Last updated on March 15th, 2022
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Q: What’s better than one power tool? A: A set of two or more different power tools that cover all the DIY tasks that you need to do. My review looks at the best power tool combination sets and proves that you can never have too many power tools. All the ones we review are cordless.
I list the contents of each set and discuss their features. As all of the sets we review have a different combination of tools, we make very brief individual recommendations – as your choice depends on what power tools you need and whether you’re already invested in a particular brand of power tools.
My Buyer’s Guide briefly describes the purpose of each of the power tools in these combi sets. Note that this review covers sets of only power tools, not power tools/hand tools combination sets.
I don’t have a Best Pick in this review because all of the combi sets – and they’re all cordless – have a different collection of power tools. The Best Pick is the set that meets your own needs. However, for most people, I think the Porter-Cable combi power toolset is a good choice with the Ryobi combi set being a good alternative. For those who want the complete ultimate kit, I don’t think you can beat the DeWalt Combi set as it has everything the serious DIY’er or professional would need.
My 3 top picks
5 Best Power Tool Combi Kits Review
1. Porter-Cable PCCK616L4 Power Tool Combi Kit
The Porter-Cable PCCK616L4 Power Tool Combi Kit contains four power tools that are all part of the Porter-Cable 20V MAX System. As such, the batteries in this kit fit all the other power tools in the system and vice versa. If you’re already invested in the PORTER-CABLE system, this gives you plenty of spare batteries on hand to use when your current one-in-use needs recharging.
The four power tools in this kit are a drill/driver, a circle saw, a reciprocating saw and a work light with a pivoting head. You also receive two 20V MAX* batteries and a battery charger. All of this comes tidily packaged in a red and black tool bag.
The ½ inch drill/screwdriver is ergonomically designed to reduce your fatigue when you use it. You have a choice of two speeds at 350rpm and 1,500rpm. This tool has a LED light to show you just what you’re drilling into, plus a place to store all the bits that you use.
The circular saw is a 5.5inch saw that works at 3,500rpm and cuts a variety of materials. It comes with a carbide blade so you can start work immediately. Your cutting choices are 45°and 90° and you adjust the depth of your cuts without the need for a special tool.
The reciprocating saw is compact with a 7/8 inch stroke length and a pivoting shoe. The blade quickly changes out without the need for a tool. This makes it easy to swap blades if you’re cutting a variety of different materials.
The final piece in your kit is a work light. The head of this light pivots so you can point it directly where you need it without having to work in the shadows.
*Just take note that while the batteries are 20V, they are just 1.3Ah so it may be worth investing in a couple of spare batteries with a higher capacity for longer run times.
- PCC601 Drill/screwdriver
- PCC661 Circular Saw
- PCC671 Reciprocating Saw
- PCC701 Pivot head work light
- Two 20V MAX* Lithium-ion Batteries (1.3Ah) with battery charger
- Kitbag (red and black)
- Limited three-year warranty.
The Porter-Cable PCCK616L4 Power Tool Combi Kit is the choice if you need to cut both straight and curved edges and then drill holes in your material. I think it’s a great all-rounder for general DIY jobs for those looking for a quality well built set.
2. Ryobi 18V Triple Power Tool Kit
The Ryobi 18V Triple Kit is a set of three cordless power tools that are powered by an 18V Lithium-ion 2Ah battery. Your kit includes two such batteries and a battery charger. But these power tools are part of the Ryobi One+ range of tools that all use the same battery. So if you already have some of the other 70+ power tools in this range, those batteries will fit here. As the charging time of each battery is 80 minutes, you may want to keep several pre-charged for a long DIY session.
This Triple Kit includes a combi hammer drill, an impact driver and a circular saw.
The combi hammer drill can drill up to 110 16x50mm holes into the wood on a single charge. And it works just as well on metal, brick, plaster, ceramic and tiles. You have a choice of two speeds – 500rpm and 1,800rpm and up to 50Nm of torque depending on what material you’re drilling and how thick it is. You’re in control when you’re drilling a hole.
The high-powered impact driver serves to easily fasten and loosen large bolts and long screws. It’s designed to deliver high torque amounts and causes the bolt or screw to twist only minimally. If you often find yourself on large-size DIY projects, this is a tool that you’ll be thankful for.
The circular saw makes long straight cuts in plastic and wood. It cuts up to 32m in 13mm plywood on a single charge. This saw lets you cut at 45° and 90°, so neat mitered corners and bevels are within your grasp. You adjust the bevel and the depths you cut without needing a tool to do so, a handy feature when you’re in the middle of a project with stuff and offcuts all around you.
And those of you with dust sensitivities will be pleased to hear about the dust port in the circular saw that lets you plug a vacuum cleaner hose into the saw. This draws the dust into the cleaner, leaving a healthier environment around your workbench.
- Cordless Combi Hammer Drill
- Cordless Impact Driver
- Cordless Circular Saw
- Two 18V 2.0Ah Lithium-ion batteries and a battery charger
- Large tool bag in the well-known Ryobi green colour.
- Part of the Ryobi One+ range of power tools.
- Charging time is 80 minutes.
- Has a dust port to hook up a vacuum cleaner.
The Ryobi 18V Triple Kit is a good choice if you need tools to saw, drill and look after long bolts and fasteners. I’m personally a fan of Ryobi tools so this is one of my personal favourites, and you can build up more tools from their extensive range.
3. Makita CT226 12V max CXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 2-Pc. Combi Kit
The Makita CT226 12V max CXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 2-Pc. Combi Kit (1.5Ah) gives you a driver-drill and an impact driver. These tools are delivered in a smart turquoise and grey tool bag along with two 12V, 1.5Ah batteries and a battery charger.
Be very aware that, while Makita generally makes 18V power tools, the tools in this kit are only 12V. Therefore, your existing Makita batteries may not be compatible with them. The 12V batteries reflect the light and compact nature of these power tools, making them best for small and medium indoor jobs.
The power tools you receive are a drill driver and an impact driver. Both of the units have ergonomically designed handles with soft rubber grips to make your DIY tasks as pleasant and fatigue-free as possible. The battery compartment of the tools allows the battery to slide right in and not extend into the tool’s handle. This lets you hold the power tool more comfortably plus it allows you to stand the tools up vertically by themselves.
The 3/8 inch drill driver has two speeds to choose from – 450rpm and 1,700rpm. With the battery installed it weighs just 1.28kg so you can use it for long periods of time quite happily.
The ¼ inch impact driver is similarly lightweight and small and also has variable speed. Its torque is almost four times that of the drill driver so it easily removes and installs long screws and bolts in your project.
- Driver drill with two speeds
- Impact Driver with variable speed
- Two 12V Max CXT Lithium-Ion 1.5Ah Batteries with battery charger
- 12V Max CXT Lithium-Ion Battery Charger (DC10WD)
- Tool Bag, turquise and grey, with outside pockets.
If your DIY consists mainly of drilling holes and dealing with bolts and screws, this is a good choice for you.
4. DeWalt DCK699M3T 18V 6 Piece Cordless Kit
The DeWalt DCK699M3T 18V 6 Piece Cordless Kit is the power tool set to end all power toolsets. The six power tools and three batteries (plus charger) come in two hard TSTAK tool boxes used by trade professionals. These are DeWalt’s own brand so you know all the tools will fit safely into these boxes.
The cordless six pieces in this DeWalt set are those found across all the other power tool combi kits we review. They are (in no particular order): brushless hammer drill, circular saw, jigsaw, rotary hammer drill and an Led light with a pivoting head. All the power tools are compact and lightweight with an ergonomic design so you can power through your DIY tasks for long periods of time.
The three batteries are 18V Lithium-ion batteries of 4Ah, which is the highest Ah of any batteries in our review. The battery packs are slide packs that don’t overhang the ends of the tools, giving you a comfortable grip. Plus you can stand these tools up on end with stability.
And all these tools are part of the 18V XR range from DeWalt meaning the batteries are interchangeable between the tools in this range. If three batteries aren’t enough for you, charge up your existing DeWalt 18V XR batteries to just keep on DIYing.
While we searched the DeWalt website for information about each tool, they didn’t specify which exact model of each is included in this package. So we can’t give their exact specifications. We could take the best guess, but we like to be right.
- Brushless Compact Hammer Drill
- Circular Saw
- Brushless Impact Driver
- Rotary Hammer Drill
- LED Pivot Light
- Three 18V Lithium-ion batteries, 4Ah, with multi-voltage battery charger.
- Two black hard kit boxes to store all the pieces in.
- Side handle included for the hammer drill.
- Dust port extractor on the jigsaw.
- Part of the DeWalt 18V XR range of power tools.
If you’re starting out your power tool collection from scratch or upgrading all your power tools at the same time, why not buy everything at once using the DeWalt DCK699M3T 18V 6 Piece Cordless Kit – from one of the most well-reviewed brands in the business?
5. GALAX PRO Cordless Power Tool Kit
A great budget pick
The GALAX PRO Cordless Power Tool Kit is a two-tool kit for drilling and cutting. These cordless power tools come with a single 20V, 1.3Ah battery (with the charger). But these tools are part of the Galax Pro Li-ion series so you may already have extra batteries if you own other tools in this system. And the battery has an indicator light that tells you how charged it is so you won’t be surprised when it runs out of power and quits on you.
You receive a cordless drill driver and a cordless jigsaw as your two power tools. The drill driver has just one speed of 600rpm. However, the 19+1 position clutch lets you adjust the torque easily and the keyless chuck (10mm) lets you bring bits in and out without the use of a special key. And speaking of bits, you receive five drill bits in your kit so you can drill a variety of sizes of holes in diverse materials before you need to buy other bits.
The jigsaw produces up to 2,500 strokes per minute. It can cut up to 80mm in wood and 6mm in steel, giving you great options for the material you use in your DIY projects. Changing the angle of the blade is straightforward through adjusting the bottom plate of the saw. Your cuts can be straight or curved, letting your creative juices run free. Plus this GALAX PRO kit includes eight saw blades for you to start with.
- Drill driver with one speed.
- One 20V, 1.3Ah Lithium-ion battery with battery charger.
- A belt clip.
- Five drill bits.
- Eight saw blades.
- A hex key.
- A user manual.
- Part of the Galax Pro Li-ion series of power tools.
The GALAX PRO Cordless Power Tool Kit is a good choice if you need a jigsaw and a basic drill for light to medium DIY jobs around the house.
Buyer’s Guide for Power Tool Combi Sets
To help you decide which power tools you need for your future projects, our Buyer’s Guide briefly describes what each of the power tools in our review does.
Drill driver / Combi drill
Sometimes these terms are used interchangeably but there is a slight difference if they’re used with their technical definitions. A drill driver is basically a drill that makes holes in a variety of materials and can drive screws into them. A combi drill is a little tougher and can also drill into concrete, metal and masonry.
To be certain about which one you’re getting, it’s best to ignore what the drill is called and read in detail about what it does.
A hammer drill works through a hammering action. This lets it make holes in more solid materials such as concrete, brick and rock. It’s also used for pounding fasteners through hard surfaces. In most hammer drills you can turn off this hammering action and just use it as a regular drill instead.
Just like a drill, an impact driver uses rotational force to turn screws and bolts to tighten or loosen them. However, when it feels some resistance, it gives a quick burst of high torque to loosen the problem screw or bolt. Impact drivers are specially used for large fasteners or screws when working with wood.
A circular saw is a saw with a rapidly rotating blade with teeth cut into it. It uses this rotary motion to make straight (and often long) cuts in a variety of materials, especially wood. It’s probably the most common saw in use in DIY projects.
A jigsaw also cuts different materials but lets you make more intricate cuts, especially curves. With a jigsaw, you can cut out patterns and fretwork, and follow stencilled or drawn designs. Making delicate cuts is best done with a jigsaw.
Opposite to a jigsaw is a reciprocating saw. If you have any rough DIY jobs, or maybe demolition, a reciprocating saw is the one to use. They use a horizontal blade action to aggressively cut wood and metal.
An inventory of your existing power tools and a think about what tools you need for your future DIY will lead you to the right power tools combi set for you. It’s even easier if you already have power tools from a particular manufacturer and you can go straight to what’s offered in that brand. It’s often more cost-effective to buy a set of power tools than purchase them individually over time.
We don’t have a Best Pick this time round as what’s best for you depends on your brand preference and what tools you need. All the power toolsets in this review are from established and well-reviewed brands.
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