Fein ASCM18QX Drill/Driver
Michael Reisinger Fein ASCM18QX Drill/Driver
The gears are all metal and there are four different speeds that top out at 3,850 rpm. Unlike most shifters--which move forward and back--the shifter on this tool moves both forward and back, and side to side.
The gears are all metal and there are four different speeds that top out at 3,850 rpm. Unlike most shifters--which move forward and back--the shifter on this tool moves both forward and back, and side to side.
The standard chuck is easy to remove and can be replaced with a bit holder (lower left). Hex bits can also placed directly into the stem on the front of the tool.
The standard chuck is easy to remove and can be replaced with a bit holder (lower left). Hex bits can also placed directly into the stem on the front of the tool.
Fein's new 18-volt series includes (front to back) an impact driver, hammer drill/driver, 4-speed drill/driver, and (not shown) an impact wrench and 2-speed drill/driver.
David Frane_ToTT Fein's new 18-volt series includes (front to back) an impact driver, hammer drill/driver, 4-speed drill/driver, and (not shown) an impact wrench and 2-speed drill/driver.

One of five new cordless drills and drivers introduced by Fein at the most recent STAFDA show, the ASCM18QX offers several advanced features and one feature that is entirely unique, a four-speed gearbox that allows the tool to run at up to 3,850 rpm. Most cordless drill/drivers top out at less than 2,000 rpm. Changing gears on a two- or three-speed drill means sliding the shifter forward and back; with this tool the shifter goes left and right, and forward and back—which gives you four different positions.

The new drill/driver has an electronic clutch and a removable chuck and bit holder similar to those offered by Festool and Metabo—though the system does not currently include a right-angle chuck.

With its brushless motor and supplied 4.0 Ah battery the ASCM18QX promises to have excellent runtime; Fein says it can drive 1,800 screws per charge. The company doesn’t specify the size of the fasteners or material being driven into but a photo on the website shows the tool with softwood lumber and what look to be 1 5/8- or 1 3/4-inch hi-thread drywall screws. That’s a whole lot of screws, but not any more than what other brushless drill/drivers with 4.0 Ah batteries can do.

This is one of several new 18-volt tools in a series that includes a hammer drill/driver, two-speed drill/driver, impact driver, and impact wrench. The drills are made in Germany; the impact tools in China.

ASCM18QX Specifications

Clutch: electronic
Gears: all metal; 4 speeds
No load RPM: 0-400; 0-800; 0-1,950; 0-3,850
Max torque: 796 inch-pounds
Motor: brushless
Battery: 18 volts (2.0- or 4.0 Ah)
Weight: 4.4 pounds (w 4.0 Ah battery)
Kit includes: drill/driver; two 4.0 Ah Li-Ion batteries, charger, side handle; interchangeable chuck/separate bit holder; hard plastic case
MSRP: $538 (w 4.0 Ah packs)
Web price: $439 (w 4.0 Ah packs); $369 (w 2.0 Ah packs)
Available: now; limited U.S. distribution
Country of origin: Germany
Comments: LED light built into base; on-battery gauge; 3 year warranty; no belt clip