DeWalt DC845KA Review

DeWalt DC845KA Cordless Drill

DeWalt DC845KA Cordless DrillDeWalt
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DeWalt DC845KA Strengths & Weaknesses:

Design Balance Acceptable - While this driver has one or more design features that received a C rating, it can still be a good choice if that area is not critical to your particular needs.
PowerPowerful - Generates 1150 in-lbs of maximum torque, about 18% higher than the average impact driver. Ranks in the top 17% of its class for power.
Speed Below Average Speed - Generates up to 2400 RPM, about 3% slower than the average impact driver. The DeWalt DC845KA ranks in the bottom 16% of its class for speed.
Weight Heavier Than Average - Weighs 3.6 lbs, about 25% heavier than the class average. Heavier drivers are often more durable, but you should consider operator fatgue.
BatteryLong Run-Time - NiCd batteries are rated at 2 Ah and provide 14% longer than average run-time. Ranks in the top 25% of its class for battery runtime.
Impact Below Average Impact Rate - Generates 2700 IPM of maximum impact blows, about 8% less than the average impact driver.
User ReviewsHighly Satisfied Users - Rated 4.5 of 5 stars by 12 users. Most owners are very satisfied with the performance and value of this impact driver and would recommend it to others.
Power Ratio Below Average Power Ratio - Power-to-Weight ratio is 9% below average and ranks in the bottom 25% of its class. P/W is a good indicator of driver efficiency.
Gearbox Nylon Gears - Transmission includes at least some nylon gears that may need replacing after years of extended use. A nylon gearbox helps reduce driver weight.
Motor BrushesExternal Brush Access - Motor brushes burn-out periodically and being able to access them externally makes it much more convenient to replace the brushes.
WarrantyLonger Warranty - Backed by DeWalt's limited 3-year warranty. This provides extra protection against potential design defects or premature part failure.
Charger Standard Charge Time - The DeWalt DC845KA battery charger takes 60 minutes to recharge a battery. Longer charge times are not a big issue if you always have a battery back-up.
Belt Hook No Belt Hook - Does not include this convenient feature that frees-up both your hands to perform other tasks in-between driving.
Work Light No Work Light - Does not include an integrated work light. This is a great feature that is now being incorporated into many of the new cordless drivers.
Fuel Gauge No Fuel Gauge - Does not come equipped with a handy battery charge indicator that allows you to glance at your driver and check the battery life while you're working.

DeWalt DC845KA Cordless Drill

DeWalt DC845KA User Reviews Highlights

  • It does what I need it to do, it has plenty of power, the quick release chuck holts the bits firm, and it makes driving long screws much, much easier than a drill ever did.

  • This is a great driver, I own a plumbing company and we have substituted this impact driver for our cordless drills.

  • While it comes with Ni-Cad it can be upgraded to Li-ion any time, it can use ether battery.

DeWalt DC845KA Specifications & Features:

Size & Weight 
Weight:3.6 lbs
Length:5-3/4 in
Max Torque:1150 in-lbs
Max Power: 
Impact Rate:0-2700 BPM
No-Load Speed:0-2400 RPM
Motor, Gearbox, & Clutch 
Voltage:12V volts
Speed Capability:1-speed
Variable Speed:Yes
All-Metal Gearbox:No
Auto-Shift Transmission:No
Clutch Settings:N/A
External Motor Brush Access:Yes
Size:1/4 in
Spindle Lock:Yes
Battery & Charger 
Batteries Included:2 x XRP
Cell Type:NiCd
Charge Rating:2 Ah
Charging Time:60 min
Additional Features 
Belt Hook:No
Work Light:No
Side Handle:No
Fuel Gauge:No
Warranty:3 Year Limited

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