Do you remember that Dewalt 20V Max DCD771C2 drill/driver kit that came out just before Black Friday and the 2013 winter holiday shopping season? It’s a little longer, heavier, less powerful, and slower than Dewalt’s compact DCD780 drill, and is bundled with slightly lower capacity batteries and a slower charger.
Dewalt recently took the DCD771, and bundled it into a new drill/driver and impact driver combo kit, model DCK240C2. The impact driver is DCF885, which is a decent model that has been around since Dewalt launched the 20V Max cordless power tool platform a few years ago.
The new combo kit is priced at $199, which is a bit lower than the ~$229 DCK280C2 combo kit that comes with the better DCD780 drill/driver and same DCF885 impact driver.
Considering that the drill/driver was $99 over the holidays and the DCF885B bare-tool version of the impact driver is about $119, this looks to be a pretty good deal.
Another good option at the ~$200 price point is Milwaukee’s 2691-22 kit ($199 via Home Depot). The tools in Milwaukee’s combo are older designs, but the drill/driver doesn’t carry the stigma of being a “promotional” or “budget” model as the DCD771 included in Dewalt’s new combo. Still, if you’re looking for a pro-grade drill/driver and impact driver combo kit on a budget, and want to buy into Dewalt’s 20V Max Li-ion cordless tool platform, this is one of the best deals I’ve seen.
My feeling is that the price of this combo will come down a little bit ahead of Father’s Day, but we’ll have to wait a few weeks to see.