ACDelco continues to amaze us over here at TIA and the only problem we hear about is that they sell out so fast from distributors that no one can find them. Well this time around they have proven that great things come in small packages. It is a combo kit that includes a 8v MAX (7.2V) drill/driver and a 8v MAX (7.2V) LED flashlight. Lets start with the ARL836 flashlight, it kind of reminds me of the Milwaukee M12 flashlight only smaller. It has a 4 position pivot head and 2 magnets on the back that do a good job of holding the light. A 1 Watt LED provides 8500 LUX at a 3ft distance, for the record I tried to convert it into Lumens but was unsuccessful. Let’s just say it puts out a good amount of light. You get around 8 hours of power per charge and it weighs in at just under 3/4 of a pound. The kit comes with charger that holds both batteries at the same time, but only charges one at a time. After it fully charges the first battery it automatically starts charging the second battery. It also comes with a nice blow molded case with a removable bit storage box.
The ARD847 driver really impressed us, you know you have something good when people use it for the first time and they say WOW. That’s thanks to its insane 111 in-lbs of torque. For its 1.2lb size it really cranks out some power. It uses a quick release 1/4 hex shank, however it is a 2 handed operation to replace the bit. The ergonomics of this tool are great, it is comfortable to hold and will fit into the tightest of situations. There are six clutch settings and a drill mode. In front of the trigger is a single LED light. The LED works well but the head of the tool leaves a shadow. A variable speed trigger allows you to control the tool up to 380 rpm. This isn’t industry leading, but allows you to have some control and not strip the screw you’re driving. A one year warranty is standard.
ACDelco continues to impress us. For a power tool line that did not exist a few years ago, they have really done their homework and brought some good quality products to market. If you are working in tight areas like under car dashes, the ARD847L is the perfect kit for you. Every tool we see from ACDelco continues to impress us, they are an auto mechanic/installers best friend, even if your a Ford or a Dodge man!