DeWALT 18V 5Ah Battery & DCD995 Brushless Hammer Drill

Dewalt has recently released 5Ah batteries in Australia, 5Ah! That is one helluva gas tank.These batteries will of course work with any of Dewalt’s 18V XR range, but will be especially welcome news to users of the high-draw tools such as the grinder and circular saw.

We got to test it out with Dewalt’s latest and greatest drill, the DCD995. This is a serious tool. It builds on the very successful 3-Speed DCD985 heavy duty hammer drill, but with the following differences:

  • 250g lighter (1.6kg bare tool)
  • much shorter (213mm)
  • combined mode selector
  • more powerful (80Nm!), and
  • Brushless.

The stylings on Dewalt’s brushless tools are sexy too. We still love having a middle speed for tasks that are too difficult in top speed, but a little slow in first.

What can we complain about? Ocasionally the gear selector doesn’t want to move the first time you try, but it’s never a real issue. We couldn’t really find any other fault with it, except that it took a while to get here. Some people might miss the separate mode selector and clutch ring, but we don’t. This really shouldn’t be your main tool for drilling fine fasteners!

Another cracking tool (and battery!) from Dewalt.

DeWALT DCF880 18V – 1/2″ Impact Wrench Review

A couple of weeks ago i had a box waiting for me when I got home from work. I’m not sure there’s anything better than new tools at your doorstep.

I was really keen to see how well the 18V XR DCF880 performed. If it could take off my ute’s wheel nuts, then I couldn’t ask for anything more. Well, it does. It’s unbelievable that such a small tool (its the same size as the impact drivers) can pack such a good punch. I like it so much that I’ve sold my Bosch high torque wrench, I’ll just never need more power than this.

If you’re more sensible than us, you might not need this AND an impact wrench. If you’re mainly driving screws, get the impact driver plus a socket adapter. If you’re working with nuts and bolts more often, get a 1/4” hex adapter for the wrench.

We love this little tool, and the fantastic LED lights will just be so handy under the bonnet.


Video: Dewalt 18V XR DCN690 Framing Nailer vs Paslode & Makita Gas Guns

Dewalt have recently produced the first ever 18V framing nailer – the DCN690. That’s right, no gas, no cords, just a Dewalt lithium-ion battery. So how does it stack up against the common gas powered nailers?

Firstly, like all the common models, the Dewalt takes 90mm, 34-deg nail clips. None of these models take two full clips, which annoys us no end. It has tool-less depth adjustment and stall release (not that we managed to stall it). It is about 1” shorter than the Paslode and Makita model, but weighs significantly more.

  • Dewalt DCN690  – 4.5kgs
  • Paslode B20543 – 3.3kgs
  • Makita GN900     – 3.6kgs

That extra weight would really get to anyone wanting to use it all day. Also, though it can fire two nails per second, it is a tiny bit slower than the gas powered nailers we tried. It will also cost new users ~$880 for a full kit, or the bare tool is about the same as the Paslode and Makita ($550-600).

However, there are several distinct advantages of this gun.

  1. Operating Cost. You’re going to save $8-$13 in gas per 1000 nails and the tool is meant to be maintenance free.
  2. Compatibility. The batteries and charger are full compatible with the rest of Dewalt’s 18V XR line. So you can grab a bare drill etc. to throw in your tool bag.
  3. Convenience. If you don’t use your framing nailer often, you don’t have to worry about if you have gas, if you’ve charged you’re 7.2v batteries etc. You just check the Dewalt battery indicator and start nailing.

We feel that tradies holding the gun above their head or at arms reach all day may be better served by the lighter, well-balanced Paslode. The Makita is a very similar gun to the Paslode, though a little heavier in the nose and with a belt hook that doesn’t suit lefties.