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DEWALT DCK655X 18-Volt XRP 6 Tool Combo Kit with Impact Driver
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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful
on February 9, 2011
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A friend has converted me to a Dewalt believer over the last few years. And I've always loved his 18V cordless drill. When I spotted this set on sale I couldn't pass it up!

The drill is a 3 speed, 3 mode, adjustable clutch, locking keyless chuck MONSTER of a cordless drill. Three selectable speed ranges lets you maximize availble torque to suit material and application. I have mine in the middle range which suits most applications. Three modes: Screw, Drill, Hammer... The screw mode engauges the clutches to avoid stripping your heads. With 23 clutch settings I think you'll find the right one for your fasteners. Drill mode disengauges the clutches and lets you run your bits without changing your clutch setting. The final mode is Hammer Drill mode for masonry drilling. You gotta love that! I've never seen a keyless chuck that works like this. Holding the cylinder and turnin the chuck unlocks it then spinning the cylinder will tighten or loosen the jaws. Once the jaws are tight, turn the chuck again to lock. NICE! I couldn't be happier with this drill!!!

Also in this set are two 18V XRP DC9096 Ni-Cad batteries and a one hour charger. The packs aren't that much larger than the 15.6V I'm used to with my previous drill but definitely offer much more power. They are heavy but not so much that you care. The one hour quick charger is mode protected to prevent over charging and even has an indicator to tell whether it's charging, complete, or even if their's a problem with the battery. One word about your batteries...keep them charged ALL OF THE TIME. Batteries tend to devlop issues if they'll left in discharged state. Fully charged batteries will have better overall performance and a longer life. I just put mine on the charge every month or so to top them off.

6.5" Circular Saw. I haven't cut anything with it yet but I have an up and coming project involving 1/2" ply, 2x4s, 2x6s, and 4x4 porch spindles. I'll let you know how it did. As for the physics of it. It feels like a beast. A good heavy motor and cast body. It has a nice lever lock for the depth adjustment and nob lock for for the angle.

Reciprocating Saw... Again haven't cut anything with it yet, but soon. It feels good in the hand. With a pack inserted it feels about the same weight as my 7.5amp Craftsman. I have high hopes for this little beauty.

Update: 12-27-2011: I recently had to repair and upgrade a shower. I used this on metal, wood, and PVC. I'm thoroughly impressed. It cuts like a champ, as fast as my corded model, and though I wasn't cutting all day long, the battery held it's charge thru the entire project. This handly tool just moved to the head of the pack. Loading the blade is simple and tooless. But even being tooless, the blade was rock solid! It accepts all standard reciprocating saw blades.

4" Angle Grinder... This and the price difference were the reasons I went with this set over the 4 tool set. I caught this one on sale and the difference was less than $50. I wasn't sure how this thing was going to work but man am I impressed. It comes with one thin cutoff wheel and it does DAMAGE. I used it to cut some 1.25" x 1/8" thick angle steel to length. It went thru it nearly as fast as my 7" 13 amp grinder. You can feel the torque! The safty sroud is fully adjustable for the best angle with a lever tensioner. The stablizer handle can be mounted on either the right or left side. There's not much more to say about it. Great for those little jobs and in tight spaces.

On to the "what's with this?" category. The impact driver I'm not as impressed with but then I wasn't expecting much or even really to use it. I thought I read somewhere it puts out 400 in-lbs of torque. I'm not even sure it this converts but assuming there's not some strange law of physics I'm unaware of that's something like 33-ft-lbs? Okay... But I suppose if your lazy or you have TON of little bolts to take off that are rusted on, then maybe...

Update 4-28-2011: I recently installed a full glass storm door on my parent's house. I used the drill to pre-drill the three dozen or so holes in the project. I finally figured out that the impact driver has a locking collet and is actaully a "impacting" screw gun. And surprisingly it works really well. It made short work of this project and I had NO...NOT ONE issue with rounding my screw heads. All-in-all VERY impressed!

The light is...well a light. Though I can say it's strong and bright! Honestly, I would prefer LED just because I hate wasting my battery power on these little portable space heaters. Seriously, if your cold stand in front of this thing for a minute, it'll warm you up. That said if power's no where to be found, this will light up your little corner of the universe.

It comes also with a nylon bag that once closed is just about busting with your new toys. It's not really heavy duty nylon but at the same time it should be fine. It also comes with a few accessories. As I mensioned before a single 4" cutoff wheel for your grinder. It also comes with one 16 tooth carbide blade for your circular saw and a tool to install it.

All in all, the price is amazing and so is this set. If you casual hobbist or a professional contractor you should be equaly impressed. These are battery tools and as such aren't going to be as strong or reliable as your bigger corded models. But trust me, if for no other reason than sake of ease, these will be the ones I grab first.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on January 21, 2010
I come from a Makita family and had always planned on getting a Makita tool set. While I was at Home Depot these power tools were on sale, and my wife surprised me with them. It has been over 2 years and I am so glad she did. I love (LOVE) my Dewalt power tool set. I use the drill most frequently (of course) but I can't even count how many times the grinder has been the perfect tool for whatever job I have been working on. I try and take care of my stuff, but I have dropped my tools several times and they still work great. This has been such a great purchase and I absolutely recommend them to anyone.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on February 8, 2012
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This review is from a beginner's perspective. I never used many cordless tools except for a basic drill and a sander but I've always come across little projects that could be done around the house if only I had the right tool. I like the idea of cordless tools for their portability, so I went shopping for some tools and luckily they sell them in kits like these with a mix of commonly used tools. I don't know much so I read a lot of reviews and came across these and also got some good feedback from more experienced friends that are big fans of Dewalt, so I purchased this kit, which seemed to be compatible with the most tools and accessories. I noticed the new 20V Dewalts but that kit is still new and they have a much more limited set of tools and accessories. Since I may want to add on to the set a cordless vacuum and impact wrench, I decided on the Dewalt 18V. I must say I'm very impressed with the quality and power of the tools. The drill is huge, the impact driver and circular saw will work perfectly on an upcoming deck project, the Sawzall seems very solidly built, although that was the only tool that didn't come with a blade, a kit of 6 only cost like 13 bucks. The tools are powerful and need to be broken in apparently. I can still see sparks within the drill cases when starting or stopping, which apparently is common for new drills and goes away over time. I am now looking for excuses to use the tools instead of being lazy and procrastinating about handyman projects like before. The bag is good quality and comes with a shoulder strap, which I'm happy about. All in all I recommend this purchase.

Update: Since writing this I've expanded my tool collection to include a double charger, extra battery, a corded/cordless wet/dry vac, and a heavy duty torque wrench, everything has been working flawlessly and the batteries last a long time. The bag even had enough room for some extra equipment. Very happy with the purchase after owning it almost a year.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on June 19, 2013
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I've been heavily using every tool at a multi-building renovation project, especially in places where using an extension cord wasn't feasible or there was no power.

Drill: The self-tightening chuck makes it my favorite drill ever. Click-click and it's ready. And a nice range of speeds and torque.
Circular saw: It's proven light enough to do vertical and horizontal plunge cuts that I couldn't do with my corded 10" saw.
Reciprocating saw: Cuts nails and wood like it should. And with a pruning blade I use it for quick spot-trimming jobs of dead tree branches and woody vines.
Impact driver: It drives 3 inch screws into aged oak beams really fast, whereas before I had to pre-drill a hole in order to use a regular driver on those.
Cut-off tool: Cuts nails well. Sands wood but of course not as fast as a corded grinder. The guard got in the way sometimes but it can be removed quickly if necessary.
Flexible flashlight: I thought this was a goofy add-on to a power tools set, but turns out it's useful when it gets dark while working in a room that doesn't have working lights yet (duh). Much brighter than a pocket flashlight.

Same comment as other reviewers- get an extra battery and/or multi-battery charger if you expect to be using multiple tools at the same time.

A side note, and not the item's fault: the bag can get really heavy and awkward, especially if extra batteries and different blades and discs etc. start sneaking into the internal and external pockets. Best to split things up a bit.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on October 14, 2010
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I originally wanted a Makita set but the price on the Dewalt was too good. Having used Makita for years I'm super impressed with the Dewalt gear, the light built into the drivers is brilliant, power is great, function is top notch. The angle grinder is surprisingly powerful as is the circular saw, and the light which folds out on it's gooseneck is perfect for late night BBQ's!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 23, 2014
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I purchased this tool kit about a year and a half ago from Amazon for light use around my home. Cost at that time was $499. I am a DIYer and this seemed perfect, especially given it was a DEWALT product and expected to be of high quality. It has proven to be a major disappointment however. At first the XRP batteries were okay but not stellar in holding a charge. Over time they became worse and worse. Now, less than two years after purchase with very light use, they literally can only drive in two 1.25 inch deck screws in a 2x4 on a full charge before the batteries become completely dead. With such extremely poor batteries, the entire tool kit is useless. If you were thinking of buying this for a holiday gift, recommend you find a product with better batteries.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 3, 2014
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These tools are so awesome. Like it says, If I could give it six stars I would. I've always used craftsman cordless tools. I've owned 3 sets since I've been a kid. The latest one was good until the batteries died. They only lasted a year. Dewalt's warranty is 3 years. These tools have the power to get any job done you need. I've used all the tools in this kit hard now. No complaints. This was a big purchase for me so I will update anything that goes wrong. So unless you see another update these tools are perfect.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 11, 2014
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Purchased these as a Christmas present for my father as a few years back I had received a very similar set but with the lithium ion batteries. NiCad are a little heavier but if you work on electrical NiCad is a must as Lithium ion drains instantly and does not work with charged electrical lines. Great starter bag. Wish it had come with the charger good for both NiCad and Lithium Ion batteries as both will be used but not a huge deal. Black charges are only good for NiCad batteries yellow for both NiCad and lithium.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 7, 2014
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All you need around the house small and large jobs. Great for working on my boat also. No power cords.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 12, 2013
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Great value and rugged tools. This is a very useful combination of tools, most other tool combinations include one or two cordless tool you don't really need. For my use, these are a perfect grouping and the bag can actually contain all the tools and the charger. Nice that a sawblade and grinding wheel are included.
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