Dewalt combo kit

What is the best dewalt combo kit? To sum things up, the 7-tool combo, DCKTS780D2M1, seems to offer the best balance and highest value for the money, the 9-tool combo, DCK940D2, might be more appealing to some individuals, and the 4-tool brushless combo, DCK453D2, gives you fewer but better core tools to start with.

The 7-tool combo is the best “one and done” combo kit.

The 9-tool combo kit might give some the appearance of “best bang for the buck.”

The 4-tool XR combo kit is the better choice for those who want better “core tools” and who might be prepared to spend more money down the line. I say this because I think the saw might benefit from being paired with a higher capacity battery pack, which isn’t included with this combo kit.

Dewalt Combo Kit

Best Dewalt “One and Done” Cordless Combo Kit

Dewalt DCKTS780D2M1 Cordless Power Tool Combo Kit

I don’t even know how I came upon this kit. There it was, in an open browser window, along with a few other seasonal promos. The price is said to be good thru July 14th, 2018, but supplies might be limited.

This Dewalt 20V Max combo kit, model DCKTS780D2M1, is a 7-tool kit that I hadn’t seen before.

It offers a mix of brushless and brushed motor tools, comes with (3) Li-ion battery packs, and a ToughSystem tool box to hold everything.

The drill is a compact brushless hammer drill, and not one of the seasonal promo models, either. It’s the regular DCD796 model. That’s a plus right there. And I also really like that it comes with (2) 2.0Ah compact battery packs, and (1) 4.0A higher capacity battery pack.

The compact pack will pair better with the smaller tools, and the higher capacity battery with the saws or grinder, but you can also mix and match according to your needs and the tasks at hand.

A ToughSystem rolling tool box is a nice inclusion.

Here’s a list of the tools you get:

  • Brushless hammer drill
  • Standard brushed impact driver
  • LED flashlight
  • Non-premium circular saw
  • Non-premium reciprocating saw
  • Angle grinder
  • Brushless oscillating multi-tool

Price: $499

This looks to be the BEST Dewalt cordless power tool combo kit for $500. You get a very good selection of tools, 3 batteries, and the drill is a brushless model.

Dewalt probably could have gotten away with bundling this kit with only 2 batteries, or swapping the ToughSystem tool box for contractor bags, or giving you a lesser drill.

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The Most Giftable Dewalt Combo Kit

Dewalt DCK940D2 20V Max Cordless Combo Kit

Here’s the Dewalt 9-tool cordless power tool combo kit that made Mark doubt his recent 5-tool combo kit purchase. This kit, DCK940D2, comes around nearly every holiday or Father’s Day shopping season.

Here are some older posts and deal discussions.

It’s actually a good value.

Here’s what I said about it last holiday season:

While this might not be the kit I’d personally pick out for myself, it offers a very good selection of tools at high bang for the buck value. I’d feel compelled to upgrade the drill and as mentioned pick up a larger battery pack to power those saw’s with.

These days, Dewalt has a brushless drill that’s sold seasonally at the $99 price point, and I’d like to see this kit updated with that model. There’s really no reason for the DCD771 to be on the market anymore, since there’s something better at the same seasonal price point.

  • DCD771 Drill/Driver (Compare Price)
  • DCF885 Impact Driver (Compare Price)
  • DCS381 Reciprocating Saw
  • DCS393 Circular Saw
  • DCS355 Brushless Oscillating Multi-Tool (Compare Price)
  • DCL040 LED Worklight (Compare Price)
  • DCG412 Angle Grinder (Compare Price)
  • DCR006 Bluetooth Speaker (Compare Price)
  • DCD740 Right Angle Drill (Compare Price)
  • 2x 2.0Ah Li-ion Battery Packs
  • Standard Charger
  • Tool Bags

This kit is a good value, but it’s more of a “big bang for the buck” combo for those that don’t know what they want or might need. It’s a good giftable kit.

Compared to the above 7-tool combo kit, this 9-tool kit has a lesser drill, it gives you 2 tool bags instead of a nice rolling tool box, and it only gives you 2 compact battery packs. I think this kit would be a little more personally appealing if one of those compact batteries were upgraded to a higher capacity pack.

But, for what it gives up, you get 2 additional tools, a right angle drill, and a Bluetooth speaker. Personally, I think the 7-tool combo kit is the better buy, and it’s the one I’d want. But if I were shopping for someone else, or were a lot less tool-savvy, this 9-tool combo kit is still a very good value.

Price: $499

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(The Bluetooth speaker should come with an AC adapter, and so it won’t hog one of the two included batteries if there’s a wall outlet available.)

The “Better Core Tools” Brushless Combo Kit

Dewalt DCK483D2 Brushless Tool Combo Kit

Knowing that Mark was doubting his purchase of a Dewalt 20V Max 5-tool cordless combo kit, I gave it some thought and recommended that he look at this 4-tool brushless tool kit instead.

This kit, model DCK483D2, has a brushless drill, brushless circular saw, brushless 3-speed impact driver, LED flashlight, and (2) 2.0Ah batteries.

From the link he sent me, it seemed that Mark paid $550 for his 5-tool brushed tool combo kit. That kit was bundled with Dewalt’s premium 3-speed brushed hammer drill, premium circular saw, premium reciprocating saw, standard impact driver, and LED flashlight.

I didn’t realize it at first that he might miss the added power and speed range of the premium brushless drill. Although, for a lot of tasks, maybe he’ll benefit from the smaller size of this compact version. That all depends on his needs and wants. It’s tough to know what others can compromise on.

The saw included in this kit has a brushless motor and larger blade size. The impact is a big upgrade, and although the drill isn’t a premium 3-speed version, I’d say it’s at least side-step, rather than an upgrade or downgrade.

Compared to the kit Mark bought, and even compared to the other kits above, this kit is less expensive, leaving some money on the side for another tool or additional Li-ion batteries, going by his presumed $500-$550 budget.

The downside is that, if I were to pair this kit with a bare tool reciprocating saw, I’d also want to add a high capacity battery or two. So when all was said and done, I’d end up spending more.

Ultimately, I think this kit offers a better “core tools” selection than the other Dewalt cordless combo kits available.

It’s a reasonably good everyday value, and it doesn’t require a lot of thinking. The other combo kits mentioned here, however, are not year-round offerings. The 7-t00l kit looks to be new for the 2018 Father’s Day and summer shopping season, and the 9-tool kit is a regular seasonal offering. For someone reading this post in say September, or February of next year, I would be confident in calling this 4-tool combo kit a good choice.

Price: $399

Best Tool Boxes Reviews

1. Dewalt Tool Box

dealt tool box

First on our list is one of the top-rated and best-reviewed toolboxes. Dewalt is a renowned company in the industry and the Dewalt Tool Box DWST08204 Extra Large Tough System is from a series of carrying cases from the house of Dewalt. The company has a wide range of carrying and storage products from storage to portability.

Top Features:

  • Highly robust built foam-based box with a very large interior storage space and superior durability
  • The vertical internal storage is great for placing hand tools
  • It has a removable tray for hand tools and other misc objects
  • Comes with side latches that let you stack one module over the other thus giving you clear shelf function and also segregation possibility as well.
  • The side handles are smooth and make the carrying it around very easy and let you place a lot of such boxes on the Metal carrier easily
  • Made out of IP65 Integrated water seal outside and inside which will give you greater protection against any moisture or weather ailments.
  • Anti-rust metal latches that are weather friendly
  • Can store up weights till the capacity of 110 lbs easily
  • Has a central locking mechanism which is built to facilitate its stacking on the ToughSystem stacking family
  • Foldable brackets which enable tailored configurations for the metal carriers
  • The foam box wall is about 4 mm in thickness thus gives it a robust quality even if used as a single unit.
  • The vertical compartments are easily interchangeable for the box to be used as one large unit or shelved too.
  • The box is also available in different models and the ToughSystem family is a large suite of storage and movement utilities

Concerns:

  • Though it is portable with the latches and handles, the 110 lbs might not exactly be portable enough for a regular day job toolbox

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2. Jegs Tool Box 

jegs tool box

A toolbox that is straight out from the 80’s model, the JEGS 81400 Black is a 3 drawer professional toolbox. You can have this for your truck, for garage work, for your home usage, car repair, trucks or trailers. A highly reviewed and received product, it is a decent box to store away your utilities easily and for a long time.

Top Features:

  • Has 3 drawers of convenience for storing spanners, screwdrivers, wrenches and other flat long tools
  • The box is entirely made out of high quality 16 gauge steel
  • The drawers can be extended out fully, removed and replaced
  • Glide system of the drawers is ball-bearing based thus it promises smoother movement from a point to another
  • Can be locked and carried too. Includes 2 keys as well in the package.
  • The latches are strong, hold firmly and are rust-resistant in nature
  • Has a black powder coat finish
  • Dimensions of the box are about 20.5 inches in length, 12 inches in height and 9 inches in breadth
  • Very portable thanks to the meagre 17 lbs weight
  • The handles come with JEGS comfort grip handles which are great for lifting and carrying without causing hand bristles

Concerns:

  • Though touted as non-rustic, the outer layer might end up losing the paint if not taken care of and end up causing some rust.

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3. Plano Molding Tool Box

Plano tool box

Much like the heavy foam built grade of the Dewalt, the Plano 823-003 contractor-grade PO series is a 22 inches large Tool Box with black handles and latches. The grey graphite box comes with all there is much like the Jegs box mentioned above but with a robust build, looks and large capacity.

Top Features:

  • Highly reviewed and rated box to store and arrange a wide range of tools
  • Moulded plastic heavy foam built box
  • Sized at 22 inches length, by 13.5 inches height and a 12.5 inches breadth.
  • Plano modelling moulded with high-quality foam and durable build quality
  • Includes two lift-out trays. These trays facilitate deep storage compartments which can let you either store a lot of small tools, a couple of large tools or adjust both large and small tools.
  • The fold-down handle will let you take the toolbox with you wherever you go with great ease.
  • Includes two stove away organizers that will stay in their place securely without any movement or disorganizing.
  • The handles and the latches are reinforced for better durability and strength.
  • Extra deep construction and the easy access to that is an add on feature
  • Comes with a 1-year manufacturer’s warranty from the date of purchase which is a fresh and promising addition to such storage products.

Concerns:

  • None too specific to mention

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4. Stalwart Tool Box 

Stalwart 75

Yet another 22 inches large tool storage box, the Stalwart 75-MJ5051B is a contractor-grade toolbox that comes with a really cool and comfortable and heavy-duty handle that makes the box a highly portable make and build.

Top Features:

  • The heavy-duty build quality of the Stalwart box makes it a great professional-grade toolbox and not just another “for the attic” toolbox
  • It comes with a highly unique cantilevered tray that increases your ability and the reach you need to access the tools stored and also you can easily see through what you need and when.
  • Has a clear-top lid that makes it easier to access the top shelf without needing to open the whole box.
  • The shelves on the top have about 15 removable divisions and 3 parts that are permanently dividable. This increases the stability and avoids any tipping of the box as a whole.
  • The box has a whole dimension of 22 inches length, 10 inches height, 12 inches width exterior. For the interior, it has a total usable 18.75 inches length, 2.25 inches height (compartmentally), and about 9 inches in width
  • Comes with support legs that remove the chance of tipping over
  • The handle is very comfortable to hold near the grip area and the entirety is made out of stainless steel
  • The overall build material is Polypropylene and Stainless Steel
  • Highly portable and has a great value for money

Concerns:

  • None too specific to mention about

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5. Akro-Mils Tool Box 

akro tool box

Next up we have the Akro Mils ProBox, a 14 inches large plastic built toolbox. This red coloured box gives you the vintage feel on as to a professional 70’s toolman. Also, Akro Mills comes with a fantastic 60 years history into building affordable storage equipment.

Top Features:

  • Comes with very large storage space and a total of 14 inches in length
  • Has a quite large removable tray for you to store smaller equipment or tools
  • The box has a very strong steel latch to it. The padlock’s eye is large enough to shut the box close for the better
  • Loaded boxes can be carried around with great ease and comfort as the handle has a very comfortable and highly secure grip to it
  • The outer layer of the box is chemical resistant and as the product is made in the USA, you can rest assured of the quality
  • Affordable pricing and very good  storage capacity

Concerns:

  • Could have had a bit more compartments or shelves for the price

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6. Craftsman Toolbox 

Craftsman toolbox

Yet another red coloured toolbox chest, the Craftsman is a metal chest that comes with 3 drawers. Very sturdy in build, the chest comes with great reviews and ratings to it.

Top Features:

  • Plenty of storage space but has a compact structure to it.
  • The hinges are tight and sturdy in it that can withstand any rough handling
  • The lid might seem a bit chintzy after a while but it does the job
  • The drawers are piano styled and can be pilled out with great ease
  • All while they have a great locking mechanism to them as well.
  • The box’s handle has a rough handle which makes it easier to hang it by just about anything.

Concerns:

  • The paint job on the metal surface could have been a bit better.

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7. Keter Tool Box 

keter tool box

Finally on our list is the Keter Pro Classic toolbox. This toolbox has a robust plastic built body with compact shut case shelves out of durable and rugged quality in total.

Top Features: 

  • Decent 18.99 inches Length whereas 10.24 inches in width and 9.84 inches in height.
  • Made out of high-quality rugged polypropylene resins which promises greater shelf life
  • The interior utility tray is removable and retractable
  • The lid is made out of metal and the stopper can hold the lid still intact while you are working.
  • The padlock has separate storage space for quick access of tools
  • The lid organizers are present on both sides of the handlebar where you can store small tools or spare parts etc.,

Concerns: 

  • None too specific to mention

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8. Stanley STST19410 One-Latch Toolbox

Stanley Toolbox

The next one in our list is from Stanley, a 19-inches large plastic built toolbox. It comes with black handles and a latch that makes it easy to carry and store your utilities easily.

Top Features:

  • Designed with a robust structure with large interior storage space and superior durability.
  • With its extra-wide soft-grip handle, you can easily lift and carry it around to your workplace.
  • It has a removable tray that provides enough space for larger tools to be stored underneath.
  • Sized at 19-inches length, by 9 inches height and 10.25 inches width.
  • Organizers on top lid for small parts storage and convenience to use.
  • It is a one-hand operation latch that allows opening while other hand is occupied and also shuts automatically.
  • Affordable pricing and good storage capacity.
  • It has a black powder coat finish and offers a limited lifetime warranty on any manufacturing defects.
  • It is durable, versatile, and secure that gives the mobile craftsman the versatility they need for the workplace.
  • Made out of high-quality plastic that ensures greater shelf life.

Concerns:

  • It would have a bit more space/shelves for proper storage.
  • Could improve the design of the latch locking system.

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