As part of our paid partnership with Home Depot, they sent over a Dewalt 20V Max cordless saw and ToughSystem tool box kit (DCKTS253D1) for review consideration.
The kit comes with combo-kit versions of their cordless circular saw and reciprocating saw, a charger, a 2.0Ah battery, and a ToughSystem tool box.
Both are solid saws, although they do lack some of the features of Dewalt’s more premium offerings.
The bundle is a really good value.
I have tested both saws before, and they’re good performers – for brushed saws – and the premium version of the circular saw was my editor’s choice in a past “best cordless circular saws” review. (Yes, I know, that’s one of several roundups that needs to be updated.)
Since I have used both saws before and with a good opinion of them, I passed the kit along to a local electrician for his assistant, who works a lot of jobs with him. The assistant – the electrician’s uncle – was about to start some home remodeling, and I am curious to see what his thoughts are, especially considering that the electrician’s trucks are exclusively stocked with Milwaukee cordless power tools.
I couldn’t just give this kit by itself, I also passed on a higher capacity battery pack. The 2.0Ah battery that’s included in the combo bundle should be considered as a “starter” battery. It’s a very good pairing for compact Dewalt power tools, such as their smaller drills, impact drivers, LED worklights, or tools that will be used lightly. For light work with the included saws, sure, the 2.0Ah battery will be okay. But for regular use or projects where more than just a couple of cuts are needed, a higher capacity battery pack is strongly recommended, and maybe even essential.
But, you can always buy a bigger battery if or when needed. I am sure that a lot of users will be happier for the lower price tag.
This kit was a 2018 holiday season special buy, and you can still find it at a lot of stores. You can opt for delivery too, but with a fee for express delivery. My zip code shows a $35 delivery fee. What this means is that you can only get it from stores, either in person, or for $35 the delivery will come from a local store that has it in stock.
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At the moment, bare-tool versions of the premium saws are $129 at most dealers. The saws in the bundle are slightly lower featured – the reciprocating saw has a 2-way blade holder instead of 4-way, and the circular saw has a steel shoe instead of a magnesium shoe.
The ToughSystem tool box can be found for $45-$55.
The 2.0Ah battery retails for $69.
I think that Dewalt could have gotten away with only offering the bundle with the saws and tool box, as I feel like the charger and battery are almost an extra bonus. I wouldn’t say that you’re getting a $455 value, which is advertised on the packaging, but you are certainly getting more than the $199 sticker price would ordinarily suggest.
I’ll be checking in with the recipient in a few weeks to see how well the saws worked out for them. To be frank, I’d be surprised to hear anything but praise. While not the best of the best, the saws have proven to be reliable workhorses. They’ve been available for a while, and I don’t recall hearing any complaints about them at all.
Thank you to Home Depot for supplying the sample!