The holiday shopping season just kicked off, and there’s a Milwaukee M18 cordless drill kit deal back on sale for $99. That deal is available online and now in stores too.
But what if you already have a good 18V cordless drill but want a new impact driver? Good news, two new deals just popped up.
Over at Home Depot, they have two Milwaukee kits on sale for $99 – an M12 impact driver kit, and an M18 impact driver kit. The M12 kit comes with 2 batteries, the M18 kit with just 1.
The M18 deal is available online or in stores. Just look for the “special buy” box, as in the above photo.
Milwaukee M12 Impact Driver Kit, 2462-22
$99 isn’t the lowest we’ve seen this M12 kit go for, but I believe it’s the lowest price we’ve seen since 2013. You get a decent 12V-class impact driver, 2 Li-ion battery packs, a charger, and a hardshell carrying case.
This is a nice compact impact that pairs well with a 12V or 18V-class drill/driver.
- 1000 in-lbs max torque
- 0-2500 RPM, 0-3300 IPM
- 6-1/2″ long
- 2.3 lbs w/ battery
- Kit includes 2x Li-ion batteries, charger, carrying case
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Milwaukee M18 Impact Driver Kit, 2656-21
When it comes to marketing 18V-class drill or impact driver kits for $99, there are usually 2 options that a power tool brand must choose from.
1. They could design a tool around the lower price point, lower the specs, strip off some features, and bundle it with 2 lower capacity than usual battery packs.
2. They could take their regular line tool and bundle it with a single battery.
There is an exception to this – Bosch’s DDB181 drill/driver, but that’s a separate discussion about $100 drill/driver kits.
Milwaukee’s 2656-21 kit comes with their regular impact driver and only comes with 1 battery to help drive the cost down to $99. The bare tool alone (2656-20) is regularly priced at $99, and the usual 2-battery kit is $169. So how is it that this kit can be priced at $99, which going by the price of the bare tool means you are essentially getting a free battery, charger, and carrying case?
For $99 you get a well-rounded single variable speed range impact driver, a charger, and compact Li-ion battery pack to start you off. The price was a little lower when this kit first appeared ahead of Father’s Day, but there’s no guarantee it’ll get any lower now.
If interested in buying this kit, you could wait and take the chance that it’ll sell out, or buy now and try for a price adjustment should the price go down.
- 1,500 in-lbs of Torque
- 0-2,750 RPM
- 0-3,450 IPM
- 1/4″ Hex Quick Change
- 3.1 lbs w/ compact battery
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Now here’s a difficult question: If you were looking to buy your first impact driver, or buy into your first Li-ion power tool platform all over again, would you go M12 or M18?
I don’t know if I can answer this, as I keep changing my mind. I think that most users would benefit more from the M18 line, but I think I would personally go with the M12 lineup. Even though I formed the question, can I allow myself to answer with an enthusiastic both?