Brushless Impact driver versus cordless drill

by teddletonmr

Lithium ion battery powered DeWalt brushless impact driver, weighs less, drives more screws per charge, and works better in tight spaces...

Lighter weight, far more efficient DeWalt brushless motor design coupled with rechargeable lithium ion batteries outperform NiCad battery packs hands down. Finally, there is a better option that replaces the old school technology’s heavy weight, less efficient batteries, for far too long used to power our indispensable cordless drills and other favorite cordless tools.
Homebuilders, tradesmen and friendly handyman and woman like you and me. All have log understood the value of having the best tool for a particular job we need to complete. The new brushless motor design used in the new DeWalt ¼-inch impact driver, is absolutely the best tool for driving, deck screws, galvanized and stainless framing screws, self-tapping sheet metal screws home improvement, building, and repair jobs your money will buy.

Brushless motor and Lithium ion battery

Old school cordless tools use brushes that wear out, create friction that generates heat, sparks, and drains battery power.

The first thing many folks find more than just a bit tiring. When using heavy-duty cordless driver drills, hammer drills, saws and the like powered by 18 + volt and larger rechargeable NiCad batteries. The physical size and weight of the cordless tools makes them hard to hold and work with all day. Working overhead, and in small spaces is often a nightmare at best, at worst all but impossible.



DeWalt cordless impact driver

Bigger 18-volt NiCad batteries

DeWalt 18-volt NiCad battery pack With the demands, like-minded folks have for their power tools, for more power, driving large deck screws, drilling more holes per charge, and powering paddle bits, mixing thin set and other home improvement, building, and repair jobs. With the technology available at the time, there was really only one viable option.

The best option for satisfying these power demands, increasing the size and weight of the 18-volt rechargeable NiCad batteries. The increased physical size, additional run times, and more powerful motors meant using larger capacity batteries, in turn adding a significant amount of weight and overall size to tools. 

BL cordless tools vs brushed

Quality minded Homeowners, motivated by their never-ending passion for remodeling, and home improvement projects. Also, enjoy the value added benefits, upgrading to and using the new cordless power tools. Follow along. Join in on the chat, as we discuss the advantages of using the new DeWalt brushless Impact driver as it compares to the old school cordless drill drivers.

Brushless vs brush style motor comparison
Brushless vs brush style motor comparison

Heavy-duty 18-volt cordless drills

Cordless drills and impact drivers go brushless. Use lithium ion batteries improve performance, reduce weight, and extend run time.

For many homeowner handyman types, the cordless drill driver is their most used cordless tool. In fact, the only such tool they own and feel comfortable using. After all, buying and using one of the heavy-duty 18-volt, or larger behemoths just makes sense. Need to drill a small hole in wood, steel, plastic, masonry or power a whole saw and mixer thingy. The all-purpose heavy-duty cordless drill will get the job done, right.


The perfect cordless tool kit

The best cordless drill & impact driver kit

Problem solving cordless tool

DeWalt 20-volt impact driver kit The thing that creates as many problems as it solves by the one tool dose all approach. Using a heavy-duty cordless drill, for everything more often than not means using a tool that is either too big, or small for the job at hand.

Take for instance, a home remodeling project requires you to perform a typical job. Shooting small wood screws, too install a piano hinge, cabinet door hinges, drawer hardware etc.  With that in mind, let me ask you an equally simple question. How many screws will you strip, when using one of the 18-volt overpowered, behemoth cordless drills?

I will go out on a limb here and say, if you are anything like me, a heck of a lot more than you care to admit. Too be honest, I believe we will all agree our favorite heavy-duty cordless drills are so heavy and powerful, they are hard to and often impossible to get into and control in tight spaces.

Best cordless impact driver for the job

DeWalt 20-volt brushless impact driver is compact, lightweight, and adjustable

DeWalt 20-volt impact work light The DeWalt model # DCF895C2 is a much-improved 3-speed, BL (brushless) motor design cordless impact driver. Weighing in at 3.1 lbs., this powerhouse uses the new Lithium ion battery (included) to power the new BL motor. Increasing run times, ranging from a conservative 1.5 to double that of the old school cordless drills and impact drivers using the 18-volt NiCad batteries.

Smaller size means less intrusive making the BL cordless impact driver and proper bit easier to get into tight spaces, complemented by lighter weight makes the DeWalt cordless impact and new Lithium ion batteries, a winning combination for anyone that enjoys using the best impact driver for their job.

Making the DeWalt DCF895C2 even better, the battery has an easy to view fuel gauge that indicates how much power is in the battery. No more of that starting a job with a dying battery, a quick look at the gauge, and you are ready to go to work, no worries.

Must have bits & features

38 piece impact driver bit kit The fine folks at DeWalt did not forget about the importance of a good work light when designing the DCF895C2 impact driver. Three bright LEDs light the way, not only while driving screws in dimly lit spaces, used as a flashlight for finding your way in the dark as an added bonus. Let’s face it no one likes crawling around in dark crawlspaces, stumbling around in addicts, installing kitchen cabinets, or closet organizers in dark hard to reach spaces.

Increasing the versatility of the DeWalt ¼-inch cordless impact driver is easy as eating a piece of your favorite pie. When you buy the DeWalt DW2169 38-piece impact-driver accessory kit, drive hex-head sheet metal screws, Phillips head deck, and framing screws, 1/4-inch, 5/16-inch, 3/8-inch nuts and bolts with the nut driver bits quick, fast, and in a hurry.

  • Pivot bit holder makes it easy to drive screws straight, or at an angle when need arises.
  • 1/4-inch, 5/16-inch, and ½-inch thin walled deep sockets have recessed corners for better distribution of torque required for tightening and loosening bolts and nuts.
  • 3/8-inch socket adapter rated for 200-inch-pounds. With a 9/16-inch deep socket, 3/8-inch deep socket, 7/16-inch deep socket, 1/2-inch deep socket, and a 3-inch stainless steel magnetic bit tip holder with hog ring to hold bits securely.
  • All housed in a durable, organize, easy to carry storage case.

DeWalt 1/4-in impact driver bit kit

Only $34.99

Buy this 5-piece BL cordless tool kit today and save

Kit includes 20-volt hammer drill with1/2-inch self-tightening chuck, reciprocating saw with key-less blade clamp, 1/4-inch impact driver, LED work light, circular saw with 6-1/2-inch carbide blade
DEWALT DCK590L2 20-Volt MAX Li-Ion 3.0 Ah 5-Tool Combo Kit
Updated: 09/19/2013, teddletonmr
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Jo_Murphy on 02/12/2014

I must say that over the years I have moved back to using corded equipment. I have to refurbish my sculpture studio but hadn't planned on buying cordless anymore. Then again I guess I stay in one controlled spot. Interesting article thanks, Jo

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