Over at Amazon, today’s deal of the day features 2 Dewalt 20V Max cordless saw kits.
The combos are similar – buy a 20V Max 5.0Ah starter kit, which comes with 2 batteries, a charger, and a carrying case, and either a Dewalt cordless circular saw or compact reciprocating saw, and get a hefty discount off the price.
Price: $260 (each)
The deal ends at 3am ET 2/14/17, unless supplies run out sooner.
These bundles come with the DCB205-CK starter pack, which I maintain is grossly overpriced at $299.
You could buy a 2-pack of batteries right now for $140 on Amazon. Add on a charger at its full retail price of $69, and you get $209. Or a 2-bay charger at $97, and you come to $237.
Even if you consider buying the charger at $69, which I would never recommend, that means you’re spending $81 for a carrying bag. Or if you upgrade to the 2-bay charger, a better option if you have to buy a charger outside of a tool kit or combo, then there’s still a $62 gap between the bundle price and the starter pack price.
The circular saw bare tool price is $119. It almost never fluctuates from there, from what I’ve seen. It’s a core tool, and one that’s always going to be in strong demand. The compact reciprocating saw is around $104 on Amazon.
Only looking at the lowest price for a 2-pack of batteries, $140, and the price of the bare tools, $119 and $104 for the circular saw and recip saw respectively, that comes to $259 and $244.
So in the case of the circular saw, you spend $1 more to get a charger and tool bag. In the case of them reciprocating saw, you spend $16 more.
The bundle price of $260 is quite a bit less than the $328 it would take to buy the components of the circular saw kit separately (minus a kit bag), and $313 it would take to create your own 2-battery recip saw kit (again, excluding any kit bag).
Let’s look at the 1-battery kit options:
The 1x 5.0Ah battery circular saw kit is ~$204 via Amazon. The 1x 5.0Ah battery reciprocating saw kit is $199. The Deal of the Day pricing gives you a second 5.0Ah battery pack for $56 to $61 more money. If you were to split a 2-pack with a buddy, the extra battery would cost you $70.
There are the facts, here’s what I think:
This is a good deal that saves you some money. Not a lot of money, but some is better than nothing. If you want to jump into Dewalt’s 20V Max lineup with a circular saw or reciprocating saw, both brushed motor versions, and you want 2 battery packs, this is the least expensive way to do it.
If you don’t need a charger, this is not a very good deal. Well, it depends. The circular saw bundle gives you a charger and kit bag for $1 more. The reciprocating saw bundle, for $16 more. And that assumes you’ve been meaning to buy either of the saw and could use some more 5.0Ah batteries at their semi-usual price.
This isn’t a HOT deal, it’s more of a “walk don’t run” type of deal.