I reviewed the Dewalt 8V DCF680 gyroscopic cordless screwdriver a few months ago, and it turned out to be an okay driver. I liked it, but I didn’t love it. It took a little getting used to, mostly because I didn’t really find the pistol-grip configuration to be comfortable, especially compared to the more compact Black & Decker Gyro screwdriver.
Well, it seems like I’m not the only one who wasn’t in love with the 8V gyroscopic driver’s ergonomics, because Dewalt has just introduced two new 8V gyro screwdrivers that have non-pivoting straight handles.
All three models will be sold alongside each other:
- DCF680 – the pivoting handle screwdriver released in 2013
- DCF681 – an inline screwdriver with deburring cones
- DCF682 – an inline screwdriver with quick-release chuck
Dewalt DCF681 Deburring Screwdriver
The DCF681 is designed for deburring and fastening applications, and features a stepped conduit reamer and 1/4″ magnetic hex bit holder. The cone-shaped cutter can deburr 1/2″, 3/4″, and 1″ conduit.
When the deburring screwdriver launches in April 2014, it will be available as part of a 2-battery kit (DCF681N2) that will be priced at $139.
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Dewalt DCF682 Screwdriver
The DCF682, like the DCF680, is designed for fastening applications and features a quick-release 1/4″ hex bit holder.
Unlike the DCF680, the new screwdriver does not have an adjustable clutch.
Both drivers have gyroscopic motion controllers. Twist the driver to the right, and it spins to the right. Twist it to the left, and it spins to the left. The faster you rotate the tool, the faster the bit turns, until it reaches maximum speed.
- Lock-off switch
- Activation trigger switch
- LED worklight
- Battery fuel gauge
- 40 in-lbs max torque
If you can’t wait for the DCF681 and DCF682 to hit the streets, the DCF680 is currently available and at great pricing. If, like me, you don’t care for the pivoting handle, you could always set the driver in its straight inline position and keep it there.
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Maybe I’m being short-sighted, but I really don’t like the idea of the DCF681 at all. Dewalt describes it as being designed specially for electricians who perform screwdriving and conduit reaming applications, but to me it looks like a powered conduit reamer with a secondary screwdriver function.
I don’t like the idea of high-speed cutting blades that will always be there*, even when the screwdriver is just being used for casual fastening applications and not to deburr conduit.
The cutter blades are spring loaded and are only exposed when pressed against the conduit when reaming.
There are already several conduit reaming accessories that can be added onto any screwdriver with a 1/4″ hex chuck, such as the Klein 85091 ($25 via Amazon) and D-Reamer ECR1 ($25 via D-Reamer). The idea of near-universal conduit reaming screwdriver add-on seems more appealing to me that a combination cordless reamer and screwdriver.
It doesn’t look like the cutter blades of the DCF681 are removable**, which would otherwise be a major downside compared to using the DCF680 or DCF682 with an add-on deburring accessory. On the other hand, this means the DCF681 will probably be more compact and able to fit into tighter spaces, at least in regard to reaming tasks.
The cutter blades are removable/replaceable and look similar to the Klein 85091 conduit reamer.
(The cutter blade is replaceable, but the reamer accessory still appears to be a permanent attachment.)
That being said, I definitely like the idea of the DCF682. It lacks the adjustable clutch of the DCF680, and of course the pivoting handle, but I don’t think I would miss either of these features (especially the pivoting handle in particular). Hopefully the price will reflect its scaled-back features.
Dewalt hasn’t actually announced the DCF682 yet, but we spotted it in the DCF680’s new operating instructions manual (PDF).