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Best Cordless Tool Combo Kit

Cordless tools are rapidly overtaking their corded cousins in the construction trades, as well as for the average homeowner and do-it-yourselfer. The convenience of cordless tools more than makes up for their increased price in many people's eyes, helping them to justify the expense. When you have to do a quick project, cordless tools make it much easier to accomplish.
These cordless combo tool kits combine several tools from the same manufacturer, all of which operate off the same power system. Typically, the kits come with two batteries and a charger, making it possible to work more or less continually, depending upon the recharge speed of the batteries. Since these tools all use Lithium-Ion batteries, it’s possible to pull a partially recharged battery from the charger and use it without any risk of damage.

There are a couple of advantages of buying these types of kits rather than buying individual tools. First of all, the kits provide several tools for a lower price than if you were to buy them individually which ultimately saves you money. A second savings comes from the fact you’re buying all of your tools for the same battery system. That reduces cost on batteries and chargers, especially when you start comparing it to having a mishmash of tools from different manufacturers.
All of the kits have at least one drill and at least two saws. The saws are circular and reciprocating. While that doesn't give you the capability of cutting curves like you can with a scroll saw, it will handle most construction related tasks. Some of the larger kits add a scroll saw, as well as other tools.
It's real easy to get carried away when you start looking at kits like this and decide you need everything. But before buying, take the time to think about the projects you do and the types of tools needed for them. On the flip side, some of the additions to the kit may be what you end up using the most. Many cordless tool manufacturers are now building smaller sized impact drivers, which are great for driving screws into a deck or other tasks where a normal drill/driver doesn't have enough torque. You'll also find work lights in these kits which there are never enough of in anyone's tool kit.
Another thing to consider when choosing a kit is any cordless tools you currently own. If you already have some tools from a manufacturer, the addition of more from the same manufacturer could put you in a position of having more chargers and batteries available for your tool collection. Unless there’s a real reason to buy another brand, it’s worth purchasing consistently.
All of the kits come with soft-sided cases for storing and carrying your tools. This is convenient if you’re limited in workshop space, or just for carrying the tools to the area where you are working on the project. These heavy-duty canvas cases are rugged and can handle the weight of multiple tools, without tearing.

Finally, some of the manufacturers offer more than one combo kit. In those cases, I've listed their best combo kit but you might want to check their websites to see if they have any smaller kits available.

Makita LXT1500 18-Volt Lithium-Ion 15-Piece Combo Kit

This kit from Makita is the biggest combination kit I've seen. It has 15 different tools in it and while a few are things like lamps and a radio, it has enough solid tools in it for just about any project you can think of. It even includes a leaf blower which is great for cleaning the sawdust out of your workshop too.

The Makita set comes with three different saws, three drills and three impact drivers of different sizes. There’s a right-angle drill, a hammer drill, as well as a screw gun, specifically designed for sinking drywall screws to the right depth.

One really great thing about Makita's cordless tools is that they have the fastest recharge time of anyone. If you're in a rush, you can get your batteries back into the tool in as little as 15 which is about half the time of anyone else. The set comes with two chargers and four 3.0 Ah batteries; high capacity units what some manufacturers call "fat packs”.

Milwaukee 2696-29 18V Cordless M18 Lithium-Ion 9-Tool Combo Kit

Milwaukee's kit isn't quite as big as the Makita one is, but it has less frills. They've only put one work light in it (rather than two), and there's no job site radio taking up space. The kit still has three saws, two impact drivers and two drills, one of which is a right-angle drill. The kit only comes with two batteries and one charger, but they’re the 3.0Ah fat pack batteries, or as Milwaukee calls them, "extended capacity batteries".

Milwaukee Tools has two things going for them in any competition. Number one is that their tools are extraordinarily rugged and no matter what, you can count on these tools to last. The other is these tools always have more torque than the competition. It doesn't matter if you're looking at a drill, a driver or a saw; you'll get more power out of a Milwaukee tool than you will anyone else.

DEWALT DCK955X 18-Volt XRP Cordless 9-Tool Combo Kit

DeWalt has a nine piece kit as well, making it technically the same size as the Milwaukee kit. But, this one is considerably less expensive. They've also taken a slightly different approach to putting their kit together, perhaps providing a little more flexibility. First of all, the drill is a hammer drill, so you get both functions out of one tool. They solve the need for a driver by providing both a hex female drive impact for use with standard bits and a 3/8" drive impact driver.

The same three saws are included in this kit that we found in the Makita and Milwaukee kits. But there are also two high-speed rotary cutters for cutting metals. One is a right-angle grinder/cutter like on the other kits, but the other is a more compact vertical cutting tool which could be used in a number of ways, from a small router to a trimmer; I like that extra flexibility. Like most kits, DeWalt’s DCK955X comes with one charger and two batteries which are 2.0Ah charge.

Bosch CLPK402-181 18-Volt 4-Tool Lithium-Ion Cordless Combo Kit

With this kit from Bosch, we're stepping down to a much smaller combo kit but it's considerably cheaper as well. Nevertheless, Bosch has worked to make it very versatile. The kit consists of a hammer drill, circular saw, reciprocating saw, and also comes with a portable work light. It's nice that they included a hammer drill in the kit, as that gives more flexibility than just a regular drill/driver would. The kit comes with two fat pack batteries and a charger, to keep you working nonstop.

Black & Decker BDCD2204KIT 20-Volt MAX Lithium-Ion 4-Tool Combo Kit

Black & Decker has upped their standard battery voltage on their Li-Ion batteries to 20 volts, rather than the 18 volts everyone else uses. That gives their tools a little more power to work with as well as easier to get more torque out of them. This kit consists of a drill, circular saw, reciprocating saw and flashlight. It also comes with a charger and two of their 20 volt MAX batteries. I actually have the drill that's in this kit, which I bought because I wanted an inexpensive cordless drill. It’s worked out great for me, hasn’t caused any problems, and provides plenty of power for my needs.

Rich the Tool Man

Before embarking on the current stage of my life, I spent 15 years as a Manufacturing Engineer in both the medical equipment field (medical electronics) and automotive engineering (city transit buses). After that, I owned a small construction company, mostly doing residential remodeling and commercial tenant finishes. I am no longer in either of these fields, but still get my hands plenty dirty as a consummate do-it-yourselfer; working on everything from remodeling my own home to rebuilding my car’s engines. My hobby (when I can find the time) is woodworking; making everything from toilet paper holders, to shelves, to music stands for my own home. My wife long ago gave up the idea that a two car garage is for parking two cars; it is my workshop.

While I cannot claim to having worked professionally with all types of tools, I have worked professionally with some. This comes from my previous careers, where I had to specify, buy and at times live with those decisions. Additionally, I would have to say that my engineering background has given me a thorough understanding of the construction of such tools. So, while I may not have used a particular type of tool personally, I have the knowledge to cut through all the advertising hype and statistics; in order to get at the truth of how well a tool will operate and last.

In my current career as a writer, I've written over 90 books. This includes my own titles and those I've written on contract. I've also written a complete website on how to build your own home.

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