DeWalt DCF815 12V Max Impact Driver Review
The DCF815 is a high performance brushless impact driver with a maximum output of 1,000 watts and a driving range up to 40 feet. It’s designed for use in heavy machinery, such as excavators or forklifts. The DCF815 is available in two versions: the standard model (model number DMW-1215) and the extended version (DMW-1216). Both models are powered by a single 18650 battery.
The extended version includes a new feature called “extended travel” which allows the driver to reach distances up to 60 feet without any change in speed.
The DCF815 is one of the most powerful drivers on the market, but it comes at a price. At $1,199, it costs almost twice as much than other comparable products from companies like Makita and Bosch. However, if you’re looking for a very powerful impact driver, then the DCF815 might be just what you need.
Features & Specifications
Model name: DeWalt DCF815 12V Max Impact Driver Model number: DMW-1215 Extended version: DMW-1216 Weight (empty): 2 lbs. Length x width x height (in.): 5.5″ x 3.6″ x 6.5″ Power source: battery (1 x 18650) Maximum output: 1,000 watts Voltage: 12 Number of speeds: 1 Torque settings: 22+ Battery charge indicator: yes LED work light: yes Brake type: torsion gears Color options: black/yellow Warranty period: 3 years
Performance & Ease of Use
The DeWalt DCF815 has a maximum torque of 1,570 inch pounds, making it one of the most powerful drivers on the market. Maximum torque is a good indicator of the overall quality of the product, and in this regard the DCF815 excels. However, using a driver with such high levels of power requires a great deal of skill. If you are a beginner, we do not recommend using this type of driver until you have had some experience.
The high speed and torque capabilities also make the DCF815 somewhat difficult to use. Since it can be quite unforgiving of user error, you need to be very careful when handling it. This is not a tool for the casual DIYer; this is for people who use power tools on a regular basis.
Brake: Always keep your fingers away from the brake button when the driver is turned on. The driver will suddenly stop if you accidentally press the brake button while working with the drill. This can cause loss of control and accidental injury.
Speed control: Always use the lowest speed that is suitable for your work. Always switch off the driver before changing the speed setting. Never use speed settings higher than necessary, as this increases the risk of loss of control.
Clothing: As with all power tools, make sure that you are wearing the appropriate safety gear, such as safety glasses and ear defenders. Long hair should be tied up to prevent it from getting tangled in the tool.
Battery: Never carry the battery in your pockets if it is connected to the drill. The battery connector can come into contact with the battery and lead to a short circuit, especially if the driver has a reverse polarity protection, which this one does.
Maintenance & Cleaning
Lubrication: The following joints require regular lubrication to ensure smooth operation over time: screw joint at the front, gear housing and spur gear. Use a drops of suitable grease for this purpose.
Brake: Grease the brake ball.
Plastic parts: If the driver is used under especially dirty conditions, the plastic housing and other plastic parts should be cleaned with water and liquid soap on a regular basis. Dry thoroughly after washing.
Battery & charger: The battery and charger should not be opened or otherwise tampered with, as this could lead to hazardous situations. Only use the original charger to charge the battery.
When working with power tools, it is recommended that you always wear safety gear, such as gloves and safety glasses. Long hair should be tied back to prevent it from getting caught in any moving parts. Make sure not to wear any loose-fitting jewelry or other objects that could get caught in the tool. Also, make sure that your surroundings are safe.
It is a good idea to wear closed shoes and sturdy work clothes that will protect you in case you fall or stumble.
When starting the tool, make sure that your hands are positioned appropriately to avoid them from coming into contact with any moving parts.
Do not over-tighten the fastening tools. This can lead to a loss of control over the tool. Only use as much torque as is required to tighten the fastener.
Make sure that you only use the tool for its intended purpose and do not attempt to assemble or disassemble the tool.
If the tool should ever fall into water, immediately pull out the battery and let all the parts dry before re-using it.
Do not over-tighten any fastening tools, this can lead to a loss of control over the driver. Only use as much pressure as is required to tighten the fastener.
If the tool should emit an unfamiliar noise or vibrate abnormally, immediately turn it off and unplug it from the power outlet. Let it rest for several hours and then check whether the problem has corrected itself. If it hasn’t, seek repairs.
Do not press the trigger and operate the drill at the same time. This would overload the drill and reduce its service life.
Make sure to take regular breaks when drilling. Triggers contain springs that can quickly wear out if used too much without a break.
Do not use tools for purposes other than which they were designed for, e.g. do not hammer with a driver, saw with a chisel or impact wrench, etc.
When drilling in metal, use a lubricant to prevent the drill bit from getting hot and to prolong its lifespan.
Do not start the tool when hard materials are in contact with the tool. This could lead to sudden kickback and/or personal injury. Remove all foreign objects, such as screws, nails, etc. that have been already drilled out and no longer needed before using the tool again.
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