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  • Eric says:
    16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Buying another drill was pretty expensive depending on which model you choose, April 13, 2015
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    Eric (Grass Valley) –

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    It started out when my Cordless Drill died and had to be replaced. Buying another drill was pretty expensive depending on which model you choose. So I started looking into Combo packs for just a little more money. At first I was a little leary on buying this 5 combo kit verses all of the other combo packages. It is hard to get a good description on each item and model number. I was able to research enough to feel confident that they were what I was mostly looking for so I jumped in head first with this combo. I have to say I wasn’t too confident with a cordless Circular Saw and I have a nice Corded Worm Gear Circular Saw that is smooth and accurate to operate. Once I used the Cordless Circular Saw enough, I gained decent respect for it. The safety trigger is a little hard to get used to and it stops spinning on a dime instead of having to wait for the saw to wind down to zero before moving it out of a custom cut. Other than that, the saw cuts like a charm and is fairly accurate on setting angles and depth. The Cordless Reciprocating Saw is great to use whether you are cutting wood, metal or trimming trees with it. And the drills, well the standard Drill works great with decent adjustable power. However, the Impact Drill with its quick release hex head collar is extremely versatile and has enough power to pull a bolt head right through the wood if your not careful. Great buy for the money.
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  • James Peterson says:
    131 of 135 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    As good as it gets, for now…., August 27, 2011
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    James Peterson (Savannah, GA) –
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    I’ve owned several cordless kits/tools over the last couple of decades. My needs have changed as I’ve grown in projects, and my old cheap black and decker sets have long since been replaced by Dewalts. I’ve had the Dewalt 18V kits for several years and I’ve been very happy with them. They last through most small jobs with one charge. They are solid, beefy, and have plenty of power, but are also pretty heavy. I nearly converted over to the Li-ion packs, but the price always kept me from it. Then came the 12v max line, I thought they were perfect for nearly every small job and home use. They are light, solid, and have surprising power in a compact size. The charge they hold may not last the entire project, but the packs are so cheap you can buy a couple extra to finish up (and not break your wallet).

    Well now we have the 20v Max line. To be honest, if I didn’t need to buy some new 18v packs, I wouldn’t have even considered getting these. But I did, and I’m not disappointed. They all have the same solid, beefy Dewalt design, but now they are light and compact as well. They appear to be nearly as small/compact as the 12v max tools. And these tools hold a charge for much longer than their 12v cousins. (Sorry, I haven’t done a comparison test on how long they all last, 12 vs 18 vs 20).

    The new Impact driver is equal to the 18v version but lighter. Function and size seem nearly the same, but the 20v is slightly smaller and a good bit lighter (the 12v is smaller and lighter then any of them).

    The hammer drill is the same as the 18v version, but it is lighter as well. Size and function seem to be exactly the same, just lighter. (no 12v hammer drill)

    The circular saw appears to also be the same as the 18v. Performance seems just the same as the 18v version (good enough for quick cuts in contruction lumber, but I wouldn’t want to have to use it for all day jobs or on pressure treated lumber).

    Charging seems much faster (about 30min or so, but don’t hold me to it as I didn’t discharge the pack fully).

    The light is a new design, with just a rotating head, function is fine, but I really liked the old snake head of the previous 18v version better.

    The new reciprocating saw is the only tool I felt was not on par with the 18v version. It is a much lighter and slightly smaller design, but it no longer has the pivoting head and adjustable guard, and the blade lock is stiffer. Performance wise, it still works just as well as the 18v. After thinking about it, I realized that I never actually used the pivot function on the old 18v anyway, so I suppose I can’t complain about the loss of it. But if that is a function you needed for your work, then you will be disappointed. NOTE: I just read the manual and found that this kit has the DCS381 model saw which doesn’t have the 4 position blade and adjustable guard. Model DCS380 has the 4 position blade. So if you need that feature don’t get this kit. It looks like just the two piece kit Dewalt DCK292L2 and the single saw kit DCS380L1 have the DCS380 model saw with the 4 position blade feature.

    The bag is the soft bag, which is nice for the lightness, but not nearly as protective. I guess you just have to adapt to it.

    In summary, I’d recommend this set if you are new or moving up from the inexpensive (and usually low quality) brands. If you’re already heavy into the old 18v stuff, I wouldn’t bother with a switch until you have to replace them. In all fairness, I have not had much experience with other brands kits (some Milwaulkee, a Bosch, and a Makita) I’m sure they are all great sets, but I was already using Dewalt so I stuck with them.

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  • Frank says:
    22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    a great tool set, June 5, 2016
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    Frank (midwest) –

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    My review is on DCK590L2 20-Volt MAX. Note that there is a very similar tool set that is DCK592L2, which is called a ‘premium’ set. I had an 18 volt set that was about 16 years old. I really liked it. recently bought a 20v grass trimmer and hedge trimmer and they had the lithium batteries. I liked the batteries so much I sold my old tool set and bought this one. I use my tools a lot. I would consider my usage to be a heavy, heavy homeowner. I really like the tool set I bought, much more power and the circular saw blade has a blade brake so that it stops spinning when you release the trigger. I really like that, my old one did not. When I was considering this purchase what confused me was the 2 different 5 pc tool sets and the price difference. The difference is this, the reciprocating saw in this set only allows the blade to be put in one position, in the more expensive kit it can be turned 90 degrees which may allow better access. I did not need that feature. The circular saw in the more expensive kit has a magnesium cast base, in this set it is just a simple steel piece. I did not need a magnesium base. If I want to perform precision cuts I have a very nice corded circular saw with lots of power that I would use. One thing I would advise is to get a high quality circular saw blade for fine cuts. All of the tools have much more power than my older 18 volt system. I would buy again.
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