Over on Instagram (follow ToolGuyd here), someone messaged me and asked for my thoughts on this Dewalt DCKSS699M2 cordless power tool combo kit, which is on sale at Lowe’s for $499.
Okay – let’s take a look at what you get:
- DCD796 brushless hammer drill
- DCS356 brushless oscillating multi-tool (3-speed)
- DCF887 brushless impact driver (3-speed)
- DCS367 brushless compact reciprocating saw
- DCS570 brushless circular saw
- DCW210 brushless sander
- (2) 4.0Ah batteries
- Rolling tool bag
I’ve never seen this Dewalt DCKSS699M2 20V Max cordless power tool combo kit before, and it also looks to be a Lowe’s exclusive since they’re the only ones listing it online right now.
All of the tools in this “XR 6-tool kit” are Dewalt’s premium/regular models, meaning they’re not seasonal or value-oriented tools, they’re the tools that are offered year-round in Dewalt’s regular kits, combos, and bare tool options.
6 tools, 2 batteries, a charger, and a rolling tool bag.
Is this a good value? I would look at Dewalt’s combo kit for comparison, which is currently priced at $399 at Tool Nut and elsewhere. It was a little lower at Amazon recently, but is currently out of stock there. Acme Tools also has it for $399.
With that Dewalt 20V Max brushless cordless power tool combo kit, you get 4 tools – a drill/driver, impact driver, circular saw, and LED flashlight, with 2 compact batteries.
This Lowe’s deal, DCKSS699M2, upgrades the drill/driver slightly to a hammer drill/driver, upgrades the batteries from compact 2.0Ah to 4.0Ah, and swaps the flashlight and gives you 2 extra tools to add in a compact reciprocating saw, oscillating multi-tool, and sander.
The Lowe’s deal is just $100 more than the XR brushless 4-tool combo kit right now. There was a Black Friday deal on that 4-tool combo last year, but there’s indication that will be repeated this year.
Should you buy this? While you can get more tools for the same money, I think this is the best selection of Dewalt cordless power tools you could hope for at this price point. I’d say if you have $500 spend, this is a very good combo kit, one with no “gotchas.”
If this combo kit somehow gets discounted further, and I doubt that will happen, you should be able to do a price adjustment afterwards. If you wait too long and it sells out (which shouldn’t happen all that fast given the timing), there are other options, but not as great of a package deal as this one.
This seems to be a very good deal.
Who should buy this? Anyone looking for a more power and performance-focused Dewalt cordless combo kit bundle.
Who should not buy this? Anyone who is willing to settle for lower performing or less featured tools at a lower price or for a higher tool-count combo at the same price.
Special Price: $499
Also Consider: Dewalt Atomic 6-Tool Combo Kit
Over at Home Depot, there is an alternate Dewalt 20V Max brushless cordless power tool kit as part of their “free bonus tools with purchase promo”. Let’s take a look at what you get if you add in an oscillating multi-tool and sander as your bonuses.
Here are the differences:
- Home Depot bundle is $100 less
- Home Depot bundle has a jig saw instead of a circular saw
- Lowe’s bundle has a better drill + hammer drilling function
- Lowe’s bundle has a better impact driver + 3-speed
- Lowe’s bundle has a bigger reciprocating saw
- Lowe’s bundle has a 3-speed vs. single speed oscillating multi-tool
- Lowe’s bundle has 4.0Ah vs. 2.0Ah batteries
- Lowe’s bundle has a rolling tool bag vs. hand bag
This Home Depot special gives you mostly Atomic-class cordless power tools, and while still brushless, the XR-class tools in Lowe’s bundle are one notch better.
With this Home Depot deal, you also get a one-handed reciprocating saw and cordless jig saw, which could complement a users’ existing circular saw or full-sized reciprocating saw.
If you can swing the extra $100, the Lowe’s deal is much more appealing in my opinion.
The DCD796 is an incredible drill. Great power to size ratio with perfect balance and typical Dewalt ergonomics.
I gave mine to my nephew and I gotta say I miss having it around.
DCKSS721D2 Is $400 at Acme but out of stock for online orders.
DCKTS600M2 is $500 at HD with a toughsystem box.
Feel free to link these.
I have a separate post comparing this to the DCKTS600M2.
Looked at the DCKSS721D2… ugh.
DCKSS721D2 via Acme Tools
Compared to this Lowe’s deal, everything but the oscillating tool is downgraded. On a $399 budget, I’d go for the Dewalt Atomic deal.
How would you rate this kit for someone without a ecosystem set? Or compared to Milwalkie/Makita ? I’ve always kind of bulked at the big three and there prices but I probably should just bit the bullet and buy a set and work on batteries.
I’m all over the board with Bosh/Craftsman/Masterforce/Rigid/Makita. Batteries and chargers are really starting to suck. Nothing I have is top end or brushless.
I’m not a builder just a home wood shop my main tools is a table saw and planer.
Looking at other brands’ combo kits gets really complicated, really fast, which is why I’m comparing Dewalt to Dewalt here and in the next post comparing Lowe’s and Dewalt $500 combos.
I can try to work on a Dewalt vs. Milwaukee combo next. I haven’t seen a comparable Makita deal, will look for it.
It really depends on your needs/wants. If you can only use say 3 tools, you can spend less and only get what you need. Or a drill + impact combo kit and bare tool.
This Lowe’s deal is a very good deal if you can use 4 or 5 of the tools, and there’s potential for that 6th one.
The Atomic deal is a good alternative at lower pricing, but not “wow buy this NOW!!”
If you’re buying into a system, this and some of the other $500 6-tool combos give you quality tools and at somewhat of a value.
If you’re willing to wait and see, here’s what I would do: Determine exactly what you want and won’t waver about, and then list out some potential preferences. What are your must-haves, and what are the nice-to-haves?
For me, I’d want a main-line cordless drill and 3-speed impact driver. That would rule out a lot. If you’re flexible, and draw the line at “brushless motor,” that includes a lot more options while excluding a fair number of the value-oriented high tool count combo kits.
I never bought a cordless combo kit for personal use, aside from drill + impact driver combos. When I needed an angle grinder, I bought the bare tool. For my circular saw, jig saw, and sanders, I went corded.
Looking at what I use most, there’s no combo kit that would perfectly fit my needs, at least as far as holiday season promos are concerned.
The DCK483D2, the baseline comparison above, would be my pick. Brushless drill, impact driver, circular saw. With reciprocating saw, there are flexible options to expand it with. Same with oscillating multi-tool – which I also bought corded, although I’ve been using Milwaukee’s M12 Fuel (review sample) lately.
This Lowe’s deal seems to be an expansion of that DCK483D2, even an upgrade, which is why it seems so appealing to me after I took a closer look.
Since it sounds like you have a broad selection of cordless tools already, what do you use most? Which do you want to upgrade? Ask yourself – what do you want to pay money to upgrade? Could that money be better spent elsewhere?
This Lowe’s kit is a good choice for new users who either don’t know what they want, as well as those who know it’s a strong match for their needs and wants.
This kit might be suited for you as well as a one-platform upgrade, but you’re the only one who can answer that.
There’s also no reason not to invest slowly to upgrade your kit over time. Start with the most-used tool and work from there. It’s also amazing how small additions and complements can change things. Is your drill too large and heavy for smaller holes or more delicate fastening tasks? Consider adding a 12V drill or your kit, instead of a new drill.
It’s very eager to get carried away with these combo kit deals. Someone planning to spend $199 on a drill and impact combo might see a $299 kit with 2X or 3X the number of tools, and it gets tempting.
We’re still a couple of weeks out from Thanksgiving. There’s plenty of time for thinking and planning. Don’t let the sense of urgency cloud your judgement and rush you – this is more general advice for everyone than you specifically.
Thanks for the reply.
For me a table saw/planer/band saw is my main work horses with a jig saw seeing more work than I care to admit.
For general use I’m looking for two drills, sander, and small circular saw. The baby recip saw might see some use as well. Right now I have all of those in low end different battery types and my sander is corded which is a pain. I have a decent corded oscillating saw that doesn’t see allot of use.
The big tool on my list is a high end barrel jig saw but I doubt that’s going to be Dewalt. Maybe Festool or Bosh not sure yet, that I need to research allot before buying as I need something better for finish work – stair treads/trim/furniture cuts in cordless. My current corded junker requires me to back into cuts so far that I need two sets of boards 😉
My other powered hand tool item is a set of Makita big boy 10″ and 12″ corded circular saws for breaking down large sheet goods fast. A track saw might be better but for those prices I could put a down payment on a new car.
I would say Dewalt is a good platform for carpenters/wood workers. However, if you want to start a set on the cheap, then you need to buy and sell. Buy big kits that you can pull out the tools you want and sell the tools you don’t need to get a bigger rebate. I have over 30 batteries and got most of them by buying kits and selling off the tools so that the batteries would work out to being free or a few bucks per ah.
The benefit of Milwaukee is that all of their 18v tools can use the same batteries though their most demanding tools can’t handle the heat that they produce. The benefit of Dewalt is they already moved into 60v and are backwards compatible, whereas Makita now has 40 volt tools that aren’t backwards compatible (For big tools, you need a larger doorway for heating and cooling, regardless of what Milwaukee claims).
Dewalt’s Flexvolt tools are the most powerful out of all the brands I’ve used, but they also burn through amp hours faster than the other brands.
So, Milwaukee if you don’t want different batteries.
Dewalt if you want more power in flexvolt and a more unlimited future (60v/120v)and good carpentry tools.
Makita if you want cheaper and still good quality, but not the vast selection and a new line that you might have to buy into again.
I ordered the Dewalt OMT 3-speed tool from HD for $99 w/ small battery… hasn’t arrived yet.
I’m tempted to return it and get this Lowe’s deal. Haven’t seen this assortment/quality of tools in a Dewalt kit before, but it’s the right package for me to jump full-in to Dewalt.
(BTW, doesn’t that last image show two OMTs?)
Sorry, I made a mistake. Thank you!
What happened is I first wrote about the free circular saw and sander bundle. But then saw it was out of stock. Then I switched over, and also wrote about the other Dewalt $499 combo, before moving that to another post, and forgot to update the part about the Atomic combo. I swapped in the bonus bundle that gives you a jig saw and sander, but now that one’s out of stock too. The Atomic bundle isn’t as good of a lesser-priced option if you can’t get the now out-of-stock circular saw.
Were it from anywhere but Lowes, it would be perfection in a tool bag. But since it’s from Lowes, it’s not worth printing the model name. It doesn’t exist if it’s exclusive, especially from a place that did so much damage to the Canadian small business ecomomy when they entered the country.
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Do you think the DCK483D2 set will go on sale for $249 around Black Friday like it did the last two years. I would like to upgrade my set, but I need a great deal to justify the change.
I really don’t know.
When I search for DCK483D2 on Lowe’s, it sends me to a page for DCK477D2 and a price tag of $349. The Lowe’s sales flyer (https://toolguyd.com/lowes-black-friday-2020-tool-deals/) doesn’t mention it.
Lowe’s had this DCK477D2 combo on sale last year for $269 – https://toolguyd.com/dewalt-20v-brushless-cordless-power-tool-combo-kit-deal-dck477d2-112719/ .
In my opinion, the chances of $249 on the DCK483D2 at Lowe’s is slim. It’s possible, that Lowe’s or other sellers like Amazon might have that deal again, but in my opinion it’s unlikely.
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