A reader wrote in with a great question about which brushless cordless combo kit might be best for his needs.
Right now (Holiday 2015 season), Home Depot is offering a fantastic cordless combo kit bundle discount, where you can get $100 or $150 off the price of a Milwaukee, Ridgid, Dewalt, or Makita cordless combo kit and an additional tool.
I’m home owner “prosumer” I think is what you call it… I do basic projects, build small stuff like wooden shelving etc.
I’m looking into the HD deals and debating whether to get the Rigid Gen 5X impact & hammer combo, or the Milwaukee Fuel impact/hammer combo.
I already have Ryobi stuff so I’m adding the Ryobi bluetooth radio to get the 100/150 off. Basically I can get the Rigid combo for $238 or the Milwaukee for $308.
Is the Milwaukee Fuel combo worth the extra $70 and loss of lifetime warranty? The $70 isnt deal breaker… just curious if it is worth getting Fuel? Like I said, I am more of a weekend warrior type guy doing stuff around the house, not using every day for construction.
Frankly, I think that Milwaukee M18 Fuel tools are great, but I think they’re more capable than a weekend warrior needs. For a weekend warrior, the jump up in price might be better used for additional tools, accessories, or supplies, at least that’s how I consider my own purchases.
A few readers have said that Ridgid specs appear to be inflated, but for the most part Ridgid cordless tools are quite decent.
If you have to ask whether Milwaukee M18 Fuel tools are suited for your needs, that might be a good test for you to judge whether you really need them or not.
It’s compelling to go for the latest and greatest, but that’s not always the best way to go.
If there’s something you might want to buy later on that’s in Milwaukee’s M18 ecosystem, that’s a different story, but beyond what you were asking.
If the question was whether to go for Milwaukee’s compact brushless kit or Ridgid’s, which are both eligible for the $100 bundle savings, I’d spend the extra $20 and go for the Milwaukee.
Milwaukee’s compact brushless tools aren’t as premium featured as their Fuel brushless tools, but are still very good, and they are appreciably more compact, probably a bit lighter too – although I haven’t checked numbers recently.
The downside is that the M18 compact brushless impact doesn’t offer multiple speed or torque settings. But on the upside, the M18 compact kit comes with a compact 2.0Ah battery pack and an XC 4.0Ah battery pack.
It’s a tough choice.
If you want (or decided you need) the latest and greatest: Milwaukee M18 Fuel Brushless
If you want a great combo and entry into Milwaukee M18 platform: Milwaukee M18 Compact Brushless
If you want a great combo and aren’t looking to buy into another cordless ecosystem: Ridgid 18V Gen5X Brushless
Of the 3 choices, unless I wanted an impact driver with multiple speeds (which I often do prefer), I would go with the Milwaukee M18 compact brushless kit. But that’s also because I like a lot of Milwaukee’s other M18 tools. Ignoring that, I would go for the Ridgid combo.
But then again, I am quite fond of Milwaukee M18 Fuel… decisions, decisions.
Which option do you think would best suit a DIYer’s needs? Or would you go for D: None of the Above?
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