Dewalt’s DCF682N1A 8V inline gyroscopic screwdriver kit is on sale at Home Depot for just $39. That’s a very attractive price, especially considering that the price was $70 a month ago.
Dewalt came out with the DCF681 inline-only gyroscopic screwdriver in March of this year. That model features a deburring reaming bit holder, which is useful for cleaning the edges of electrical conduits and small pipes. This model, DCF682, slightly more compact as it has a regular bit holder.
The DCF682 was not announced with the DCF681, and Dewalt was tight-lipped when I asked about it. But fast forward a couple of months, and the DCF682 finally become available for the holidays. In November, a reader wrote in saying he saw a DCF682 kit at his local Home Depot for $70. (Thank you Joel for the tip!)
When I reviewed Dewalt’s pivoting handle 8V Max gyroscopic screwdriver, I said that it wasn’t very intuitive to use, at least in the pistol grip orientation. I liked the DCF680, but it was just a little unnatural to use. The DCF680 gyro driver works better in the inline driver mode, but I still favor Black & Decker’s Gyro screwdriver ($30 via Amazon) all around. I am hoping that the ergonomics of the DCF682 at least falls somewhere in between both of these models.
Given my experience with the DCF680, the smaller and more compact DCF682 is probably a great tool. It looks to be offer the best features of the DCF680, namely the gyroscopic speed and direction control, removable battery pack, and battery fuel gauge.
I should emphasize that gyroscopic screwdrivers aren’t for everyone. That’s why this deal post is so long – you really need to understand what this screwdriver is all about before giving it serious consideration.
Gyroscopic screwdrivers don’t have a traditional trigger switch. Instead, you have to press an activation button and then twist the tool in order for the motor and chuck to turn.
The pivoting-handle gyroscopic driver was more comfortable to use in the inline direction, but it still wasn’t quite as natural and effortless as with Black & Decker’s palm-gripped screwdriver. The DCF682 that’s on sale now might have improved ergonomics, but I cannot say for certain as I have not gotten my hands on one for testing yet.
If you’re even a little bit interested in this driver, you might really want to consider the current deal. For $39, you get the screwdriver, a single 8V Max Li-ion battery, a charger, and a DWAX100 bit set that retails for $10. Just be sure to keep your receipt in case you find yourself hating the gyroscopic controls.