Unplugged: Best Power Tool Combo Kit

Lithium Ion Batteries Are Awesome… Shun those Evil Cords!

There’s little argument lithium ion batteries are the leading reason cordless power tools are so in demand. Versus years of Ni-Cad batteries with limited performance, lithium offers ample power, long run times and fast charging in a much smaller, lighter footprint–the real workhorses in newer cordless combo tool kits, which are one of the top selling tools for DIY home improvement projects.

Most DIYers would choose quality over cost, and Father’s Day sales offer the perfect storm to find the best tool deals of the year (according to an annual Tools Shopping Survey by FatWallet.com). In fact, 60% said quality was “the” most important feature in the power tools they buy. The report also said that of the 80% of Americans that buy tools yearly, 10% will buy tools as a Father’s Day gift.

Almost 50% of those surveyed said they buy tools at Home Depot, while 40% said Lowe’s and 30% Sears, with Craftsman, again, the #1 tool brand for personal purchases. June is when Father’s Day Deals surface, bringing deep discounts on power tools and combo kits, plus increased cash back from most major stores that carry home improvement tools and materials to make those sale purchases even better for homeowners on a budget.

 Here’s a list of the Best Cordless Power Tool Combo Kits on the market for DIY types:

DIY Small Project Man

Craftsman C3 19.2-Volt 4-Pc Lithium Combo Kit:
Craftsman-C3-19.2-Volt-4-Pc-Lithium-Combo-KitA well-built weekend warrior kit with good power and a Craftsman warranty. It won’t be the end all to build that addition or extra garage, but it’s adequate enough for most home maintenance and small projects. Note that the circular saw is only 5 1/2”, so cutting 2×4 at an angle may require something bigger. All said, it’s a nice kit for the money and two batteries makes it versatile for all day jobs.

  • Drill is 1/2-inch with two speed gear box
  • Circular saw has side-mounted battery, to help distribute weight evenly and increase control
  • 5 1/2″ trim saw blade, metal and wood reciprocating saw blades
  • 19.2-volt battery w/fade-free performance, 60 min. charging time
    Owner’s manual included
  • Comes with the Craftsman guarantee
  • includes:1/2″ drill, reciprocating saw, 5 1/2″ trim saw, work light, two compact lithium batteries, charger and carrying bag

Sears: $179.00 w/Free Shipping + 3.0% Cash Back

 

DIY Weekender

PORTER-CABLE 20-Volt Max (Li-ion) 4-Tool Cordless Combo Kit with Soft Case
PORTER CABLE 20 Volt Max (Li-ion) 4 Tool Cordless Combo KitLowe’s shoppers give this kit 5-stars.This 20V kit is well constructed with plenty of power for most DIY folks. PORTER-CABLE has an impressive line of add-ons that make this kit perfect to start a cordless collection that works well together. There are 2 batteries, one standard Li-Ion and one Max Li-Ion that charge within 40 minutes, making you a dual tool threat to build your face off, at an affordable price.

  • 20 volts w/Max Power of 350UWO
  • 1/2-in drill/driver features 283 UWO, 2-speed gear box (0-350/0-1,500), compact design (8.25-in long/3.5-lbs), 1/2-in chuck, and built-in LED light
  • Circular saw features high-performance motor (3,700 RPM), 6-1/2-in carbide tooth blade ( 2-1/8-ft cutting capacity), and beveling shoe (50°)
  • Reciprocating saw features high-performance drive train (1-in stroke length and 3,000 SPM), tool-free blade release, variable-speed trigger
  • Flashlight features 4 LED bulbs (120 lumens), pivoting head, and contoured overmolded handle
  • 3 year limited warranty on tools and batteries
  • Includes: 1/2-in drill/driver, circular saw, reciprocating saw, flashlight, standard battery, max pack battery, standard charger, large kit bag, double-ended screw driving bit, 6-1/2-in 18-tooth carbide blade, and 6-in wood cutting reciprocating blade

Lowe’s: $239.00 Free Shipping + 2.0% Cash Back

 

DIY Expert

DeWalt 20V Max Lithium Ion 5-Tool Kit (DCK590L2):

DeWalt-20V-Max-Lithium-Ion-5-Tool-KitA DeWalt showstopper-this super powerful kit hits the mark for the active DIYer, always working on home improvement projects. It offers flexibility to add-on with tools that can share the same battery source. The five tools includes a top-of-the-class Hammer Drill up for any job on your list, a versatile Impact Driver (bonus add over other combo kits), an easy-to-use and capable Circular Saw, a powerful Reciprocating Saw and a well built 110 lumens utility light that can be positioned almost anywhere needed.

  • Hammerdrill with patented 3-speed all-metal transmission and 1/2 in. self-tightening chuck delivers 535 units watts out of maximum performance, faster application speed, and superior bit retention
  • Reciprocating saw with keyless blade clamp allows for quick blade change without touching blade or reciprocating shaft
  • 1/4 in. impact driver features 3 LED lights with 20 second delay to provide visibility without shadows
  • Circular saw with 6-1/2 in. carbide blade can cut 2×4’s at a 45 degree angle in a single pass
  • 20V Max LED work light delivers 110 lumens of light output
  • This kit includes a 3 year warranty, 2-20V Max batteries, a smart charger and a heavy-duty canvas carry bag

Home Depot: $549.00 Free Shipping + 1.0% Cash Back

 

DIY Pro

Bosch 18V Lithium Ion 4-Tool Combo Kit (CLPK401-181):

Bosch-18V-Lithium-Ion-4-Tool-Combo-KitA bit pricey for some, this kit features true contractor grade tools for the advanced DIYer and a makes good starter for budding professional builders. With the 4.0Ah battery pack option, there’s enough power to handle big jobs and most hardwood with ease. Plus, Bosch offers a growing selection of 18V power tools to add-on as needed, maybe even a more powerful light (only downfall here). Bottomline, it will git r done, and then some.

  • High capacity lithium-ion batteries – works up to 50% longer with an integrated battery fuel gauge
  • 1/2 in. hammer drill driver – 4-pole high performance motor
  • Reciprocating saw features exclusive LockJaw blade holder for fast one-handed changes
  • Circular saw features exclusive anti-snag lower guard and 50 degree bevel for a wide range of applications
  • Flashlight features a 7-detent, 360° rotating handle for fast and easy positioning
  • Includes hammer drill driver, reciprocating saw, circular saw, flashlight, charger, fat pack HC batteries, carrying bag

Walmart: $499.00 + 1.5% cash back

 

DIY Pro

Milwaukee M18 Cordless Lithium-Ion 4-Tool Combo Kit (2694-24):

Milwaukee-M18-Cordless-Lithium-IonThis kit is for the Pro DIY Professional and like the Bosch kit, good enough for the day job and is backed by a five-year warranty and a gigantic line-up of add-on tools for almost any niche application you can think of. The M18 Fuel lithium-ion power pack brings impressive power and long run times from tool to tool, including the Sawzall which is the best-in-class and the circular saw is on the same level of performance and construction. Add a powerful, compact drill/driver and super versatile bright light and you’re ready for any all day rip-it-down and build-it-back up marathons that come your way.

  • Sawzall/reciprocating saw with patented gear-protecting clutch and counter balance mechanism
  • 6-1/2 in. circular saw delivers 3,500 RPM with magnesium upper and lower guards for maximum durability
  • Work light provides a fold-away hook for hands free use and a 135 degree rotating head to direct light at the work area
  • 1/2 in. hammer drill/driver, 4 pole frameless motor, 550 in-lbs. of peak torque, 0-450/0-1,700 RPM, and 29,000 BPM
  • With the purchase of a 2694-24 Receive a Free 48-11-1840 M18 4.0 Ah Extended Capacity Battery (a $129 Value)

Home Depot: $529.00 Free Shipping + 1.0% Cash Back

Smart TIP: Bones, hearts, and tools can break, so it’s smart to register any tools and kits with the manufacturer to assure validity of any warranties and return policies. You can also save more money by passing on those extended warranties at checkout and using third party warranty services like SquareTrade for less than half the cost.


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Comments

  1. says

    It’s so true that quality is most important when it comes to power tools! Thanks for the comparisons, I’ve been in need of a new power tool kit and have been wondering where to start. Which kit do you find is the best deal for the price, Brent?

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