Dewalt 20V Atomic DCF850 vs Milwaukee M18 Fuel 2953-20 (Gen 4)

Dewalt DCF850 Angle 5

Dewalt DCF850

Quick take

The Dewalt 20V Atomic DCF850 and Milwaukee M18 Fuel 2953-20 are both high-quality impact drivers with incredibly compact tip-to-tail designs. However, the 2953-20 is much faster under load and offers significantly more torque. The 2953-20 also includes an additional specialty drive mode for self-tapping screws in sheet metal. Otherwise, the two models are very similar, including their overall footprint and weight.

Brand Dewalt
Platform 20V Atomic
Motor Brushless
Tested torque in-lbs 659.4
IPM 3,800.0
Drive modes 3
Collet 1/4-inch hex
Same as DCF850B
Brand Milwaukee
Platform M18 Fuel
Motor Brushless
Tested torque in-lbs 1,236.0
IPM 4,400.0
Drive modes 4
Collet 1/4-inch hex
Same as M18 gen 4

Editorial opinion

Rating

4.17 / 5 ⭐️’s

Methodology used: Heavy duty

Pros

  • Exceptionally compact collet-to-back length
  • Brushless motor
  • Drive modes
  • Long tool and battery warranty
  • One-handed bit changes

Cons

  • Battery run time
  • Lighter-duty impact drivers finish screws more consistently and accurately

Rating

4.72 / 5 ⭐️’s

Methodology used: Heavy duty

Pros

  • Best-in-class driving performance
  • Versatile drive modes improve accuracy
  • Compact footprint fits into tight spaces
  • Brushless motor improves efficiency and durability
  • Long tool and battery warranty

Cons

  • Poor battery run time

Global rankings

21 models tested

TestResultRank
Driving speed (sec.)15.29
Torque (in-lbs)659.49
Battery run time (min.)30.015
RPM3,386.03
Bare weight (lbs)2.0812
Impacting noise (dBA)98.916
TestResultRank
Driving speed (sec.)11.21
Torque (in-lbs)1,236.01
Battery run time (min.)26.018
RPM3,788.01
Bare weight (lbs)2.2017
Impacting noise (dBA)95.25

Kit and bare tool options

DCF850P2

Includes (2) Max XR 20V 5Ah battery

DCF850P1

Includes (1) Max XR 20V 5Ah battery

DCF850BWP034C

Includes (1) Max Powerstack 20V battery

DCF850

Bare tool

Lab results

Design & ergonomics

Stands upright w/o battery: Yes
Stands upright w/ battery: Yes
Grip material: Rubber overgrip
Magnetic holder: No
Bit holder: No
Belt hook: Yes
Handle angle (deg.): 83.0
Head angle (deg.): 92.0

The DCF850’s shape curves well to your hand, and the rubber overgrip provides good control and shock absorption with so much coverage area around the grip. The forward-leaning handle offers extra reach for driving screws in awkward or obstructed situations, though the short collet-to-back length limits reach minimally.

Otherwise, the DCF850 includes a belt hook that is mountable on both sides of the base. There is no bit holder or magnetic fastener holder, unlike several Ryobi impact drivers that build these features into some of their impact drivers.

Design & ergonomics

Stands upright w/o battery: Yes
Stands upright w/ battery: Yes
Grip material: Rubber overgrip
Magnetic holder: No
Bit holder: No
Belt hook: Yes
Handle angle (deg.): 75.0
Head angle (deg.): 90.0

The 2953-20 stands upright with and without a battery and has a moderately aggressive forward lean, providing ample reach in certain driving situations. The entire grip is also covered in a soft rubber overmold for shock absorption. The quality of the overmold feels noticeably more premium than most impact drivers, including within Milwaukee’s M12 and M18 lineup.

The included belt hook is mountable on either side, but no bit holder is included and there’s no onboard magnetic fastener storage. Several Ryobi impact drivers have these built-in features, which would enhance the 2953-20’s versatility.

Weight

Dewalt DCF850 On Scale

Bare weight (lbs): 2.08
Weight w/ 2Ah battery (lbs): 2.88
Weight w/ 2.5Ah battery (lbs):  Not tested
Weight w/ 4Ah battery (lbs):  Not tested
Weight w/ 5Ah battery (lbs): 3.48

The Dewalt DCF850 is compact, but its size doesn’t translate to low weight. The DCF850’s bare weight is moderately heavy. The Makita 18V LXT XDT19Z has similar driving performance and size at a lower weight.

The working weight can differ significantly depending on the battery run in your setup. To keep it as lightweight as possible, We recommend combining the DCF850 with Dewalt’s 20V Powerstack 1.7Ah battery, which weighs less, has a smaller footprint, and runs longer than Dewalt’s 20V Max 2Ah battery, which is a solid alternative for a svelte setup.

If weight is less of a concern, pair the DCF850 with Dewalt’s 20V Max XR 5Ah battery for a longer run time and improved driving performance. Interestingly, this impact driver is lightweight with the 20V Max XR 5Ah battery compared to other 5Ah battery and tool setups.

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Weight

Milwaukee 2953-20 On Scale

Bare weight (lbs): 2.20
Weight w/ 2Ah battery (lbs): 3.15
Weight w/ 2.5Ah battery (lbs):  Not tested
Weight w/ 4Ah battery (lbs):  Not tested
Weight w/ 5Ah battery (lbs): 3.81

The 2853-20 is designed for brute performance, not reducing weight. In its bare tool form and with a battery, it’s a reasonably heavy impact driver.

The working weight can differ significantly depending on the battery run in your setup, which is why we tested the weight in different configurations. To keep it lightweight, we recommend combining the 2953-20 with Milwaukee’s M18 Red Lithium CP 2Ah battery for a good balance of performance and weight.

If weight is less of a concern, pair the 2953-20 with Milwaukee’s M18 Red Lithium XC 5Ah battery for a longer run time and improved driving performance.

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Footprint

Dewalt DCF850 Footprint1
Dewalt DCF850 Footprint2

Max height (bare tool, in.): 8.125
Max width (bare tool, in.): 3.000
Collet to back length (in.): 3.875
Base length (bare tool, in.): 3.625
Base width (bare tool, in.): 3.000
Trigger circumference (in.): 6.750
Handle circumference (in.): 5.125

The DCF850’s footprint is best described as compact for a heavy-duty impact driver. Notably, the collet-to-back length is incredibly short. However, the max height and max width add bulk, limiting its ability to squeeze into some tight corners with little clearance height or width.

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Footprint

Milwaukee 2953-20 Footprint1
Milwaukee 2953-20 Footprint2

Max height (bare tool, in.): 7.875
Max width (bare tool, in.): 2.625
Collet to back length (in.): 4.375
Base length (bare tool, in.): 3.250
Base width (bare tool, in.): 2.625
Trigger circumference (in.): 6.500
Handle circumference (in.): 5.125

The 2953-20 has an incredibly compact stubby-like head, rivaling the collet-to-back length of many sub-compacts. However, it’s a bulky tool viewed from certain angles. The max width and height are somewhat extended.

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Motor

Motor: Brushless
Impacts per minute: 3,800.0

Brushless motors offer significant performance improvements over brushed motors. The brushless motor in the DCF850 improves longevity, driving performance, and increases battery run time.

The advertised 3800.0 impacts per minute are surprisingly low for an impact driver with this much torque, partly explaining why it lags slightly behind flagship models from other brands in our driving speed tests.

Motor

Motor: Brushless
Impacts per minute: 4,400.0

The 2953-20 includes Milwaukee’s Powerstate brushless motor, which improves driving efficiency, battery performance, and durability over comparable brushed motors.

The high advertised impacts per minute, combined with its torque and RPM profile, explain why the 2953-20 so capably breezes through heavy-duty tasks, as demonstrated in our driving tests.

Drive modes

Dewalt DCF850 Drive Modes

Drive modes: 3
Drive mode 1:  High speed 
Drive mode 2:  Medium speed 
Drive mode 3:  Low speed/tightening 
Drive mode 4:  N/A 
Variable speed trigger: Yes

The DCF850 includes the essential drive modes that most users will find helpful. There’s a high and low speed impacting mode and a precision driving mode.

The high-speed mode is best for driving big structural screws, lag bolts, and longer common screws into dimensional lumber.The low-speed mode works well for driving screws flush into less dense materials, such as MDF, plastics, and drywall studs. This mode also works well finishing screws into dimensional lumber and other woods.

The precision mode works similarly well driving screws, but we found ourselves favoring drive mode 2 for precision driving tasks due to the extra power offered.

Users desiring more driving versatility should look to a Makita impact driver. The Makita 18V LXT XDT19Z and Makita 40V XGT GDT01Z include similar drive modes as the DCF850 but layer in additional assist modes, including self-tapping and bolt-specific settings.

Drive modes

Milwaukee 2953-20 Drive Modes

Drive modes: 4
Drive mode 1:  High speed 
Drive mode 2:  Medium speed 
Drive mode 3:  Low speed 
Drive mode 4:  Self-tapping 
Variable speed trigger: Yes

Four driving modes on the 2953-20 improve driving versatility over single-mode models. Drive modes we label as 1, 2, 3, and 4 correspond to high speed, medium speed, low speed, and self-tapping screw modes. The advertised impacts per minute for the speed modes are 4300.0, 3400.0, and 1200.0, respectively.

Drive mode 1 is ideal for heavy-duty tasks, such as driving lag bolts, decking screws, and structural screws. This mode doesn’t offer a clean and accurate screw finish with such high torque and speed.

However, drive mode 2 offers better accuracy while retaining solid torque. This driving mode has sufficient power to drive screws into dimensional lumber, treated lumber, plywood, and hard and softwood.

Drive mode 3 is ideal for the most accurate and consistent screw finish in most materials, including harder woods and dimensional lumber.

The 2953-20 is more powerful across each drive mode than competing models set to equivalent high, medium, and low-speed modes. This powerful performance profile explains why we suggest using the low-speed mode to finish screws. In contrast, we typically prefer using the medium-speed mode to accurately recess screws with other, less powerful impact drivers.

In the self-tapping mode, the collet spins until impacting and stops shortly after. Milwaukee has optimized this setting for driving #8, #10, and #12 self-tapping screws between 1/2-inch to 1-inch in 18-22 gauge sheet metal.

Driving speed

GRK total driving time forward (sec.): 15.2
GRK average driving time forward (sec.): 3.0
GRK total driving time reverse (sec.): 9.9
GRK average driving time reverse (sec.): 2.0

One sacrifice the DCF850 makes to achieve such a compact size is the driving speed for big screws and lag bolts. Let’s be clear: the DCF850 turned in solid results in our speed tests, powerfully driving long GRK screws without bogging down. This impact driver is competent for any heavy-duty task thrown its way around the home or on the job site.

But the bar is raised when competing with flagship models explicitly designed for brute force impacting. Check out the Milwaukee M18 Fuel 2953-20, Dewalt 20V Max XR DCF845, and Makita 18V LXT XDT19Z for faster driving speeds.

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Driving speed

GRK total driving time forward (sec.): 11.2
GRK average driving time forward (sec.): 2.2
GRK total driving time reverse (sec.): 8.7
GRK average driving time reverse (sec.): 1.7

Milwaukee generated impressive driving speed performance in our heavy-duty tests. The 2953-20 powerfully drives big screws and lag bolts, resulting in one of the fastest results driving GRK screws in our speed test. The 2953-20 is among the few impact drivers to buy if brute force driving power is essential.

Also consider the Makita 18V LXT XDT19Z and Dewalt 20V Max XR DCF845 for impressive driving performance.

While the 2953-20 offers solid accuracy and driving versatility in its class, we don’t recommend it as an all-around impact driver around the home. It is overpowered for many DIY tasks.

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Torque

Dewalt DCF850 Torquemeter
Dewalt DCF850 Torque Charts

Max torque drive mode 1 (in-lbs): 659.4
Max torque drive mode 2 (in-lbs): 613.8
Max torque drive mode 3 (in-lbs): N/A
Max torque drive mode 4 (in-lbs): N/A

The DCF850 impresses with the torque output for its compact size, two features not commonly mentioned in the same sentence. It has sufficient torque to easily tackle most tasks around the job site and any demanding tasks for DIY projects at home.

Interestingly, the Dewalt 20V Max XR DCF845 has less torque in a larger footprint, highlighting the DCF850’s outstanding performance in its class.

Within the Dewalt lineup, the Dewalt 20V Max XR DCF887 has the most torque output of the models we’ve tested.

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Torque

Milwaukee 2953-20 Torquemeter
Milwaukee 2953-20 Torque Charts

Max torque drive mode 1 (in-lbs): 1,236.0
Max torque drive mode 2 (in-lbs): 857.4
Max torque drive mode 3 (in-lbs): 390.6
Max torque drive mode 4 (in-lbs): N/A

The 2953-20 is a torque beast, generating the highest torque output we measured among the best impact drivers in our test fleet. It did so by a long shot as well, which is impressive in such a compact and agile footprint.

The torque output isn’t surprising since this is Milwaukee’s flagship gen-4 impact driver that’s designed for brute force over all else. The performance is even more impressive knowing the robust torque profile doesn’t come at the expense of slow driving performance. The 2953-20 shines at both, partly explaining its high price tag and why many pros carry it in their tool belt.

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Battery run time

Power type: Cordless
Battery run time (min.): 30.0
Battery tested: 20V Max 2Ah (DCB203)
Voltage: 20

One major letdown of the DCF850 is the performance in our battery run-time tests, barely reaching 30 minutes of no-load run time. The Dewalt 18V Max XR DCF845, Makita 18V LXT XDT14Z, or Makita 18V LXT XDT19Z are better options if you covet impressive battery and driving performance.

We tested battery run time with the 2Ah battery version. We expect the battery run time to similarly underperform when running the DCF850 with a 20V Max XR 5Ah battery and comparing it with other 5Ah setups, albeit battery run time will increase significantly.

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Battery run time

Power type: Cordless
Battery run time (min.): 26.0
Battery tested: 18V Red Lithium CP 2Ah (48-11-1820)
Voltage: 18

The 2953-20 had underwhelming no-load run time performance in our test, the primary letdown we came across.We tested battery run time with the 2Ah battery version. With a Milwaukee M18 Red Lithium XC 5Ah battery, expect the battery run time to continue underperforming competing models running the same Ah setup. However, run time is significantly improved over the 2Ah battery.

At the same time, we recognize the limitations of our run-time tests that don’t currently test battery performance under load. Once testing the battery performance under load, we’ll update this review.

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Battery lineup

Dewalt 20V Max Battery Lineup

Dewalt offers 1.5Ah, 2Ah, 3Ah, 4Ah, 5Ah, 8Ah, 10Ah, and 12Ah batteries in its Max 20V lineup. Upgrading to the higher Ah options increases battery run time and improves driving performance, though we’ve not tested all of these batteries to understand the cost tradeoffs.

Having at least two batteries in your setup is best so you don’t miss a beat when draining one battery. We recommend buying a Dewalt 20V Max 2Ah and a Dewalt 20V Max XR 5Ah battery for most Dewalt 20V impact driver setups for a good performance, price, and size balance.

Dewalt’s new Powerstack batteries may be a smart buying choice for some users. Dewalt advertises improved driving performance, battery run time, and more battery cycles out of its 1.7Ah and 5Ah batteries which are incredibly compact compared to equivalent Max XR models. We plan on testing the performance differences to understand if the jump in price is worth it for most people.

Many Dewalt impact drivers come in kits with a hybrid 12V and 20V charger in one, which conveniently saves space in your shop if you have multiple tools in the ecosystem.

Battery lineup

Milwaukee M18 Battery Lineup

Milwaukee offers 1.5Ah, 2Ah, 3Ah, 4Ah, 5Ah, 6Ah, 8Ah, and 12Ah batteries in its M18 lineup. Upgrading to the higher Ah options increases battery run time and improves driving performance, though we’ve not tested all of these batteries to understand the cost tradeoffs.

Having at least two batteries in your setup is best so you don’t miss a beat when draining one battery. We recommend buying a Milwaukee M18 Red Lithium CP 2Ah and a Milwaukee M18 Red Lithium XC 5Ah battery for most M18 impact driver setups for a good performance, price, and size balance.

Many Milwaukee impact drivers come in kits with chargers that charge multiple voltage batteries in one, conveniently saving space in your shop if you have several M12 and M18 ecosystem tools.

Charging time

Dewalt 20V Fuel Gauge

Charger tested: Dewalt 20V Max (DCB115)
Charging time 2Ah battery (min.): 59.0
Charging time 2.5Ah battery (min.): Not tested
Charging time 4Ah battery (min.): Not tested
Charging time 5Ah battery (min.): 139.0
Charging time per Ah (min.): 28.7
Fuel gauge: On battery

One letdown is that the standard charger included in most Dewalt kits (model DCB115) charges batteries slowly compared to other manufacturers. In our testing, the DCB115 charged at a rate of 28.7 minutes per Ah. Several other brands charge at a rate of 20 minutes per Ah or lower.

However, this charger charges 12V and 20V Max platform batteries in one, conveniently saving shelf space in your shop if you have several tools in the Dewalt ecosystem.

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Charging time

Milwaukee M18 Fuel Gauge

Charger tested: Milwaukee M12 & M18 Multi-Volt (48-59-1812)
Charging time 2Ah battery (min.): 41.0
Charging time 2.5Ah battery (min.): Not tested
Charging time 4Ah battery (min.): Not tested
Charging time 5Ah battery (min.): 98.0
Charging time per Ah (min.): 20.1
Fuel gauge: On battery

The Milwaukee M12 and M18 multi-volt charger (model 48-59-1812) included in most kits is reasonably fast at charging batteries, including to beat out team red’s most frequent adversary, Dewalt. It takes 41 minutes to charge an M18 2Ah battery and 98 minutes for a 5Ah battery, or approximately 20 minutes per amp-hour.

Milwaukee’s 48-59-1812 charger charges multiple battery voltages in one, conveniently saving space in your shop if you have several M12 and M18 ecosystem tools.

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RPM

Dewalt DCF850 RPM Charts

Max RPM drive mode 1 (fwd.): 3,386.0
Max RPM drive mode 2 (fwd.): 2,705.0
Max RPM drive mode 3 (fwd.): 1,028.0
Max RPM drive mode 4 (fwd.): N/A
Max RPM drive mode 1 (rev.): 3,416.0
Max RPM drive mode 2 (rev.): 2,870.0
Max RPM drive mode 3 (rev.): 1,018.0
Max RPM drive mode 4 (rev.): N/A

The DCF850 impresses with its high RPM measurements in our tests. But RPM only tells one side of the story regarding driving performance, hence why the DCF850 didn’t shine as we expected in our driving speed tests.

The high RPM drives screws rapidly when not impacting. This impact driver ramps RPM quickly and achieves lofty readings, great for rapidly driving medium-length screws into soft materials without impacting.

But the high RPM can also lead to cam-out without the proper amount of downforce on the screw head.There are no consistent differences in RPM in forward or reverse.

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RPM

Milwaukee 2953-20 RPM Charts

Max RPM drive mode 1 (fwd.): 3,788.0
Max RPM drive mode 2 (fwd.): 2,874.0
Max RPM drive mode 3 (fwd.): 1,427.0
Max RPM drive mode 4 (fwd.): 3,334.0
Max RPM drive mode 1 (rev.): 3,735.0
Max RPM drive mode 2 (rev.): 2,905.0
Max RPM drive mode 3 (rev.): 1,560.0
Max RPM drive mode 4 (rev.): 3,177.0

The 2953-20’s impressive driving performance is also a result of its RPM profile. The max RPM confidently drives screws and lag bolts quickly, albeit risking cam-out in the highest speed setting.

There is no meaningful RPM difference in forward or reverse. Some impact drivers increase RPM in the reverse direction for specialty drive modes to power through loosening stubborn nuts and deeply embedded screws.

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Driving clearance

Min. interior width clearance (in.): 7.250
Min. top edge clearance (in.): 1.250
Min. interior 45-deg. clearance (in.): 5.500

The DCF850 performed exceptionally well in our interior width and 45-degree clearance tests thanks to its stubby collet to back length. Few models break the 6-inch threshold in our 45-degree test, which the DCF850 handily beat. This combined performance makes it an excellent fit for squeezing into tight spaces and corners.

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Driving clearance

Min. interior width clearance (in.): 7.375
Min. top edge clearance (in.): 1.250
Min. interior 45-deg. clearance (in.): 5.750

The 2953-20 performed well in our clearance tests, especially for such a powerful impact driver. It impressed most in our interior 45-degree and width tests, finishing near the top of the pack, making it a solid all-around choice to squeeze into tight spaces.

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Noise

DCF850 Impact Driver Noise Chart

Max noise no load (dBA): 85.2
Max impacting noise (dBA): 98.9

The DCF850 is designed for heavy-duty tasks, and its impact noise reflects this approach. It’s one of the louder impact drivers we’ve tested. The Milwaukee M18 Fuel 2953-20 shaves off a few decibels when impacting, should you be looking for a similarly powered and compact option.

Jumping down in torque, the Milwaukee M12 Fuel Surge 2551-20 and Milwaukee M18 Fuel Surge 2760-20 are other options to consider. Both are hydraulic impact drivers with far more subtle impacts.

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Noise

2953-20 Impact Driver Noise Chart

Max noise no load (dBA): 86.4
Max impacting noise (dBA): 95.2

No impact driver peacefully says hello when impacting. But the 2953-20 is quieter than many other models when impacting.

Jump to Milwaukee’s Fuel Surge lineup for best-in-class noise performance, albeit lower torque. The Milwaukee M12 Fuel Surge 2551-20 and Milwaukee M18 Fuel Surge 2760-20 are hydraulic impact drivers with quieter impacts.

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Vibration

Max head vibration no load (m/s2): 54.0
Max grip vibration no load (m/s2): 3.5

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Vibration

Max head vibration no load (m/s2): 26.4
Max grip vibration no load (m/s2): 1.9

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Light

Dewalt DCF850 Light
Dewalt DCF850 Light Closeup

Light: Yes
Light on/off: No
Number of lights: 3
Light time delay (sec.): 20.0

The DCF850’s work light illuminates a small surface area but is focused in the right location and is bright. One minor gripe is the light’s time delay, which doubles the time for most impact drivers, unnecessarily draining battery life.

There is no dedicated flashlight mode, one featured included with some Makita impact drivers, where the trigger acts as an on/off button to turn on the light without moving the motor. You also can’t disable the light.

Light

Milwaukee 2953-20 Light
Milwaukee 29530-20 Light Closeup

Light: Yes
Light on/off: No
Number of lights: 3
Light time delay (sec.): 9.0

The work light illuminates a moderately large work area. The work light can’t be disabled and doesn’t act as a dedicated flashlight. Several Makita impact drivers include a dedicated flashlight functionally with the forward/reverse switch set to neutral.

Collet

Dewalt DCF850 Collet

Collet size: 1/4-inch hex
Quick-change collet: Yes
Bit-eject collet: Yes
Easy-insert collet: Yes

The DCF850 is excellent for one-handed bit changes. The quick-change collet has an easy-insert feature that doesn’t require sliding the collet forward to accept a bit. A bit-eject feature also lightly ejects the bit when sliding the collet forward.

Dewalt’s collet design is better executed than other brands offering similar features. The easy-insert mechanism is smooth for simple operation, and the bit-eject feature doesn’t jettison the bit too hard to potentially miss catching the bit.

Collet

Milwaukee 2953-20 Collet Closeup

Collet size: 1/4-inch hex
Quick-change collet: Yes
Bit-eject collet: No
Easy-insert collet: Yes

Milwaukee rarely includes a bit-eject feature on its impact drivers, but some models have an incredibly smooth easy-insert design, both of which are true with the 2953-20.

Many Dewalt impact drivers include easy-insert and bit-eject collets that are smooth with the best collet design we’ve come across.

App integration

App integration: None

There is no bluetooth app integration to review impact driver diagnostics or to customize driving profiles on your phone. Dewalt models like the high end Dewalt 20V Max XR DCF887 come in a ToolConnect version which includes an app integration to track impact driver usage, displays tool diagnostics, and allows you to set custom driving profiles, such as adjusting the RPM for each drive mode.

App integration

App integration: None

There is no bluetooth app integration to review impact driver diagnostics or to customize driving profiles on your phone. Some high-end Milwaukee impact drivers come in a One-Key version which includes an app integration to track impact driver usage, displays tool diagnostics, and allows you to set custom driving profiles, such as adjusting the RPM for each drive mode.

Warranty

Tool warranty (years): 3
Battery warranty (years): 3

Dewalt stands behind the durability of its impact drivers with exceptionally-long warranties. The DCF850 has a three-year warranty. Dewalt 20V Max XR batteries include a two-year warranty.

Dewalt also offers free maintenance and replacement of worn parts for one year for the DCF850 and three years for its 20V Max XR batteries.

Warranty

Tool warranty (years): 5
Battery warranty (years): 2-3 (depends on model)

Milwaukee stands behind the durability of its impact drivers with exceptionally-long warranties. The 2953-20 has a five-year warranty, which is among the longest offered by any manufacturer. Milwaukee’s M18 Red Lithium CP 2Ah batteries include a two-year warranty and the M18 Red Lithium XC 5Ah batteries include a three-year warranty.

Nathan Hamilton
Nathan Hamilton
Nathan Hamilton is the founder of DIY Gear Reviews and a recognized expert in the home and DIY space. He has over 200 bylines covering topics such as power tools, hand tools, and woodworking. Nathan is the strategic director for DIY Gear Reviews, deciding everything from the content covered to designing the testing methodologies for lab-tested reviews. He can be emailed at nhamilton@diygearreviews.com.

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