When you think of most combo kits, normally it’s one or two featured powerful tools and a series of less than impressive accessories. It’s true, you want to believe that the package offers value at every turn but in most cases, you end up using very little of the actual kit. On the other hand, there is sometimes an exception and this is exactly what I found with the new 8-tool combo kit from DeWalt.
But, what’s different about this combo tool kit from DeWalt?
Well, every item is just as useful as the next and when it comes to accessories, and there seems to be no “fluff” in this combo kit by DeWalt. In other words, there are no useless pieces of kit and every battery, drill bit or attachment is crucial to the performance of each tool. As you know, DeWalt is a very reputable brand with sturdy products so it’s also no surprise that each tool is robust and capable of the highest possible performance. I am all about DIY, though this kit comes with just about everything you will need to start off. I do have a few more recommendations later on in this post.
This comprehensive kit has almost everything you might need as a contractor. In fact, this would make the absolute perfect starter kit for anyone new to contracting and an ideal replacement for those looking to upgrade their current set of tools. What’s more, the price is relatively low and certainly reasonable when you consider the value of each tool and accessory.
As the name suggests, the kit comes with a durable toolbox and no less than eight cordless power tools. While each tool is equally powerful and robust, it must be said that DeWalt manages to strike the perfect balance between functionality and speed. That is to say, each tool is both compact and lightweight with a clear focus on making the tools quick and easy to use.
As it turns out, Toughsystem is further icing on the cake as this durable toolbox is the kind of home you would want for such valuable tools and equipment. Aside from the 8 tools, there is (2) 2.0Ah and (1) 4.0Ah 20-Volt Max Batteries, a charger, and tool accessories included.
Here is what comes inside the kit
DCG412 Angle Grinder
DCS381 Reciprocating Saw
DCS355 Oscillating Multi-tool
DCL040 LED Worklight
DCD771 Compact Drill/ Driver
DCF885 Impact Driver
DCF883 Impact Wrench
DCS393 Cordless Circular Saw
The DeWalt 20-volt grinder is one of the most robust tools in the kit. Even though this is cordless, it feels just as powerful as my cored Dewalt grinder. It’s one of the more versatile tools in the box! The 8000 RPM motor provides the versatility you’ll need to switch task from construction to metal work to automotive work and so on. This kit comes with all the accessories you’ll need for an angle grinder including the handle, tool-free guard, loosening tool and a 5in metal grinding wheel. To give you an idea on the value of this kit, this tool alone sells for $129 without a battery.
If you’re looking to do some quick damage, cut through 2 by 4 stud, pallets, cut metal and cutting a few tree branches this is your guy. This reciprocation saw has a solid and straightforward design. With up to 3000 SPM (strokes per minute) you can still be in control with the variable speed trigger, this allows for easy blade control and faster-cutting speed.
This 20-Volt Lithium-ion cordless oscillating tool it two blades one fast-cut wood blade and nail in a wood blade. The blade can be changed quickly without any tool. The onboard LED makes it easy to see the cutting area no matter how dark the work area it. I actually have like 6 oscillating tools now and this is the first one that’s cordless which make this very convenient to grab a go. With a brushless motor, this tool can deliver up to 50%more run time.
To me, my flashlights have a lot in common to measuring tapes. I see them all the time, but when I need them, they are always out of site. The DCL040 is a little different, being that it shares the same battery with all the tools in this kit it will a bit harder to misplace. With a 110 Lumens, bright efficient LED bulb for longer runtime. The light head rotates 120deg so in most work areas this will certainly be ready to shine.
As for the DCD771, this compact drill is noticeably light and super easy to maneuver in tight spaces. Surprisingly this has a 1/2 chuck which is keyless. Perfect for rapid tightening and loosening.
Next up on this list is the compact 1/4in impact driver. Providing 1400 in. lbs. of max torque with a 20-volt motor. Quicky change the hex bit with one hand as you take a wide range of fastening operations. It has three LED lights to eliminate your workspace when working in dark areas.
The Dewalt 20-Volt Max Lithium-Ion 3/8 in. Impact wrench is compact and lightweight. A great impact driver for maintenance jobs ranging from plumbing, automotive mechanics, contractors, and other home projects. For me, this may be the lesser used tool in the box but when you need it, it will be there.
Saving the best for last, and probably my favorite tool in the shop, the circular saw. The DEWALT DCS391B 20-Volt Max Lithium-Ion Cordless Circular Saw is high strength and most of all lightweight. This compact saw is made for a wide range of application, also has a handle for good control. All my past DeWalt tools have been very durable so I have no doubt this is just that. Unlike my other circular saws, this one uses a 6.5in blade vs. the 7 1/4in. With that in mind, this still has a maximum cut depth of 2.25in on 90degree cuts. Speaking of cuts, this saw comes with its own blade but I usually keep multiple blades nearby for a different application. For ultra fine cutting applications I lean towards the DIABLO 6-1/2 X 60T and I find these to cut fast and deliver a clean cut. They are High-density carbide blades so they are pretty tough and durable. For general purpose cutting, I used the DIABLO 6/1/2 X24T. With fewer teeth you will experience more chip out but a faster cut. This blade is also carbide so you can expect a longer life. If you need to cut a 2 by 4, rough plywood etc. this is my go-to. This circle saw concludes the final tool in this bundle. Below are some additional items I feel will make this come out more well-rounded.
As a DIY woodworker, anytime a tool doesn’t have a cord it’s a great day! I recently got introduced to a cordless sander for the first time and it was the best. It’s bad enough standing with just a power cord, and how about when you connect the vacuum hose and you have cords coming from two different directions? That could get ugly quick if you don’t strap the hose and vacuum together, then the hassle of taking them apart. I just wanted to paint a picture for you before I tell you about my new love for cordless sanding. The Dewalt DCW210B 20-Volt sander has a brushless motor which provides efficiency. With a variable speed dial, you can set the speed anywhere from 8000 to 12000 OPM. Having this control allows you to match the speed to the application. The dust bag it can be attached and detached with a simple twist. To connect this to a vacuum, you will need to get the Dewalt attachment sold separately or just make your own. The DCW210B is a separate purchase so having the extra batteries makes for the ToughSystem easy to adopt.
Now I’m on to the jigsaw and just like the like the sander this one is not included in the combo kit. It is also a tool only purchase, it’s a way to keep the cost down if you already own a tool in the 20-volt Max line. I have a few jigsaws and this is hands down the best quality one I have. The DEWALT DCS334B 20-Volt MAX XR has a brushless motor that delivers performance and longer runtime. At the front, there is a bright LED to light up the work surface. The trigger is variable and this allows you to control the speed of the blade with the velocity of the squeeze. It’s compact and lightweight giving you all the control power. One thing I can appreciate about this jigsaw is that it is well built. For any job you need, like cutting curves, cutting circles, or quickly cutting out a square, then a jigsaw is what you can set your sight on.
Anytime I’m doing shop cleaning or even transferring materials from one location to the next I look to have gloves on. I have been using these ones from Firm Grip, they have a nice athletic fit, and are constructed with a breathable material and silicone grip which is great for holding lumber. I use them from my truck to the garage and around my house. So far I have nothing but good things to say about them.
As already mentioned, this is the ideal starter kit for contractors but also an ideal upgrade for existing kits that might need replacement. That being said, maybe you have some home renovations coming up or a spot of DIY on the horizon and in this sense, the combo kit is an affordable choice for homeowners and contractors alike. I do not want to tell you what tool to buy or why you should upgrade my goal is to educate and share the latest things I get my hands on. I genuinely think this is a very nice package. If I bought three of the 8 tools in this combo kit that could easily equal the total price of the 8-combo tool system without batteries. I’m not sure how they are pulling this deal off but it’s worth looking at.
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