Over at Amazon, today’s Deal of the Day is this Makita XT211M 18V hammer drill and impact driver kit. The deal price is $199, and it’s valid all day 11/28/15, thru 3am tomorrow morning.
There are a few things you need to know. First, this kit is regularly priced at $299. The XT211M means that it comes with 2x 4.0Ah batteries. The kit that comes with 3.0Ah batteries is regularly priced at $279.
There is another similar kit that comes with an additional free brushless angle grinder, for $249.
$199 for this kit gives you 2 higher capacity battery packs, $198 for the 2 separate entry-level kits gives you separate cases and a total of 2 chargers.
If you’re looking to buy into Makita’s 18V lineup, and have been wanting for a compact and medium duty drill and impact driver, this isn’t a bad deal.
What’s with the low reviews on Amazon? People are a little frustrated by the $714 “list price.” This isn’t a $700+ combo that’s being discounted by over $500. To be frank, I don’t think it’s a $300 combo either, but the kit with 2x 3.0Ah batteries (instead of this kit’s 4.0Ah batteries) is priced widely at $279.
Update: The kit is $269 at Home Depot. Thanks, Fred!