DeWalt just announced their first ever cordless ratchets as part of their XTREME 12V MAX and Atomic Compact Series 20V MAX lineups! These powerful new ratchets are designed to give you more control in hard-to-reach places without the hassle of hoses or manual ratcheting.

DeWalt’s First Cordless Ratchets

DeWalt’s new compact brushless ratchets can quickly fasten and remove nuts, bolts, and more in hard-to-reach work areas. These ratchets are each designed with a glass-filled nylon tool housing that provides resistance to fluids and solvents for use in automotive work and other demanding applications. The 12V and 20V ratchets also come in regular and extended sizes to give you even more reach if needed.

12V and 20V Models

With this release, DeWalt expanded two of their newer product lines: the 12V MAX XTREME and the 20V MAX Atomic Compact series. This gives you a range of size and power options depending on what platform you may already be on, and to apply these brushless ratchets to different applications.

Engineered for performance and durability, the new ATOMIC COMPACT SERIES 20V MAX* ratchets with 1/2″ (DCF512) and 3/8″ (DCF513) square drive configurations each provide 70 ft-lbs. of max torque. The compact design helps reach fasteners in tight spaces and areas with minimal access without compromising on power. These ratchets work quickly in confined spaces like in automotive or industrial work, and they can also be used manually if needed.

The XTREME 12V MAX ratchets are available with 1/4″ (DCF504), 3/8″ (DCF503) and 3/8″ Extended Reach (DCF503E) square drive configurations, with the 3/8″ Extended Reach model delivering 3.9″ greater neck reach versus the standard DCF503. Compact and performance packed, the 1/4″ 12V MAX XTREME Ratchet features a powerful 40 ft-lb. max torque brushless motor, while the 3/8″ Extended Reach ratchets boast a 60 ft-lb. max torque brushless motor. These ratchets are the latest addition to the XTREME portfolio, which now includes 15 tools.

All models of the new cordless ratchets are equipped with an LED light to help provide illumination in dark spaces, a variable speed trigger for added control, as well as a trigger lock to help prevent unintended activation when the tool is not in use. The forward/reverse switch allows you to quickly change direction, and each ratchet can be used manually in both directions.

XTREME Line Vs. Atomic Compact

Pictured left: 20V MAX 3/8" Ratchet (DCF513), and pictured right: 12V MAX 3/8" Ratchet (DCF503)
Pictured left: 20V MAX 3/8″ Ratchet (DCF513), and pictured right: 12V MAX 3/8″ Ratchet (DCF503)

DeWalt’s XTREME 12V MAX tools are designed to meet the needs of a wide range of applications and jobsites. The lineup delivers extreme power in their most compact size, meaning these tools can go where other cordless ratchets cant thanks to their small design.

The 20V Atomic Compact Series is growing quickly, it now includes 16 tools including the brushless ratchets. This line is meant to deliver similar power and durability to the 20V XR tools, but in a smaller size. These are great for tight spaces and overhead applications because they are super lightweight and ergonomic. Both the 12V and 20V ratchets are around the same size, so it mostly depends on how much power you need for your application or which battery platform you may already be using.

The XTREME 12V MAX and Atomic Compact 20V Brushless Ratchets are available to order now at Ohio Power Tool! If you have any questions about these new releases or any other cordless tools from DeWalt, the OPT team is always here to help. Give us a call at 800-242-4424, email us at, or leave a comment below for assistance. To be the first to know about new products and deals, subscribe to our e-newsletter and follow us on social media!