Compact & Feature-Packed
By Brad Holden
DeWalt introduced their new 20 Volt Max compact
impact driver last year, and I absolutely loved it. Now
they’ve improved it by switching to a brushless motor, adding
three speed settings and redesigning the collet to make
it easier to change hex-style bits.
A brushless motor is more effi cient, and that translates
into longer running time. According to DeWalt, you now
can work 57% longer between chargings.
The previous 20 Volt Max was a one-speed, which was
overkill for most cabinetmaking jobs. With three settings,
you’ll be able to cover a much wider range of driving tasks.
The new collet features a push-button release. Now,
you don’t have to let go of the drill’s handle to change bits
or drivers. You just extend your forefi nger and depress a
button located above the trigger. Your other hand is free to
remove the bit and switch to a new one.
The new motor also allowed DeWalt to make this
impact driver lighter and even more compact. Equipped
with a 1.5 amp-hr. battery, the driver weighs 3 lbs. (It
weighs 3.6 lbs. with a 3 amp-hr. battery.) At just 5-1/4"
long, nose to tail, you can get into some pretty tight spaces,
and the grip is extraordinarily comfortable.
A “fuel gauge” on the battery pack gives you a quick indication
of how much battery life is left. If you already own
other tools that use the same DeWalt battery, you can purchase
this impact driver without batteries at a lower price.
DeWalt, dewalt.com, 800-433-9258, 20V Max Lithium Ion 1/4” Brushless
3 -Speed Impact Driver, tool only, #DCF895B; tool with two
1.5 AH batteries, #DCF895B2; tool with two 3.0 AH batteries,
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