Dewalt is (hopefully soon) coming out with a new 20V Max brushless impact driver, model DCF887. It is unclear whether the Dewalt DCF887 will replace either of their other brushless impact driver options, or whether it will be sold alongside them.
Dewalt’s other impact drivers include the DCF885, which dates back to the launch of the 20V Max platform, the DCF895 brushless impact driver, which comes with a stubby button-operated bit chuck and features 3 speed and torque settings, and the single speed DCF886 brushless impact driver, which is our best cordless impact driver editor’s choice pick.
The new brushless impact driver, DCF887, is said to be shorter than the DCF886, and nearly 22% more powerful at its highest electronic speed and torque setting. Ergonomically, the DCF887 appears to be closely based off of the DCF886 design.
Going by specs, the DCF887 is 1/4″ shorter in length (5.55″ – 5.3″ = 0.25″) than the DCF886, although Dewalt’s product description explicitly says it is 2 mm shorter than the previous DCF886, which would be a paltry 0.079″ (a little over 5/64″). The previous DCF886 part could suggest that this model is meant to replace the DCF886.
Features & Specs
- 1/4″ hex bit chuck
- 3 speed settings
- Max torque: 240/1500/1825 in-lbs
- Speed: 0-1000/2800/3250 RPM
- 5.3″ length
- Precision drive in speed 1 for increased control for precision applications
- 3 LED worklights around chuck for shadow-free illumination
- 20 second LED trigger-release delay
The new cordless impact driver will launch with 3 bundle options: DCF887B is the bare tool, a DCF887D2 kit comes with (2) compact 2.0Ah Li-ion battery packs, and a DCF887M2 kit comes with (2) 4.0Ah battery packs.
The kits also come with a fast charger, belt clip, and kit box.
Pricing: ~$117 for the bare tool (DCF887B), $192 for the compact battery kit (DCF887D2), $215 for the high capacity battery kit (DCF887M2)
Buy Now(via Amazon)
It’s about time!
I’m a fan of Dewalt’s DCF886 brushless impact driver, but it’s a single speed model, which can be limiting when you need to work with smaller fasteners that require less torque. Sure, it can be done, but it requires a lot more trigger control than an application might allow for.
Dewalt’s older DCF895 brushless impact driver does offer 3 speed and torque settings, and it continues to earn solid user reviews, but not everyone loves the unique flat-front chuck.
Hopefully because the DCF887 looks to share much of the same features as the DCF886, except perhaps for the gearbox and chuck, it won’t be priced too much higher.
Although very excited about this new offering, I am left wanting of a little more. Milwaukee’s new M18 Fuel 2nd-generation impact driver launched alongside 3 new impact wrenches. Dewalt recently came out with heavy duty brushless impact wrenches, but couldn’t they have come out with some new compact impact wrenches as well?
Come to think about it, Dewalt doesn’t offer any compact brushless impact wrenches at all, do they? I checked ToolGuyd’s archives, Dewalt’s website, and 2 of their distributors’ sites, and there’s nothing. Dewalt’s 20V Max impact wrench offerings include compact 3/8″ and heavy duty 1/2″ brushed models, a compact 1/2″ wrench, and the heavy duty DCF899 1/2″ impact, as well as 7/16″ and 3/4″ models.
Dewalt, or rather Mac Tools that are powered by Dewalt, also skipped these sizes with their initial 20V Max Mac Tools cordless launch.
Maybe we’ll soon see this new 3-speed brushless impact driver followed by new 3-speed compact brushless 1/4″, 3/8″, and 1/2″ impact wrenches.
Thanks to Steffi for the heads-up! Please send us your tool tips and new tool finds!