DEWALT DC823B 3/8-Inch 18-Volt Impact Wrench Review

The modern DEWALT Power Tool line consists of more than 200 electric powered tools and in excess of 800 accessories. DEWALT is the top maker of industrial quality power tools and the DEWALT DC823B 3/8-Inch 18-Volt Cordless Impact Wrench is no exception. This small impact wrench offers unparalleled performance and exceptional durability, together with an ergonomic design.

This impact wrench has a strong and durable magnesium gear case, a frameless motor and an all metal transmission to increase the tool life substantially. The engine brushes are replaceable for improved serviceability and functionality. The compact 5 3/4” size and the light 2.2 lb. weight, allows access into much tighter areas as well as reducing user fatigue, and the ergonomically designed, anti-slip comfort grip is well textured and gives maximum comfort. The DC823B is covered by a warranty package which includes a 90 day money back guarantee, one year free service period as well as a three year limited warranty.

Main features list

It’s certainly a good buy for a list of features such as:

  • a drive size of 3/8” or 9.5mm,
  • a battery powered power source,
  • an 18 volt NiCad battery which is not included in this package deal,
  • a length of 5.75”,
  • a width of 6.69”,
  • a height of 4.13”,
  • a frameless motor offers longer tool durability as well as life,
  • Compact sizing, with weight makes it easy to access tighter areas and lessen fatigue
  • 1,500 in-lbs of torque to carry out a broad range of fastening uses,
  • speeds of 0-2,400 rpm/0-2,700 rpm for greater application speed,
  • Brushes( replaceable) give enhanced usability,
  • textured anti-slip grip provides comfort,

Who is it best for?

It is a perfect tool for jobs around the shed or for visits to a salvage yard when you’re looking for auto parts. An automotive technician would find this tool invaluable.

Pros and cons

It is square and uses a hog ring retention system. With 1,500 inch lbs. of torque to allow it to carry out a wide range of loosening and fastening applications, a heavy-duty impact mechanism helps directs the torque to the job without recoiling. The DC823B has speeds from 0 to 2,400 rpm and 0 to 2,700 minimum impacts for more effective and quicker application speed.

It has a very fast rate of impact, loads of power, and therefore loosens things that would other-wise break off or just stay seized up. It does have a changeable rate trigger, unlike the larger ½” model Dewalt. It also lasts a good time on even a normal 18V battery.

The torque level of this tool may be lower than claimed.

Why should you buy it?

The wrench is ideal for the likes of an auto technician, and will do almost anything required. An air powered tool will have far more power but the inconvenience of dragging around an airline and keeping the compressor turned on will see you using this DEWALT tool as often as you can for convenience’s sake.

Final Verdict

A great tool for loosening and tightening bolts and smaller lugs. Will not loosen the really tough ones, but it certainly performs well for all jobs within its power range.