Earlier today, Mark wrote in with a tough question. He had just purchased a Dewalt 20V Max cordless power tool combo kit, a 5-tool brushed motor kit, and was wondering if another kit he saw was a better value.
After a bit back and forth, I realized I had sorted through many Dewalt combo kit options and arrived at what looked to be some pretty solid recommendations. These are all kits I’d be able to justify purchasing for my own needs.
Best Dewalt “One and Done” Cordless Combo Kit
I don’t even know how I came upon this kit. There it was, in an open browser window, along with a few other seasonal promos. The price is said to be good thru July 14th, 2018, but supplies might be limited.
This Dewalt 20V Max combo kit, model DCKTS780D2M1, is a 7-tool kit that I hadn’t seen before.
It offers a mix of brushless and brushed motor tools, comes with (3) Li-ion battery packs, and a ToughSystem tool box to hold everything.
The drill is a compact brushless hammer drill, and not one of the seasonal promo models, either. It’s the regular DCD796 model. That’s a plus right there. And I also really like that it comes with (2) 2.0Ah compact battery packs, and (1) 4.0A higher capacity battery pack.
The compact pack will pair better with the smaller tools, and the higher capacity battery with the saws or grinder, but you can also mix and match according to your needs and the tasks at hand.
A ToughSystem rolling tool box is a nice inclusion.
Here’s a list of the tools you get:
- Brushless hammer drill
- Standard brushed impact driver
- LED flashlight
- Non-premium circular saw
- Non-premium reciprocating saw
- Angle grinder
- Brushless oscillating multi-tool
This looks to be the BEST Dewalt cordless power tool combo kit for $500. You get a very good selection of tools, 3 batteries, and the drill is a brushless model.
Dewalt probably could have gotten away with bundling this kit with only 2 batteries, or swapping the ToughSystem tool box for contractor bags, or giving you a lesser drill.
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The Most Giftable Dewalt Combo Kit
Here’s the Dewalt 9-tool cordless power tool combo kit that made Mark doubt his recent 5-tool combo kit purchase. This kit, DCK940D2, comes around nearly every holiday or Father’s Day shopping season.
It’s actually a good value.
Here’s what I said about it last holiday season:
While this might not be the kit I’d personally pick out for myself, it offers a very good selection of tools at high bang for the buck value. I’d feel compelled to upgrade the drill and as mentioned pick up a larger battery pack to power those saw’s with.
These days, Dewalt has a brushless drill that’s sold seasonally at the $99 price point, and I’d like to see this kit updated with that model. There’s really no reason for the DCD771 to be on the market anymore, since there’s something better at the same seasonal price point.
- DCD771 Drill/Driver (Compare Price)
- DCF885 Impact Driver (Compare Price)
- DCS381 Reciprocating Saw
- DCS393 Circular Saw
- DCS355 Brushless Oscillating Multi-Tool (Compare Price)
- DCL040 LED Worklight (Compare Price)
- DCG412 Angle Grinder (Compare Price)
- DCR006 Bluetooth Speaker (Compare Price)
- DCD740 Right Angle Drill (Compare Price)
- 2x 2.0Ah Li-ion Battery Packs
- Standard Charger
- Tool Bags
This kit is a good value, but it’s more of a “big bang for the buck” combo for those that don’t know what they want or might need. It’s a good giftable kit.
Compared to the above 7-tool combo kit, this 9-tool kit has a lesser drill, it gives you 2 tool bags instead of a nice rolling tool box, and it only gives you 2 compact battery packs. I think this kit would be a little more personally appealing if one of those compact batteries were upgraded to a higher capacity pack.
But, for what it gives up, you get 2 additional tools, a right angle drill, and a Bluetooth speaker. Personally, I think the 7-tool combo kit is the better buy, and it’s the one I’d want. But if I were shopping for someone else, or were a lot less tool-savvy, this 9-tool combo kit is still a very good value.
(The Bluetooth speaker should come with an AC adapter, and so it won’t hog one of the two included batteries if there’s a wall outlet available.)
The “Better Core Tools” Brushless Combo Kit
Knowing that Mark was doubting his purchase of a Dewalt 20V Max 5-tool cordless combo kit, I gave it some thought and recommended that he look at this 4-tool brushless tool kit instead.
This kit, model DCK483D2, has a brushless drill, brushless circular saw, brushless 3-speed impact driver, LED flashlight, and (2) 2.0Ah batteries.
From the link he sent me, it seemed that Mark paid $550 for his 5-tool brushed tool combo kit. That kit was bundled with Dewalt’s premium 3-speed brushed hammer drill, premium circular saw, premium reciprocating saw, standard impact driver, and LED flashlight.
I didn’t realize it at first that he might miss the added power and speed range of the premium brushless drill. Although, for a lot of tasks, maybe he’ll benefit from the smaller size of this compact version. That all depends on his needs and wants. It’s tough to know what others can compromise on.
The saw included in this kit has a brushless motor and larger blade size. The impact is a big upgrade, and although the drill isn’t a premium 3-speed version, I’d say it’s at least side-step, rather than an upgrade or downgrade.
Compared to the kit Mark bought, and even compared to the other kits above, this kit is less expensive, leaving some money on the side for another tool or additional Li-ion batteries, going by his presumed $500-$550 budget.
The downside is that, if I were to pair this kit with a bare tool reciprocating saw, I’d also want to add a high capacity battery or two. So when all was said and done, I’d end up spending more.
Ultimately, I think this kit offers a better “core tools” selection than the other Dewalt cordless combo kits available.
It’s a reasonably good everyday value, and it doesn’t require a lot of thinking. The other combo kits mentioned here, however, are not year-round offerings. The 7-t00l kit looks to be new for the 2018 Father’s Day and summer shopping season, and the 9-tool kit is a regular seasonal offering. For someone reading this post in say September, or February of next year, I would be confident in calling this 4-tool combo kit a good choice.
The next step up is Dewalt’s 5-tool brushless power tool combo kit, DCK594P2, which upgrades the compact brushless drill to a premium hammer drill, replaces the (2) compact battery packs with (2) higher capacity packs (5.0Ah), and adds in a compact brushless reciprocating saw, but it does all this by increasing the price point from $399 to $699.
To sum things up, the 7-tool combo, DCKTS780D2M1, seems to offer the best balance and highest value for the money, the 9-tool combo, DCK940D2, might be more appealing to some individuals, and the 4-tool brushless combo, DCK453D2, gives you fewer but better core tools to start with.
The 7-tool combo is the best “one and done” combo kit.
The 9-tool combo kit might give some the appearance of “best bang for the buck.”
The 4-tool XR combo kit is the better choice for those who want better “core tools” and who might be prepared to spend more money down the line. I say this because I think the saw might benefit from being paired with a higher capacity battery pack, which isn’t included with this combo kit.
What I Would Buy
If I were buying a kit for myself, it would be the 7-tool combo kit. If I didn’t need a reciprocating saw right away, and wanted a better or more featured drill, impact driver, and circular saw, it’d be the 4-tool XR brushless combo kit.
If I were looking to buy a combo kit for someone else, and I didn’t know what they wanted or needed, it would be the 9-tool combo kit. A better drill won’t matter to someone who needs a right angle drill. And who can’t use a Bluetooth speaker?
What would your realistic dream Dewalt 20V Max cordless combo kit look like?