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October 26, 2021

Professional Tool Reviews for Pros


Best Brushless Combo Kit Buying Guide

Best 18V Impact Driver Roundup - Medium Lag Screw Test Milwaukee 2753

Finding the best brushless combo kit isn’t easy. There are all kinds of kit options for power tools out there. When starting out, many Pros look closely at 6-tool kits that get them a ton of tools in one fell swoop. The truth is, you can find brushless combo kits in just about any size. Smaller kits tend to miss one tool or another that Pros want to have on hand.


When we set out to find the best power tool combo kit, Milwaukee and Makita ended up with an unfair advantage. We set our goal at looking at kits containing a drill, impact driver, circular saw, and reciprocating saw (whenever possible). DeWalt and others also have kits like this, and typically they add a work light.

DeWalt’s DCK695P2 kit is relevant today, but Makita and Milwaukee don’t have comparable kits. So we had to move up to their 6-tool kits. Unlike DeWalt’s 5-tool kit, they have brushless motors. But DeWalt also has a comparable brushless 6-tool kit to what the other two have, so it’s time to look at how these three popular brands compare.

What’s most exciting about comparing these three kits is that even though there are some differences, none of them are disappointing.

Best Brushless Combo Kit Overall

Makita XT707PT 18V LXT 7‑Pc Brushless Combo Kit (5.0Ah)

Makita XT707PT 18V 7pc brushless combo kit

Makita takes the top spot in a race that’s hotly contested at nearly every point of consideration. In the end, its balance of performance, ergonomics, and price give it an advantage over the others. If not for the ~$130 difference in price between Makita and Milwaukee, there’d be almost no way to recommend one over the other…well, except that Makita also gives you some tunes for the jobsite!

DeWalt falters only in their reciprocating saw. It’s enough of a weak spot to relegate their overall placing to third. What keeps it a close third place is that the addition of their brushless multi-tool is a very attractive tool to include over an angle grinder.

Price: $969

We Also Recommend:

  • Milwaukee M18 FUEL 6-Tool Combo Kit
  • DeWalt 20V Max XR 6-Tool Combo Kit

Best Brushless Combo Kit for Performance

Milwaukee 2998-27 M18 FUEL 7-Tool Brushless Combo Kit

milwaukee brushless tool combo kit 2998-27

Milwaukee takes first in overall performance. Each tool is close to the top in head-to-head testing. It’s the consistent first and second place finishing that puts the kit a notch above the others.

Makita is second with their impact driver and circular saws being their “weak” spots. But calling them weak is misleading – their Excellent ratings just happen to be lower than the others.

Again, DeWalt’s compact reciprocating saw holds their kit back in overall performance. At least their impact driver and circular saw both perform really well.

Price: $1099

We Also Recommend:

  • Makita 18V LXT Lithium‑Ion Brushless Cordless 6‑Pc. Combo Kit (5.0Ah)
  • DeWalt 20V Max XR 6-Tool Combo Kit

Best Brushless Combo Kit for Ergonomics

DeWalt DCK695P2 20V Compact Brushless 6-tool Combo Kit

DeWalt DCK695P2 6-tool brushless combo kit

DeWalt and Makita go toe to toe when it comes to ergonomics. Makita tends to be more compact and lighter while DeWalt tends to fit better in the hand. At the end of the day, the difference between the two may come down to simple preference. DeWalt just gets the slight advantage for me, and this compact 6-pc combo kit feels strong for the price.

Milwaukee’s design has more of that “Nothing But Heavy Duty” feel to it with handle designs that aren’t quite as polished and slightly heavier construction.

We Also Recommend:

  • Makita 18V LXT Lithium‑Ion Brushless Cordless 6‑Pc. Combo Kit (5.0Ah)
  • Milwaukee M18 FUEL LITHIUM-ION 6-Tool Combo Kit

Best Brushless Combo Kit for the Money

DeWalt 20V Max XR 6-Tool Combo Kit

DeWalt DCS570 20V Max Brushless Circular Saw

If you can call it a win, DeWalt wins the price battle over Makita by $0.99. If it’s value you’re looking for, it will boil down to whether you want an oscillating multi-tool or an angle grinder. DeWalt also gets the nod with the addition of newer models.

Milwaukee runs $200 more expensive. You get an extra two years of warranty and arguably better build quality for it, though.

We Also Recommend:

  • Makita 18V LXT Lithium‑Ion Brushless Cordless 6‑Pc. Combo Kit (5.0Ah)
  • Milwaukee M18 FUEL LITHIUM-ION 6-Tool Combo Kit

Best Brushless Combo Kit Warranty

Milwaukee 2998-27 M18 FUEL 7-Tool Brushless Combo Kit

milwaukee brushless tool combo kit 2998-27

We can’t believe the tools jammed into this Milwaukee brushless combo kit. 7 brushless power tools for $1099! Milwaukee warranties the tools in this kit for 5 years. The other two kits carry just a 3-year warranty. DeWalt gets a nod over Makita for their 1-year service contract that takes care of wear-and-tear items in the first year after purchase. All three brands warranty their batteries for 3 years.

We Also Recommend:

  • DeWalt 20V Max XR 6-Tool Combo Kit
  • Makita 18V LXT Lithium‑Ion Brushless Cordless 6‑Pc. Combo Kit (5.0Ah)

DeWalt DCK695P2 20V 6-Tool Brushless Combo Kit Details

DeWalt DCK695P2 6-tool brushless combo kit
  • Model Number:  DeWalt DCK695P2
  • Price: $879
  • Warranty: 3 years limited

Pros: Outstanding ergonomics, full brushless kit, Very Good hammer drill, Outstanding circular saw and impact driver, the deep lineup of 20V Max tools, brushless oscillating multi-tool included, 5.0 AH batteries

Cons: Warranty could be longer, the reciprocating saw is a weak area for DeWalt

The Bottom Line: Performance specs are one thing, but head-to-head testing doesn’t lie. DeWalt took first place in our Impact Driver Shootout and is the top performer among the three circular saws in this group in a shootout as well. DeWalt also offers the only 7-1/4″ circular saw in this group of kits. While the kitted drill doesn’t have the same level of torque as Milwaukee and Makita, it’s still a solid performer.

The weak spot for this kit is the compact reciprocating saw. Its stroke speed falls well below the others. DeWalt reciprocating saws also aren’t exactly known for their vibration control and cutting speed. Still, you get a compact model that will help you get in some tighter spots.

DeWalt breaks away from the angle grinder bonus tool and adds an oscillating multi-tool instead. That’s a move that contractors who focus more on trim work will really like.

DeWalt 20V Max XR Brushless 3-Speed Hammer Drill

  • Model: DeWalt DCD996
  • Speed: 0 – 450 / 0 – 1300 / 0 – 2000 RPM
  • Torque: 840 in-lbs.
  • Impact Rate: 38,250 BPM
  • Weight: 4.3 lbs

DeWalt 20V Max XR Brushless 3-Speed Impact Driver

  • Model: DeWalt DCF887
  • Speed: 0 – 1000 / 0 – 2800 / 0 – 3250 RPM
  • Impact Rate: 0 – 3800 IPM
  • Torque: 1825 in.lbs.
  • Weight: 2.0 lbs

DeWalt 20V Max XR Brushless 7-1/4″ Circular Saw

  • Model: DeWalt DCS570
  • Speed: 5,200 RPM
  • Blade Size: 7-1/4″
  • Weight: 7.5 lbs

DeWalt 20V Max XR Brushless Compact Reciprocating Saw

  • Model: DeWalt DCS367
  • Speed: 0 – 2900 SPM
  • Stroke Length: 1-1/8″
  • Weight: 5.0 lbs

Additional Tools

Makita XT707PT 18V LXT Brushless 7‑Pc Combo Kit (5.0Ah) Details

Makita XT707PT 18V 7pc brushless combo kit
  • Model Number:  Makita XT611PT
  • Price: $969
  • Warranty: 3 years limited

Pros: Outstanding ergonomics, full brushless kit, Excellent circular saw and impact driver, Outstanding reciprocating saw and hammer drill, deep lineup of 18V LXT tools, brushless angle grinder included, 5.0 AH batteries

Cons: Warranty could be longer

The Bottom Line: There’s really not a bad tool in this group, though the grinder will be the one that is the most limited. Makita edges out Milwaukee head to head with their hammer drill and their two reciprocating saws earn the same rating from our Pros.

The impact driver ranks the lowest among these three kits, but that’s only because one of them had to. It’s an excellent model and well ahead of most other brands.

Makita 18V LXT Lithium‑Ion Brushless Cordless 1/2″ Hammer Driver‑Drill

  • Model: Makita XPH07Z
  • Speed: 0 – 550 / 0 – 2,100 RPM
  • Torque: 1,090 in-lbs.
  • Impact Rate: 0 – 31,500 BPM
  • Weight: 5.9 lbs

Makita 18V LXT Lithium‑Ion Brushless Cordless Quick‑Shift Mode 3‑Speed Impact Driver

  • Model: Makita XDT14Z
  • Speed: 0 – 1,100 / 0 – 2,100 / 0 – 3,600 RPM
  • Impact Rate: 0 – 1,100 / 0 – 2,600 / 0 – 3,800
  • Torque: 1,550 in.lbs.
  • Weight: 3.3 lbs

Makita 18V LXT Lithium‑Ion Brushless Cordless 6‑1/2″ Circular Saw

  • Model: Makita XSH03Z
  • Speed: 5,000 RPM
  • Blade Size: 6-1/2″
  • Weight: 7.3 lbs

Makita 18V LXT Lithium‑Ion Brushless Cordless Recipro Saw

  • Model: Makita XRJ05Z
  • Speed: 0 – 2,300 / 0 – 3,000 SPM
  • Stroke Length: 1-1/4″
  • Weight: 8.2 lbs

Additional Tools

  • Makita XAG04Z Angle Grinder
  • Makita DML802 LED Flashlight
  • XRM06B Bluetooth Jobsite Radio
  • (2) 5.0Ah Battery (BL1850B)
  • Dual Port Charger (DC18RD)

Milwaukee 2998-27 M18 FUEL 7-Tool Brushless Combo Kit Details

milwaukee brushless tool combo kit 2998-27
  • Model Number:  Milwaukee 2998-27
  • Price: $1,099
  • Warranty: 5 years limited

Pros: Outstanding reciprocating saw, excellent impact driver, circular saw, and hammer drill, 5.0 Ah batteries, brushless angle grinder included, deep M18 product line, 5-year warranty on tools, full brushless FUEL kit

Cons: Price is high compared to closest competition

The Bottom Line: Like Makita, you’re going to be the most limited by the grinder in this group, but it’s still a tool worth owning. The hammer drill comes in just behind Makita and the impact driver is a close second to DeWalt. All things considered, there’s nearly no difference in rating between Milwaukee and Makita with their recip saws.

Milwaukee has the best cordless circular saw available in the 6-1/2″ class, but DeWalt moves well ahead of it with their new 7-1/4″ DCS570. The only real negative for Milwaukee’s kit is that it costs considerably more than both competitors. But your tools carry 2 more years of warranty and arguably have a slightly better build.

Milwaukee M18 FUEL 1/2″ Hammer Drill/Driver

  • Model: Milwaukee 2804-20
  • Speed: 0-550/0-2,000 RPM
  • Torque: 1,200 in-lbs
  • Impact Rate: 32,000 BPM
  • Weight: 3.5 lbs

Milwaukee M18 FUEL 1/4″ Hex Impact Driver

  • Model: Milwaukee 2853-20
  • Speed: 0-3,000 RPM
  • Impact Rate: 3700 IPM
  • Torque: 1,800 in-lbs
  • Weight: 2.1 lbs

Milwaukee M18 FUEL 6-1/2″ Circular Saw

  • Model: Milwaukee 2730-20
  • Speed: 5,000 RPM
  • Blade Size: 6-1/2″
  • Weight: 6.5 lbs

Milwaukee M18 FUEL SAWZALL Reciprocating Saw

  • Model: Milwaukee 2720-20
  • Speed: 0-3,000 SPM
  • Stroke Length: 1-1/8″
  • Weight: 7.4 lbs

Additional Tools

  • Milwaukee 2780-20 Grinder
  • Milwaukee 2735-20 Work Light
  • (2) M18 REDLITHIUM XC5.0 Extended Capacity Battery Pack
  • M18 & M12 Multi-Voltage Charger

Why a Brushless Combo Kit?

Brushless motors in cordless tools have several advantages. First, they have less maintenance since there are no carbon brushes to change. They also run cooler and offer a longer lifespan than brushed models. But probably most importantly, they extend runtime as much as 50% over brushed motors and often come with a performance boost.

For Pros, the era of brushless motors is here and it’s time to get on board.

What Are the Criteria?

Each kit has to contain brushless motors in each of their tools along with main tools plus a work light. We’ll take a look at the specs for each tool plus our experience with them to consider categories that set each kit apart and are important to potential buyers.

Disagree With Our Choices?

That’s okay! We know personal preferences take a front seat in determining the best drill and impact driver kit, and every trade is different. Do Pro Tool Nation a favor and tell us what your top pick is and why you love it. Feel free to put it in the comments below or on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

Why Pro Tool Reviews is a Reliable Source

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We’ve been in business since 2008 covering tools, writing reviews, and reporting on industry news in the construction, automotive, and lawn care industries. Our Pro reviewers work in the trades and have the skills and experience to know whether tools can perform well in the field.

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The end result is information you can trust because of the editorial, scientific, and real-world professional experience we collectively utilize each and every time we pick up and test a tool.

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George

No love for the 24v Kobalt?

Joe

How about a little info on the warranty on your tool reviews? For Example Milwaukee Has a 5 year warranty on tools and 3 on battery yet DeWalt only 1 year on the tool and battery! With all the new electronics in these tools a better warranty goes a very very long way!

Ashton lowe

Makita all day not sure many would agree with you that the Milwaukee skilly is better also in my experience the Makita has more power and is alot smoother

Robby Davidson

I’m just wondering something. I’m from the South, living in the Heartland area, now, between Nashville and St. Louis. The tool brand that I see most professionals using are DeWalt, and on a rare occasion, Milwaukee. I’m wondering, do the different regions of the country have their own prevailing, favorite tool brand?

John Powers

Dewalt: made in USA.
Yup I’m buying that one

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