DeWalt DC827KL Impact Driver Review

By Todd Fratzel on Product Reviews

DeWalt Cordless XRP™ Li-Ion Impact Driver Kit

DeWalt Impact DriverWe recently had the pleasure of testing the DeWalt DC827KL 18-Volt XRPTM Li-Ion Impact Driver. The XRP™ Lithium Ion impact driver features a battery designed with Lithium Ion cells that provide users with increased battery durability and cycle life, offering 2,000 recharges.

The battery is compatible with the existing system of DeWalt 18V power tools produced since 1996. The backwards compatibility of the XRP™ Lithium Ion battery enables users to continue to expand upon their existing 18V platform and use any DeWalt 18V battery with any DeWalt 18V tool.

DeWalt DC827KL Features:

  • DeWALT Impact DriverFrameless motor with replaceable brushes for extended tool durability and life
  • Compact size and lightweight design allows user to get into tight spaces when performing applications
  • 1,330 in-lbs of torque to perform a wide range of fastening applications
  • 0-2,400 rpm/0-2,700 ipm for faster application speed
  • Replaceable brushes for increased serviceability
  • Textured ant-slip comfort grip provides maximum comfort and control
  • Durable magnesium gear case and all-metal transmission for extended durability
  • Heavy-duty impact mechanism directs torque to fastener without kickback
  • DEWALT® 18V XRP Li-Ion Batteries offer long battery life & durability: 2,000 recharges

DeWalt DC827KL Impact Driver Review

The DC827KL is extremely similar to the DCF826 Impact Driver that we reviewed recently. In fact, the DC827KL appears to be the same impact driver with one major difference – the XRP Lithium Ion battery pack. The XRP battery packs are slightly larger than the compact Li-Ion battery packs (like on the DCF826) which increases the battery life. This impact driver is slightly heavier too coming in 0.7 lbs heavier than the compact version.

Power & Battery Life

There’s really not much to say about the power and battery life of the XRP DC827KL impact driver. This unit was built to do some serious work and we didn’t find any limitations around our job sites. This compact “looking” impact driver packs a serious punch and makes short work of drilling holes, driving screws and installing large lag bolts/screws.

Comfort & Balance

Of all the impact drivers we’ve reviewed this is probably the most balanced model. Weighing in at under 4 lbs this compact driver feels very comfortable in your hand and it’s very easy to control. The slightly heavier battery pack actually balances the tool almost perfectly. The grip is designed very nice and fits the hand well.


The beauty of today’s impact drivers are their versatility. The DC827KL is a tool that will handle any and all tasks that you might need help drilling/driving/torquing. As you can see in the photo above the impact driver easily accepts a standard set of 1/2 inch sockets. You can also use it to drive deck screws, self-tapping metal screws, threaded concrete screws, structural timber fasteners like lag screws and truss locks. The bottom line is this tool can pretty much eliminate most every drill/driver that you might need on the job-site.

Overall Thoughts

We really try to find at least one thing to improve upon when we review tools. Frankly this impact driver won us over and we wouldn’t change a thing about it. If you’re in the market for a serious heavy duty impact driver then the DC827KL XRP Li-Ion Impact Driver should be on your short list. Not only will the tool meet your needs but it’s battery packs are compatible with any of the other 18 volt DeWalt tools you own. If you’d like to buy the DC827KL then check out this link or visit your local authorized DeWalt dealer.

About the author

Todd Fratzel

I'm full time builder for a large construction company in New Hampshire. I run their design-build division that specializes in custom homes, commercial design-build projects and sub-divisions. I'm also a licensed civil and structural engineer with extensive experience in civil and structural design and home construction. My hope is that I can share my experience in the home construction, home improvement and home renovation profession with other builders and home owners. I'm also the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Tool Box Buzz. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, suggestions or you'd like to inquire about advertising on this site.

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1 Comment

  1. Nice review Todd my DeWalt driver clutch is going from years and years of use. I may get this one. ROB

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