What we’ll present here are three powerful and impressive 20V impact drivers from DeWalt. They are great for light to mid-range applications. They are pretty similar with one another on some aspects, although of course there are still some differences.

All three that we’ll present and review here are awesome, power-packed, durable and reliable impact drivers from DeWalt. All these three can surely help with your driving and drilling tasks. More so, they are engineered to provide comfort and ease as you work. So in what aspects do they really differ?

Let’s find out how these compare with one another.

Let’s Compare DEWALT DCF885B vs DCF885C1 vs DCF887B

1. DEWALT DCF885B 20-Volt MAX Lithium Ion 1/4-Inch Impact Driver (Tool Only)

DEWALT DCF885B 20-Volt MAX Lithium Ion 1/4-Inch Impact Driver (Tool Only)

What will you get?

DeWalt DCF885B comes with a 20V impact driver and an all-metal belt hook.

The cordless impact driver weighs only 2.8-pounds and its head-length measures 5.55-inches only. It is ergonomically designed and with ¼-inch hex chuck that accepts 1-inch bit tips and allows one-handed loading. Also, it is equipped with three LED lights with 20-second delay after-trigger release feature.

DeWalt DCF885B can deliver up to 1400 in/lbs of torque. It has a variable speed trigger that can produce up to 2800 RPM and 3200 IPM.

It is covered by a 3-year limited warranty, 1-year free service contract and a 90-day money-back guarantee.


  • Powerful cordless impact driver with belt hook
  • Compact and lightweight
  • 3 LED lights with 20-second delay
  • One-handed chuck loading
  • Great warranty package


  • Batteries, charger and bag need to be bought separately
  • Some units were said to suddenly stop working after several months

Top FAQs

Q: Is it compatible with standard DeWalt 20V batteries?

A: DCF885B will work with any DeWalt 20V lithium-ion battery.

Q: Does it have a brushless motor?

A: No, its motor is brushed.

Q: What is its maximum speed?

A: This impact driver offers the max speed of 2800 RPM.

Our Take on DEWALT DCF885B

DeWalt DCF885B is a great tool that can get the job done. Not only that; it is also designed with ergonomics, user’s comfort and portability in mind. As such, although it is a tool-only product, it includes a belt hook that may be placed on either side of the tool.

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Because of its max torque output of 1400 in/lbs, light and mid-range drilling and fastening applications can be done with ease. Also, the tool is compact and lightweight so you wouldn’t have a hard time if you need to do some overhead tasks or in tight corners. The quick-release anvil also makes the tool more useful as well as its one-hand chuck loading.

If you’re not so sure, you still don’t have to worry because it comes with a great warranty package that includes 90-day money back guarantee.

2. DEWALT DCF885C1 20V Max 1/4″ Impact Driver Kit

DEWALT DCF885C1 20V Max 1/4" Impact Driver Kit

What will you get?

DeWalt DCF885C1 is an impact driver kit that packs a battery, a fast charger in a bag along with the tool.

DCF885C1 features a 20V impact driver with a ¼-inch hex chuck that accepts up to 1-inch bit tips and allows one-handed bit loading. It also has three built-in LED lights with 20-second delay after trigger release.

DeWalt DCF885C1 is cordless, compact and lightweight. Its head-length is only 5.55-inches and while its weight is 2.8-pounds. Its torque output is 1400 in/lbs that produces up to 2800 RPM and 3200 IPM.

The kit, as a whole, is covered by a 3-year limited warranty.


  • Comes with a battery, charger and bag
  • Equipped with 3 LED lights with 20-second delay
  • Compact and lightweight
  • Chuck allows one-handed bit loading
  • Charger has automatic shut-off feature


  • Short battery life
  • Not for heavy-duty tasks

Top FAQs

Q:  Does it have a belt clip?

A: No, it doesn’t come with belt clip.

Q: What is the input voltage of the charger?

A: The charger supports 110V/120V.

Q: Does it come with a case or a soft bag?

A: The kit comes with a soft bag.

Our Take on DeWalt DCF885C1

This impact driver kit features a pretty impressive and versatile impact driver. It’s also user-friendly that even beginners won’t have a hard time using it. It’s actually an ideal product for them since this compact and lightweight tool already packs a lot of torque. As such, it can drive fasteners through various materials such as steel and wood.

Its ¼-inch hex chuck is also great as it can fit any fastener – lug nuts, screws and bolts. So you may use it for different tasks. The three built-in LED lights provides enhanced illumination on your work area, and with the 20-second delay feature, you still have time to check what you have accomplished.

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3. DEWALT DCF887B 20V MAX XR Li-Ion Brushless 0.25″ 3-Speed Impact Driver

DEWALT DCF887B 20V MAX XR Li-Ion Brushless 0.25" 3-Speed Impact Driver

What will you get?

DeWalt DCF887B is a cordless impact driver that includes a belt clip.

Running on 20V power, it can produce up to 2000 in/lbs of torque. It is also equipped with a 3-speed transmission that allows you to set the max speed at 1000, 2800, or at 3250 RPM.

Its chuck is a ¼-inch hex with easy grip sleeve. It uses a brushless motor and is equipped with three LED lights with 20-second delay after trigger release feature.

Also, this product comes with a 3-year warranty.


  • Equipped with brushless motor
  • Designed with ¼-inch hex chuck
  • Delivers a lot of torque
  • Has adjustable three-speed settings
  • Covered by 3-year limited warranty 


  • Forward/reverse switch is positioned inconveniently
  • Produces too loud noise.

Top FAQs

Q: Is the chuck keyless? Or you would need a chuck key?

A: The impact driver is designed with a ¼-inch keyless quick-release chuck

Q: What is the required input voltage for the charger?

A: The charger needs 110V.

Q: Does it have a battery fuel gauge?

A: Yes! The batteries are equipped with fuel gauge.

Our Take on DeWalt DCF887B

The DeWalt DCF887B is yet another impressive tool. It is engineered with a 3-speed transmission with the max speeds of 1000, 2800 and 3250 RPM. At max speed, it produces 2000 in/lbs of torque.

It is also built with a brushless motor for extended runtime and better performance. It also has a ¼-inch hex chuck with easy-grip sleeve. More so, it is equipped with three LED lights with 20-second delay after trigger-release feature for longer illumination.

Lastly, it is covered by a 3-year limited warranty.

What’s the Difference Among DeWalt DCF885B, DCF885C1 and DCF887B

To differentiate the three products, we’ll compare them in these aspects – tool and inclusions, torque and speed, and design and build.

Tool and Inclusions

Quite evidently, DeWalt DCF885B and DCF885C1 feature the same impact driver model – the DCF885. While the remaining one, DCF887B is quite an improved version.

On the topic of inclusions, only the DCF885C1 is a kit that packs a battery, a fast charger and a bag together with the impact driver. DCF885B and DCF887B, on the other hand, only have the tool and a belt clip/hook; batteries and charger need to be bought separately. So, if you already have standard 20V DeWalt batteries and charger from other tools, the practical choice is either DCF885B or DCF887B.

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However, if this is the first power tool you’re about to purchase, you might prefer DCF885C1 so you won’t have to spend additional time and effort to look for batteries and charger.

Torque and Speed

In terms of torque and speed outputs, DCF887B produces more power and faster speed than DCF885. The former delivers up to 2000 in/lbs while the latter can only produce the max torque of 1400 in/lbs.

When it comes to speed, DCF887B does not only deliver faster. It is also built with a 3-speed transmission that, at highest gear, can deliver up to 3250 RPM. Meanwhile DCF885B and DCF885C1 only have variable speed triggers that deliver only up to 2800 RPM.

Design and Build

On the aspect of design and build, these products we have here are pretty similar with one another. All three are compact and lightweight. Although there are some differences, yet they’re not really significant. All these three can be useful in overhead tasks and even in tight corners. For dark spaces, each of them have built-in three LED lights with 20-second delay feature.

More so, all three are designed with ¼-inch hex chuck that accepts up to 1-inch bits.

Final Thoughts

As mentioned, DeWalt DCF885C1 only stands out because it is a kit, compared to other two that are only bare tools.

However, when it comes to performance, DeWalt DCF887B is the best choice. It has a brushless motor that allows for longer runtime and improved output. As such, it can deliver up to 2000 in/lbs of torque.

Its 3-speed transmission also allows for more precise task execution. Not only that, with higher torque, it also delivers faster speed.

Regardless, whichever you choose among these three, you are assured that you’ve got one that will work. It might even exceed your expectations. And if you ever find a defect, worry not because all of them are covered by warranty.