As you probably already saw, I came out with a new Best Cordless Drills recommendations post for 2015 earlier today. While checking on the availability of Milwaukee’s new compact brushless drill, I came across a new drill kit that’s priced at just $99. Surely that can’t right. Can it?
The new Milwaukee M18 drill kit, model 2606-21CT, really does look to be priced at $99. I then realized that Andrew mentioned this combo in the comments section of the $89 impact driver deal post from the other day.
For $99, you get the drill/driver, a compact Li-ion battery (1.5Ah??), and presumably a charger to recharge the battery. The 21CT part of the model number is how we know the kit only comes with a single compact battery pack.
The drill delivers 500 in-lbs of max torque (same as the new Milwaukee M18 compact brushless drill), weighs in at 2.9 lbs, measures 7-1/4″ long, and features an all-metal gear case, 1/2″ metal ratcheting chuck, and a 2-speed gearbox (0-400, 0-1800 RPM).
Milwaukee says that the M18 2606 is the most compact drill driver in its class and is more powerful than the competition.
There’s also a (2) battery kit for $169, a bare tool for $99 (same price as this kit!), and a special bonus bundle (2) battery kit that comes with a free screwdriver and screwdriver bit set.
What’s the catch? It looks like there’s no carrying case, or maybe it just comes with a soft case instead of Milwaukee’s usual hardshell case, and there’s only 1 Li-ion battery pack. As far as I can tell, the 2606-21CT is a Home Depot exclusive combo, as it doesn’t look to be available at any other authorized dealer.
My local stores all have between 5 and 10 kits in stock, which might indicate that this could be intended as a Father’s Day special. Maybe?
In any case, this looks to be a fantastic deal. It’s not unheard of, but it’s a little surprising for Milwaukee to offer their latest brushed motor drill as part of a special combo instead of the previous generation model.
If this kit comes with a regular M18 1.5Ah battery pack and their typical charger, then it provide great entry into Milwaukee’s M18 lineup. Or, if you’d rather have an impact driver, that deal is still going on for one more day, thru the end of 4/23/15, unless supplies sell out sooner.
There’s no mention of an sale price expiration date of any kind.
What do you think? Tempting deal on a regular single battery drill/driver kit (as opposed to a cheapened “special buy” model which is sometimes the case), or is there some other catch that I am somehow missing?