DeWalt 20V Max XR Cordless Impact Driver Review DCF887

The DeWalt DCF887 is my pick for Best for Pros of cordless impact drivers. In this review, we’ll take a closer look at its features and benefits to find out why I rank it so highly.

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What’s in the Box?

If you purchase the DCF887D2 as a kit, it comes with the DCF887 impact driver, 2.) 20-volt 2 ah batteries, DCB112 charger, belt clip, and a hard case. If you already have other Dewalt cordless tools that are part of their 20-volt Max platform, the DCF887B is available without the battery, charger or case. In DeWalt’s numbering system, if the tool model number is followed by a “B”, it means bare tool (without accessories). Tools ending with D1 denote a kit with 1 battery and charger, while D2 stands for 2 batteries with charger.


How Much Power Does It Have?

If you give the DCF887 a spin, you’ll quickly realize that it certainly doesn’t lack power. The brushless motor supplies a whopping 2,000 inch pounds of torque, more than enough to effortlessly sink ½” lag bolts into a deck ledger. With a maximum speed of 3,250 RPM and a hammering rate of 3,600 IPM, it has plenty of power for any job.  


Brushless Motor

Brushless motors in cordless impact drivers are significantly better because their design reduces the friction involved with the brushes, providing more power and extending the battery run time. According to DeWalt, you’ll get up to 57% more run time vs a comparable brushed motor, so you can drive more fasteners before having to recharge the battery.


Changing Bits

Changing bits is a simple operation that you can even do one handed. The ¼” hex chuck has an easy grip sleeve and accepts any standard ¼” drive tips or drill bits.


Variable Speed Trigger

The variable speed trigger is DeWalt’s familiar design that responds smoothly. Pulling the trigger harder increases the rotational speed.


Three Speed Ranges

3-speed settings set the ranges of RPMs, allowing you to dial in the right amount for the application. On setting 1, the trigger will work between 0 and 1,000 RPM- perfect for driving small or delicate screws. Setting 2 operates from 0 to 2,800 RPM- the best setting for most jobs. And setting 3 will make available the full maximum of up to 3.250 RPM for the toughest tasks.


LED Lights

It seems like almost every new cordless tool comes with LED lights these days and the DCF887 is no exception. The three LED lights in the nose do a great job of illuminating the work area, and they stay on for 20 seconds after the trigger is released.


Made in USA

The DCF887 is Made in USA (with global materials). That is to say that Dewalt makes the DCF887 at one of its seven manufacturing plants in the US, with a combination of parts and materials that are produced around the world and in the USA. I’ve got to give them credit for figuring out a way to make great products that are competitively priced while supporting jobs here in the US at the same time.


Battery Indicator

DeWalt’s 20-volt batteries have these nifty indicator lights to show you how much charge is left in the battery.


Battery Indicator

When you press the button, all three green lights mean full charge. Two lights signal between 50 and 75%, and one light means less than 50%. 



How does it Perform?

6 mm shorter than DeWalt’s previous model (DFC886) and only a little over 2 pounds with a 2.0 ah battery, the DCF887 is one of the most powerful impact drivers on the market in a very compact size. The handle is comfortable to grip and it’s a well balance tool. While it has plenty of power for driving any fastener of any size, the “precision” drive setting (number 1) definitely solves the problem of over torqueing small screws that tends to be a problem for high torque models.    

If you’re a pro looking for a solid cordless impact driver that will stand up to daily use and abuse, or a serious DIY-er wanting a versatile pro grade tool, you can’t go wrong with the DCF887.

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DeWalt DCF887B
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Steve Wright

Steve Wright is a general contractor who over the last 30 plus years has built hundreds of new homes, ranging from first time affordable homes to multi-million dollar custom homes and everything in between.

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