DeWalt Combo Kit – 20V MAX Drill & Impact Driver Review

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Final Thoughts

If you’ve yet to get into a brushless drill and impact driver, purchasing this DeWalt combo kit is a no-brainer. You get a compact hammer drill and an impact driver with a max torque of 152 ft-lbs, along with two 20V MAX Lithium-ion batteries. At the right time, you can get this kit for just $299.

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When it’s time to upgrade your drill or even get your first impact driver, sometimes it makes sense to purchase a combo kit. If you’re not looking to do any real heavy-duty drilling, the DCK287D1M1 kit has a lot to offer, for little dough. This DeWalt combo kit includes the DCD796 compact hammer drill and the DCF887 impact driver. You get more than just tools when you buy this DeWalt drill/impact combo, hence you also get a 2Ah and 4Ah battery, charger, and tool bag.

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  • DCF887 Brushless Impact Driver
    • Break-loose 5x 200-ft/lb nuts without issue
    • 1825 IN-LBS (152 ft-lbs) Max Torque
    • 3 Speeds
    • 3 LED lights surround bit/fastener
  • DCD796 Brushless Compact Hammer Drill
    • 1/2″ Steel Chuck
    • 14 Clutch settings, Drill, and Hammer-drill
    • 2 Speeds
  • 2 Ah and 4 Ah Batteries[/alert]


Brushless DeWalt Combo Kit Features

Both the impact driver and hammer drill are powered by a brushless motor, which delivers more power and runtime than brushed motors. The 2 amp-hour and 4 amp-hour batteries included in this DeWalt combo kit provide more than just runtime increase. The 2Ah pack serves as a “slim” battery, so you can fit into tighter spaces, either on the drill or impact.

DeWalt Combo Kit

2 Amp-Hour Slim Battery

DeWalt DCF887 Brushless Impact Driver

We tested the DeWalt impact driver on our I-beam with large bolts and nuts. The nuts were torqued down to 150 ft-lbs, 175, 200, and then 250 ft-lbs. At each step, the DCF887 impact driver loosened all five fasteners, without an issue, until the last. At 250 ft-lbs, the DeWalt DCF887 impact was not able to loosen the nuts, but we didn’t expect it. After all, this impact is only rated at just over 150 ft-lbs, so loosening 200 ft-lb nuts is above-average.

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DeWalt DCF887 Impact Loosening 200 ft-lb Nuts

This DCF887 impact driver has 3 power modes and a variable-speed trigger, providing 0-1,000; 0-2,800; and 0-3,250 RPM. Furthermore, max torque for each mode is 240, 1,500, and 1,825 IN-LBS. Impacts per minute max out at 3,600 (IPM). Three LED lights surround the bit, casting light all around the fastener.

Drill and Impact Driver Combo Kit

3 LED Lights

DeWalt DCD796 Brushless Compact Hammer Drill

DeWalt Drill/Driver Combo

All Steel Knurled Toolless Chuck

Using a 2″ hole saw, we tested the DCD796 drill in a typical 2×4 stud. The DeWalt drill has no problem churning the bit through in one pass. After a few holes with the hole saw, we changed it out for a 1/4″ Bosch Multi-Purpose bit for a little hammer-drill action in concrete. With a quick turn of the clutch ring to the ‘hammer’ symbol, we were ready for action. Again, the DCD796 brushless hammer-drill had no problem burying the 1/4″ bit as deep as we wanted to go.

The LED light on the DCD796 is unlike that of the DCF887. This LED shines from the base, near the battery, up toward the area of work. It does a decent job of providing enough light for the work at hand. Users can also choose to switch the light to task-light mode, and the LED will remain On for 20-minutes.

DeWalt’s all steel chuck does a great job at grasping drill bits. In addition, the knurling covering the outside of the chuck make toolless bit changes a breeze.


DeWalt Combo Kit Conclusion

If you’re looking for a great all-around drill and impact driver, then it’s hard to go wrong with this DCK287D1M1 DeWalt combo kit. Both the DCF887 impact driver and DCD796 compact hammer drill are brushless motors powered by a 2Ah and 4Ah Lithium-ion battery. The kit also comes with the charger and a tool bag. This DeWalt drill/driver combo kit is backed by a 3-year limited warranty and 90-day money-back guarantee. You can find the DeWalt DCK287D1M1 combo kit at the Home Depot for around $300.

DeWalt Combo Kit

Brushless Motor

DeWalt DCF887 Impact Driver Specifications

  • Anvil Type: 1/4″ Hex – Quick Release
  • Battery Type: Lithium Ion
  • System: 20V MAX
  • Length: 5.3 Inches
  • Impacts/Min: 3,600
  • Max Torque: 1825 In-lbs (152 ft-lbs)
  • No Load Speed: 0-1,000/ 2,800/ 3,250 RPM
  • Torque: 0-240/ 1,500/ 1,825 In-lbs
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2 Drill Speeds

DeWalt DCD796 Compact Hammer Drill Specifications

  • Chuck: Metal Ratcheting
  • Speed Settings: 2
  • Speed: 0-550/0-2,000 RPM
  • LED: 3 modes
  • Length: 7.5 Inches
  • Weight: 3.6 lbs.
  • Clutch Settings: 14
  • Modes: Driver/Drill/Hammer-drill


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