generation brushed impact drivers, and up to 150% more runtime vs. competitors’ latest impact drivers.
In addition to longer runtime, the new Dewalt brushless impact driver features a push-button 1/4″ hex chuck that accepts standard 1″ bits and can be operated with one hand. This eliminates the need for a separate one-handed self-locking bit holder.
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In the photo above, do you see that yellow button right below the chuck? That’s the bit release!
3-Speed and Torque Settings
- 0-950 RPM/500 in-lbs – best for low-torque and finish work, such as faceplate installation
- 0-1900RPM/900 in-lbs – ideal for controlled fastening applications such as installing door hinges
- 0-2850 RPM/1500 in-lbs – perfect for higher-torque applications such as driving self-tapping screws in metal
Dewalt’s engineers have also managed to shave the new driver down to 5-1/4″ long, making it their shortest impact driver yet. The driver weighs 3.0 lbs when paired with a compact battery, and 3.6 lbs when paired with the extended capacity battery pack.
Three LEDs surround the chuck to provide shadow-free work area illumination, and a 20-second duration provides added convenience. There will also be a metal belt hook and on-board bit storage.
Dewalt Brushless Impact Driver Kit Configurations
- DCF895C2 – includes two 1.5Ah batteries with fuel gauges, MSRP $279
- DCF895L2 – includes two 3.0Ah batteries with fuel gauges, MSRP $349
- DCF895B – bare tool, MSRP $169
The kits also include a fast charger, and presumably a hard-shell case. ETA is April 2012.
We know that a Milwaukee Fuel brushless impact driver is currently in development, and it will be interesting to see how the two tools compare. Sight-unseen, our vote would go for the Dewalt, given how incredibly fond we are of one-handed chucks.
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