Impact Drivers

DeWalt DCK655X 18-Volt XRP 6 Tool Combo Kit

DeWalt DCK655X 18-Volt XRP 6 Tool Combo Kit

DeWalt DCK655X 18-Volt XRP 6 Tool Combo Kit

The DeWalt DCK655X is Best For:

This tool is suitable for DIY use This tool is suitable for PRO use

Rating:

    

Overview

The DeWalt DCKK655X 18-Volt XRP six tool combo set comes with a variety of useful power tools that purchased on their own would cost a lot more to acquire. The set comes with a drill/hammerdrill, an impact driver, a circular saw, a reciprocating saw, a cutoff tool, as well as a flexible floodlight. All of the tools are powered by DeWalt’s heavy duty 18-Volt XRP batteries, which come with a charger. A heavy duty bag is also provided. Although the set is powered by older technology NiCad batteries, it will accept newer Lithium Ion 18V batteries. Let’s take a look at the set in detail.

Features

DeWalt DCD950 XRP Cordless Hammerdrill

The DeWalt DCD950 XRP 18-volt cordless hammerdrill is a rugged unit suitable for the toughest of jobs. The DCD950 replaces the DeWalt DC925 model that was previously packaged with the set, and is an overall upgraded drill. It features a patented 3-speed all-metal transmission that delivers up to 450 UWO (Unit Watts Out). The drill also features a reversible handle that can be used for tougher drilling / driving jobs. It comes in very handy when using the hammerdrill option and drilling into brick or concrete. The ½” chuck is suitable for handling most drill bits, and is probably one of the most common sizes that most drills have. An upgrade of the DCD950 over the DC925 is that this unit comes with an LED light for illuminating the work area. The light does come in handy when working in darker, confined spaces.

DeWalt DC390 XRP Circular Saw

The DeWalt DC390 XRP 18-volt circular saw can accommodate a 6-1/2-inch blade. The included It can easily cut a 2×4 in a single pass, and the blade can be set to a 45 degree bevel. While the circular saw is good for cutting 2×4’s don’t expect it to replace a good corded saw. The major benefit of this unit is that because it is battery powered it’s portable and can be taken to places where running a power cord could be an issue. Your roof can be a good example of this. The blade on the unit is also smaller than the traditional 7 1/4 inch blade. With the XRP 18 volt battery you will be able to make about 20 to 25 2×4 cuts, before the unit will drain the battery.

DeWalt DC385 XRP Reciprocating Saw

The DeWalt DC385 XRP 18-volt cordless reciprocating saw again and will allow tool portability. It comes with keyless blade clamp allows for quick blade changes. As with most modern reciprocating saws you can set the blade in 4 various positions. The unit is nearly identical to its corded cousin, but again will feature a lower run time needing frequent battery changes especially when doing tough demolition jobs requiring deep or tough cuts.

DeWalt DC825 XRP Impact Driver

The DeWalt DC825 is one of the best impact drivers in its class out there. Coupled with an 18 volt XRP battery the unit will offer a long run time for average construction jobs. The DC825 18-volt impact driver had a rated 1,330 inch-pounds of maximum torque. This is nearly three times the amount of torque that the drill has.

DeWalt DC411 XRP Cut-Off Tool

The DeWalt DC411 18-volt cut-off tool with a maximum speed of 6,500 rpm provides high power for cutting and grinding applications.

DeWalt DW919 XRP Flexible Floodlight

The DW919 18V flexible floodlight provides hands-free flashlight use. The floodlight included in this set is not LED, so the bulb has a limited lifespan and will need replacing often. Out of all the tools included in the set, the DW919 Flexible Floodlight is probably the weakest link. Our floodlight failed after about three years of use.

Conclusions

What’s Included in the Box?

  • Two 18 Volt XRP batteries
  • XRP Charger
  • Carrying Bag
  • DeWalt DCD950 XRP 18-volt cordless hammerdrill with patented 3-speed all-metal transmission delivers up to 450 units watts out
  • DC390 XRP 18-volt circular saw with 6-1/2-inch carbide blade can cut 2-by-4s at a 45 degree angle in a single pass
  • DC385 XRP 18-volt cordless reciprocating saw with keyless blade clamp allows for quick blade changes
  • DC825 18-volt impact driver with 1,330 inch-pounds of maximum torque
  • DC411 18-volt cut-off tool with 6,500 rpm provides high power for cutting and grinding applications
  • DW919 18-volt flexible floodlight provides hands-free use

Positives

A good all around six piece tool set for DIY or PRO applications.

Negatives

The NiCad batteries supplied with this set, which are an older technology are being replaced by newer, lighter, more reliable and longer lasting Lithium-Ion batteries. The included bag would benefit from some compartments separating the tools.

Specifications

  • Voltage: 18V

DeWalt DCD950XRP

  • Max Power: 450 UWO
  • Number of Speed Settings: 3
  • Max RPM: 0-500/0-1,250/0-2,000
  • Max BPM: 0-8,500/0-21,250/0-34,000
  • Clutch Settings: 22
  • Chuck Size: ½”
  • Chuck Type: Self tightening
  • LED light

Quick Review: DeWalt DC825 / DC825B 1/4-Inch 18-Volt Cordless Impact Driver

DeWalt DC825B 18V Impact Driver Review

DEWALT DC825B 1/4-Inch 18-Volt Cordless Impact Driver (shown without battery)

The DC825 is Best For:

This tool is suitable for DIY use This tool is suitable for PRO use

Our Rating: 5/5

    

Overview

The DeWalt DC825 impact driver should be a staple of any handyman’s toolbox. For me, it has become one of my most often used and versatile driving tool. I’ve used the DC825 to drive regular construction screws into 2×4’s, to driving flooring screws into 4×8 plywood subfloor sheets, using the tool to build a deck, as well as driving tapcons into masonry and brick. Almost always, the impact driver has handled these applications effortlessly and with ease. I rarely use a regular drill to drive in screws, and the only time I do, is because the impact driver is unavailable.

Driver Features

The DC825B is the bare tool (all you get is the tool itself). The DeWalt DC825KA is the same impact driver except that it comes with two 18V XRP batteries and a charger. We will be looking at the bare tool, plus the NiCad batteries that come with the DC825KA set. If you’re purchasing only the tool, you can use DeWalt’s NiCad and Li-ion 18V platform.

Lots of Torque Means Driving With Ease

Impact drivers have generally two to three times the torque a regular drill possesses. The maximum torque of 1,330 in-lbs (111ft-lbs) means that the DC825 can effortlessly drive screws of varying length and size, as well as handle various nuts and bolts. The 0-2,400 RPM (Revolutions Per Minute) and 0-2,700 IPM (Impacts Per Minute) will ensure a fast application speed in whatever you’re working on.

Because of the smaller ¼ inch hex shank quick release, if you intend to use this tool for automotive use, you’re better off buying the DeWalt DW059K Impact Wrench, which features a more robust ½ inch drive size. This impact driver comes with a frameless motor, that will offer extended tool durability and lifespan, as well as replaceable brushes that can be easily serviced.

Compact Driver, Perfect for Tight Spaces

This impact driver is nice and compact, making it perfect for working in tight areas. The textured anti-slip comfort grip that is a staple of many other DeWalt tools ensures the user of a firm grip. This impact driver has a built in LED light. This also has been a common feature on most DeWalt tools, and though the light output is fairly dim, it does help out illuminating the work area, especially in darker light settings.

DeWalt DC825 vs DC827 vs DCF826 vs DC825B

If you don’t want to get confused about the many impact driver variants of this model, you can skip this part. The DC825, DC827 and DCF826 are essentially the same impact drivers, that share identical parts. The B in the DC825B denotes a bare tool, without the battery.

The only differentiator is that if you’re buying them as a part of a kit, they are supplied with different batteries. The DC825KA comes with two 18V XRP DC9096 batteries, which use the older NiCad technology. The other two kits are supplied with 18V Lithium Ion batteries. The DC827KA comes with two DC9180 batteries and the DCF826 is supplied with two DC9181 batteries

Conclusions

The DC825 and it’s impact driver variants have been around for quite some time. Powerful and compact, the DC825 can be used for a variety of applications, and is a worthy addition to any toolbox, especially if your other tools are from the DeWalt 18V line.

What’s Included in the Box?

The DC825KA comes with two XRP batteries, a 1 hour quick charger and a carrying case. The DC825B is a bare tool only.

Positives

  • Powerful impact driver with lots of torque
  • Small size good for tight spaces
  • LED light illuminates work area
  • Compatible with DeWalt’s NiCad and Li-Ion 18V platforms

Negatives

  • None

Neutrals

  • The DC825KA Comes with NiCad batteries, though it can use DeWalt’s lithium batteries. Though the NiCads are still readily available, expect a general phase out of the technology within a few years. If you’re looking for the same impact driver with newer Lithium Ion technology, get the DC827KA or the DCF826KA

DeWalt DC825 / DC825B Specifications & Warranty

  • Voltage: 18V
  • Drive Size: 1/4″ hex shank quick release
  • No Load Speed:  0-2,400 rpm
  • Impacts/Min: 0-2,700 ipm
  • Max Torque: 1,330 in-lbs
  • Max Torque: 111 ft-lbs
  • Tool Weight: 2.2 lbs (Without Battery)
  • Tool Weight: 4.2 lbs (Compact DeWalt 18V Battery)
  • Tool Weight: 4.8 lbs (DeWalt XRP 18V Battery)
  • Tool Length: 5-3/4″ Inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5lbs (Tool Only)
  • 1 Year Limited / 90 Day Money Back / 1 Year Free Service