DeWalt High Torque Impact Wrench Review
The DeWalt CDF899 offers performance and a solid feature set at a price that no other manufacturer in our competition could touch.
We’ve been on a mission to look at the newest models of cordless high torque impact wrenches for the last couple months. If you’re new to this series, we’ve already covered wrenches from Milwaukee, Ingersoll Rand, AC Delco, MAC Tools, Matco Tools, and Makita. All of these models, plus the last two we’ll be looking at, all featured in our Best of the Best Cordless High Torque Impact Wrench Shootout. So far, we’ve seen some really impressive models, as well as a few that left something to be desired. This week, we’re looking at our 4th place finisher, the DeWalt High Torque Impact Wrench.
Although its placing might elicit a shrug from some, we feel that the DeWalt’s finish is somewhat misleading. Truth told, with a bit of tweaking to one highly subjective area, this tool could’ve easily finished 2nd or 3rd. It has a good amount of power, a solid feature set, decent warranty, and a price that can’t be beat. Anyway, enough with the preamble. Let’s get to it.
Performance, as a category in and of itself, was kind of a mixed bag for the DeWalt High Torque Impact Wrench. As far as overall power went, the DeWalt did great. It finished a respectable third place in overall power, doing 92% of the work that our winner did.
Repetitive power, or speed, proved a bit more of a challenge for the DeWalt model. It could loosen 10 nuts torqued at 500 ft-lbs in 13.7 seconds. Admittedly, this is not an awful result, it’s just that 5 other models did the work faster.
The DeWalt High Torque Impact Wrench impressed in the weight category. With its 5.0Ah battery attached, it weighed in at 7.1 lbs. Most of the models we tested fell somewhere in the 7 lb range, but this was the third lightest model we looked at, right behind the Ingersoll Rand and Bosch models.
We take a few things into consideration when we come up with a tool’s value rating. For one thing, price is a major consideration. And, there’s good news on that count. The DeWalt High Torque Impact Wrench, kitted with two 5.0Ah batteries and a charger, only carries a $349 price tag. This is easily the cheapest model we tested, with the 7-year-old Bosch model coming in second with an MSRP almost $50 more.
Warranties are also a major consideration. DeWalt has a decent warranty at 3 years, it but ultimately finishes in the middle of the pack in this category. On one end of the spectrum, Milwaukee offers a 5-year warranty on their cordless impact wrenches. On the other end, Matco Tools offers an embarrassing 30-Day return policy/warranty on their model.
Feature sets also get considered in our appraisal of value ratings. The DCF899 features a raked head for better clearance, as well as a compact design. It also features 3-speed operation. The LED work light is bright and positioned where your hand won’t get in its way. This model also includes a brushless motor which will extend the life of the tool. And, best of all, the DeWalt High Torque Impact Wrench was assembled in the USA.
DeWalt’s DCF899P2 has a lot to offer to the professional, and at $349 for the kit, it does it at a very appealing price point. Those of you already on the DeWalt battery platform ought to be psyched about this wrench, because, despite its seemingly mediocre finish in our shootout, this impact wrench does really good work. It has plenty of power, a rich feature set, and it doesn’t weigh all that much. Plus, DeWalt products are made in the USA.
The only knock we’re prepared to make against the Dewalt High Torque Impact Wrench comes down to its ergonomics. We thought the DCF899 felt just a bit awkward in the hand, and that it could’ve finished a bit higher in our rankings were it more comfortable. Of course, ergonomics can be a highly subjective thing to try to measure, and folks who like the way DeWalt products feel will definitely not be put off by this model. If you’re considering a new impact wrench, you would do well to try to get your hands on one of these before you make a final decision.
DeWalt High Torque Impact Wrench Features
- Up to 700 ft. lbs. of maximum torque and 1200 ft. lbs. of max breakaway torque
- Compact design of 8-13/16 in. length and weighs only 7.2 lb.
- Multi-speed control for a variety of applications (0-400/1,200/1,900 RPM)
- 1/2 in. anvil with detent pin (also available in hog ring)
- LED light with 20-second delay for increased visibility
- Withstands jobsite conditions as a durable and reliable tool
- Includes (1) DCF889 impact wrench, (2) DCB205 5.0Ah batteries and a multi-voltage charger
DeWalt High Torque Impact Wrench Specs
- Model: DCF899P2
- Anvil: 1/2”
- IPM (Impacts Per Minute): 2,400
- Max Tightening Torque: 700 ft-lbs.
- Max Loosening Torque: 1,200 ft-lbs.
- Battery Volts: 20
- Battery Amp Hours: 5.0 Ah
- Mfr. Weight: 5.8 (as tested – 7.10 lbs.)
- Speeds: 3
- RPM: 0-400 / 1,200 / 1,900
- Warranty: 3 Year
- MSRP: $349
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