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Drills & Impact Tools Impact Wrench

DEWALT DCF899HB Brushless Impact Wrench Review

There are several challenges of working under the hood of your car. First, you have to deal with seized nuts that just won’t budge no matter how hard you twist your wrench. And second, you run the risk of bashing your knuckles against hard objects every time you attempt to turn a seized nut. You can kill both of these birds with a single tool called an impact wrench. This handheld power tool delivers a ton of torque for breaking seized, rusted nuts in an instant, saving both time and skin.

DEWALT DCF899HB 20v MAX XR Brushless Impact Wrench Review

In this article, we want to look at the DCF889HB Impact Wrench from DEWALT. The DEWALT name carries a lot of weight in the power tools industry, so we have high expectations for their impact wrench. Let’s see if it lives up to the company’s name.



XR Brushless Motor

One of the first things we noticed is that the DCF889HB sports a brushless motor which translates into better work efficiency. Brushless motors produce less heat and consume less power so you can work longer on a single charge from a 20V battery (sold separately).

DEWALT DCF899HB 20v MAX XR Brushless Impact Wrench

Cordless Operations

The main benefit you get with this, and other cordless tools is portability. You won’t need to juggle long power cords, extension cords, or pressure hoses to operate this tool safely. This cordless tool fits in cramped areas and tight corners easily.

However, of the available power sources for impact wrenches, batteries provide the weakest amount of support and power. This isn’t to say that the DCF889HB is a weak tool. It works beautifully for basic applications around the home and car. But if you were to attempt to break a truck apart and put it together, this and other cordless impact wrenches just won’t do.

3-Speed Transmission

This tool comes with three different torque-delivery gears which serve different purposes. The first two gears (400 RPM and 700 RPM respectively, and up to 700-foot-pounds of torque) are for tightening, while the third gear (1,900 RPM and up to 1,200-foot-pounds) is for breaking seized nuts. For work around the home, this tool’s torque delivery is more than enough to tighten and loosen fasteners. While working under the hood of your car, we found that 1,200 foot-pounds will do a clean job of breaking most nuts in a matter of seconds.

DEWALT DCF899HB Impact Wrench

Torque Delivery

We mentioned earlier the different torque thresholds for each gear, but one thing we need to let you know is that these aren’t entirely accurate. Customers have found that the amount of torque produced is around 10% less than in the product description which is pretty sad. However, this tool still does provide enough power for basic home and automotive repair jobs.

Hog Ring Anvil

Two types of anvils come fitted onto the chuck of an impact wrench. The first is an indent ring anvil which requires placing the socket bit on with the hole aligned with the anvil for maximum traction and torque delivery. The second type of anvil, the one that the DCF899HB uses, is a hog ring anvil which lets you attach the socket bit in any orientation while it provides optimal socket retention.

Both anvil types work well, but the thing to notice about the hog ring anvil is that the ring which grasps the inside of the socket bit will wear down over time. However, we prefer this type of tool since it helps in reducing the time spent fumbling with the socket bit and aligning the anvil.

DEWALT DCF899HB Review

Tool Weight

Impact wrenches are not as light as impact drivers or cordless power drills, but the weight of this tool is still an important factor to consider. The weight of the DCF899HB, not including the battery and socket bit, weighs 6.6 pounds. This is pretty decent for an impact wrench and won’t cause any fatigue when working overhead or in cramped spaces.

Built-in LED Light

Anybody who’s ever done even the most basic repairs under the hood of their car will tell you that you need a work light to see. You can invest in a torch that hangs on your car’s hood, or you can rely on the super-bright LED light that’s located near the chuck-end of the DCF899HB. In our experience, it provides enough light to see in dark spaces without blinding you in the process.

Verdict

Other than the somewhat inaccurate torque ratings, the DeWalt DCF899HB is a solid impact wrench. It’s to be used mainly for home renovation, simple fastening, and basic automotive work. The lightweight design combined with the compactness of the tool makes it easy to use overhead and in cramped areas. Just be prepared to shell out a few extra bucks since this is a bare-tool kit and doesn’t include 20V batteries and a charger.

DEWALT DCF899HB 20v MAX XR Brushless Impact Wrench

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Saws Table Saw

DEWALT DW745 Table Saw Review

According to many, a table saw is the heart of any woodshop. It does anything a circular saw, and miter saw can do and offers a ton of support for handling large pieces of lumber. Table saws can be portable, allowing you to take them from place to place while still providing ample power for cutting through thick boards.

DEWALT DW745 10-Inch Compact Job-Site Table Saw Review

The DW745 from DeWalt is one of these table saws that is compact enough to transport without a hitch. However, apart from being portable, what other features make this tool worthy of purchasingIn this article, we’re going to take a close look at the DW745 to find out whether it’s as good as numerous customers say it is.



Weight and Portability

Since the biggest selling point of the DW745 is its portability, we’d like to find out just how portable it really is. The weight of the DW745, fully assembled but not including the stand (sold separately), is roughly 55 pounds which, by table standards, is rightfully classified as lightweight. Loading and unloading the DW745 does not require helping hand, and it’s compact enough to not take too much space in the bed of a truck.

DEWALT DW745 10-Inch Compact Job-Site Table Saw

Motor Power

The DW745 comes with a large 15-amp motor that provides extreme effectiveness and efficiency in cutting through thick lumber. The tool is fitted with a 10-inch 24-tooth carbide blade that spins at a maximum speed of 3,850 RPM, giving you nice, clean cuts on the edges of your work. The motor generates enough torque to saw through sopping wet to frozen stiff boards when working in the field.

Cutting Capacities

The DW745’s 10-inch carbide blade has the ability to cut boards up to 3-1/8 inches thick in a single pass. The blade can bevel up to 45° and cut at depths of up to 2-1/4 inches. For an on-site table saw, we found that these cutting depths are just about the industry average, so it’s not exactly jaw-droppingly amazing, but you can still get a ton of work with minimal passes over the saw blade.

DEWALT DW745 Table Saw Review

Massive Worktable

At first glance, you can tell that the worktable on the DW745 is huge. In fact, it can support rip-cuts through boards as wide as 20 inches. For a portable table saw, this is a tremendous amount of space and support, especially if you’re ripping huge boards down to a more manageable size.

Lackluster Dust Collection System

Now, the one area where the DW745 doesn’t fare so well is the dust management. Anyone who’s ever used a table saw knows just how much sawdust this tool produces, portable or not. Even though the DW745 comes with a 2-1/2 dust collection port, it won’t be of much use out in the field or in any spot away from a shop vac. Furthermore, more often than not, dust falls away from the blade and on the ground, making the dust port somewhat irrelevant.

DEWALT DW745 Table Saw

Not Fit for Dado Blades

You may be wondering why we bothered to mention the DW745’s lack of support for dado blades, stacked sets or wobbly ones. However, it’s an important thing to address if you plan on using this table saw to make joints and grooves. There are ways to get around using dado sets to cut grooves along the length of a board, which this tool can do, but it can be dangerous if you don’t pay attention the safety warnings before doing so.

Great Guarding System

The guarding system that comes in place in the DW745 is pretty decent. Firstly, all adjustments can be made without the use of external tools. Next, the table is anti-friction to allow the smooth movement of passing boards.

However, one thing buyers should be aware of is the plastic top plate which may not seem like a big deal, but the material used to make the top plate is quite crucial to the overall durability of the tool. As time goes on, plastic components are more prone to warping, especially when exposed to the elements of nature which is likely to happen to portable table saws. With proper care and storage, you can significantly reduce the extent of damage to the plastic top plate, but we would have much preferred if it were made of metal.

DEWALT DW745

Verdict

We hope the plastic top plate didn’t send you running in the opposite direction of the DeWalt DW745 since it is, in our opinion, a fine portable table saw. The powerful 15-amp motor paired with the large 10-inch carbide blade makes it a great tool to have to cut huge boards down to length and width. Keep in mind that the only safe way to use this tool out in the open is if you purchase any compatible saw stand.

DEWALT DW745 10-Inch Compact Job-Site Table Saw




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Compound Miter Saw Saws

DEWALT DW716XPS Compound Miter Saw Review

Miter saws are one of the most convenient types of saws available. They make producing repeatable cuts a cinch by eliminating the need to readjust the saw head, angle, and fence after every cut. A compound miter saw takes it to the next level by allowing users to make repeated compound cuts (mitered and beveled cuts) in no time at all.

DEWALT DW716XPS Compound Miter Saw with XPS Review

One of the more popular compound miter saws out there is the DW716XPS from DEWALT. This saw is known for its tremendous power, high-speed blade, and amazing positioning system that ensures you’re making precision cuts every time. Let’s take a closer look at what the DW716XPS is packing and how well it works.



XPS (Cross-Positioning System)

Without any lights or lasers, it can be quite challenging to gauge how much material will be removed. The kerf (thickness) of the blade determines the width of the cut so it’s extremely important that you know just how wide the cut will end up being. Normally, miter saws come with lasers which give a somewhat accurate picture of where the blade will penetrate your piece, but the main problem with lasers is that they often don’t match the kerf of the blade, especially if you purchased a laser add-on separately.

DEWALT’s ingenious system – the XPS module – projects a bright LED light on both sides of the blade, creating a shadow that darkens and becomes more defined as the blade moves closer to the workpiece. The thickness of the shadow is also extremely similar to the kerf of the saw blade so users can get a clear idea of how much material will be removed. In our opinion, DEWALT’s XPS trumps any laser system out there. Of course, the only drawback is if you’re working outdoors where sunlight shines directly on your piece.

DEWALT DW716XPS Compound Miter Saw Review

Motor Power and Speed

The DW716XPS is equipped with a large 15-amp motor which delivers a ton of power for chopping through all types of wood. It spins the huge 12-inch blade at speeds of up to 3,800 RPM for quick, clean cuts through wide boards. For portable compound miter saws, this is the largest motor you’ll ever need, and anything more powerful can be overkill.

Miter and Bevel Capacities

This compound miter saw has a maximum mitering capacity of 50° in both directions. The mitering system has 11 pre-installed positive stops to help make repeated cuts at the most commonly used angles. The DW716XPS also has a beveling head that can tilt in both directions at up to 48°. Apart from the 0° position, each direction has three positive stops at 33.9°, 45°, and 48°.

Cutting Capacity

The 12-inch blade that comes with the DW716XPS can deliver deep cuts on wide boards, making it an extremely useful tool for all sorts of woodworking projects. While the blade is at the 90° position, it can cut boards up to 8 inches wide and 6.5 inches thick. While mitered at 45°, the 12-inch blade can cut 4 inches deep on 6-inch wide stock. For cutting through crown molding in the nested position, the DW716XPS can cut as deep as 6-5/8 inches with a single plunge.

DEWALT DW716XPS Compound Miter Saw

Dust Collection Bag

Like any woodworking tool, a compound miter saw produces huge mounds of sawdust in just a couple of passes. Luckily, miter saws like the DW71XPS feature a handy dust collection bag that attached to a 2-1/2-inch dust port located on its backside. The dust bag doesn’t leak but can fill up rather quickly if you’re using the tool continuously so consider attaching a shop vac hose to this unit’s dust port. Adapters are available (but sold separately) if your shop vac doesn’t use a 2-1/2-inch hose.

Electric Brakes

Miter saws should come with a wide range of safety features like retractable blade guards and lockout triggers. But the one feature we think not enough miter saws come with – the DW716XPS not included – is electric brakes. Basically, when the trigger is disengaged, the DW716XPS’s saw blade will stop almost instantaneously. This means while the blade is slightly above the surface of your material and fully exposed, after releasing the trigger you’ll have a reduced risk of cutting your forearm.

Verdict

In all honesty, the DeWalt DW716XPS is like so many other 12-inch compound miter saws out there in terms of maximum cutting capacities, mitering and beveling ranges, and safety features. However, the thing that really sets this tool apart is the XPS module which helps give operators a clear idea of the blade’s kerf and how much material will be removed. This feature alone is definitely worth the cost of the tool if you’re serious about woodworking.

DEWALT DW716XPS




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Miscellaneous Planer

DEWALT DW734 Benchtop Planer Review

A planer or thickensser is an essential tool in prepping your own lumber. Anybody who has ever purchased from a retailer will know that lumber is extremely expensive despite literally growing on (or from) trees. With a planer, you can dimension old, rough wood into usable pieces to create beautiful pieces of art. Think of a planer as an investment since you can literally save thousands of dollars by restoring old wood over time.

DEWALT DW734 Benchtop Planer Review

The DEWALT DW734 Benchtop Planer is one of the most popular portable planers on the market. This portable planer can dimension almost any sized board you can think of without a hitch. In this article, we’ll go over the various features and specs in the DW734 and determine whether it really does live up to the hype.



Motor Power and Speed

You’ll find most portable planers to come with 12-amp motors, but the DW734 bumps it up three notches by sporting a beefy 15-amp one. The question you really need to ask yourself is “Do I really need this much power?” Stronger motors are designed to cut through harder materials, so if you work regularly with hardwood, then yes, you do indeed need a larger motor for the job.

However, just because this tool has a larger motor than many other benchtop planers doesn’t make it fit every type of hardwood. When dealing with oak or hard maple, the board will most likely end up with a rough, jagged face. Additionally, it takes several more passes for this tool to get boards to the desired smoothness – roughly 15 passes compared to others that only require four or five max.

DEWALT DW734 Benchtop Planer

Width and Thickness

This machine accepts boards as wide as 12-1/2 inches and as thick as 6 inches. Planing store-bought pieces of lumber is no problem with the DW734 since they’re considerably thinner than a foot long and roughly 1-1/2 inches thick. This tool is great for restoring old pieces of wood that you may have laying around or inherited from a grandparent due to its tremendous planing capacity.

Three-Knife Cutterhead and Depth of Cut

Generally speaking, the more knives that can be inserted into the cutterhead, the better the planer will be at resurfacing material. The DW734 comes with a three-knife cutterhead that smoothens the surface to near perfection. The knives are disposable, so there’s absolutely no point trying to sharpen them. However, they are reversible so you can get twice as much work out of a single blade.

Long Support Tables and 4-Column Carriage Lock

The length of the infeed and outfeed tables plays a direct role in how long of a board can fit into the machine. The DW734 comes with massive tables that provide 33-1/2 inches of support.

One problem with planers is snipe – an unintended excessively deeper cut on the head and tail ends of a board. This tool has a 4-column carriage lock which reduces (not eliminates) the amount of snipe by keeping the material stable while it passes beneath the cutterhead. This system combined with the long tables really does a wonderful job at keeping snipe to the very edges of your board, though we recommend either attaching a sacrificial piece of scrap wood to both ends or simply chopping off the sniped parts.

DEWALT DW734 Planer

Dust Collection

A planer without a good dust management system is something you should never think of getting. Planers produce a heck of a lot of sawdust and chips, and if the planer is operated on the floor, the resulting debris could become a slipping hazard. With the DW734, this isn’t something you need to worry about. The built-in system pushes dust away from the cutterhead toward the dust port where you can connect a shop vac.

Portability

One of the best things about the DW734 is that it’s lightweight and portable. Including the infeed and outfeed tables, the unit weighs roughly 81 pounds. It also hardly takes up any space so loading it onto your truck or mounting it to a workbench won’t be too much trouble. Furthermore, the tables can fold in and out, further saving space for storage and transport.

DEWALT DW734

Verdict

In conclusion, the DW734 is a pretty good planer. The best thing about this tool is its snipe protection which limits how much of the board needs to be cut off. If you’re milling rough lumber, this translates into saving a huge amount of money in the long run.

However, the DeWalt DW734 is far from perfect. The first thing customers need to be aware of is the power of the motor which works beautifully on softwood and certain hardwood. Another thing is the number of times your material needs to pass under the cutterheads to produce a smooth finish. In every other regard – dust management, portability, and cutting capacity – this tool is an absolute beast.

DEWALT DW734 Benchtop Planer Review




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Router

DEWALT DWP611 vs. Bosch 1617EVSPK Router

A router is arguably one of the most essential woodworking tools you could have in your workshop. Most projects will call for the utilization of a router in one way or another – whether you’re rounding the top of a table or creating intricate grooves on furniture backs or doors, a router is the only most efficient tool to get them done.

Bosch 12 Amp 2-1/4 Combination Horsepower Plunge and Fixed Base Variable Speed Router Kit 1617EVSPK

And like any quintessential power tool, several brand-name manufacturers release several models seemingly almost every year, making finding the best router a challenge. In this article, we’re going to compare the DEWALT DWP611 with the Bosch 1617EVSPK to find which of the two will serve you better. Both of them come from world-renowned power tools companies, so disappointment is not something you need to worry about.



Motor Power and Collet Size

DEWALT DWP611
The strength of a router’s motor – measured in amps or horsepower – determines two very crucial things. First, how well will the unit work on denser woodsAnd second, how large or small of a bit is the tool designed to useThe DEWALT is equipped with a 7-amp (1.25-HP) motor which is about the maximum power in a compact-style router. The size of the tool’s collet is ¼ of an inch.

DEWALT DWP611 1.25 HP

Bosch 1617EVSPK
The Bosch comes with a super-beefy 16-amp (2.25-HP) motor. As for the collet size, users have a choice of mounting ¼-inch or ½-inch bits based on which chuck is in place. With a motor this size, handling more demanding routing projects through old hardwood will not pose any problem at all.

Conclusion: Before picking up either of these models, you may want to first determine what type of wood you regularly work with. However, let it be known that the 16-amp Bosch and its dual chuck sizes make it the much more versatile router that can handle light jobs, tough jobs, and anything in between.

Variable Speed

DEWALT DWP611
A variable speed dial is one of the most important elements in a wood router. The speed of the bit should be adjusted based on what sort of material you’re cutting. A wide RPM range gives the tool a broader range of usability and ensured quality cuts. The DEWALT comes with a speed dial that alters the speed of the bit, starting from 16,000 RPM and capping off at 27,000 RPM.

Bosch 1617EVSPK
With a more powerful motor, you might assume that the Bosch can reach a higher maximum cutting speed, but this isn’t the case. The Bosch has a speed range of between 8,000 RPM and 25,000 RPM. The slow-starting speed is extremely useful when working with strange, new materials.

Bosch 12 Amp 2-1/4 Combination Horsepower Plunge and Fixed Base Variable Speed Router

Conclusion: Between the DEWALT and the Bosch, we feel that a difference of 2,000 RPM on its highest speed setting is insignificant, but on first gear, the Bosch becomes a much better tool for testing out cuts on never-before-used wood types. Also, the Bosch’s beefier motor produces higher torque for making the initial plunge cut with a reduced risk of tear-out.

Plunge Capacity

DEWALT DWP611
One thing that should be noted about the DEWALT is that it is a standard, compact router. This tool does not come with a plunge base; thus its plunging capacity is severely limited. By twisting the microfine depth dial, the DEWALT’s bit can only reach down to 1-1/2 inches deep. You’ll need to purchase the plunge base to give this tool a deeper reach into your material.

Bosch 1617EVSPK
Unlike the DEWALT, this Bosch router comes with a plunge base. This is used by placing the router unit inside of the plunge base and adjusting the height of the tool by twisting the microfine depth dial. The maximum plunge capacity of the Bosch is 2-1/4 inches deep.

Conclusion: It’s obvious that the plunge base is made to give the router bit a deeper reach into wood, but you need to ask yourself whether you need to exceed 2 inches deep or not. If not, then the DEWALT would work just fine. That being said, the included plunge base with the Bosch gives you the choice of whether to stick to 1-inch deep grooves or go past the 2-inch mark. This is not available with the DEWALT unless you get the plunge base (sold separately).

Depth Adjustability

DEWALT DWP611 and Bosch 1617EVSPK
In the previous section, we spoke of how the cutting depth of both of these wood routers is adjustable by twisting the microfine depth dial, but what we’d like to focus on in this part is just how accurate the dial is. Both the DEWALT and the Bosch feature a super-accurate microfine dial that lets you adjust the depth of the cut by increments of 1/64 of an inch.

DEWALT DWP611 1.25 HP Max Torque Variable Speed Compact Router

Dust Collection

DEWALT DWP611 and Bosch 1617EVSPK
The heading is somewhat misleading. Neither of these routers comes with built-in dust or chip management systems. It’d be nice if you could plug in a shop vac or dust extractor into these units seeing as hour routers are notorious for producing tons and tons of sawdust and chips.

Something to take note of is that both of these routers are made to be dust-proof to protect their inner components for damage, but that doesn’t help with keeping your workstation clean. Also, but Bosch’s plunge base has a chip guard which blocks debris from scattering too far away from the tool.

Tool Weight and Handles

DEWALT DWP611
Most people think of routers as a one-handed tool, and in the case of this DEWALT router, this is completely true. Fully assembled, the tool weighs roughly 5-1/2 pounds and doesn’t have any side handles. You operate the tool by gripping the concaved center with one hand while gliding the bit along the edge of your workpiece or plunging it in the center of your material.

Bosch 1617EVSPK
The design of the Bosch is a lot different compared to the DEWALT. First of all, this is a two-handed unit that weighs about 15-1/2 pounds. Although the tool is about three times as heavy as the DEWALT, it shouldn’t be a problem since the bit will be facing downwards at all times. The Bosch comes with two wooden handles located on either side to give the user full control when in use.

Conclusion: Choosing between the one-handed DEWALT and the two-handed Bosch is a matter of personal preference. If you were to ask us, we’d say go with what you’re more comfortable with. For us, that would be the DEWALT as its compact size allows for improved visibility when both making plunges or when routing the edge of a board.

DEWALT DWP611 1.25 HP Max Torque Variable Speed Compact Router with Dual LEDs

Bit Changing

DEWALT DWP611
Another thing to consider when looking for the right router is how to change the router bit. The DEWALT comes with a wrench which is used to loosen and tighten the collet when it comes time to swap bits. This can be somewhat annoying to do since it does take some time to loosen the collet, release the bit, insert a new bit, and tighten the collet back up.

Bosch 1617EVSPK
The Bosch doesn’t require the use of an external tool to switch out router bits. The front spindle lock is twistable to tighten or loosen the collet. On the base is a wide subwoofer opening that lets you slide in larger, thicker bits into the collet without obstructing your view.

Conclusion: Even though the method of changing the bit is a secondary factor after the tool’s power and overall performance, it’s still an important consideration to make if your job requires efficiency and reduced downtimes. The method of changing out bits in the Bosch is much easier to do compared to the DEWALT, thus making it the more time-saving option to choose.

Bosch 12 Amp 2-1/4 Combination Horsepower Plunge and Fixed Base Variable Speed Router Kit 1617EVSPK Review

Aluminum Motor Housing

DEWALT DWP611 and Bosch 1617EVSPK
The final point we’d like to talk about is the durability of these routers, specifically the motor’s housing. Both of these routers’ motor housings are made of durable aluminum, which is also dust-proof to prevent damage to their sensitive internal components.

The thing to know about aluminum is that it’s not the most durable metal available. Dropping these tools for your workbench can lead to serious damage, both to the casing and the motor. With proper care, the life expectancy of these tools should surpass the limited warranties provided by their respective manufacturers (DEWALT 3 years and Bosch 1 year).

DEWALT Router, Fixed Base, Variable Speed,...
  • Durable 1.25hp motor delivers the power to meet the toughest applications
  • Variable speed control feature enables bit speed to be optimized for changing applications
  • Soft-starting motor features full-time electronic feedback that maintains motor speed through the cut
  • Dual LED's and clear sub-base ensure maximum visibility in operation

Verdict

After going over the differences and a few similarities between the DEWALT DWP611 and the Bosch 1617EVSPK, we strongly believe that the Bosch is the better router but only by a slight margin. The Bosch has an ultra-beefy motor that will only really come in handy when using the ½-inch collect and larger bits. Using smaller, ¼-inch bits hardly makes this tool hardly any different from the DEWALT in terms of performance.

However, the thing that convinces us to go with the Bosch in the included plunge base. Without making additional purchases, you can use this tool to dig out deep 2-1/4-inch grooves in any material you have on hand. With the DEWALT, you’re left with digging only up to 1-1/4 inches deep, but this may not be the worst thing in the world if you’re not into making cathedral-style panel doors.

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Drills & Impact Tools Impact Driver

DEWALT DCK240C2 vs DCK280C2 vs DCK290L2

There’s no better way to begin a hobby as a DIY construction worker or furniture maker than by investing in a power tool combo pack. And there’re no better tools to start with than a power drill, and impact driver clipped to your belt. Not only do you get multiple tools to work with just a single purchase, but you can also complete a wide range of different tasks with both a power drill and impact driver.

DEWALT DCK240C2 vs DCK280C2 vs DCK290L2: Impact Driver Combo Comparison

DEWALT DCK240C2

In this article, we’re going to look at three of DEWALT’s 20V cordless power drill/impact driver kits: the DCF240C2, DCK280C2, and DCK290L2. These kits have received a tremendous amount of positive reviews from their users, something that we’re not entirely surprised to hear since these are DEWALT-made products. But choosing between the three can be quite confusing. In our comparison, we’ll clear up any confusion regarding these three kits and help you decide which of them will work best for you.



Power Drill

DCK240C2
This combo kit comes with the DCD771 drill/driver. It comes with a ½-inch chuck and can be used to both drill and drive screws through all sorts of materials. This is a versatile, two-speed tool that produces up to 450 RPM and 1,500 RPM. Its 16 clutch settings give users the freedom to choose the appropriate torque, up to 450 inch-pounds, for various tasks without destroying screw heads.

DEWALT DCK280C2 vs DCK290L2 vs DCK240C2: Impact Driver Combo Comparison

DEWALT DCK280C2

DCK280C2
The Dewalt DCK280C2 features the ½-inch DCD780 drill/driver. Its large chuck allows users to place heavy-duty bits for drilling holes into dense materials and driving screws. This is also a two-speed tool that provides up to 600 RPM and 2,000 RPM on its low- and high-speed settings, respectively. With its 15 different clutch settings, you can decide how much torque to deliver, ranging from 200 inch-pounds all the way up to 530 inch-pounds.

DCK290L2
The DeWalt DCK290L2 is different from the other combo kits in the sense that it comes with a hammer drill instead of a drill/driver. The ½-inch hammer drill – DCD985 – is a much power powerful tool compared to a drill/driver and can be used for drilling holes and driving long screws through the densest of materials. This is a three-speed tool that produces up to 575 RPM, 1,300 RPM, and 2,000 RPM on each of its gears.

DEWALT DCK290L2 vs DCK240C2 vs DCK280C2: Impact Driver Combo Comparison

DEWALT DCK290L2

With 22 different clutch settings, you can select how much torque to deliver, starting from 330 inch-pounds to an astounding 700 inch-pounds. This tool comes with a 360° handle that offers maximum leverage and control when drilling through the hardest materials.

Conclusion: One of the main differences between these three DEWALT combo packs is the power drill that comes with each set. Looking at their respective drills, we feel that you can get the most value out of the DCK290L2’s hammer drill – the ½-inch DCD985. Hammer drills differ from traditional power drills in the sense that they can exert a tremendous amount of force for drilling into stone, masonry, concrete, brick, and mortar. Attempt to do this with a power drill and its motor will burn out on you.

DEWALT DCK240C2

DEWALT DCK240C2

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Impact Driver

DCK240C2, DCK280C2, and DCK290L2
All three of these DEWALT combo kits come with the exact same impact driver model: the DCF885. This is a ¼-inch impact driver that can generate up to 2,800 RPM at 3,200 IPM. This 2.8-pound tool can produce up to a staggering 1,400 inch-pounds of torque for driving the longest screws through the toughest of materials with maximum precision. If you were to purchase an impact driver separately to complete your arsenal of power tools, we would recommend this tool with no hesitation.

20V 3.0-amp Li-Ion Batteries

DCK240C2, DCK280C2, and DCK290L2
What we need to know is that these packs are the upgraded versions of DEWALT’s previous line of 18V cordless power tool combo kits. Essentially, with any of these packs, you can expect up to 40% battery efficiency per charge and high-RPM performance for completing jobs more quickly.

DEWALT DCK280C2

DEWALT DCK280C2

When comparing these kits to other 20V combo packs of other brands, these tools still hold as some of the best-performing and compact 20V tools available. One of the best things about these three combo packs is that they each come with two 20V batteries. With one charging (more on the charger later) and the other running either your drill or impact driver, you can maintain a steady workflow without interruption.

Quick Charger

DCK240C2, DCK280C2, and DCK290L2
In order to reduce downtime as much as possible, a power tool’s batteries should be able to reach maximum capacity in the shortest amount of time. DEWALT has included quick chargers in all three of these drill and impact driver combo kits to help users reach maximum efficiency when working on laborious tasks. It takes around 40 minutes for these batteries to reach full capacity from 0%, and you get around 35 minutes of power per full charge.

DEWALT DCK290L2 Impact Driver Combo

DEWALT DCK290L2

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Contractor Bag

DCK240C2, DCK280C2, and DCK290L2
There’s no point in getting a combo kit if they don’t give you a handy carrying case to store your tools in. All three of these kits come in a durable contractor bag with pockets dedicated to holding onto the two 20V Li-Ion batteries and quick charger. Since the tools and accessories are lightweight – less than 15 pounds – there’s no risk of the tools tearing through the bag’s fabric. Just be sure to store any additional screw bits in their compartments so nothing will poke through the bag.

Verdict

From our comparison, you can see that there are considerably more overlapping specs and features between the three DEWALT combo packs than there are differences. In fact, the only significant difference worth mentioning is the drill that comes in each pack. Both the DCK240C2 and DCK280C2 come with excellent drill/drivers. However, it’s the DCK290L2’s hammer drill that really puts it a step above the other packs.

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With its amazing power, you can drill through inches of wood, concrete, masonry, brick, and mortar without fear of ruining the chuck or overworking the motor. For this reason, we feel that the kit that offers the most value and versatility in and around the home and workshop is the DeWalt DCK290L2. In every other regard – impact driver model, batteries, charger, contractor bag – the three kits are identical.

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SaleBestseller No. 1
DEWALT 20V MAX Cordless Drill Combo Kit, 2-Tool...
  • ERGONOMIC DESIGN: Lightweight tools designed to fit the user's needs
  • INCREASED VISIBILITY: The DCF885 features a built in LED with 20 second delay after trigger release
  • INCLUDES: (1) DCD771 Drill/Driver, (1) DCF885 1/4 inches Impact Driver, (2) 20V MAX Lithium Ion 1.3 Ah Battery...
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Makita XDT131 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Brushless...
  • BL Brushless motor delivers 1, 500 inches pounds Of max torque
  • Variable speed (0 3, 400 RPM & 0 3, 600 IPM) for a wide range of fastening applications
  • The BL Brushless motor eliminates carbon brushes, enabling the BL motor to run cooler and more efficiently for...
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BLACK+DECKER 20V MAX Impact Driver Kit (BDCI20C)
  • High Performance Transmission delivers 1375 in-lbs of max torque
  • Quick Release 1/4" Hex Chuck
  • Compact & Lightweight for ease of use




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Drills & Impact Tools Impact Driver

DEWALT DCF885C1 vs DCF787C1 Impact Driver

Impact drivers used to be specialist tools used by industry workers for completing a wide range of construction jobs. Their high-torque performance is what made them a rarity among hobbyist DIY-ers and power tool retailers. Nowadays, impact drivers have become an essential tool for every construction worker of any expertise.

DEWALT DCF885C1 vs DEWALT DCF787C1: Cordless Impact Driver Comparison

DEWALT DCF885C1

It’s no surprise that we’re fans of DEWALT, and we’re not the only ones. The market also has very few bad things to say about any DEWALT power tools. In this article, we’re going to take a look at two of their impact driver models the DCF885C1 and DCF787C1. To be completely honest, there are very few differences between these two models. However, where they do differ could make a difference in persuading you to choose one over the other. So which of these two DEWALT-made impact drivers is the better option for your line of workKeep reading to find out.



Torque

DCF885C1
The main difference between a power drill and an impact driver is that the latter delivers a tremendous amount of torque. You’ll need more torque for breaking nuts and driving screws into wood, both soft and hard, with little resistance. The DCF885C1 can deliver up to 1,400 inch-pounds of torque.

DCF787C1
The DCF787C1 can deliver a maximum of 1,500 inch-pounds of torque. This should be more than enough to finish a wide range of tasks in the home and garage. Compared to the DCF885C1, we can see that there’s a very small difference in torque.

Conclusion: When it comes to torque, the general rule is that more is better. That being said, we feel that there isn’t really that significant a difference to make you choose one tool over the other when considering their torque alone. Either of these tools could serve you well in completing a wide range of tasks.

DEWALT DCF787C1 vs DEWALT DCF885C1: Cordless Impact Driver Comparison

DEWALT DCF787C1

RPM and IPM

DCF8851C and DCF787C1
The next most important variables to consider when looking at impact drivers are their speed and how many impacts they produce. IPMs indicate how many hammer-like blows are made when the chuck spins, giving the tool its torque and effectiveness in driving long screws and breaking nuts. Both of these tools can produce 2,800 RPM and 3,200 IPM. This should be more speed and power for everything you’ll ever need your impact driver to do.

Chuck Size

DCF885C1 and DCF787C1
The largest chuck you can find in consumer-grade impact drivers is one inch. The larger the chuck, the more powerful the tool is at breaking nuts and driving long screws. However, a larger chuck uses larger bits, requiring the tool to use more power to perform optimally. The DCF885C1 and DCF787C1 both come with ¼-inch chucks, which is the most common size found in impact drivers. With the right adapter, you can even connect 1-inch bits/shanks into these tools’ chucks.

LED Lights

DCF885C1 and DCF787C1
Oftentimes, your work will force you to work in poorly lit areas – e.g., under the hood of your car or in closets. One of the most reliable sources of high-lumen lights is by using a cordless torch. However, they may not properly illuminate the area in which you’re driving screws. Luckily, both the DCF885C1 and DCF787C1 come with three LED lights with a 20-second delay after releasing the trigger. This will give you time to appreciate your work smugly.

DEWALT DCF885C1

DEWALT DCF885C1

Brushed vs Brushless Motors

DCF885C1
This tool comes with a brushed motor. In terms of performance, there is no significant difference between brushed and brushless motors. However, although brushed power tools are cheaper, they will need to be maintained regularly.

DCF787C1
The DCF787C1 is a brushless impact driver. Since there are no brushes, this tool doesn’t produce as much heat as the DCF885C1. This extends the lifespan of the tool dramatically, reduces maintenance-related issues, and eliminates the need to replace brushes. However, brushless motors are generally more expensive, but you can actually save hundreds of dollars in the long run.

Conclusion: This is the most significant difference between these two impact drivers. One features a brushed motor, whereas the other comes with a brushless motor. Brushless motors perform considerably more efficiently than their brushed counterparts. The one and only drawback of brushless tools is their cost. However, their higher price tags can actually help you save money in the future on maintenance and replacing brushes and commutators.

DEWALT DCF787C1

DEWALT DCF787C1

Runtime

DCF885C1
The DCF885C1 uses a 20V Li-Ion battery that delivers around 30 minutes of runtime per full battery. This is about the industry average for brushed impact drivers, so you can rest assured that this impact driver will provide just as much runtime as comparable products.

DCF787C1
This tool is also powered by a 20V Li-Ion battery. However, it has a runtime rating of over 45 minutes per charge. The 50% increase in battery life is due to the brushless motor. The tool loses less power due to heat production, making it perform much more efficiently than their brushed counterparts.

Conclusion: Although both of these tools draw power from 20V 1.5-amp Li-Ion batteries, we can really see a difference in how effective these tools use power. This is mainly due to their respective motor types and ability to alleviate heating problems. Brushless motors produce less heat and are better are heat dissipation, thus extending their runtime per full battery by over 50%.

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DEWALT DCF885C1 vs DCF787C1: Verdict

There are several overlapping specs or minor differences between these two DEWALT-made impact drivers. Both the DCF885C1 and DCF787C1 can produce more than 1,000 inch-pounds of torque, can generate 2,800 RPM and 3,200 IPM, use the same sized bits, and have handy front-facing LED lights.

The main differences between the two are their motor types and their respective maximum runtimes per battery. Because of the DCF787C1’s greater efficiency, we’d highly recommend this tool over the brushed DCF885C1.

However, we should also let you know that the brushed DEWALT DCF885C1 produces just about the same results as the DCF787C1, but it’ll have more maintenance issues down the road. In the end, it all comes down to personal preference and how often you’ll use an impact driver. For infrequent use, the brushed DCF885C1 will suit you just fine.

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DEWALT 20V MAX Cordless Drill Combo Kit, 2-Tool...
  • ERGONOMIC DESIGN: Lightweight tools designed to fit the user's needs
  • INCREASED VISIBILITY: The DCF885 features a built in LED with 20 second delay after trigger release
  • INCLUDES: (1) DCD771 Drill/Driver, (1) DCF885 1/4 inches Impact Driver, (2) 20V MAX Lithium Ion 1.3 Ah Battery...
Bestseller No. 2
Makita XDT131 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Brushless...
  • BL Brushless motor delivers 1, 500 inches pounds Of max torque
  • Variable speed (0 3, 400 RPM & 0 3, 600 IPM) for a wide range of fastening applications
  • The BL Brushless motor eliminates carbon brushes, enabling the BL motor to run cooler and more efficiently for...
Bestseller No. 3
BLACK+DECKER 20V MAX Impact Driver Kit (BDCI20C)
  • High Performance Transmission delivers 1375 in-lbs of max torque
  • Quick Release 1/4" Hex Chuck
  • Compact & Lightweight for ease of use




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Miscellaneous

Bosch vs DeWalt: Laser Distance Measurers

A laser tape measure, also known as a laser distance measurer, is a handheld device that can measure distance with the help of accurate lasers. Professional contractors and serious hobbyist home-renovators could find a laser distance measurer to be a handier tool to have on hand than a traditional tape measure. The laser technology provides users with an accurate reading in real-time, helping you improve the quality of your work instantly. One major benefit to owning and using one of these handheld devices is that a single person can get measurements done in an entire home, whereas a traditional tape measurer requires two sets of hands to keep things on an even level.

Bosch vs DeWalt: Laser Distance Measurer Comparison

Bosch GLM 50 C

In today’s article, we’re going to take a look at two highly regarded laser distance measurers from two huge manufacturers in the power tools game: the Bosch GLM50C and the DEWALT DW03050. There are several overlapping specs and features between these two models, but there are also some sizable differences that should definitely persuade you to get one over the other. Let’s see what they are.

Maximum Distance

Bosch GLM50C and DEWALT DW03050
One important thing to keep in mind when looking for a laser distance measurer is the maximum distance at which it can take measurements. Many models will have limited reading capabilities of less than 100 feet, but both the Bosch and the DEWALT surpass this by providing readings of up to 165 feet away. That’s pretty handy, especially if you’re working on a large building or room.



Accuracy

Bosch GLM50C
Because they can measure distances of up to 165 feet, you also need to see how accurate that are at giving you their readings. There’s really no point in measuring 100 feet away from you if it’s going to be off by an inch. The Bosch has a precision of ± 1/8 of an inch.

DEWALT DW03050
The DEWALT has an accuracy of ± 1/17 of an inch. From a close distance of less than 50 feet or so, the accuracy is pretty much dead-on but the farther away you are from an object, the less accurate the reading will be. We’re glad that the accuracy of the DEWALT is more than twice that of the Bosch.

DeWalt vs Bosch: Laser Distance Measurer Comparison

DEWALT DW03050

Conclusion: If you’re working on putting up cupboards or other small-sized objects in your kitchen or other rooms, there’s really no need to worry about accuracy since both the Bosch and DEWALT have it locked down. However, when constructing new buildings, you’ll need something more reliable, and between the Bosch and DEWALT, the latter is the better option.

Display

Bosch GLM50C
The size of the display on a laser distance measurer is not going to be the same as a high-end Smartphone’s, but it’ll at least provide you with enough information about the distances you’re measuring. The Bosch comes with a color display and large, easy-to-read numbers and units. The color display is really what separates the Bosch from anything else…

DEWALT DW03050
…including the DEWALT which has a black-and-white screen. The DEWALT also displays large, readable numbers and text. Basically, there’s virtually no risk of misreading any of the readings unless you intentionally do so.

Bosch vs DeWalt

Bosch GLM 50 C

Conclusion: Between the Bosch and the DEWALT, we favor the Bosch’s display much more, simply because it’s easy to read and in color. Don’t expect millions of colors on this device though since it’s still “just” a laser distance measurer. However, we much say that the inclusion of color was really like a breath of fresh air among a collection of simply two-color displays on numerous models.

Storage Capacity

Bosch GLM50C
The Bosch has a maximum storage of up to 30 measurements. Unfortunately, there’s no way to increase the storage capacity, so you’re pretty much stuck with what you get. However, 30 unique measurements are perhaps going to be more than you’ll ever need in a single project. You can also delete old measurements that you don’t need, and re-measuring distances is extremely easy to do.

DEWALT DW03050
If you thought 30 measurements was nothing, you’d be surprised that the DEWALT can only save five at a single time. We could argue that taking and retaking measurements with a laser distance measurer is easy to do, but with only five different measurements in your pocket at any given moment, you’ll probably be running up and down your home re-measuring distances than actually working.

DeWalt vs Bosch

DEWALT DW03050

Conclusion: The math is simple: 30 > 10, and more is better. We wish that we could increase the memory capacity of both of these units, but as they are, the Bosch’s 30-measurement storage is the better option. You can always record distances in a notebook or scratch paper to help you with your project.

Batteries

Bosch GLM50C
These laser distance measurers are cordless devices that run off of batteries. They don’t come with rechargeable batteries so you’ll need to invest in store-bought AAA batteries to keep these devices going. The Bosch uses three AAA batteries, and you get a set of three included with the kit.

DEWALT DW03050
Like the Bosch, the DEWALT uses AAA batteries, but you only need two to provide it power. DEWALT provides you with two fresh AAA batteries so you can waste their power playing around with the laser tape measurer when it arrives at your doorstep.

Conclusion: If you’re going to get either of these models, we highly recommend purchasing rechargeable AAA batteries so you won’t have to trouble yourself by running down to the corner store to pick up a case of fresh AAA batteries when your device powers down.

Bluetooth Connectivity

Bosch GLM50c
It may seem like overkill but having Bluetooth technology to connect the laser distance measurer to your Smartphone or tablet is extremely handy. With the Bosch, you can download all sorts of apps to help you map out the distances between objects to simplify your workload. Simply snap a picture with your phone’s camera and use the app to check measurements.

Bosch vs DeWalt: Laser Distance Measurer Comparison

Bosch GLM 50 C

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DEWALT DW03050
Unfortunately, the DEWALT is pretty much a laser distance measurer without any bells and whistles. It’s a simple tool with simple functions that give you the simplest results.

Conclusion: Using the Bluetooth technology is extremely helpful, especially since it helps you see the greater picture of your larger projects and check distances between two objects using the larger screen of your Smartphone or tablet. This feature is something not commonly found in laser tape measures, and we’re really glad that Bosch decided to add it to the GLM50C.

Bosch vs DeWalt Lasers: Verdict

The clear winner between the Bosch GLM50C and DEWALT DW03050 is the Bosch. The reasons are simple: it has a better screen, and you can connect it to your Smartphone or tablet to send pictures and make accurate measurements.

The DEWALT is pretty much a standard laser distance measurer that isn’t much different from the other models on the market. Bosch has really set itself apart with the GLM50C and all of its amazing features. The only thing that the DEWALT has going for it compared to the Bosch is its slightly better accuracy. You can solve the problem of accuracy by limiting your measurement readings to less than 50 feet and take multiple measurements instead of a single, 100-plus-foot reading.

DeWalt vs Bosch: Laser Distance Measurer Comparison

DEWALT DW03050

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Compact Drill Drills & Impact Tools

DEWALT DCD777C2 Compact Drill Driver Review

One of the most valuable power tools you can have at home or at the job site is an impact driver. Woodworkers, mechanics, and even DIY-hobbyists can find value with an impact driver in their toolkits. Of the companies that produce impact drivers, one of the most well-known manufacturers is DEWALT. This American company is the go-to company for reliable power tools that deliver as much power and speed as you need. In this article, we’re going to check out one of DEWALT’s highest prized impact drivers: the DCD7772C2. Let’s take a closer look and see why this model deserves the praise it gets.

DEWALT DCD777C2 20V Max Lithium-Ion Brushless Compact Drill Driver Review

1.3-Amp Brushless Motor

Impact drivers come with either brushed or brushless motors. Brushless motors are the newer innovation in the power tools game, and they’re pushing heat-producing brushed motors slowly away. The 1.3-amp motor in the DCD777C2 is brushless, meaning that heat dissipates quickly, it requires no maintenance to replace worn-out brushes, and it can provide stable power for years on end.



Chuck Size

The larger the chuck, the more powerful the motor needs to be to produce enough speed and power. The largest size chuck that you’ll need for more jobs around the home is a ½-inch chuck which is what you get with the DCD777C2. With an adapter, you can attach bits with smaller or larger diameters.

DEWALT DCD777C2 20V Max Lithium-Ion Brushless Compact Drill Driver

RPM

Like power drills, impact drivers also have the ability to drive screws in wood and other dense materials. The maximum speed at which it drives screws, nuts, and fasteners is 1,600 RPM. This is about the average speed you’ll find in impact drivers with similar motors and chuck sizes.

BPM

What really separates an impact driver from a power drill is that there is a hammering/bumping feature that helps drive screws more effectively. Imagine bashing a screwdriver on the handle while the tip is attached to a screw head; that’s essentially what the bumps do: give it extra power to tighten or loosen screws and nuts. The DCD777C2 delivers up to 3,200 BPM, so you know your screws are getting an extra kick to ensure deep driving.

DEWALT DCD777C2 Compact Drill Driver

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Torque

In addition to the speed and bumps, we also need to measure how much torque the impact driver produces. Higher torque means effective driving of screws and fasteners. This tool delivers up to 500 inch-pounds of torque. This isn’t exactly at the higher end of the torque spectrum, but for most residential and carpentry tasks, this should be more than enough.

Adjustable Speed and Power

In general, there are two systems to give users the ability to adjust how much speed and power to deliver. The first one is a variable speed dial/knob/switch to go up and down gears. The second system, and the one in place in the DCD777C2, is a touch-sensitive trigger. We find that the trigger of this tool is easy to control, and users can adjust speed and power easily with a very small risk of overdriving.

DEWALT DCD777C2 Lithium-Ion Brushless Drill Driver

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LED Lights

There will be moments where you’ll need to fasten or loosen nuts or screws in the dark. This can be risky since you may not be able to see how far you’ve driven the screw or missed the place completely. The DCD777C2 comes with three LED lights located near the chuck to illuminate surfaces extremely well.

Dual 20V Batteries

The main issue that people have with cordless tools is that their batteries can only last for so long before needing to be recharged. The good thing is that with the DeWalt DCD777C2, you get two 20V batteries and a rapid charger. Each battery provides around 40 minutes of work and takes just about that much time to recharge to full capacity. This means you can reduce downtime for as long as it takes to swap out batteries.

DEWALT DCD777C2 Review

Carrying Case

We are huge fans of hard carrying cases. Unfortunately, the DCD777C2 comes with a flexible, cloth case. However, we were surprised to see that the bag does a great job at keeping the tool, batteries, and charger in place without them bumping into each other all day long. Still, we would recommend purchasing a hard case to keep this tool and batteries nice and safe.

DEWALT DCD777C2 20V

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DEWALT DCD777C2: Final Remarks

When it comes to impact drivers, there are several companies you can go to, but we find that the DEWALT company is one of the most trustworthy. Their DeWalt DCD777C2 Compact Drill Driver is something to behold. The 1.3-amp brushless motor provides enough RPM and BPM, though its torque delivery is something of a disappointment, hobbyists and carpenters will find it efficient enough.

One thing you don’t find in many impact driver models is the second battery that comes with this kit. This means you don’t need to spend extra money to reduce downtime thanks to the backup battery and rapid charger. If you’re looking to own your first impact driver, we highly recommend getting the DCD777C2.

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Miscellaneous Planer

DEWALT vs Bosch: Portable Planer Comparison

Wood planers are super-handy tools to have in the workshop. Without a planer, adjusting the thickness of a board would require you to either sand it by hand, use a handheld power sander, or bring your material to a table sander – all three of which are rather unreliable in producing identical results on multiple boards.

DEWALT vs Bosch: Portable Planer Comparison

DEWALT D26677K

Wood planers don’t just come in bench-top models, but there are also handheld wood planers that deserve some attention. Although operating one requires a steady hand, the best models should come with features that improve accuracy and uniform planing every time.

This time around, we’re going to take a look at two popular power tools manufacturers’ portable planers are put them head-to-head: the DEWALT 26677K and the Bosch PL2632K. Both of these handheld portable planers have been praised by their customers. Here, we’re going to focus on their different features and determine which of the two would be the better overall purchase. Let’s get started.

Bosch vs DEWALT: Portable Planer Comparison

Bosch PL2632K

Cutting Speed

DEWALT D26677K and Bosch PL2632K
The speed of the blade determines the finish. The quicker the blades enter and exit the surface of the board, the smoother a finish you’ll get. Both the DEWALT and the Bosch have similar cutting speeds, delivering up to 34,000 cuts per minute. This is a lot quicker than most bench-top models, meaning that using either of these models will produce a super-fine surface that’s ready for further processing.

What Does a Wood Planer Do?

Weight

DEWALT D26677K
As a handheld power tool, a portable planer should be lightweight, compact, and easy to use. The weight of the unit can indicate how much trouble you’ll have navigating the unit over wood surfaces. The DEWALT weighs in at around 10 pounds. Although it’s not exactly the lightest model you’ll find on the market today, it’s still relatively lightweight and won’t cause cramping in your hand, forearm, or shoulder.

DEWALT vs Bosch

DEWALT D26677K



Bosch PL2632K
The Bosch is considerably lighter, weighing in at only 6.3 pounds. The lighter weight means you can operate the machine for longer periods of time with a reduced risk of fatigue in your arm and shoulder. The lighter weight comes from its more compact design which makes the unit easier to store without taking up too much space.

Conclusion: Considering that both of these portable planers feature 15-amp motors, we find it amazing that the Bosch can deliver the same amount of power and speed while weight about 40% less than the DEWALT. Not that the DEWALT is a bad machine because it’s heavier, but the Bosch is even more amazing because it’s lighter.

Blades

DEWALT DW26677K
The number of blades and the material used to construct them can be an indicator of how smooth the end result with be. Generally speaking, the more blades used to shave off fractions of an inch off of the surface of a board, the smoother the finish. The DEWALT uses a dual-blade system where the blades can either be made out of high-speed steel or carbide (both available and sold separately). The carbide steel blade is definitely the better of the two options if your aim is to produce super-smooth surfaces.

Bosch vs DEWALT

Bosch PL2632K

Bosch PL2632K
The Bosch has a dual-blade setup that uses two high-speed steel blades for efficient shaving. High-speed steel isn’t the best quality material for blades, but if you put two of them together, like in this Bosch unit, then you can produce extremely smooth surfaces with fewer passes.

Conclusion: They both use the same number of blades, so one really has no preference over the other. However, when looking at the type of blades that can be used in these portable planers, it’s clear that the DEWALT is the better model simply because it accepts both high-speed steel and carbide blades.

DEWALT Portable Planer

DEWALT D26677K

Dust Ejection Port

DEWALT D26677K
When using a portable wood planer, you can believe that the unit will shoot out copious amounts of wood shavings and dust. After all, a portable planer is designed to shave off very thin layers off the surface of your wood board. Even though the DEWALT comes with a dust ejection port, you need to purchase dust collection bags separately or connect the unit directly to your DEWALT shop vac or dust collector.

Bosch PL2632K
As for the Bosch, it also comes with a dust ejection port, but the best thing is that upon purchase you get one dust collection bag. You can order replacements online or find them at most large hardware stores.

Conclusion: We acknowledge that both the DEWALT and the Bosch have great dust ejection ports for getting rid of minuscule wood residue, but the fact that the Bosch comes with an actual bag to collect dust, chips, and shavings means you get more for your purchase.

Bosch Portable Planer

Bosch PL2632K

Cutting Depth

DEWALT DW26677K
Like any planer, the cutting depth of a handheld portable planer can is adjustable. The DEWALT has a maximum cutting depth of 1/16 of an inch. This means that at its maximum setting, you’re still hardly cutting anything off the surface of your material. This ensures accuracy and never surpassing the depth at which you’re aiming for.

Bosch PL2632K
The Bosch can be adjusted to cut at a depth of up to 1/8 of an inch. The deep cutting capacity in combination with its rapid cutting speed, you can work quickly to shave off thicker layers off of the surface of your board.

Conclusion: Getting work done quickly is important for any DIY-hobbyist and professional woodworker. We favor the Bosch’s deeper cutting capacity since it allows users to virtually shave off twice as much off the surface of your wood compared to the DEWALT. The end results will also be similar because of their similar cutting speeds.

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DEWALT vs Bosch: Verdict

Except for the use of carbide blades, the Bosch PL2632K wins in every one of these battles of the specs and features. First of all, in terms of performance, both of these devices work similarly (34,000 CPM). In terms of weight, even though the two models produce the same amount of power and cutting speed, the Bosch is only 6.3 pounds, about 4 pounds lighter than the DEWALT, meaning less arm strength is needed to use and glide this unit on longboards.

Although the Bosch isn’t compatible with carbide blades, a dual high-speed steel blade setup is more than enough to guarantee super-smooth finishes. The Bosch PL2632K also comes with a hand dust collection bag, whereas with the DEWALT you need to purchase the bag separately. Finally, regarding the maximum cutting depth, the Bosch can cut twice as deep as the DEWALT D26677K, meaning you can finish work twice and quick while producing the same smooth results. Our verdict is clear: the Bosch PL2363K the obvious choice between these two popular portable planer models.

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