It’s that time of year when you can buy a 12V-class cordless power tool combo kit for $99. Bosch, Makita, and Milwaukee offerings are all aggressively priced and “get you in the door” to the respective brands’ compact cordless power tool systems.
If you don’t care about buying into a brand, or buying other 12V-class cordless tools at a later time, all of these choices would serve you well.
To start off, Bosch’s CLPK22-120 is an “oldie but goodie.” Its tools are a bit dated, but reputable and reliable.
You get the PS31 drill, PS41 impact driver, charger, (2) 2.0Ah batteries, and a tool bag. The tools’ specs don’t quite match up to the competition’s, but the ergonomics are nice and the kit comes with 2.0Ah batteries instead of 1.5Ah.
Why Buy This One? Bosch’s smaller 12V Max system does have some tools the other brands’ don’t yet offer. These tools are comfortable, reliable, and compact.
If you’re just looking for a 12V-class drill and impact driver kit, this would be my 3rd choice recommendation.
Makita has two 12V Max CXT cordless drill and impact driver combo kits on sale this year – CT226 which has gone on sale in previous years, and CT232.
Makita’s CT232 combo kit features their updated cordless drill, which we posted about earlier in the year. Not to mince words, but why buy the older kit when the updated kit is the same price? This deal gets you the newer model drill.
This kit gives you the FD09 drill, DT03 impact driver, charger, (2) 1.5Ah batteries, tool bag.
Why Buy This One? Makita’s slide-style battery pack gives the tools a slimmer handle that many (including myself) find more comfortable. If you’re not concerned with the smaller (but growing) selection of Makita’s 12V Max CXT cordless power tools system, this kit offers the best balance of power, size, and value.
If you’re just looking for a 12V-class drill and impact driver kit, this would be my 1st choice recommendation. The battery style allows for slimmer handles and wider bases so you can set it down quickly with less chance of tip-over. The tools are a little less compact that those with stem-style batteries.
Milwaukee’s 2494-22 M12 drill and impact driver combo kit hits the $99 price twice a year, pretty much like clockwork.
Some years there are added bonuses, such as an extra battery, but I believe I’ve only seen that happen in June with Father’s Day deals.
With this kit you get the 2407 drill/driver, 2462 impact driver, charger, (2) 1.5Ah batteries, and tool bag.
Why Buy This One? These tools are compact and competitively-spec’ed, and Milwaukee has the most expansive 12V-class compact cordless power tool lineup.
If you’re just looking for a 12V-class drill and impact driver kit, this would be my 2nd choice recommendation.
If you need a cordless screwdriver instead of a drill/driver, the Bosch CLPK27-120 set might be a better choice. It’s also less expensive, currently priced at $88 at Amazon.
It comes with the PS21 screwdriver, PS41 impact driver, charger, (2) 2.0Ah batteries, and a tool bag.