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DEWALT 20-volt 1/2″ Mid-Range Impact Wrench Review | DCF894H

Right Size & Power

Power to weight ratio is a big deal when it comes to a tool that many mechanics will be using all day.  Comfort, being able to fit in small areas and the ability to remove 90 percent of the fasteners on an automobile is needed.  In construction, having a 4-pound tool in your tool belt versus a 12-pound tool is a significant difference.

Mid-Torque impact wrenches are nothing new as the demand for them has been very strong, even in pneumatics.  DEWALT might be a bit late to the game, but they brought a good tool to the party.  The DEWALT DCF894H mid torque impact has a 3 mode drive control along with a variable speed trigger to allow for full control over the torque applied to fasteners.  The tool is 6.9” in length and a touch over 5lbs with a 5.0Ah 20-volt battery.  DEWALT’s grip and overmold material gives the user ultimate comfort during prolonged use even when wet.

Features

  • Up to 330 ft-lbs max of fastening torque at only 3.48lbs
  • 3 mode settings with the new Precision Wrench Control feature, which helps add more control when using the tool in forward and reverse. In Forward, the tool will pause before impacting to help prevent overtightening. In Reverse, the tool lowers speed when fastener is loose to help prevent run-off.
  • DEWALT-built brushless motor
  • Variable speed trigger
  • LED light
  • Compact and lightweight design

Lugs, Suspension & Everything

Our use of the new mid-torque impact wrench has been strictly in the automotive field.  The tool is small enough for us to grab and use as our main impact wrench for light duty work like rotating tires, but still strong enough to use on suspension bolts that stretch the limits of a 1/2″ drive.  This type of impact wrench is a game changer for people who use this tool all day.  In the past, if DEWALT was your main tool choice, you were stuck with a compact impact wrench that worked for 50% of the bolts on an automobile and a very heavy, large impact wrench for the rest of the fasteners.  With the size of this new impact wrench, there is no need for the compact impact wrench in 1/2″.  The new mid-torque will take its place and work for 90% of the fasteners in the automobile world.  Leaving the large high torque impact to only pick up the really heavy duty work.

This principle of using the smallest and lightest tool for long periods is not new as it is easier on the user as it creates less fatigue.  There is also an increase in productivity as this new impact will get in tighter areas and produce the power to remove stubborn bolts that the compact might not have.  In the mechanic’s world, time is money.  This tool will help the mechanic to finish the job faster, making more money and getting more jobs done.

Specifications

  • ANVIL SIZE 1/2″
  • IMPACTS/MIN 0-3100 IPM
  • MAX TORQUE (FT-LBS) 330 FT-LBS
  • NO LOAD SPEED LO: 0-900 HI: 0-2000
  • POWER TOOL TYPE CORDLESS
  • SYSTEM 20V MAX
  • TOOL HEIGHT 8.25 IN
  • TOOL LENGTH 6.95 IN
  • TOOL WEIGHT 3.48 LBS
  • TOOL WIDTH 2.85

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