Dewalt 20-Volt MAX XR Lithium-Ion Cordless Brushless Drill/Impact Combo Kit – #THDProspective #HomeDepot

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This is a very popular kit.  I think it represents a great value.  Team one of the most powerful brushless impact drivers on the market with one of the highest performance compact brushless drills and you have a winning team on your hands.  Both the drill and impact have a Dewalt brushless motor which delivers up to 57% more run time over brushed.  The DCF887 has 3-speed settings for versatility with Precision Drive for added control.

I used to run the predecessors to these tools. DCF 886 and DCF 895.  They were good tools but Dewalt is never content to rest on its laurels. The 887 received a nice torque and speed increase over the outgoing models. Does that really matter?   It does if you want to get more work done faster.   One thing I don’t miss is the flat face of the 895 and trigger finger bit release.  The new one-handed chuck for bit insertion and release is much nicer.  The new design which is much like the 886 is also nicer for getting into tight spots or odd angles. 

DeWalt handles are some of the most comfortable to me.  The 887 is no different.   It may not matter to some but I use an impact driver more than almost any other tool.   A comfortable handle can make a long day driving screws more bearable.  The trigger is very comfortable and sensitive.  The triple LED lighting is among the brightest to allow you to really see your work without a huge shadow.  The hook has a 2 stage design.   It has a wider area for thicker material and a deeper narrower spot for thinner materials like belts, and pockets.

​Today we expect top-of-the-line brushless impact drivers to have at least three-speed settings for a wider range of fasteners.  The DeWalt DCF 887 has one of the easiest ways to switch between the various speed settings.  It is a big old-fashioned slide switch rather then a button or pressure pad.  I definitely prefer this over the buttons.  The first speed setting is 0-1000 rpm. It develops 20 ft lbs of torque. It is called precision Drive for precise control with smaller fasteners. It is low enough you may not even notice it impacting at this level.  Speed 2 is 0- 2,800.   It provides 125 ft.lbs of torque.  Speed three is 3,250 RPM and 152 ft.lbs.

I usually just leave my impact drivers on high all the time.  I want to drive screws as quickly as possible and get on to the next.  However It is nice to be able to dial the maximum torque down for smaller fasteners or delicate fastening tasks such as installing cabinet hardware.

One situation where it is nice to use a lower speed is when we are touching up drywall screws.  Sometimes you don’t get them set perfectly.  I have to say it is nicer to use an impact on a lower speed to set them.  You want to drive them slightly past perfectly flush.  Full speed can bury the screw in half a second. 

Another good place to consider power management is in building cabinet face frames.  If you use pocket hole joinery, you probably know that it is possible to strip the pocket hole screws with too much speed and torque.  I normally just grab a driver drill for this task but many still use an impact driver.  The middle speed and torque setting make this much safer.

DCD796 has a high-speed transmission with 2-speed settings and the brightest light on the market. 





What about the DCD796 brushless 1/2″ hammer drill?  It shares numbers with the top of the class.  It runs at 0-550 and 0-2000 RPM with a max BPM of 34000 in hammer mode.   As of this writing,  it is probably the highest performing compact brushless drill on the market.  If it is not number one it is very close.  I bought one of the DCD791 driver drills last year and it easily out powers the brushless compacts from Milwaukee, Bosch and Ridgid.   It’s not all about power though.   It has one of the best handles in the industry with great comfort and ergonomics to go along with that power.   It also boasts the best light of any drill.  The LED has 3 brightness settings.  Normal, high with normal drilling and a special extra bright setting to use as a work light for up to 20 minutes.  We really enjoy using these drills on the job.  They are pretty much my top pick for a compact cordless so far.

I love that the kit has both sizes of battery.  You may not always need full power. I usually run the 2.0 in the impact because it is so light.  If I am driving screws all day I may throw the fat pack 4.0 on.  It gives the tools a boost in power as well as run time.  I have heard many say it doesn’t matter and that it only adds runtime. I disagree.  The tools run at 18 v.  That is 5 cells times 3.6 volts (4V hot off the charger) times the peak amperage the cells can discharge.  In the fat packs there are two rows of 5 cells putting out the same voltage but much more amperage if needed. You will see an increase in speed and torque from the larger battery at every point in the discharge cycle. 

We really feel this is a great gateway to the DeWalt platform.  Cordless drill and impact kits are truly useful for every trade and for DIY-ers as well.  If you want a compact kit with premium features this very well could be for you. 

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2018-06-16T11:57:15-05:00June 16th, 2018|Dewalt|13 Comments

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  1. Tyler Fleming 02/19/2019 at 8:18 AM - Reply

    I don’t have any cordless DeWalt, but I would like to! @_tyler.fleming

  2. Mike D 02/17/2019 at 4:30 AM - Reply

    Dewalt has done a great job of continually improving on their impact drivers and drills.

    The one thing that perplexes me is the removal of an on board bit holder from the drills. I just don’t understand it. At one point, years ago there were 2, that’s right, 2 on-board bit holders on the drill.

    Those were glorious times, come to think of it, they disappeared in 2006/7…..maybe that’s the straw that broke the camel’s back and started our country into the recession in 2008. Oh, I digress.

    DeWalt makes a great product, I must confess, I’ve dropped my tools off of ladders, roofs, even into a pile of snow only to find it 3 days later with water pouring out of it’s innards. I let it sit for a week, still running.

    I still have a BUNCH of 18V XRP’s and need to finally move up to the 20V platform, I don’t feel like wasting money on replacing 18V batteries.

    Your review was informative and exhaustive which is nice. Thanks for taking the time.

  3. Jared Palideat 02/16/2019 at 11:04 PM - Reply

    I have the cheaper drill and driver combo and its great for small jobs around the house and the acreage. I have used countless brushed tools and i still hope to get my hands on a set of brushless ones and experience the difference. They would be a nice addition for some of the big fencing and equipment storage builds. Wondering if the battery life is better or worse than a brushed even with the added benefits. @jaredpalid on instagram

  4. Ryan 02/16/2019 at 3:44 PM - Reply

    Big fan of these , I have the older versions. Always been a dewalt guy.


  5. Kevin 02/16/2019 at 3:36 PM - Reply

    Have had the 18 volt set for years. Hope I am able to get an upgrade to this set. Thanks Toolpig!!!

  6. Mike Thompson 02/16/2019 at 1:14 PM - Reply

    Amazing combo. Great price for tools that will last! The 20v batteries can get a lot of work done as well.

    • Mike Thompson 02/16/2019 at 1:16 PM - Reply

      Instagram @mikethompson

  7. Carlos Gallegos 02/16/2019 at 12:31 PM - Reply

    Amazing tools, durability and high quality! IG: @camaroz79

  8. Chade Turner - Turner Painting 02/16/2019 at 12:17 PM - Reply

    I’m a dewalt fan. I’ve used their cordless drill for many years. When I burn one up I end up getting the new model they have. I’ve been using their cordless sander for a couple months now and love it. I have two Graco ultras that run the dewalt battery so to keep it simple at work dewalt is my go to on the daily. I’ve personally never had any issues with any of their tools. From table saws to miter saws sanders and drills and now cordless sprayers. They have my business.

    • Chade Turner - Turner Painting 02/16/2019 at 12:18 PM - Reply


  9. Todd Clay 01/31/2019 at 5:28 AM - Reply

    I”m kinda curious about why the impact driver isn’t set up like most cordless drills which have a twist switch around the chuck to pick yout torque with a vsriable speed control on the trigger?

    You also mentioned the work light saying that it doesn’t have a big shadow. I wouldn’t think it should have any.

    I’m still using my Craftsman C3’s for the most part but I’m concerned about their potential demise. I have 3 DeWalt tools 2 cordless both 18v.which include a roto saw and a 18ga finish nailer that I bought used and a 12″ sliding compound miter saw that I woukdn’tgive up for the world. The roto has a weird bit release and makes me not want to use it and the finish nailer hasn’t gotten much use yet to even commrnt other than to say it sinks well regardles of what you are nailing but it’s bulky and awkward although well balanceed.

    All my cordless tools are not very ergonomic a trait I wish I would have paid more attention too. Maybe I’l l win these and then having battery packs I can afford some bare tools and work my way into a new setup.

    Wish me luck.

  10. Kyle black 01/30/2019 at 2:52 PM - Reply

    Huge fan of these. Had the 18XRP for years. Need. Batteries are dying (second pair). Need a new set. [email protected]

  11. Rodney 01/04/2019 at 10:51 AM - Reply

    I just bought the 12 in sliding double bevel chop saw and the 10 peice cordless tool kit and put them threw the Pace’s I couldn’t be happier with my purchase exceeded my expectations I am now a DeWalt man threw and threw

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