DeWalt Impact Drivers

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