DeWalt DCF887 Slides But Still Relevant Years After First Introduced
Back in 2015, we tested 11 cutting-edge 18V impact drivers. At the top was the DeWalt DCF887 20V Max XR Brushless Impact Driver, which was a brand new model at the time.
A few years on, we're bringing back the DCF887 to defend its title in our most recent head-to-head test of the best impact driver. Apart from the optional upgrade of Tool Connect (DCF888), there are no changes to this tool. However, it still has relevant performance and design in its class.
DeWalt 20V Max XR Brushless Impact Driver Performance
On paper, the DeWalt CDF887 has a no-load speed of 3250 RPM and an IPM of 3250. It also produces a respectable 1825 inch-pounds of torque.
speed under load
In our speed test, the DeWalt DCF887 maintained 429 RPM under load. We like to see pro-grade impact drivers in this class maintain 400+ RPM. The DeWalt hits that mark with ease and drives 1/4" screws with no trouble, though it's far behind the leaders who hold over 600 RPM.
You can expect to drive anything with wood screws and little lag. If you're driving anything bigger than these, we recommend an impact wrench.
Although far from top-notch in our speed tests, the DeWalt 20V Max XR Brushless Impact Driver shines in the torque department. We use the hard torque tightening test, but it doesn't tell us how much torque the impact driver is applying to our rig. Instead, it tells us how much torque is needed to break its maximum effort. It's objective and repeatable, which is what we're looking for in our comparisons.
DeWalt's performance was closer to the top end of the group, producing 2237 in-lbs of tightening torque and falling in the top half.
Nut breaking torque
The DeWalt DCF887 produced a respectable 3000 inch-pounds of torque, again topping the list. A quick changeover turns 3000 in-lbs into 250 ft-lbs—the same power we've seen in compact impact wrenches.
DeWalt 20V Max XR Brushless Impact Driver Dimensions and Weight
DeWalt's impact drivers do an excellent job of keeping it light and compact. As a bare tool, it weighs 2.1 pounds, and the battery only adds a pound to the weight. It's near the top, with the lightest models only slightly lighter.
One of the selling points of the DCF887 is that it is one of the more compact models on the market. Years after its original launch, it's still not that bulky. After all, it's still only 5.3 inches long and 7.7 inches tall. The Makita and Milwaukee are more compact, but the DeWalt's design still lets you fit into most of the same space.
Welcome to Loud Town, Population 2: You and DeWalt DCF887. That's right, the DeWalt 20V Max XR Brushless Impact Driver makes some serious noise. Admittedly, it's not the loudest we've tested, but it hit 104 dB(A), just 1 decibel away from top honors. Best to have hearing protection ready.
DeWalt 20V Max XR Brushless Impac Driver Feature Set
- Tool Connect (upgrade to DCF888): DeWalt's Tool Connect feature allows you to check battery status and tool diagnostics, customize the tool's power settings, manage inventory and set security alarms. It's easy to use and adds another level of value to your impact driver. This function is available on DCF888, which is a replica of DCF887 with intelligent control.
- THREE-SPEED SETTINGS WITH PRECISION MODES : We like mechanical switches over blister buttons. They are more reliable and durable than electric products. The DCF887 has three speed settings to customize your speed and power. Also, the first setting acts as a precise mode for fine application and getting the job done.
- One-Handed Bit Loading : We appreciate the simple things in life, and one of those simple things is that we don't have to put down the tool to change bits. You can load it up a bit without pulling the chuck forward, and when you do, it uses a spring to eject the bit.
- Brushless Motor
- 3 LED lights surround the chuck
- Manufactured in the USA using global materials
DeWalt 20V Max XR Brushless Impact Driver Price
The DeWalt DCF887 sells for $129 bare-bones and comes in several other configurations.
- 2 x 2.0Ah kit: $149 (PTR's choice!)
- 1 x 5.0Ah Kit: $149
- 2 x 4.0Ah Kit: $259
You can also find this model paired with other tools. Click here to see more.
the bottom line
Can the DeWalt DCF887 support updates? Of course, if DeWalt wants to go for bigger numbers. There's no reason to shy away from this model, and unless there's a major upgrade from DeWalt, we don't see any reason to change it for something minor.
DeWalt's 20V Max line has a great variety, so if you're looking for a new cordless platform to buy, the DCF887, DCF888, or one of their combo kits is a great place to start.
DeWalt 20V Max Impact Driver Specifications
Model: DEWALT DCF887
No-load speed: 0-1,000/ 2,800/ 3,250 RPM
Maximum torque: 0-240/ 1,500/1,825 IN-LBS
Impact rate: 3600 IPM
Net Weight: 2.1 lbs
Weight with battery: 3.1 lbs
Warranty: 3-year limited
Price: $129 bare, $149 kits and up