Gil sent in a deal tip via Facebook. Over at Home Depot, there’s a Milwaukee M18 cordless drill and impact driver kit on sale for just $169. The kit comes with 2 batteries, a charger, and a carrying case.
The promo kit has model number 2691-22, which is also the model number that was given to the older drill/driver and impact driver kit. However, as I’ll discuss below, I have reasons to believe that you’ll get Milwaukee’s latest (brushed motor) tools with this kit. Before that, here’s what Gil wrote:
Home Depot has a new promotion now for a Milwaukee driver/drill combo.
$169 for that combo. The guy at HD was raving to me about this combo but I’m thinking about either the Makita XT260 or the Bosch 234 combo (is there a big difference from the 232?). What do you think about the Milwaukee set and specifically about the drill?
First of all, Home Depot’s product page has a lot of disagreeing details about this kit. The first photo shows Milwaukee’s latest cordless drill and impact, but the other photos show Milwaukee’s older versions of these tools.
Want to skip the discussion? Click here to just go and buy the promo kit. But this is ToolGuyd and I’m a stickler for details.
The product description says you get: (1) 2601-20 M18 cordless lithium-ion 1/2 in. compact drill/driver, (1) 2650-20 M18 1/4 in. hex compact impact driver.
But when you check Milwaukee Tool’s page for the 2691-22 combo, it says you get:
- (1) M18™ Compact 1/2″ Drill Driver (Bare Tool) (2606-20)
- (1) M18™ 1/4″ Hex Impact Driver (2656-20)
Both descriptions mention the same 1.5Ah battery packs and M18/M12 multi-voltage charger.
I mentioned the 2606 drill in an Spring deal post, and the 2650 impact driver in another deal post. These are Milwaukee’s latest brushed motor drill and impact driver models. While there’s nothing wrong with the 2601 drill and 2650 impact driver, why buy last-generation tools when you can buy the current ones?
Some of Home Depot’s images, and their product description, suggest you get the older tools with the kit, but the front image and Milwaukee’s description suggests you get the newer tools. This is the problem companies and retailers face when model numbers are passed down from one generation of tools to the next.
Unless you get old stock, you should be receiving the newer tools. But if you ask me, someone who loves ordering tools online and receiving them straight to my door, this is going to one of those deals that require hiking it to the local store.
My 4 nearest stores have 14, 15, 19, and 33 of these combo kits in stock. That’s 81 “special buy” combo kits within 10 miles of here.
It is doubtful that Milwaukee produced enough of the older models to fill what I’m guessing is a 1/4 or 1/2 pallet display at Home Depot stores, but there’s enough of a chance that I would want to check it out in person, rather than spending $169 plus tax to find out.
If you’re a gambler, you can order online for home delivery or in-store pickup. If you’ve got some free time, check out the deal at your local Home Depot and report back with your findings.
Why are the updated tools better? Well, maybe they’re not. They have updated ergonomics, more powerful motors, higher top speeds, and are more compact.
Here’s the latest tool duo (2606, 2656):
And the previous ones (2601, 2650):
Buy Now(via Home Depot)
It’s unclear as to when the “special buy” promo deal expires, but I’m guessing maybe after Father’s Day.
OKAY, so now that I’ve discussed the “which tools do you actually get with this combo?” discrepancy, let’s tackle some other tough questions.
This Milwaukee M18 combo kit, or Makita’s? I discussed Makita’s XT260 cordless combo kit in a Spring deal post, and it’s still available on Amazon as part of a special 3-battery combo kit for $229. It’s the same as the 2-battery kit, but comes with a free 3rd battery pack. So that’s a cordless drill, impact driver, and (3) 3.0Ah battery packs.
To be absolutely frank, I’d still go with the Milwaukee combo kit. It’s well below the $200 price point, and although I like certain tools in Makita’s 18V cordless platform, I generally prefer Milwaukee’s M18 cordless platform, especially their Fuel premium brushless tools. But to each their own. If you’ve got a bigger budget and have your eye on some of Makita’s 18V tools, go teal instead of red.
What about Bosch’s cordless combo kits? Gil asks about the newish CLPK234-181 combo kit, and their CLPK232-181 combo kit. These links are to older deal posts, which I included for reference purposes. The prices mentioned in those posts expired years ago.
Both the CLPK232-181 and CLPK234-181 kits are currently priced at $200 at Amazon. And of course neither combo is eligible for Bosch’s $50 off $200+ Father’s Day discount promo. Update: the CLPK234-181 kit IS eligible for the $50 savings!
Both of these Bosch kits come with their 18V DDS181 drill/driver. I’ve owned this drill for a while, and like it a lot. It’s the Editor’s Choice drill/driver in our best cordless drill recommendations, as it’s a comfortable, powerful, and great all-around model.
The CLPK232 combo kit comes with a 25618 impact driver. The CLPK234 combo comes with an IDS181 impact driver. I addresses the difference in a comment to the IDS181 post after a reader asked about it. Essentially, the IDS181 delivers lower max torque than the 25618, but it’s a little more compact and slightly lighter. The 25618 delivers 1500 in-lbs of torque, and the IDS181 1150 in-lbs.
Do you want the more powerful impact driver? Or the more compact and lightweight one?
That all said, Bosch vs. Milwaukee? It’s really, really hard to say no to that Milwaukee kit, or at least the one that’s supposed to come with the updated tools.
I bought a Bosch kit a couple of years ago, and would not change that purchasing decision for anything. Then again, I scored the combo for less than $100. Today, I would possibly choose Milwaukee over Bosch. Again, the M18 lineup holds so much more potential for expansion. Bosch’s core 18V tools, at least those I’ve tried, are excellent. But they haven’t caught up to Milwaukee’s brushless innovation train yet. Although… Bosch has other noteworthy innovations, such as their wireless charging system.
What I’m trying to say is… go red, go blue, go teal. You cannot go wrong.
Thanks for the tip, Gil, and thank you also for not asking about Dewalt vs. Milwaukee. There’s enough of that in a recent discussion post. Trying to decide between Milwaukee M18 and Dewalt 20V Max cordless drill and impact driver combos is not something I would look forward to doing.