New Hot Rod Powered Drivers from DeWalt
The cordless-tool power race has a bunch of new hot rods competing for pole position. DeWalt just released news about a series of compact 20-volt lithium ion powered drills and drivers. DeWalt claims the tools combine big power in a manageable size.
First off the line is a compact drill-driver (DCD780C2) that offers 0-600 rpm for heavy driving and 0-2,000 rpm for efficient drilling. A 1/2 in. keyless chuck keeps small bits centered without the inherent run-out of hex-collet bits. Combine this accuracy with a 15 position clutch and this little brute looks like it will be adept at installing hinges and hardware, jobs that require high accuracy and a delicate touch. The battery is rated for 1.5 amp-hours.
Next up are the DCF885C2 and DCF885L2 1/4 in. impact drivers. These two are identical except for the battery ratings: the DCF885C2 battery is rated for 1.5 amp-hours; the DCF885L2 is rated for 3.0 amp-hours. The drivers have a one-handed loading, 1/4-inch hex chuck that will accept 1-inch bit tips. According to DeWalt, these little drivers produce 117 foot/pounds maximum torque and up to 3200 impacts per minute.
The drill and the DCD780C2 driver will run about $220 bucks each. The DCF885L2 driver will cost around $270. Each drill/driver also features a built-in LED light. And each one comes with a belt hook and bit holder that can be mounted on either side of the drill, two batteries, a fast charger, and carrying case.
Expect the DeWalt 20-volt MAX Lithium Ion tools to be available in September. I can’t wait to give them a test drive.
***UPDATED on June 28, 2011
Did I mention these drills are small? This is the 12V model, but it's got a slim-line battery that's very similar to it's beefier 20V cousin.
Here's an even better shot of these new, slim batteries. Again, this is a 12V model we happened to have at the offices of FW, but the 20V models are very similar.