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Forum topic by rpearlberg posted 04-06-2014 11:30 PM 512 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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rpearlberg

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04-06-2014 11:30 PM

I want to get a DeWalt Drill and Impact Driver Kit.

Which one should I go with? HD.com has 3 different 20V sets…


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#1 posted 04-07-2014 12:13 AM

Do you have a need to drill concrete? If your answer is no, then you do not need the hammer drill. Second question is weight or run time more important to you? One kit is likely the 3.0 amp hour kit, more weight but longer run time. The other is likely the 1.5 amp hour kit, less weight and less run time. I personally on both set of batteries. So i pick and chose the battery based on my work. I use the 1.5 for bench work and the 3.0 when I am doing residential construction, decks, sinking lags. Lots of screws or drilling.

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#2 posted 04-07-2014 12:15 AM

The brushless impact motors are supposed to run longer on less charge. I could never justify the added cost.

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#3 posted 04-07-2014 12:15 AM

Most likely no concrete drilling. Just for household use, maybe some light construction.

I’m thinking of going with this kit:
http://www.homedepot.com/p/DEWALT-20-Volt-Li-Ion-Cordless-Combo-Kit-2-Tool-DCK281D2/204210688?quantity=1&str_nbr=6206

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#4 posted 04-07-2014 12:30 AM

if you have your heart set on Dewalt at least get the bigger batteries. The slim ones never seem to last.

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#5 posted 04-07-2014 04:42 AM

I just bought that exact set and LOVE it.
I had the dewalt 12v max set, but sold it and used the funds towards the new set.
The big advantages are brushless, bigger batteries (the compacts are now 2.0ah) and a size and weight that’s not much more than the 12v set. In fact, the 20v max xr drill has a shorter rear to nose length than the 12v max drill.

A few other tidbits I like about the set:
- The drill light is on the base now instead of under the nose, so your work area gets lit up nicely.
- The drill has an all metal chuck that locks securely. Mine has now wobble at all.
- The batteries have a push button fuel gauge.
- The charge charges the 20v max batteries as well as the 12v max ones. Had I known this ahead of time I would have kept my spare 12v max battery and flashlight.
- Comes in a bag and not a box. Not a big deal for me as the set will be on a shelf or in a cabinet anyway, so the bag will get used for other things.
- The drill spins at 2000 rpm in high gear. I don’t think any of the other compacts can make that claim.
- PLENTY of power. Remember, you’re getting a tool that’s only slightly bigger and heavier than the 12v max versions, but the power is bumped up quite a bit.
- Should you need/want them, the 4.0ah batteries aren’t too expensive; around $129 for 2.
- Since I was planning on buying the 4.0ah batteries anyway, I grabbed the impact set (DCF886M2) for the workshop since the other set is for the house. I’ll add the drill as a bare tool (DCD790B) later on, along with the circular saw (DCS391B) and flashlight (DCL040) and probably another set of batteries.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#6 posted 04-07-2014 04:49 AM

Love this set. :-)

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#7 posted 04-07-2014 12:17 PM

Thanks, I think I’m sold!!

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#8 posted 04-07-2014 12:33 PM

I agree with NiteWalker, I have the same set and I love it

-- steve, simple and effective woodworking---

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#9 posted 04-07-2014 12:34 PM

Is it a good deal at $259, or should I wait for a sale?

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#10 posted 04-07-2014 01:38 PM

I grabbed mine from lowe’s for the same price, but I had a 10% off mover’s coupon (you can sign up for one via email) so it came to $251 and change. Money well spent.

A sale might not happen for a bit, so if you have the itch for some new toys, go for it. ;-)

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#11 posted 04-07-2014 01:38 PM

I’d take the good deal @ 259.00

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#12 posted 04-07-2014 01:42 PM

Thanks! I’ve got the itch.

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