Makita 18V LXT XDT19Z vs Dewalt 20V Max XR DCF887

Makita XDT19Z Angle 5

Makita XDT19Z

Quick take

The Makita 18V LXT XDT19Z and Dewalt 20V Max XR DCF887 are fantastic impact drivers, though the Dewalt model pushes out far more torque. The Makita XDT19Z shines compared to the Dewalt DCF887 with a highly compact footprint, a slight speed edge driving long screws and lag bolts, and a much lighter weight.

Brand Makita
Platform 18V LXT
Motor Brushless
Tested torque in-lbs 595.2
IPM 3,800.0
Drive modes 8
Collet 1/4-inch hex
Same as XDT19
Brand Dewalt
Platform 20V Max XR
Motor Brushless
Tested torque in-lbs 880.2
IPM 3,600.0
Drive modes 3
Collet 1/4-inch hex
Same as DCF887B

Editorial opinion

Rating

4.62 / 5 stars

Methodology used: Heavy duty

Pros

  • Compact footprint
  • Long battery run time
  • Brushless motor
  • Drive modes
  • Driving speed
  • Long tool and battery warranty
  • Versatile light

Cons

  • Poor noise performance
  • Requires two hands to remove bits

Rating

4.47 / 5 stars

Methodology used: Heavy duty

Pros

  • Excellent torque and driving speed
  • Brushless motor
  • Versatile drive modes
  • Long tool and battery warranty
  • One-handed bit changes

Cons

  • Battery run time
  • Long collet-to-back length
  • Inconsistent accuracy finishing screws

Global rankings

21 models tested

TestResultRank
Driving speed (sec.)13.73
Torque (in-lbs)595.213
Battery run time (min.)48.06
RPM3,296.05
Bare weight (lbs)1.885
Impacting noise (dBA)96.615
TestResultRank
Driving speed (sec.)14.75
Torque (in-lbs)880.22
Battery run time (min.)39.013
RPM3,155.08
Bare weight (lbs)2.0913
Impacting noise (dBA)100.620

Recommended configuration

XDT19T

Includes (2) 18V 5Ah battery

Lab results

Torque

Makita XDT19Z Torquemeter
Makita XDT19Z Torque Charts

Max torque drive mode 1 (in-lbs): 595.2
Max torque drive mode 2 (in-lbs): 577.8
Max torque drive mode 3 (in-lbs): 275.4
Max torque drive mode 4 (in-lbs): 275.4

The XDT19Z offers flagship-level driving speed with its high max RPM. But its torque profile is more subtle and doesn’t compete with the highest torque impact drivers we’ve tested, such as the Milwaukee M18 Fuel 2953-20.

The XDT14Z won’t perform as well in demanding torque applications, including busting loose stubborn bolts, as it will driving screws quickly, which it excels at

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Torque

Dewalt DCF887 Torquemeter
Dewalt DCF888 Torque Charts

Max torque drive mode 1 (in-lbs): 880.2
Max torque drive mode 2 (in-lbs): 639.0
Max torque drive mode 3 (in-lbs): N/A
Max torque drive mode 4 (in-lbs): N/A

The DCF887 is exceptionally powerful, with some of the highest torque output we’ve tested in the lab. The DCF887 took a podium position for its robust torque output within our Summer ’23 test fleet. Only the Milwaukee M18 Fuel 2953-20 pushed out higher torque readings on our torque meter.

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RPM

Makita XDT19Z RPM Charts

Max RPM drive mode 1 (fwd.): 3,296.0
Max RPM drive mode 2 (fwd.): 2,867.0
Max RPM drive mode 3 (fwd.): 1,794.0
Max RPM drive mode 4 (fwd.): 964.0
Max RPM drive mode 1 (rev.): 3,296.0
Max RPM drive mode 2 (rev.): 2,914.0
Max RPM drive mode 3 (rev.): 1,848.0
Max RPM drive mode 4 (rev.): 1,022.0

The XDT19Z has a comparatively high max RPM, great for driving screws rapidly. Other impact drivers with high RPM readings can suffer from frequent cam-out and stripped screws, but the XDT19Z’s array of drive modes fixes this potential issue.

While we didn’t test the RPM for the bolt loosening assist setting, the trigger is noticeably more sensitive in reverse when using this drive mode, resulting in the RPM ramping quicker with a shorter trigger pull than other drive modes.

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RPM

Dewalt DCF887 RPM Charts

Max RPM drive mode 1 (fwd.): 3,155.0
Max RPM drive mode 2 (fwd.): 2,956.0
Max RPM drive mode 3 (fwd.): 2,547.0
Max RPM drive mode 4 (fwd.): 961.0
Max RPM drive mode 1 (rev.): 3,169.0
Max RPM drive mode 2 (rev.): 2,857.0
Max RPM drive mode 3 (rev.): 2,809.0
Max RPM drive mode 4 (rev.): 1,067.0

One reason the DCF887 is solidly versatile is its balanced RPM profile. Our RPM tests demonstrate rotations across its drive modes that are moderately fast. While a higher max RPM could drive screws faster in some scenarios, it would be overkill for most uses.

Instead, the muted RPM profile helps reduce the potential for cam-out and stripped screws in the highest speed settings.

There is no meaningful difference in RPM for each drive mode in forward or reverse. Some impact drivers ramp up RPM in the reverse direction to assist in removing stubborn screws or bolts, but the DCF887 has more than enough twisting force and torque for these tasks.

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Driving speed

GRK total driving time forward (sec.): 13.7
GRK average driving time forward (sec.): 2.7
GRK total driving time reverse (sec.): 10.1
GRK average driving time reverse (sec.): 2.0

The combination of the XDT19Z’s torque, impacts per minute, and high RPM results in fantastic driving performance. We tested the driving speed using the highest-frequency impact setting and achieved speeds that were among the fastest we’ve come across.

The Milwaukee M18 Fuel 2953-20 and Dewalt 20V Max XR DCF845 are alternatives if you want to squeeze out slightly improved driving speed.

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Driving speed

GRK total driving time forward (sec.): 14.7
GRK average driving time forward (sec.): 2.9
GRK total driving time reverse (sec.): 10.1
GRK average driving time reverse (sec.): 2.0

The DCF887 confidently drives big, long structural screws and lag bolts into dense material, as evidenced in our driving speed tests. The Milwaukee M18 Fuel 2953-20 improves upon the DCF887’s driving speed if brute force is essential to you.

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Drive modes

Makita XDT19Z Drive Modes

Drive modes: 8
Drive mode 1:  Max impact 
Drive mode 2:  Hard impact 
Drive mode 3:  Medium impact 
Drive mode 4:  Soft impact 
Variable speed trigger: Yes

Makita’s high-end impact drivers are packed with drive mode configurations that give you unmatched driving versatility, essentially giving you a single tool that handily tackles light and heavy-duty tasks. You can select from four impact-frequency settings, and there are also four assist modes for driving screws into different materials and for loosening bolts. The eight driving modes can also be programmed to the quick mode-switching button near the trigger for toggling to a saved favorite drive mode.

Drive modes we label as 1, 2, 3, and 4 advertise max impacts per minute of 3800.0, 3600.0, 2600.0, and 1100.0, respectively.

When pressing the assist button, you can select from the following drive modes:

  • Wood: Prevents a screw from stripping and helps set the screw into your work material by starting with a slow RPM and then increasing the RPM once the hammer begins impacting.
  • Bolt loosening: The tool automatically stops once a bolt is loosened in reverse mode. This action ensures that bolts don’t fall off. The trigger is also more sensitive, so the RPMs ramp faster with a shorter pull.
  • Self-tapping 1: Prevents screws from over-tightening by stopping the tool soon after impacts start.
  • Self-tapping 2: Prevents cam-out and stripping of screws by slowing the RPM when impacts begin.

The assist modes are more than a marketing gimmick and work well in practice. The wood assist mode finishes screws nicely into your work material, and the jolt of turbo is welcome for longer screws. Consider that you lose some precision driving the screw to a desired depth as the RPM ramps.

The self-tapping modes precisely drive screws into thin or thicker metal and lower-density materials without over-tightening.

Drive modes

Dewalt DCF887 Drive Modes

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

The DCF887 includes the essential drive modes. There’s a high, medium, and low-speed impact mode.

The high-speed mode is ideal for driving big structural screws, lag bolts, and common-sized screws into dimensional lumber, but it lacks precision for a good finish.

The medium-speed mode best suits finishing screws at a consistent depth in all material densities. We found it most helpful in driving smaller screws accurately into dimensional lumber and hardwoods, plus driving longer screws into MDF and drywall studs.

We found ourselves not using the low-speed setting in favor of the medium-speed setting for the extra power offered with similar precision. The low-speed setting includes a precision drive hesitation feature, which helps drive soft screws and for some woodworking tasks. In this mode, the motor rotates on a delay after stopping, giving some additional driving force and precision.

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 DCF887 but layer in additional assist modes, including self-tapping and bolt-specific settings.

Collet

Makita XDT19Z Collet Closeup

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

The XDT19Z requires two hands to remove a bit since it doesn’t include a bit eject collet. Makita’s collets don’t smoothly accept an inserted bit like Dewalt and Ryobi models, but you can insert a bit with one hand on the XDT19Z without extending the collet.

Most Dewalt impact drivers are ideal for one-handed bit changes since these impact drivers include a well-designed easy-insert and bit-eject collet.

Collet

Dewalt DCF887 Collet Closeup

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

The DCF887 is excellent for one-handed bit changes. There is 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.

Motor

Motor: Brushless
Impacts per minute: 3,800.0

The XDT19Z includes a brushless motor, which offers vast performance improvements over brushed motors. The brushless motor improves longevity and driving performance and increases battery run time.

The advertised impacts per minute are one feature that doesn’t jump off the specs sheet. However, this spec doesn’t tell the whole story. The XDT19Z shined in our driving tests, including its snappy speed when driving big bolts and other screws.

Motor

Motor: Brushless
Impacts per minute: 3,600.0

Dewalt included a brushless motor with the DCF887. Brushless motors have become table stakes for anything other than budget impact drivers, primarily due to the improved efficiency that translates to better battery performance, longevity, and driving power.

While the advertised 3600.0 impacts per minute is low, the DCF887 performed well in our driving speed tests.

Battery run time

Power type: Cordless
Battery run time (min.): 48.0
Battery tested: 18V LXT 2Ah (BL1820B)
Voltage: 18

Makita’s 18V XDT lineup has outstanding battery run time performance, which holds with the XDT19Z. While the run time falls slightly behind the Makita 18V LXT XDT14Z and Makita 18V LXT XDT13Z, the no-load battery run time is still among the best we’ve tested.

We tested battery run time with the 2Ah battery version. We expect the battery run time to perform similarly well when running the XDT19Z with an 18V LXT 5Ah battery and comparing it with 5Ah setups from other brands.

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Battery run time

Power type: Cordless
Battery run time (min.): 39.0
Battery tested: 20V Max 2Ah (DCB203)
Voltage: 20

The primary letdown of the DCF887 is its battery run-time performance in our tests. The Dewalt 20V Max XR DCF845, Makita 18V LXT XDT14Z, and Makita 18V LXT XDT19Z are better options if you want better battery performance.

We tested battery run time with the 2Ah battery version. With a 20V Max XR 5Ah battery, the battery run time will continue underperforming competing models running the same Ah setup.

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Charging time

Makita 18V Fuel Gauge

Charger tested: Makita LXT Rapid Optimum (DC18RC)
Charging time 2Ah battery (min.): 24.0
Charging time 2.5Ah battery (min.): Not tested
Charging time 4Ah battery (min.): Not tested
Charging time 5Ah battery (min.): 51.0
Charging time per Ah (min.): 11.1
Fuel gauge: On battery

The Rapid Optimum charger (DC18RC) included in most Makita kits charges batteries exceptionally fast. Our tests found that this charger tops off 5Ah batteries in less time than it takes to charge smaller-capacity 2Ah batteries from other brands using their standard kit chargers.

Makita’s DC18RC charger only charges a single battery voltage. You’ll need a dedicated charger for your 12V and 18V Makita tools. Many Milwaukee drills and Dewalt drills come in kits with chargers that charge multiple voltage batteries in one, conveniently saving space in your shop if you have several tools on those platforms.

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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

The DCB115 charger included in many Dewalt kits charges batteries slowly compared to standard chargers from other brands. The charger charges at a rate of 28.7 minutes per Ah, which doesn’t compete with other brands that charge at a rate of less than 20.0 minutes per Ah.

However, one savior is that the DCB115 charges batteries on the 12V and 20V Dewalt platforms, conveniently saving space in your shop if you have several tools in the Dewalt ecosystem.

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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.): 82.0
Head angle (deg.): 90.0

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.): 90.0

Weight

Makita XDT19Z On Scale

Bare weight (lbs): 1.88
Weight w/ 2Ah battery (lbs): 2.72
Weight w/ 2.5Ah battery (lbs):  Not tested
Weight w/ 4Ah battery (lbs):  Not tested
Weight w/ 5Ah battery (lbs): 4.22

The XDT19Z is one of the lighter bare tools in the 18V XDT lineup, which is already light compared to many similar impact drivers that more commonly approach 2.25 lbs.

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 XDT19Z with Makita’s 18V LXT 2Ah battery for a good balance of performance and weight.

If weight is less of a concern, pair the XDT19Z with Makita’s 18V LXT 5Ah battery for a longer run time and improved driving performance.

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Weight

Dewalt DCF887 Scale

Bare weight (lbs): 2.09
Weight w/ 2Ah battery (lbs): 2.89
Weight w/ 2.5Ah battery (lbs):  Not tested
Weight w/ 4Ah battery (lbs):  Not tested
Weight w/ 5Ah battery (lbs): 3.49

The DCF887 is considerably heavy in its bare tool form. However, the working weight with one of Dewalt’s 2Ah or 5Ah 20V Max XR batteries beats many competing models.

To keep it as lightweight as possible, We recommend combining the DCF887 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 DCF887 with Dewalt’s 20V Max XR 5Ah battery for a longer run time and improved driving performance. Dewalt also offers a 20V Powerstack 5Ah battery that reduces the overall size meaningfully.

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Footprint

Makita XDT19Z Footprint1
Makita XDT19Z Footprint2

Max height (bare tool, in.): 7.375
Max width (bare tool, in.): 3.125
Collet to back length (in.): 4.500
Base length (bare tool, in.): 3.625
Base width (bare tool, in.): 3.125
Trigger circumference (in.): 6.250
Handle circumference (in.): 5.125

The XDT19Z is exceptionally compact and squeezes nicely into tight spaces with its short collet-to-back length, which is among the most compact we’ve tested outside of sub-compact impact drivers.

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Footprint

Dewalt DCF887 Footprint1
Dewalt DCF887 Footprint2

Max height (bare tool, in.): 7.875
Max width (bare tool, in.): 2.500
Collet to back length (in.): 5.375
Base length (bare tool, in.): 3.875
Base width (bare tool, in.): 2.625
Trigger circumference (in.): 6.750
Handle circumference (in.): 5.125

As with many impact drivers in this class, the DCF887 is moderately bulky, but we’d still consider it solidly compact. The Dewalt 20V Atomic DCF850 is far more compact with a shorter collet-to-back length that squeezes into tight spaces better.

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Driving clearance

Min. interior width clearance (in.): 7.375
Min. top edge clearance (in.): 1.000
Min. interior 45-deg. clearance (in.): 5.750

The XDT19Z has a short length from the collet to the back, squeezing well into small openings and tight corners. The XDT19Z is one of the few models we’ve tested that broke the 6-inch threshold in our interior 45-degree driving clearance test.

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Driving clearance

Min. interior width clearance (in.): 8.000
Min. top edge clearance (in.): 1.250
Min. interior 45-deg. clearance (in.): 6.500

While the DCF887 casts a moderately thin shadow viewed from the front, it didn’t shine in our interior clearance tests. The primary reason is the long collet-to-back length. Otherwise, the footprint resembles many competing impact drivers with similar average results in our clearance tests.

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Noise

XDT19Z Impact Driver Noise Chart

Max noise no load (dBA): 80.4
Max impacting noise (dBA): 96.6

One letdown is the noise performance. While no impact driver is a joy to listen to, the XDT19Z is among the louder models we’ve tested when impacting.

The Milwaukee M12 Fuel Surge 2551-20 and Milwaukee M18 Fuel Surge 2760-20 are quieter options since both are hydraulic impact drivers with subtler impacts, albeit lower torque.

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Noise

DCF887 Impact Driver Noise Chart

Max noise no load (dBA): 83.6
Max impacting noise (dBA): 100.6

The DCF887 is one of the louder impact drivers we’ve tested, with a decibel readout that surpassed 100 dBA under impact. You can shave off several decibels with the Makita 18V LXT XDT19Z or Ryobi 18V One+ PBLID02, but these models are also harmful with prolonged exposure.

Jumping to hydraulic impact drivers like the Milwaukee M12 Fuel Surge 2551-20 and Milwaukee M18 Fuel Surge 2760-20 reduces the noise considerably since oil-impulse models have more subtle impacts.

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Vibration

Max head vibration no load (m/s2): 14.8
Max grip vibration no load (m/s2): 2.9

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Vibration

Max head vibration no load (m/s2): 105.5
Max grip vibration no load (m/s2): 3.1

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Light

Makita XDT19Z Light
Makita XDT19Z Light Closeup

Light: Yes
Light on/off: Yes
Number of lights: 2
Light time delay (sec.): 10.0

The XDT19Z’s light illuminates work surfaces well with a large coverage area. Nicely, you can enable or disable the light by holding the drive mode settings button for a few seconds. Turning off the light is good for versatility and saves battery life. Otherwise, there is a 10-second delay for the light to turn off after releasing the trigger.

Another unique feature is that the XDT19Z acts as a dedicated flashlight. Set the forward/reverse switch to the neutral position, then squeeze the trigger to turn on the light and squeeze it again to turn off the light.

Light

Dewalt DCF887 Light
Dewalt DCF887 Light Closeup

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

The DCF887’s work light illuminates a small surface area focused in the correct location. Oddly, the light casts a Dewalt-ish orange glow since the LEDs are inset behind orange plastic housing surrounding the lights.

One minor head-scratcher is Dewalt’s choice of a default 20-second time delay for the light, which is unnecessarily long and drains battery life. But you can change the time delay inside the ToolConnect app or disable the work light entirely.

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.

Warranty

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

Makita stands behind the durability of its impact drivers with exceptionally-long warranties. The XDT19Z has a three-year warranty. Makita 18V LXT batteries include a three-year warranty as well.

Warranty

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

Dewalt stands behind the durability of its impact drivers with exceptionally-long warranties. The DCF887 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 DCF887 and three years for its 20V Max XR batteries.

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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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