DEWALT DCF885C2 20-Volt Impact Driver Review

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DCF885C2 20-Volt 1/4in. Cordless Impact Driver

Manufacturer: Dewalt
Model number: DCF885C2
Price: $199.00
Power source: 20Volt Max Lithium Ion
Weight: 2.8lbs
Whether you are a professional contractor or a serious DIYer; one thing we all have in common is we want the tools that will help make our workload easier and physically less demanding on us. DEWALT tools offer both of these qualities in every tool they produce. At the end of the day, getting the job done easier, faster and with a lighter compact tools, means getting more work completed and the aches and pains from lugging heavy tools to and from job sites is virtual eliminated.


As a small project contractor one thing that really catches my eye is compact tools that have enough power to get the job done.  The DCF885C2 is just over 5-1/2″ in length and weighs under 3 pounds making it extremely compact. Who doesn’t love tools that are more powerful that weigh less and take up less space? Regardless if you are doing small jobs, “To-Do” lists, or full out remodeling projects, the DCF885C2 will not only lighten the actual work load, it will increase job productivity and reduce fatigue and those aches and pains.


  • Powerful 20-volt motor provides up to 1,400 in.-lbs. of max torque
  • 1/4 in. hex chuck accepts 1 in. bit tips with convenient 1-handed operation
  • Delivers up to 2,800 RPM and 3,200 ipm for fast, efficient work
  • Compact and lightweight design fits into tight areas
  • Produces little kickback for reduced fatigue and less chance of stripped screws
  • 3 LEDs with a 20-second delay after trigger release provide visibility without shadows
  • Belt hook included for portability
  • 20-volt max batteries deliver fast application speed and long run time (Two 1.5 Ah batteries included)
  • Kit box and fast charger included
  • Tool Length: 5.55”
  • Tool Weight: 2.8lbs

DCF885C2 Out of the Box


One of the first things to catch my attention was the weight. When the kit arrived I really thought they only sent me the kit box and nothing else. When I opened the lid, I was truly impressed with how organized this kit was. There is a place for the driver, extra battery and the charger. All set in securely preventing them from sliding around and potentially damaging them in transition.

LED Illumination

Another feature that caught my eye was the 3 LED lights that surround the quick release chuck. Having three LED lights provides much better illumination for the task your doing. These lights virtually eliminate any shades you could have by giving you a 360 degree lit area. Another standout features regarding the lights is they are on a delay of 20 seconds giving you time to make sure you have fastened whatever you are doing correctly. In a pinch you can use this as a flashlight! You can say it was love at first light…


Bang For Your Buck

Having the kit come with 2 batteries and a 30 minute charger allows you to work more efficiently and reduces down time immensely. Being able to work while the spare battery charges, gets more work done and saves a lot of wasted time allowing batteries to charge. Time is money and time saved is money earned. Speaking of money, one thing that might deter people from buying the yellow and black tools is the cost. Traditionally DEWALT is high priced because you are getting an inferior tool, but the DCF885C2 is absolutely competitively priced. A 20V Impact Driver, (2) 1.5 amp hr batteries, 30 minute charger, and a blow molded carrying case for 199.99 is an exceptional deal!

Quick Bit Set

Another awesome design that DEWALT added to this impact driver is the quick bit set. You can now just push the bit into the chuck instead of using the other hand to pull back the chuck to secure your bit. With the option of taking a standard 1″ bit, you can access even tighter spots now.

One and Only Gripe

One thing I wish DEWALT would do is put the battery power indicator on the 1.5 amp hour. Even though we have all used batteries with out this new technology, once you use it, you want to have it on all your batteries!!

DCF885C2 Performance and Power

Whether you are a framer, woodworker, electricians, sheet metal worker or the gun ho DIY’er the DCF885C2 can be of assistance to you. For example, steel stud framers will be able to rely on 1400 in.-lbs of Max Torque at 2800 RPMs for self-tapping screw driving in metal, while remodelers or woodworkers can use the small compact driver to get into tight spots and also be able to rely on the 3 LED lights for area illumination.  The lightweight design not only reduces fatigue but will reduce wear and tear on your arms, shoulders and back for framers and electricians who normally could be working over their heads.

DCF885C2 Overall Impression

If you’re a professional, or you just want to look like one, the DEWALT 20-Volt Impact Driver Kit will put the power in your hands. The 3 LED lights will provide great lighting for your project areas and allowing you to work in a lot darker areas such as garages and basements. DEWALT offers a 3-year limited warranty on your purchase in the unlikelihood you are disappointed. With the DCF885 being extremely compact, really powerful and loaded with features that make using a power tool even easier and more fun, the DEWALT model DCF885C2 20-Volt Max Lithium Ion ¼-inch Impact Driver Kit is a must for professionals and those that are striving to become one.

DCF885C2 20-Volt 1/4in. Cordless Impact Driver

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Scott Arnold

Contributing Editor Scott Arnold is the owner of Scott Arnold Remodeling LLC out of Waltham MA. Custom decks, fireplace makeovers, kitchens and bathrooms, Scott enjoys the frame to finish concept. Scott will share his perspective on tools as carpenter and remodeler here and on

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