DeWalt is known the world over for their high-quality power tools for the construction site and the home. Many tradesmen, contractors, and DIYers prefer them over any other brand. This doesn’t surprise us as DeWalt tools are some of the best in the industry.
DeWalt’s hammer drills and impact drivers are some of the best on the market today. These tools are a must if you do a lot of fastening, drilling, and driving jobs. The great thing about it is that DeWalt has come up with combo kits of these two tools.
Here are three of their best hammer drill and impact driver kits and how they stack up against each other:
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DeWalt DCK285C2 20-Volt Hammer Drill and Impact Combo Kit
If you want versatility, this is a good combo kit. The impact driver and hammer drill in this kit offer flexibility that would let you work on medium to tough jobs. They deliver power and precision to whatever fastening and drilling jobs you have.
The hammer drill comes with a two-speed transmission that offers 0-600 RPM and 0-2,000 RPM. It can deliver 350 UWO of torque that can handle masonry and other tough jobs. It comes with a 1/2-inch ratcheting chuck that holds the bits securely for a slippage-free hammering.
The impact drill delivers up to 2,800 RPM and 1,400 in. lbs. of max torque. It has a 1/4-inch hex chuck accepts 1-inch bit tips and offers easy drill bit changes. It has no kickback because of the impact mechanism that is used by the tool.
Pros: These tools are compact and lightweight yet tough and power-packed. Ideal for masonry, fence building, furniture assembly and many other similar tasks.
- Includes the DCD785 1/2-inch hammer drill
- Includes the DCF885 1/4-inch impact driver
- Excellent ergonomics
- Built-in LED lights
- Comes with a hard plastic storage case, two belt hooks, and a bit tip holder
Cons: These tools do not come with brushless motors, this is not the ideal kit if you work all day or long hours. Also, the LED lights are located in an awkward location that causes some shadowing.
- Doesn’t use brushless motors
- The LED lights have some shadowing
DeWalt DCK286D2 Hammer Drill and Impact Driver Combo Kit
The DCK286D2 combo kit has a hammer drill and an impact driver that run on brushless motors. This means that they will give you more runtime than tools that use brushed ones. If you work for extended periods of time, this kit is your best bet.
The hammer drill has a two-speed gearbox that delivers a low of 0-600 RPM and a high setting of 0-2,000 RPM. Measuring 7.8 inches long and weighing 3.6 pounds, it will let you work in tight and cramped areas easily. It can provide you with 360 UWO of power and 0-34,000 BPM.
The impact driver also has a compact design; it is 5.6 inches in length and just 2.1 pounds. It has 14 clutch settings that let work on different materials and applications. It gives you 0-3,200 IPM and 1,500 in. lbs. of max torque.
Pros: The tools in this kit delivers the right amount of power that lets you work on your DIY projects at home or on the work site. They can drill through concrete and other hard surfaces.
- Operates on brushless motors
- Includes the DCD795 hammer drill
- Includes the DCF886 impact driver
- LED lights with 20-second trigger release delay
- Compact and lightweight
Cons: Although this combo kit is packed with power, this may not be ideal for use on heavy-duty jobs. The hammer drill could be better if it had a side handle.
- No side handle
- Not suitable for extreme heavy duty jobs
DeWalt DCK240C2 Drill Driver/Impact Combo Kit
The DCK240C2 provides flexibility, ability, and speed that will make tough jobs easy. The tools both have LED lights and compact design that is ideal for use in tight and cramped spaces such as cabinets, shelves, or if you want to work at night.
The drill/driver has a no-load speed of 0-450 and 0-1,500 RPM and 300 UWO of max torque. It comes with a keyless ratcheting chuck that allows you to change bits easily. It is ergonomically designed for working in narrow spaces with less arm and hand fatigue.
The impact driver is the same as that in the DCK285C2 kit. Both tools have handles that come with soft grips for a controlled and comfortable grip. They also come with LED lights which make them even more ideal for working in cramped and poorly-lit areas.
Pros: Ideal for light to medium jobs as well as some tough tasks around the house. You can drill through hard surfaces as screw different types and sizes of screws and bolts with ease.
- Includes the DCF885 impact driver
- Includes the DCD771 drill/driver
- Ergonomically designed
- Built-in LED lights
- Compact and lightweight
Cons: The charger can replenish the batteries in about one hour, this is a long time when compared to other drills in its category. Plus, you need to retighten the chuck occasionally, but this happens very rarely.
- Long charging time
- The chuck needs retightening
To know the difference between these three combo kits, let’s first take a look at their prices. The DCK285C2 comes at around $140, the DCK286D2 is at under $400, and the DCK240C2 has a $149 price tag. Obviously, the DCK286D2’s price is nowhere near the two other kits.
The big difference is in the motors the tools use. Although the DCK286D2 has the most power and speed to offer, the other two pales in comparison all because of the brushless motors that the DCK286D2 have. Every tradesman who knows their salt will tell you that brushless motors are the best as they give you more runtime.
For most drilling, driving, and fastening jobs, all three of these kits will work well for you. Whether you’re a professional or a simple home improver, these kits will do the job well. The DCK286D2 is recommended more for those who work long hours or use their drills every day.