|Forum topic by BlankMan||posted 12-22-2009 05:30 AM||1199 views||0 times favorited||13 replies|
12-22-2009 05:30 AM
Ok. after weighing all that was said I went out and picked up the DeWalt DCK265L 18V LI-ion 1/2” Drill/Driver & 1/4” Impact Drive kit at Home Depot with a 10% Lowes coupon, end result, $251. Pretty good deal I thought for two tools, two batteries and charger. I also then went to Lowes and picked up another Li-ion battery with charger for $125 after 10% coupon. So I have 3 batteries to rotate thus neither tool would be without a battery while one is charging nor would I then have to swap the battery back and forth between tools while one is charging.
Now the dilemma. I’m considering replacing the rest of my 14.4V tools at this time also, only because there seems to be some decent deals out there. I can pick up a 4 piece kit that would round out and replace some of my existing remaining 14.4V tools.
I can get the DCK470L 18V Li-ion kit for $549 and get a $50 gift card, out of pocket cost $549.
Or the DCK450X NiCad kit for $449 minus a 10% coupon, out of pocket cost $405.
Both kits contain a 1/2” Hammer Drill (a different model in each kit but comparable), a 6” Circular Saw (same model in both), a Reciprocating Saw (same model in both), and a Snake Light (same model in both). Being that they’re comparable or the same, that means the shoe for the battery on each tool is the new smaller design for the Li-ion battery and not old larger shoe that was for the NiCad battery, essentially all Li-ion tools in both kits. The cordless Reciprocating Saw is the only addition that I don’t currently have (but have been keeping an eye out for one) I do have a corded one. But as a buddy pointed out, the cordless ones do come in handy. besides the normal stuff, in remote corners of the garden/yard too. I can see that.
So, if I go the less expensive route it will cost $405 and I’ll have 3 Li-ion batteries, 2 NiCad XRP batteries and 2 Li-ion/NiCad chargers and can buy additional Li-ion batteries as the need arises or as deals show up.
If I go the more expensive route it will cost $549 and I’ll have 5 Li-ion batteries none of which are XRP’s and 3 Li-ion/NiCad chargers, and then use the gift card towards another Li-ion battery thus having a Li-ion battery for each tool.
So, I’m wondering what people would do in this case?
-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI