In this comprehensive comparison, we will delve into the battle between the DeWalt DCF887 and the Milwaukee 2953 impact drivers. While the DeWalt model is a reliable brushless option with a proven track record, the Milwaukee model represents the latest fourth-generation M18 Fuel release in 2022. Join us as we examine these powerhouse tools to help you make the right choice for your needs. Please note that DeWalt has recently announced the DCF845, a new impact driver set to become the flagship of their 20V Max line. Although we haven’t tested it yet, we will update this post once we have the results. Feel free to share your opinions and preferences in the comments below!
Why Not Consider the DeWalt Atomic DCF850?
The DeWalt DCF850 offers the same specifications as the DCF887 but in a more compact and lightweight design. However, our tests have consistently shown that the DCF887 outperforms its counterpart. Therefore, for the purpose of this comparison, we recommend sticking with the DCF887.
Milwaukee and DeWalt Impact Driver Specifications
Let’s take a closer look at what the manufacturers have to say about these two impact drivers, as well as our own measurements of head length and weight:
|Maximum Impact Rate
|Weight with 5.0Ah Battery
Milwaukee vs DeWalt Impact Driver Test Results
To truly understand the capabilities of these impact drivers, we conducted three different performance tests using a standard 5.0Ah battery. Here are the outcomes of our tests:
Moderate Load Test: We drove 6″ x 1/4″ GRK Fasteners RSS screws into stacked OSB subflooring. The results represent the average of three tests.
- DeWalt DCF887: Completed in approximately 12.6 seconds.
- Milwaukee 2953: Completed in approximately 8.6 seconds.
Lag Screw Test: We examined how far each model could drive a 10″ x 1/2″ lag screw into the same material within a 30-second timeframe. The results represent the average of three tests, with lower numbers indicating better performance.
- DeWalt DCF887: Achieved an average depth of approximately 3.8 inches.
- Milwaukee 2953: Achieved an average depth of approximately 1.7 inches.
Nut Loosening Test: We tested the time it took for each impact driver to loosen a nut set at 150 ft-lbs (1800 in-lbs). The results represent the total time for loosening five bolts.
- DeWalt DCF887: Completed the task in approximately 6.6 seconds.
- Milwaukee 2953: Completed the task in approximately 2.5 seconds.
Premium Battery Performance
We also conducted tests using premium batteries. Although the total capacity of the batteries varied slightly, we aimed to keep them as similar as possible. Here are the results:
With 5.0Ah Power Pack
w/6.0Ah High Output
|RSS Spiral Average
|Lag Screw Average
Price Comparison and Warranty
Considering the cost and warranty, here’s a breakdown of the prices for the bare tool and various battery kits, along with the warranty duration:
|Compact Battery Kit
|$219.00 (2 x 2.0Ah)
|Standard Battery Kit
|$319.00 (2 x 4.0Ah)
|$299.00 (2 x 5.0Ah)
Prices mentioned above are as of the time of writing and sourced from Acme Tools.
Now that we’ve examined all the important aspects of both the DeWalt DCF887 and the Milwaukee 2953 impact drivers, it’s time for you to decide which one comes out on top. Share your thoughts and insights in the comments below, and don’t forget to tell us why your chosen impact driver reigns supreme!