Last November I noticed something unusual – every single major power tool manufacturer put together a $99 18V cordless drill/driver kit. In order to arrive at such low pricing, the kits were offered with a single compact Li-ion battery. Most pro-grade kits are bundled with 2 batteries.
A lot of those 1-battery kits became unavailable quickly after the 2012 holiday season was over.
To my surprise, a new Makita 18V compact cordless Li-ion 1/2″ drill/driver kit recently popped up at Amazon, with a
$140 $99 pricetag. If you want a professional-grade compact drill and only need a single battery pack, this seems to be a pretty good deal.
The new kit, LXFD01WSP1, is not exactly the same as the now-discontinued $99 special Home Depot carried last winter. The charger included in this kit is a 15-minute charger, whereas the holiday-special kit had a 30-minute charger.
Update: The new single battery kit is also available at Home Depot for $99 with free shipping and free in-store pickup where available.
Update 2: Amazon is currently matching Home Depot’s $99.00 price.
Update 3: Right now the drill kit is still $99 at Home Depot, but $119 and up at Amazon. (As of Oct 24th, 2013)
If you need a single-battery cordless drill kit now, this Makita kit is a great buy. If you can wait 3-1/2 months, Black Friday will surely bring plenty of deals. Here’s a list of all the $99 kits that were available last year.
This same drill is available in a 2-battery kit for about $175-180. Personally, I would go for the 2-battery kit, but in some cases it’s not worth the extra expense for a battery pack that might not be needed.