Even though brushless tools have been out for years, they seem to be all the rage now. Higher capacity lithium Ion batteries mated to these brushless setups are giving unheard of run times. DeWALT already released a brushless 3 speed impact last year the DCf895 which is great for applications where you need total speed control. With this new second round of brushless they are touting their new 2.0 and 4.0 XR battery packs that give up to 33% more run time. We witnessed this first hand at the recent DeWALT media event. The brushless motor alone gives up to 57% more run time over a brushed motor.
The DCF886 comes in 3 different packages:
DCF886: Bare tool only.
DCF886D2: Kitbox, two 2.0Ah XR batteries, fast charger. Weighs 2.9 lbs ( What we have)
DCF886M2: Kitbox, two 4.0Ah XR batteries, fast charger. Weighs 3.4 lbs
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Obviously the M2 version will give you the most run time, but will add more weight. For long repetitive work the less weight the better. Ergonomics on this tool are stellar! In my opinion there is not a more comfortable grip on the market. The tool retains great balance with either the 2.0 or 4.0 batteries. This is a compact tool that will allow you to get into tight areas, the head is only 5.55″ long. The 3 LED lights in the head work great for almost shadow free operation. The one-handed chuck accepts 1″ bits. I actually like this chuck better than the chuck system on the previous DCF895 which tends to stick.
The DCF886 puts out up to 3,200 impacts per minute and up to 2,800 rpm thanks to a smooth variable speed trigger. The tool puts out 1,500 in-lbs of torque which is not industry leading but very respectable. Any driving task you throw at the DCF886 it can handle it. This tool screams PRO all over it and is a covered by a 3 year warranty. Eric used the DCF886 on his bathroom project and fell in love with it, he wanted to keep it! I left him with 3 charged batteries and no charger. When I checked back the following day he was still on the first pack. The new XR line from DeWALT is going to be a force to be reckoned with as it slowly trickles out into the market. In my opinion the DeWALT DCF886 is the best all around impact driver for 2013, but hey it's only May!