Cordless Combo kits

When it comes to cordless combo kits, there are four top contenders that offer the best toolkits. Each brand offers the best tools for hobbyist and professional alike.

Cordless Combo Kits

By having a full line of battery operated tools, I gain the use of easy access to cut and work without having to watch out for power cords. Secondly these tools allow me to work where power is not easily reached with extension cords to get the job at hand done. Sometimes in new construction everybody is trying to work off of generators so the cordless can come in handy when you have charged batteries. Another key thing about having quality cordless tools is to use the same brand as much as possible, so the same cells work for each tool. When you know what you need, you can check to make sure the company you’re going to use carries each tool that you require. This way one battery operates all your cordless tools, and you can now have extra batteries such as four or five to last your day at work.

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Each time you buy a solo cordless tool they usually sell it with two batteries and a charger. If each time you buy different brand names per tool you will be charging multiple battery chargers for many different batteries.

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With seven different tools, you could end up with 14 batteries and seven chargers. You would need to have all seven chargers, keeping your batteries charged in case you need to use them.

Now if you buy the same tools, you still could have 14 batteries and seven chargers but this time you can charge fewer batteries and still use all seven tools if required. So the best deal is to purchase one or more combo kits that gives you more than one tool and usually comes with two batteries and a charger. The advantage of this strategy is you will be able to get the tools you require without having too many batteries to be charging with all those chargers.

When I bought my first combo kit, I got the Dewalt six tools in a hard case.

This case had the following tools:

Dewalt Cordless Circular Saw
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DEWALT DC390K 18-Volt Ni-Cad 6-1/2-Inch Cordless Circular Saw Kit.

Dewalt Cordless Jigsaw
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DEWALT DC330K Heavy-Duty 18-Volt Ni-Cad Cordless Top Handle Jig Saw Kit

Cordless Reciprocating Saw
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DEWALT DC385K2 18-Volt Ni-Cad Cordless Reciprocating Saw Kit

Cordless Hammer Drill
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DEWALT DCD950KX 18-Volt XRP 1/2-Inch Drill/Driver/Hammerdrill Kit

Dewalt Cordless Impact Wrench
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DEWALT DC820KA 18-Volt XRP 1/2-Inch Impact Wrench Kit

and Dewalt 18v Light
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DeWALT DW919 18V Cordless Flexible Floodlight

All six of these tools also came with 2 Dewalt 18v XRP batteries (DEWALT DC9096-2 18-Volt XRP 2.4 Amp Hour NiCad Pod-Style Battery (2-Pack))and one Dewalt 18v Battery Charger (DeWalt DW9226 – 7.2V to 18V 1-HR Battery Charger NEW) in the hard case. Other than the two original batteries, I still have the same tools after ten years.

The next piece of equipment I bought was the Dewalt Jobsite Radio,(DEWALT DC012 Worksite Charger/Radio) which is also a battery charger and Dewalt Cordless Vacuum (DEWALT DCV581H 18/20-Volt MAX Cordless/Corded Wet-Dry Vacuum). So far this gave me seven working tools and two chargers for the two batteries that I had. To finish up on my cordless tools, I then purchased a Dewalt Cordless Nail Gun 16 gauge gun (DEWALT DC618K XRP 18-Volt Cordless 1-1/4 Inch – 2-1/2 Inch 16 Gauge 20 Degree Angled Finish Nailer Kit) that came with two more batteries and one more charger.

Having all these tools with four batteries and three chargers, made a full compliment of cordless tools I required to carry out my work on a day to day basis for most applications. I still have all the original cordless tools and chargers but need to update the batteries about every 4-5 years, as they no longer hold a charge properly after that.

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When you purchase combo kits, you save money by buying multiple tools as a package deal and your not paying to own too many batteries and chargers at the same time. Three to four chargers are plenty, and four to five batteries are also enough to keep you going for the day as you charge and use them.

To me one of the biggest things to remember is the batteries will only take so many charges or last for a certain time frame before they are no longer any use to operate your tools. With this in mind, it is best to buy more tools for the same battery and just update them as they fail. Also, have one less charger to stay on top of keeping the batteries fully charged after use and one battery in a tool ready to run.

I charge all four batteries, use one till drained then rotate as I go and charge the depleted battery. Once a month I do a 24 hr charge on each battery and like I had mentioned before the batteries last 4-5 years.

Check out the different cordless combo kits and see what works for you here.

 

 

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10 Comments:

  1. I can see how if your a construction worker this could be great advice. I only have one set and I’m always stuck because I forget to charge my battery. Having multiple batteries and devices would mean I wouldn’t have to be stuck anymore waiting. This works really well if you do a lot of DYI home type projects. Good Advice!

    • There are a lot of people who do not use tools but for the ones that do, combo kits from two tools or more are the way to go for saving money and having a collection of what you need. The nice thing about cordless is the convenience for using particular tools that save you time and extra cost for gear you may not use very often.

      An example would be a finishing cordless gun versus an air gun. With an air gun you need a compressor and a hose plus the actual air gun say 18 gauge nailer. With a cordless 18 gauge nailer just plug in the battery and your ready to go, saves time, space and usually cost less than going the compressor way.

  2. These combo kits sound like a great idea.
    I’d never heard of them to be honest.
    As someone who is a bit obsessive about having matching sets a bunch of different batteries and chargers would drive me nuts!
    Is there one brand in particular you would recommend over the others?
    Thanks for the great info.
    – Luke

    • I have been using the same Dewalt tools for the last 10 years just requiring new battery replacements after 4-5 years. At the time, dewalt had the most selection which is no longer the case. With the tools available today, I would still buy Dewalt and definitely Milwaukie tools which I also have. I also have some Bosh, Makita that make great tools as well.

  3. Hi Travis,
    Your ‘Cordless Combo Kits” post presents a good argument for a contractor and anyone else who lands here, even by mistake! The use-same-brand argument is clearly won, the whole navigation experience is exciting and I must confess that I’ve taken longer in this site than I intended because I found myself reading through other links as well, into the Wealthy Affiliate University, The Tool Shop, Estimate Book Store, DIY Book Store and more!
    And I’ve liked how relevant photographs, sub-headings and links to ‘check out more information’ have been incorporated into the post. Great work!

    • I’ve had so many people wanting to learn more about renovations than just seeing the work that I have done that I have redesigned my whole website to help those interested in learning more for what they want to know. With my customers, I can talk them through things but that never helped others I was not working with, and they wanted to know as well so this is what I came up with for my new site.

  4. Hello,

    When I try for the first time drill with battery I was just stunned how practice it is. You don’t need to pull cables all over the place, and what is more important if you don’t have electricity power in some of the objects you can work with these sets. I bought cheaper version of set, and I am very disappointing with quality of material. So I am looking for some quality and trusted manufacturer. One of these is going to fit perfect. Thank you for your advises. I will check it out.

    • Glad the post, was of some help, to give you some direction on purchasing one of the better brands of cordless tools. Most combo kits in the better quality tools, will keep up with what you need to do without any problems these days.

  5. I ran across this post and had to read because I LOVE cordless tools! So nice to not have to worry about a cord and power, etc. I personally like Dewalt. And I love the combo kit. I could keep all the tools in one bag and I bet you would get a much better deal purchasing this as opposed to getting each tool individually.

    • The combo tool kits are always a better price them purchasing them separately. Dewalt is one of the better brands right up there with Milwaukee, Bosch, Makita and others.

      At the time, I had purchased all cordless by Dewalt as they had the most selection but a lot of the other great companies have also caught up in selection for the most part.

      I also have reviews of the other name brand tools if you’re interested at Home Improvement Hand Tools.

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