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DEWALT DCK211S2 12-Volt Max Drill/Driver / Impact Driver Combo Kit
DEWALT DCK211S2 12-Volt Max Drill/Driver / Impact Driver Combo Kit
Price: $149.00
61 used & new from $140.31

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars simply amazing, September 22, 2011
i bought the 12v. but did test out the 20v and was completely impressed. obviously, the 20 v is way more powerful, but i wasn't looking for power as much as i was looking for a a smaller size (although, the 20V compact is surprisingly small). it just depends on what you plan on using them for. ideally, I would have both sets. 12 v for around the house, furniture, fixing doors, cabinets, assembling things, and stuff like that...and then have the 20V there to tackle the heavy duty applications like decks, fences, lumber, concrete....etc. i didn't know how i would like the drill / impact driver method of using two tools to accomplish what i had always used one to do (switching from a drill bit for pilot holes and then back to a screw bit to drive the fastener). but i'm so impressed with it and pleased with the accuracy that i will never go back. since you have two drills already set up for different functions, you don't get lazy and rush through the work convincing yourself that you don't need a pilot hole. instead, you drill a pilot hole every time because its so easy and readily available, and then you pop a screw in, and drive it in with ease using the impact driver, which by the way, has yet to strip one screw, and it counter sinks when you need it to. and if you don't want to counter sink, the trigger is pressure sensitive, so depending on how soft you pull the trigger, it can actually be quite a delicate tool too, comparable to using a hand screwdriver. the lithium ion batteries have been very good so far. they seem to last pretty much all day, I built a piece of furniture which required a lot of pocket holes, the 12v set died on me about 6 hrs into it. not bad considering the application. the belt clips are heavy duty which are awesome. I am partial to Dewalt having used the classic 18V XRP for years. i was concerned about not having the metal chuck, but as long as it is ratcheting I'm ok with it. and to give a little comparison, i did initially buy the porter cable (good brand as well....for saws/sanders/routers) trying to save a little money and change my drill line up a bit, as soon as it arrived i tested it out and was disappointed and had buyers remorse. grips are not ergonomic, the belt clips are tight, and small, and the biggest deciding factor for me was the chuck. it came loose after every use. it does not ratchet (a must). it was powerful though, but not any more than the dewalt. the dewalts are just perfect in my opinion.

I went to a dewalt service center to talk to the people there and get their opinions. they told me the lithium ions are the tools of the future. these are the ones they will be servicing for the next twenty years until they are phased out by something better. but until then, these are what you want. I also have found the lith ions work differently too. instead of the power slowly draining along with the battery life like NiCAD, the lith ion batteries allow for constant, full power, and then a quick drop off when the battery completely depletes itself. so the result is the feeling of a fully powered battery and the power that comes along with that until the very end. then, take a break, charge up in about thirty minutes, and then get back to work.

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