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Does anyone else's DCF885 driver smell like its burning up?


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I bought the drill/driver kit back last October and was just curious if any one else's DCF885 20v impact has a burning smell when you use it? Now I haven't used it that much in the grand scheme of things, I'm disabled and use it for DIY stuff but I've, driven about 3+ pounds of screws anyway not to mention I throw on a socket adapter and have used it on the seemingly never ending auto and snowblower repairs since I've got it. Other then the smell it works awesome, it's my first impact driver and I'm shocked with its capabilities, I have the hammer drill too but only really use it if I have something w/o a 1/4" shank. I'd it not broke in yet or is it getting ready to break?

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All of the dewalt cordless tools (for the last 5 years or so) have gotten an anti-corrosive coating on the motor field, which burns off during the early use.  The time to takes to burn off can very from the first 30 minutes, to quite a bit longer, depending on the tool and your usage.  Bottom line, if it is running fine, kee using it.  Of it had started to weaken or slow down, that would be a reason to get it checked out. 

Long story short, I wouldn't worry about it.

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Yes my impact driver has a burning odor when it's running. Doesn't seem to be anything wrong with the way it operates just has that odor. The drill driver that came with it in the kit smells also. This is the second one that had that same odor. Took the first one back because it to had that odor and I thought there was something wrong with it. I used them all last summer and the summer before running in hundreds of deck screws and drilling holesvand theynstill smell like their burning. Don't think it's ever going to go away.

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Thank you everyone, I'm glad I wasn't the only one. I'm sure it just needs more break in time by your responses, like I had mentioned, I've used it quite a bit but certainty not everyday hard. My DCD985 that came with the kit had a similar issue at first; it would literally throw sparks clear out of the vents the first few seconds of use but that came out of it real fast and I haven't used it that much because I'm still so amazed with my first impact driver and how I ever drove a screw with out it, lol. As far as the DCF885 goes, I believe it is running as good as its supposed to, I have this scrap of PT 4X4 that ill take a 3" deck screw and and a 3 1/2" driver bit and drive a screw into the end grain till it either snaps the screw or I bury it up the the quick release chuck, just for fun or to show of to my buddies with ryobi crap:-)

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