DEWALT DCF886B vs DCF887B vs DCF895C2 Review

Now you can put down that hefty drill and pick between DEWALT DCF886B, DCF887B, and DCF895C2. You can get your task done much easier since these lightweight, compact cordless impact drivers come with serious power for their size.

What more is that, these three models won’t twist your wrist while they’re operating. Well, without further ado, let’s take a look at these three power tools to see which is the ideal impact driver for your needs.

DEWALT DCF886B vs. DCF887B vs. DCF895C2 Review

1. 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 DriverThis impact driver bare tool features a DEWALT built-brushless motor. Additionally, the DEWALT DCF887B 20V MAX XR Li-Ion Brushless 0.25″ 3-Speed Impact Driver comes with a 3-speed settings for efficient and maximum application. Again, that only implies that it will run for more time on a single charge compared to a brushed motor. It will also run much cooler and a bit quieter. It also has Precision Drive in speed 1 for accuracy applications as well as added control.

Moreover, similar to the mentioned impact driver above, this one also offers three LED lights with 20 second delay after the trigger is release to give visibility without shadows. It also enables one-handed loading ¼ inch hex chuck with convenient grip sleeve, and accepts 1 inch bit tips.

DEWALT DCF887B impact driver has also a lightweight and compact design to fit into tight spots, though 2 millimetres shorter compared to the previously discussed DCF886B. In addition, this impact driver is a bare tool item, meaning its battery is sold separately.

The brushless impact driver puts out a weighty 1825 inch per pounds of torque at speeds up to 3250 RPM with 3600 impacts per minute. Obviously, that’s in high gear. Speaking of gear, DEWALT DCF887B has a total of 3 gears in its all-metal transmission. Actually, it’s the transmission that makes this impact driver a little bit hefty compared to the DCF886B driver. It has a weight of 2.65 pounds without any battery incorporated.

Its three speed transmission that’s incorporated with a variable-speed trigger can help you do accurate work too. On the other hand, if you’re required to work in tighter spots, you might also appreciate that it measures just 5.3” front to back.

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Additionally, because it’s an impact driver with a ¼ inches hex chuck, you’re restricted to bits with hex shanks. Nonetheless, changing bits is quite easy. Just slide back your sleeve, pop in the bit, and you’re good to go. Of course, you can do that even with only one hand. In addition, DEWALT DCF887B impact driver is fit with bits that are as small as 1 inch long.

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  • Comes with 3 LED lights with 20 second delay after the trigger is released
  • 3-Speed settings for versatility with accuracy drive for extra control
  • Variable-speed trigger, no load speed 0 to 1000, 2800, 3250
  • Incorporated with brushless motor
  • Compact and lightweight
  • Ideal for tight spots
  • Excellent warranty
  • Comes with a tool belt clip


  • Sometimes you are required to hold the reverse button

2. DEWALT DCF886B 20V XR Lithium Ion Brushless 1/4-Inch Impact Driver

DEWALT DCF886B 20V XR Lithium Ion Brushless 1/4-Inch Impact Driver is released in 2013 as an upgraded version of the DCF885 impact driver. On which the DCF885 is incorporated with a brushed motor, while the DCF886B has a brushless motor.

This very brushless motor gets more runtime out of the battery pack, and thus it will run cooler and will have a longer lifetime. If you’re planning to use your impact driver a lot of times, then it is a good idea to purchase a brushless model than one with a brush.

Furthermore, the DEWALT DCF886B’s maximum torque rating is 1,500 inch per pounds. It hammers and spins for up to 2800 RPM and 3200 Impact per Minute. All this output comes out of a small 2.1 pound power tool that measures only 5.55 inches front to back.

It is also incorporated with three LED lights around its collar that do an excellent job of illuminating your work station. In fact, these LED lights can stay lit for up to twenty seconds after releasing the driver’s trigger. Also, since this is the DCF886B version, the “B” implies “Bare Tool”. DCF886B impact driver doesn’t come with any battery. Nonetheless, it is compatible with any of DeWalt’s 20V MAX XR lithium-ion packs.


  • One-handed loading 1/4-inch hex chuck accepts 1 inch bit tips
  • Three LED lights with a 20 second delay after trigger is release
  • Compact and lightweight
  • Ideal for tight spots
  • Incorporated with DEWALT brushless motor
  • 57% more run time compared to brushed versions
  • Excellent warranty
  • Comes with a tool belt clip
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  • Quite powerful to be of much use for anything other than heavy-duty tasks such as construction 

3. DEWALT DCF895C2 20-Volt MAX Lithium Ion Brushless 3-Speed 1/4-Inch Impact Driver

This impact driver comes with two battery packs, and obviously that’s already a selling point if you don’t have any DeWalt batteries yet. Here’s a question. Why would you want this impact driver rather than the previously mentioned impact drivers above?

One reason is that, this driver is just a little bit smaller that only measures about 5-1/4 inches front to back. If you need to drive fasteners in overhead or tight spots, this one may be just what you need. It weighs just 3 pounds or 2.2 pounds with the battery.

However, its maximum torque is just 1500 pounds, which is less than the DCF887 as well as the DCF886. Additionally, it’s also not that fast.

Its 3-speed transmission has three gears. The first one is at low which is 0 to 950 RPM. The medium one is 0-1900 RPM. And the last one is of course high which is at 2850 RPM. The blows per minute that accompany these 3 speeds are 1300, 2400, and 3300 impact per minute. Thus, the trade-off for its smaller size is that it has less speed and power.

Similar to the other two drivers in this review, the DCF895 is equipped with a brushless motor. DeWalt says that gives it 57% more runtime compared to an impact driver with a brushed motor.

As an impact driver, it doesn’t have a clutch like a drill. It comes with a 1.4-inch hex chuck that only accepts hex shank bits. What you want to do is pull back your sleeve, insert the bit, then release the sleeve, and you’re good to go.

Furthermore, the DCF895 impact driver is equipped with three LED work lights around its collar. They turn on when you press the trigger, then shut off after about 20 seconds. Because there are 3 lights rather than one, they don’t cast shadows on your work station.

And lastly, the manufacturer had included two lithium-ion battery packs with the DCF895C2. If you haven’t tried lithium-ion batteries yet, then you’re going to enjoy how long they can last, and how light they could be compared to Ni-Cads. These packs charge in less than an hour, but you can also top them off on your break since they don’t have any memory effect. In short, you will not reduce their capacity by charging them when they are not empty.

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  • Excellent speed control
  • Quick mount/release of bits
  • Incredibly powerful
  • Being able to tell the status of the battery with the push of a button is a good point
  • Battery charger is incredibly quick, up to thirty minutes max
  • Equipped with brushless model
  • More energy efficient
  • The kit comes with 2 lithium-ion batteries and a charger
  • Decent warranty
  • Comes with a tool belt clip, charger, and two 1.5 Ah battery packs


  • Quite expensive
  • Can’t lock the bit into place if it’s a double ended bit
  • Doesn’t come with few starter bits 


If you’re looking for the most flexible and powerful impact driver that is also equipped with a brushless motor and has compact size, then the DCF887 is probably the most suitable pick for you.

Its three speed transmission can give you a lot of control, and its optimal torque is the highest out of the three impact drivers discussed above. It’s true that it comes as a bare tool. However it’s a totally great investment.

On the other hand, if you don’t want or need any impact drivers that come with three gears and just want a simple, powerful impact driver, then we highly recommend the DCF886. Just keep in mind that it also comes as a bare tool, thus you must need to get batteries too.

And lastly, if you want a complete package with a charger, batteries, impact driver that are all ready to go, then you might want to get the DCF895. It is not as powerful as the DCF887. Nonetheless, it is still a great power tool with excellent accuracy. Additionally, the DCF 895 is the most compact of the three drivers in this impact driver review.