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Best Cordless Combo Kit: 4-Tool Kit Buying Guide


One of the best ways to jump into a new battery platform is a combo kit. The best cordless combo kit will give you a couple of higher batteries and more than just a couple of tools.

Some manufacturers offer really comprehensive kits that can run near $2000 and more. But the most popular kits are those that give you 4 basic tools that every general contractor needs – a drill, impact driver, circular saw, and reciprocating saw. Most brands throw in a small work light as well.

Other brands aren’t content to stop with the 4 basic cordless tools though, so you’ll see some kits that include other tools. But what we’re looking for here is the smallest kit each brand offers with those 4 tools. So for the best cordless combo kit, let’s take a look at our 4-tool kit buying guide.

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Best Cordless Combo Kit Overall

Makita 18V LXT Lithium‑Ion Brushless Cordless 6‑Pc. Combo Kit (5.0Ah)

Makita XPH07T Hammer Drill with Spade Bit

  • Model Number:  Makita XT611PT
  • Price: $799 .99
  • Warranty: 3 years limited

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Makita and Milwaukee go head to head for the best overall in this group, even going so far as to have the same bonus tool in their kits – an angle grinder. Both take advantage of brushless motors and are awfully close in performance specs. Both give you outstanding tools all the way around and are a step above the rest with their circular and reciprocating saws.

Makita and Milwaukee also have very deep product lines to keep you on the platform for all your cordless tools.

Makita gets the edge in ergonomics, but what pushes them over the top is a price that’s $200 less than Milwaukee.

While the product line isn’t as deep, Hilti has a reputation for tools built to withstand industrial jobsites. As one user put it, they’re the “Rolls-Royce of the tool world” and come with a hefty price tag. What you give up are brushless motors but you get some of the best batteries in the business.

Runner Up (in a tight race)

Milwaukee M18 FUEL LITHIUM-ION 6-Tool Combo Kit

  • Model Number:  Milwaukee 2896-26
  • Price: $999
  • Warranty: 5 years limited

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Hilti SF10W+SID 4-A22+WSR 22+SCW 22-A CPC Combo

  • Model Number:  Hilti 3554480
  • Price: $889
  • Warranty: 20 years

Best Cordless Combo Kit if You Need a Deep Line of Cordless Tools

Makita 18V LXT Lithium‑Ion Brushless Cordless 6‑Pc. Combo Kit (5.0Ah)

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There’s no real change here from the best overall kits with Makita (top choice) and Milwaukee (close second) having very deep product lines. With top performance and brushless motors, they also have a high price.

But if you can forgo the brushless motors for now and would like to save another couple hundred dollars, take a look at DeWalt. Their kit unlocks another deep platform and gets you their 5-tool kit for just under $600.

Runner Up

Milwaukee M18 FUEL LITHIUM-ION 6-Tool Combo Kit

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DeWalt 20V MAX Premium 5-Tool Combo Kit

  • Model Number:  DeWalt DCK592L2
  • Price: $599
  • Warranty: 3 years limited

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Best Cordless Combo Kits if Ergonomics is Your Biggest Concern

Makita 18V LXT Lithium‑Ion Brushless Cordless 6‑Pc. Combo Kit (5.0Ah)

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Once again Makita takes the top spot when it comes to overall ergonomics. Their combination of tools that fit well in hand, compactness, and light weight is unmatched at this stage.

Hilti presents a formidable challenge but tends to be heavier thanks to their industrial level construction. While Bosch is known for their durable build, they also bring in solid ergonomics in physical design around your hand. They’re also on the heavier side thanks to the built quality, particularly in their drivers.

Runner Up

Hilti SF10W+SID 4-A22+WSR 22+SCW 22-A CPC Combo

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Bosch 18V 4-Tool Combo Kit

  • Model Number:  Bosch CLPK430-181
  • Price: $468.58
  • Warranty: 1 year limited

Best Cordless Combo Kit For the Budget-Minded Pro

Ridgid GEN5X 5 Piece Combo Kit

Ridgid Gen5X 5 Tool Kit

 

  • Model Number:  Ridgid R9652
  • Price: $399
  • Warranty: Lifetime Service Agreement

Ridgid is a perennial best value when it comes to Pro-level tools. While they don’t share the build quality you’ll enjoy with a brand like Hilti, Ridgid backs their tools for life with a 3-year warranty and lifetime service agreement that includes batteries. As long as you take the 5 – 10 minutes it takes to register your tools online, there are few reasons to shy away from Ridgid.

Kobalt also represents a good value. Their tools are all very good performers and for less than $500, you get a brushless kit. Their limitation is in the number of tools on their 24V battery platform, but if they start to expand, they’ll be a legitimate option as a primary Pro platform.

Runner Up

Kobalt 5-Tool 24-V Max Lithium Ion Cordless Combo Kit

  • Model Number:  Kobalt KCK 0502A-03
  • Price: $478.97
  • Warranty: 5 years limited

Best Cordless Combo Kit For DIYers

Ryobi 18V One+ 8 PC. Lithium-Ion Combo Kit

Ryobi P507 Circular Saw Action 1

  • Model Number:  Ryobi P1894
  • Price: $399
  • Warranty: 3 years limited

For both Ryobi and Porter-Cable, we had to reach for more comprehensive kits for our recommendations. It’s awfully tough to recommend a 5-1/2-inch circular saw, which both brands offer in their smaller kits. To get their 6-1/2-inch sets, you’re going to get some bonus tools that are genuinely going to help at some point down the road.

Ryobi gets the nod here thanks to how many products are on their One+ 18V platform. It’s also expanding quickly into lifestyle products that even our Pros have around the house.

Runner Up

Porter-Cable 20V MAX LITHIUM ION 8-Tool Combo Kit

  • Model Number: Porter-Cable PCCK619L8
  • Price: $329
  • Warranty: 3 years limited

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Best Cordless Combo Kit – Kit Details

 

Bosch 18V 4-Tool Combo Kit

Best Cordless Combo Kit - Bosch

  • Model Number:  Bosch CLPK430-181
  • Price: $468.58
  • Warranty: 1 year limited

Pros: Very Good ergonomics, Excellent build quality

Cons: Circular saw and recip saw are in the bottom half of performance, only the impact driver has a brushless motor

The Bottom Line: You’ll enjoy the build quality with this kit, but with only a brushless motor in the impact driver, a new recip saw on its way, a new circular saw rumored, and Core18V batteries making their way to kits, you may want to wait for their next combo kit option.

Bosch 18V Brute Tough 1/2″ Drill/Driver with KickBack Control

  • Model: Bosch DDH181X
  • Speed: 0-400 / 0-1,700 RPM
  • Torque: 708 in-lbs
  • Weight: 4.45 lbs

Bosch 18V EC Brushless Socket Ready Impact with 1/4″ Hex and 1/2″ Square Drive

  • Model: Bosch IDH182
  • Speed: 0-2,800 / 0-2,000 / 0-1,300 RPM
  • Impact Rate: 0 – 3,200 / 0 – 2,600 / 0 – 1,100
  • Torque: 0-1,650 / 0-900 / 0-400 in-lbs
  • Weight: 3.2 lbs

Bosch 18V 6-1/2″ Circular Saw

  • Model: Bosch CCS180
  • Speed: 3,900 RPM
  • Blade Size: 6-1/2″
  • Weight: 6.6 lbs

Bosch 18V Reciprocating Saw

  • Model: Bosch CRS180K
  • Speed: 0-2,400 / 0-2,700 RPM
  • Stroke Length: 1.125″
  • Weight: 6.3 lbs

Other kitted Items

  • (2) 18V 4.0 Ah FatPack Batteries
  • 18V Charger

DeWalt 20V MAX Premium 5-Tool Combo Kit

Best Cordless Combo Kit - DeWalt

  • Model Number:  DeWalt DCK592L2
  • Price: $599
  • Warranty: 3 years limited

Pros: Deep 20V Max product line, Excellent ergonomics, hammer drill

Cons: 3.0 AH batteries are low capacity, no brushless motors

The Bottom Line: The main reason to get this kit over one from Makita or Milwaukee is to break into a large product line at a lower price. The issue is that you only get 3.0 amp hour batteries, so you’re going to need to invest in other kits down the road. There’s a 6-tool brushless kit more like Makita and Milwaukee if you don’t mind going up in price to $799. However, it’s a much better price if you can live with brushed motors and limited capacity.

DeWalt 20V MAX Premium 3-Speed Hammerdrill

  • Model: DeWalt DCD985B
  • Speed: 0-2000 RPM
  • Torque: 535 UWO
  • Weight: 3.9 lbs

DeWalt 20V MAX 1/4″ Impact Driver

  • Model: DeWalt DCF885B
  • Speed: 0 – 2,800 RPM
  • Impact Rate: 0 – 3,200 IPM
  • Torque: 1400 in-lbs
  • Weight: 2.0 lbs

DeWalt 20V MAX 6-1/2″ Circular Saw

  • Model: DeWalt DCS391B
  • Speed: 5,150 RPM
  • Blade Size: 6-1/2″
  • Weight: 7.0 lbs

DeWalt 20V Max Reciprocating Saw

  • Model: DeWalt DCS380B
  • Speed: 0-3000 SPM
  • Stroke Length: 1-1/8″
  • Weight: 6.0 lbs

Additional Tools

  • DeWalt DCL040 Work Light
  • (2) 20V MAX Lithium Ion 3.0 Ah Battery Packs
  • Fast Charger

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Hilti SF10W+SID 4-A22+WSR 22+SCW 22-A CPC Combo

  • Model Number:  Hilti 3554480
  • Price: $889
  • Warranty: 20 years

Pros: Excellent ergonomics, Outstanding build quality, Outstanding drill performance, Excellent warranty program

Cons: No brushless motors, high price point

The Bottom Line: If you’re jobsite is tough on tools, Hilti is a name you should know. You won’t find better build quality in this group and the performance of the drill and driver are solid. The circular saw and reciprocating saw can hold their own, but you’ll find better performance in other kits. Hilti has some of the best batteries in the business and this kit comes with a pair of 5.2 amp hour packs. Now that they’ve revamped their battery platform at 22V (it’s backward compatible with your 18V tools), there’s room for a brushless kit in the near future.

Hilti ATC Cordless Drill Driver

  • Model: SF 10W-A22 ATC
  • Speed: 2100 RPM
  • Torque: 1062 in-lbs
  • Weight: 6 lbs

Hilti Cordless Impact Driver

  • Model: Hilti SID 4-A22
  • Speed: Not Listed
  • Impact Rate: 3500 IPM
  • Torque: 1558 in-lbs
  • Weight: 3.9 lbs

Hilti 22V Cordless Circular Saw

  • Model: Hilti SCW 22-A
  • Speed: 4000 RPM
  • Blade Size: 6-1/2″
  • Weight: 8.6 lbs

Hilti Cordless reciprocating saw

  • Model: Hilti WSR 22-A
  • Speed: 3000 SPM
  • Stroke Length: 1-1/8″
  • Weight: 8.4 lbs

Additional Tools

  • C 4/36-90 100-127V Battery charger
  • (2) Battery pack B 22/5.2 Ah Li-ion

Hitachi 18V Cordless 6-Piece Combo Kit

Best Cordless Combo Kit - Hitachi

  • Model Number: Hitachi KC18DG6LPA
  • Price: $499.97
  • Warranty: Lifetime

Pros: Outstanding warranty, Excellent ergonomics, hammer drill

Cons: Low performance specs, 3.0 AH batteries

The Bottom Line: Hitachi’s kit is outclassed by nearly everyone else at the moment with cordless tools that seem to be a generation behind. They’re tough to beat from an ergonomics standpoint and they come with a lifetime warranty, though. With newer tools like their Triple Hammer Impact Driver showing class-leading promise, I’d recommend you pass on this one until their new generation of tools comes to completion with a brushless kit.

Hitachi 18V Li-ion 3.0 Ah Hammer Drill

  • Model: Hitachi DV18DGL
  • Speed: 0-350/ 0-1400 RPM
  • Torque: 487 in-lbs
  • Weight: 3.7 lbs

Hitachi 18V Lithium Ion Impact Driver

  • Model: Hitachi WH18DGL
  • Speed: 2,400 RPM
  • Impact Rate: 3200
  • Torque: 1283 Nm
  • Weight: 3.1 lbs

Hitachi 18V Circular Saw

  • Model: Hitachi C18DGL
  • Speed: 4,500  RPM
  • Blade Size: 6-1/2″
  • Weight: 6.1 lbs

Hitachi 18V Reciprocating Saw

  • Model: Hitachi CR18DGL
  • Speed: 0 – 3,300 SPM
  • Stroke Length: 1″
  • Weight: 5.7 lbs

 Additional Tools

  • Hitachi CJ18DGLP4 18V Cordless Lithium-Ion Jig Saw
  • Hitachi UB18DEL 18-Volt Cordless LED Flashlight
  • (2) 18 V Li-Ion slide compact 3.0 Ah batteries
  • Battery Charger

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Kobalt 5-Tool 24-V Max Lithium Ion Cordless Combo Kit

Best Cordless Combo Kit - Kobalt

  • Model Number:  Kobalt KCK 0502A-03
  • Price: $478.97
  • Warranty: 5 years limited

Pros: Full brushless kit, Excellent Value, Good ergonomics, inexpensive batteries, hammer drill

Cons: Only one 4.0 AH battery, very limited lineup

The Bottom Line: Kobalt’s 24V Max line is made by Chervon and it’s shown real promise over their previous line. Brushless motors and good performance make for an excellent value with a kit under $500. You only get one battery, but Kobalt’s are much less expensive than most, so grab one or two spares with the kit. The only thing holding this line back is that there aren’t many tools on it. But the performance you get is definitely breaking away from the DIY reputation as a legitimate Pro-level option.

Kobalt 24V Hammer Drill

  • Model: Kobalt KHD 524B-03
  • Speed: 0 – 2,000 RPM
  • Torque: 650-in-lbs
  • Weight: 3 lbs

Kobalt 24V Impact Driver

  • Model: Kobalt KID 1324A-03
  • Speed: 0 – 2,700 RPM
  • Impact Rate: 3500
  • Torque: 1,800 in-lbs
  • Weight: 2.43 lbs

Kobalt 24V Circular Saw

  • Model: Kobalt KCS 6524B-03
  • Speed: 5,400 RPM
  • Blade Size: 6-1/2″ – 7-1/4″
  • Weight: 6.73 lbs

Kobalt 24V Reciprocating saw

  • Model: Kobalt KRS 1824B-03
  • Speed: 0-3,100 SPM
  • Stroke Length: 1-1/8″
  • Weight: 6.25 lbs

Additional Tools 

  • Kobalt KWL 224-03 Light
  • (1) 24V 4.0 Ah Battery
  • Rapid Charger

Makita 18V LXT Lithium‑Ion Brushless Cordless 6‑Pc. Combo Kit (5.0Ah)

Best Cordless Combo Kit - Makita

  • Model Number:  Makita XT611PT
  • Price: $799 .99
  • Warranty: 3 years limited

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

Cons: Warranty could be longer

The Bottom Line: Makita’s 6-piece combo kit is so good all around that there’s almost nothing negative to say about it. About the only area it’s not on top is in warranty, but you’re still covered for 3 years. Thanks to a price $200 less than Milwaukee, this is clearly the kit all others are trying to catch. Each tool on its own is Excellent (the recip is Outstanding), but the circular saw stands is particularly nice to use thanks to its performance and ergonomics.

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.
  • 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 XAG03Z Angle Grinder
  • Makita DML802 LED Flashlight
  • (2) 5.0Ah Battery (BL1850B)
  • Dual Port Charger (DC18RD)

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Milwaukee M18 FUEL LITHIUM-ION 6-Tool Combo Kit

Best Cordless Combo Kit - Milwaukee

  • Model Number:  Milwaukee 2896-26
  • Price: $999
  • Warranty: 5 years limited

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

Cons: Price is high compared to closest competition (Makita)

The Bottom Line: Milwaukee and Makita go toe to toe in the performance of the tools in these kits. Milwaukee claims the highest torque available in a hammer drill at 1200 in-lbs and is solid in every other tool in the kit. The only real negative is a price tag $200 higher than Makita, but it’s certainly not a kit you’ll regret buying.

Milwaukee M18 FUEL 1/2″ Hammer Drill/Driver

  • Model: Milwaukee 2704-20
  • Speed: 0-550/0-2,000 RPM
  • Torque: 1,200 in-lbs
  • Weight: 3.5 lbs

Milwaukee M18 FUEL 1/4″ Hex Impact Driver

  • Model: Milwaukee 2753-20
  • 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

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Porter-Cable 20V MAX LITHIUM ION 8-Tool Combo Kit

Best Cordless Combo Kit - Porter-Cable

  • Model Number: Porter-Cable PCCK619L8
  • Price: $329
  • Warranty: 3 years limited

Pros: Excellent price for the number of tools included

Cons: You have to move up to an 8-tool kit to get a 6-1/2-inch circular saw, no brushless tools, only one 4.0 AH battery to go with a 1.5 AH, limited number of tools on platform, low performance specs

The Bottom Line: Porter-Cable remains a good option for DIYers and a limited number of Pros that need inexpensive tools. Porter-Cable enjoys a little more of a Pro feel than Ryobi even though the performance remains at a lower level. They do have a brushless impact driver and drill available now. It will be interesting to see if there is a reciprocating saw and circular saw in the works to give us an entry level Pro kit.

Porter-Cable 1/2″ Drill/Driver

  • Model: Porter-Cable PCC601
  • Speed: 0-350/0-1,500 RPM
  • Torque: 283 UWO
  • Weight: 3.5 lbs

Porter-Cable Impact Driver

  • Model: Porter-Cable PCC641
  • Speed: 2,800 RPM
  • Impact Rate: 3,100 IPM
  • Torque: 1,450 in-lbs
  • Weight: 1.3 lbs

Porter-Cable Circular Saw

  • Model: Porter-Cable PCC660
  • Speed: 4,000 RPM
  • Blade Size:  6-1/2″
  • Weight: 6.5 lbs

Porter-Cable Reciprocating Saw

  • Model: Porter-Cable PCC670
  • Speed: 3,000 SPM
  • Stroke Length: 1″
  • Weight: 4.6 lbs

Other Tools

Ridgid GEN5X 5 Piece Combo Kit

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  • Model Number:  Ridgid R9652
  • Price: $399
  • Warranty: Lifetime Service Agreement

Pros: Excellent value, 3-year warranty supplemented with a lifetime service agreement, only 7-1/4-inch circular saw in the group, Excellent impact driver, only reciprocating saw with orbital action

Cons: Falls away from other major brands in grip ergonomics, no brushless tools

The Bottom Line: Ridgid continues to represent one of the best values among brands clearly at the Pro level. Performance isn’t as high all-around as we see with Milwaukee and Makita, but there are some bright spots to go along with solid mid-level performance. Ergonomics fall away from the design that contours well to your hand other brands have. With more than 60 tools in the lineup now, most of the major tool classes are represented. With several brushless tools already available, Gen5X is due for a full brushless kit.

Ridgid Gen5X Hammer Drill

  • Model: Ridgid R8611503
  • Speed: 0 – 450/0-1,600 RPM
  • Torque: 780 in-lbs
  • Weight: 4.6 lbs

Ridgid Gen5X Impact Driver

  • Model: Ridgid R86035
  • Speed: 0 – 2,750 RPM
  • Impact Rate: 0 – 3200 IPM
  • Torque: 2,000 in-lbs.
  • Weight: 2.98 lbs

Ridgid Gen5X Circular Saw

  • Model: Ridgid R8652
  • Speed: 3,700 RPM
  • Blade Size: 7-1/4″
  • Weight: 8.5 lbs

Ridgid Gen5X Reciprocating Saw

  • Model: Ridgid R8642
  • Speed: 0 – 3,000 SPM
  • Stroke Length: 1-1/8″
  • Weight: 7.8 lbs

Other Tools

  • Model: Ridgid R8693B
  • (2) Hyper lithium 4.0 Ah battery packs
  • Charger

Ryobi 18V One+ 8 PC. Lithium-Ion Combo Kit

Best Cordless Combo Kit - Ryobi

  • Model Number:  Ryobi P1894
  • Price: $399
  • Warranty: 3 years limited

Pros: Deep product line on the platform, many products available outside traditional power tools for DIYers, Very Good value, Very Good impact driver performance

Cons: Ergonomics aren’t as polished, lower performance specs, no brushless tools, only one high capacity battery to go with a compact pack

The Bottom Line: Like Porter-Cable, you have to move up to the 8-tool kit to get a 6-1/2-inch circular saw. Ryobi has several brushless tools available, so I’d bet we’ll see a full brushless kit from them before Porter-Cable. With so many maintenance crews running Ryobi due to the price and variety of available tools, the brushless option will be welcome. Interestingly, this $399 kit is the same price as Ridgid’s Gen5X kit, putting Pro-level performance in your hands, but losing the bonus tools. Because of the depth of the line, this is the kit DIYers will want to target.

Ryobi 18V One+ Drill/Driver

  • Model: Ryobi P208B
  • Speed: 0-440 / 0-1,600 RPM
  • Torque: 350 in-lbs
  • Weight: 2.7 lbs.

Ryobi 18V One+ Impact Driver

  • Model: Ryobi P237
  • Speed: 0-3,200 RPM
  • Impact Rate: 3400 IPM
  • Torque: 1,800 in-lbs.
  • Weight: 2.75 lbs.

Ryobi 18V One+ Circular Saw

  • Model: Ryobi P507
  • Speed: 4,700 RPM
  • Blade Size: 6-1/2″
  • Weight: 5 lbs

Ryobi 18V One+ Reciprocating Saw

  • Model: Ryobi P514
  • Speed: 0-3,100 SPM
  • Stroke Length: 7/8″
  • Weight: 4.1 lbs

Additional Tools

Why a 4-Tool Combo Kit?

The 4-tool combo kit consisting of a drill, impact driver, circular saw, and reciprocating saw has become the foundation of the “general contractor’s kit” for most brands. It gives you the basics of what you need for cutting, drilling, fastening, and demo work before moving into more powerful drivers and bench top saws.

What Are the Criteria?

At the least, each kit needs to contain a drill (or hammer drill), impact driver, circular saw, and reciprocating saw. But we went a little further. Some kits were available on the DIY end in smaller packages but only had a 5-1/2-inch saw. We felt that was too small for the purposes of this article and moved to a 6-1/2-inch minimum.

In several cases, there are 3-tool kits that are more affordable, but they miss out on a key piece of the puzzle. Because all 4 have to be in there, some brands force you into more comprehensive kits.

These aren’t the most comprehensive kits that each brand offers, but it is the best that gets the closest to having just the 4 key tools we’re looking for. A great example is DeWalt – they have a brushless 6-tool kit that compares more favorably with Milwaukee and Makita, but they have a smaller kit that’s closer to what we want. The other two don’t. Perhaps we’ll have to come back around to the best kit each brand offers in another article.

Rating Key

  • Outstanding – best in this class
  • Excellent – not the top, but close
  • Very Good – solid, nothing to be ashamed of here
  • Good – It’ll work, but we wouldn’t want to go any lower

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!

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Deb Lippitt
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Are ya kidding? Makita set the stage with staggered wholesale pricing the tipped the scales for big box stores..edging out small stores with pricing..I won’t buy Makita.I won’t go in Walmart store either. We have Bosch and Milwaukee..like them both. I might add buy only brand name replacement batteries ..tried off brand and they suck. So now deciding to replace old Bosch or by new batteries and charger.

Azlehria
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One thing you may not have noticed about Hitachi is that their larger kits often aren’t the best deals for their tools. The drill and driver in that 6-piece set are about $140 with the usual trimmings (soft bag, 2 batteries, charger) and the 3 saws run about $90 each, bare. So $410 for the same tools other than the pretty much useless light and a smaller bag; less if you skip whichever saw(s) you don’t need.

David S
Guest

Milwaukee has a two year longer warranty on the tools that in my opinion makes up for the additional $33 cost per tool for the kit up front. Additionally I have no issue with ergonomics with my Milwaukee tools, but I’ve never used any Makita tools so I can’t comment on the ergonomics between them.

Brian Laufman
Guest

Definitely happy with my Makita kit. The technology in these lion kits has progressed so much. Very reliable muscle.

Eladio Hermida Escolano
Guest

I like this tool!

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