Shun the Evil Cords – New Lithium Ion Batteries Bring the Power
One could make a case that the hottest tool on the market is actually the Lithium Ion battery. This battery can power virtually all of your tools with ample power, long run times and super fast charging. These batteries are the real workhorse in new cordless combination tool kits, which are one of the top selling tool items this year as DIYers look to cut the cord on the majority of tools they use for their home improvement projects.
Most DIY veterans won’t sacrifice quality over cost, but all want to save money and there’s no better time to find tool deals than during Father’s Day sales, according to the recent (battery life and power/torque ran a distant second according to a 2014 Tools Shopping Survey. With that said, prices on some excellent combo kits have come down under $500 recently and there are decent combo kits for under $200 for those on a budget .
It really comes down to what kind of DIY projects you have and what kind power and features you’ll need. There’s no better time to save money on tools then in June when Father’s Day Deals and increased cash back from stores like Sears, Home Depot, Kmart and dozens of others are available to shoppers through June 15! These 5 kits should give you big bang for your buck no matter what level DIYer you are.
Craftsman C3 19.2-Volt 4-Pc Lithium Combo Kit:
A 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: $156.00 w/Free Shipping + 6.0% Cash Back
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PORTER-CABLE 4-Tool 20-Volt Max Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) Cordless Combo Kit:
This 20V kit is well constructed with plenty of power for most DIYers and PORTER-CABLE has an impressive line of add-ons to make this kit perfect to start a cordless collection that works together well. There are 2 batteries, one standard Li-Ion and one Max Li-Ion that charge within 40 minutes, keeping you dual tool ready at an affordable price. Lowe’s shoppers give this kit 5-stars.
- 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: $199.00 Free Shipping + 2.25% Cash Back
DeWalt 20V Max Lithium Ion 5-Tool Kit (DCK590L2):
This high powered kit from DeWalt is perfect for the active DIYer who is continuously working on home improvement projects and expects 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: $499.00 Free Shipping + 4.0% Cash Back
Bosch 18V Lithium Ion 4-Tool Combo Kit (CLPK401-181):
A 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
Amazon $487.75 w/Free Shipping for Amazon Prime accounts
Milwaukee M18 Cordless Lithium-Ion 4-Tool Combo Kit (2694-24):
This 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: $499.00 Free Shipping + 4.0% Cash Back
Smart TIP: Just like bones, tools break, so it’s best to “always” register your tools 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.