What is the BEST cordless power tool combo kit that we’ll see for Black Friday 2019 this year? That’s easy, it’s the Makita 18V XT505 5-tool combo kit.
If you’re looking to buy a modern 18V Li-ion cordless power tool combo kit, there are a LOT of different options this time of year.
So which brand to go with? Which kit to choose? What tools are best?
If you have a good idea of what you will want and need, look at Home Depot’s FREE bonus cordless power tool promo. With this deal, you buy a starter kit or cordless tool combo, and then you pick one or two more tools, batteries, or accessories as free bonuses. This is easily the best option for a lot of people because you can hand-pick exactly what you get.
The downside to the “free bonus tool” promo is that you have to spend more to get two bonus tool choices. You get better tools, but what if you wanted something a little more compact? Or more value-oriented set?
I should also point out that Lowe’s Black Friday 2019 tool deals are out now, as the flyer was made available online a couple of days ago. They have their own version of a “free bonus tool” offer, but I don’t find the brand selection as compelling as Home Depot’s. However, Lowe’s has three choices for the Dewalt base kit, one of which is a compact brushless drill and impact driver kit.
With the Lowe’s deal, I’d get the Dewalt 20V Max compact brushless drill and impact driver combo kit, and choose their brushless 5″ random orbit sander as the free bonus.
So why did I start off the post with a mention of Makita’s XT505 cordless power tool combo kit? Quite frankly, this is the best kit for users who aren’t quite sure of what they want.
Let’s say you’re a new homeowner, DIYer, or apprentice. This Makita 18V kit gives you a hammer drill/driver, impact driver, circular saw, reciprocating saw, xenon bulb flashlight, (2) 3.0ah batteries, charger, and fuel gauge.
According to Makita, the charger is their “Rapid Optimum Charger,” and the model number in imagery seems to confirm this.
So what is “cheapened” in this kit – maybe the flashlight? You don’t get a slow charger. The batteries aren’t 1.3Ah “holiday season specials.” The saws are standard sizes. You don’t have to hunt down convenient accessories, such as belt clips for the drill and impact, separately.
Yes, this is a holiday season special buy.
But, if you can pardon my language, it’s a no-bullshit special buy.
If you have a $300 budget for a cordless kit, and don’t want to sort through the seemingly endless options of “special buys” and other deals we’ll be seeing this year, this Makita XT505 kit is a very good choice. If you can, do some research, make some decisions. But if you’re looking for a good deal that comes easily, this is it.
Question to ToolGuyd regulars – do you agree with my recommendation? Is there a different cordless combo kit deal you’d recommend to someone on a $300 budget?