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DeWalt DCK655X 18-Volt XRP 6 Tool Combo Kit

DeWalt DCK655X 18-Volt XRP 6 Tool Combo Kit

DeWalt DCK655X 18-Volt XRP 6 Tool Combo Kit

The DeWalt DCK655X is Best For:

This tool is suitable for DIY use This tool is suitable for PRO use

Rating:

    

Overview

The DeWalt DCKK655X 18-Volt XRP six tool combo set comes with a variety of useful power tools that purchased on their own would cost a lot more to acquire. The set comes with a drill/hammerdrill, an impact driver, a circular saw, a reciprocating saw, a cutoff tool, as well as a flexible floodlight. All of the tools are powered by DeWalt’s heavy duty 18-Volt XRP batteries, which come with a charger. A heavy duty bag is also provided. Although the set is powered by older technology NiCad batteries, it will accept newer Lithium Ion 18V batteries. Let’s take a look at the set in detail.

Features

DeWalt DCD950 XRP Cordless Hammerdrill

The DeWalt DCD950 XRP 18-volt cordless hammerdrill is a rugged unit suitable for the toughest of jobs. The DCD950 replaces the DeWalt DC925 model that was previously packaged with the set, and is an overall upgraded drill. It features a patented 3-speed all-metal transmission that delivers up to 450 UWO (Unit Watts Out). The drill also features a reversible handle that can be used for tougher drilling / driving jobs. It comes in very handy when using the hammerdrill option and drilling into brick or concrete. The ½” chuck is suitable for handling most drill bits, and is probably one of the most common sizes that most drills have. An upgrade of the DCD950 over the DC925 is that this unit comes with an LED light for illuminating the work area. The light does come in handy when working in darker, confined spaces.

DeWalt DC390 XRP Circular Saw

The DeWalt DC390 XRP 18-volt circular saw can accommodate a 6-1/2-inch blade. The included It can easily cut a 2×4 in a single pass, and the blade can be set to a 45 degree bevel. While the circular saw is good for cutting 2×4’s don’t expect it to replace a good corded saw. The major benefit of this unit is that because it is battery powered it’s portable and can be taken to places where running a power cord could be an issue. Your roof can be a good example of this. The blade on the unit is also smaller than the traditional 7 1/4 inch blade. With the XRP 18 volt battery you will be able to make about 20 to 25 2×4 cuts, before the unit will drain the battery.

DeWalt DC385 XRP Reciprocating Saw

The DeWalt DC385 XRP 18-volt cordless reciprocating saw again and will allow tool portability. It comes with keyless blade clamp allows for quick blade changes. As with most modern reciprocating saws you can set the blade in 4 various positions. The unit is nearly identical to its corded cousin, but again will feature a lower run time needing frequent battery changes especially when doing tough demolition jobs requiring deep or tough cuts.

DeWalt DC825 XRP Impact Driver

The DeWalt DC825 is one of the best impact drivers in its class out there. Coupled with an 18 volt XRP battery the unit will offer a long run time for average construction jobs. The DC825 18-volt impact driver had a rated 1,330 inch-pounds of maximum torque. This is nearly three times the amount of torque that the drill has.

DeWalt DC411 XRP Cut-Off Tool

The DeWalt DC411 18-volt cut-off tool with a maximum speed of 6,500 rpm provides high power for cutting and grinding applications.

DeWalt DW919 XRP Flexible Floodlight

The DW919 18V flexible floodlight provides hands-free flashlight use. The floodlight included in this set is not LED, so the bulb has a limited lifespan and will need replacing often. Out of all the tools included in the set, the DW919 Flexible Floodlight is probably the weakest link. Our floodlight failed after about three years of use.

Conclusions

What’s Included in the Box?

  • Two 18 Volt XRP batteries
  • XRP Charger
  • Carrying Bag
  • DeWalt DCD950 XRP 18-volt cordless hammerdrill with patented 3-speed all-metal transmission delivers up to 450 units watts out
  • DC390 XRP 18-volt circular saw with 6-1/2-inch carbide blade can cut 2-by-4s at a 45 degree angle in a single pass
  • DC385 XRP 18-volt cordless reciprocating saw with keyless blade clamp allows for quick blade changes
  • DC825 18-volt impact driver with 1,330 inch-pounds of maximum torque
  • DC411 18-volt cut-off tool with 6,500 rpm provides high power for cutting and grinding applications
  • DW919 18-volt flexible floodlight provides hands-free use

Positives

A good all around six piece tool set for DIY or PRO applications.

Negatives

The NiCad batteries supplied with this set, which are an older technology are being replaced by newer, lighter, more reliable and longer lasting Lithium-Ion batteries. The included bag would benefit from some compartments separating the tools.

Specifications

  • Voltage: 18V

DeWalt DCD950XRP

  • Max Power: 450 UWO
  • Number of Speed Settings: 3
  • Max RPM: 0-500/0-1,250/0-2,000
  • Max BPM: 0-8,500/0-21,250/0-34,000
  • Clutch Settings: 22
  • Chuck Size: ½”
  • Chuck Type: Self tightening
  • LED light

Quick Review: Black & Decker LDX112C 12-Volt Max Lithium-Ion Drill/Driver

Black & Decker LDX112C 12-Volt Max Lithium-Ion Drill/Driver

Black & Decker LDX112C 12-Volt Max Lithium-Ion Drill/Driver

The LDX112C is Best For:

This tool is suitable for DIY use

Rating: 3.5/5

    

Overview

The Black & Decker LDX112C 12-Volt Max Lithium-Ion drill/driver is an entry level drill designed for light DIY use. This low cost drill is suitable for most light projects around the house, and is not intended for professional or heavy duty use. With the rising popularity of lithium Ion battery technology, Black & Decker introduced it’s MAX format several years ago, with 12, 16 and 20 Volt battery formats. These line of drills are intended to replace their uglier cousins, the Black & Decker NiCad lines, which have been the company’s entry level drills for the past few years. If you select your drills based purely on looks, we have a winner. If you don’t, read on.

Features

Black & Decker LDX112C is a relatively lightweight drill, weighing in at around 3 lbs. It is a light drill, and very comfortable to hold.  The keyless aluminum chuck can handle bits of up to ⅜ inches. There are 11 clutch settings on this drill for a variety of drill and driving applications, and this will spare your screws from that agonizing head stripping.  The 12V Li-Ion battery (LBXR12) will hold the its charge for a very long time, and the included charger, the LCS12, can charge the battery full in less than 40 minutes. This drill uses the “slide pack” batteries which also can be used in other B&D power tools. The Li-Ion batteries are also much smaller than their NiCad predecessors. The grip is soft and comfortable on the hands, and the built in LED light will illuminate your work area.

Black & Decker Drills = Low Torque

Black & Decker drills suffer from notoriously low torque ratings. The LDX112C outputs a measly 100 in-lbs of torque. Currently, the two most powerful drills in the Black & Decker lineup the 18V Black & Decker BD18PSK drill, and the Black & Decker 20V Matrix Drill / Impact Driver, deliver around 200 lbs-in of torque. Both of these drills retail at around $150, and for that price, if you’re looking for a much more capable drill, you’re probably better off getting by getting a 12V DeWalt drill, or an 18V DeWalt DC970K or DC725KA.

Conclusions

With the exception of the discontinued Firestorm line, Black & Decker drills always suffered from low torque, and the LDX112C is no exception. It’s suitable for most DIY use around the house. If you happen to stumble upon a drill that’s well priced and fits your needs, it’s worth the buy.

What’s Included in the Box?

  • Drill
  • Charger (LCS12)
  • Two 12V Batteries (LBXR12)

Positives

  • Low Price

Negatives

  • Low Torque

Specifications

  • Voltage: 12V
  • Torque: 100 in-lbs
  • RPM: 0-600 RPM
  • Clutch Settings: 11
  • Chuck Size: ⅜ Inch

Quick Review: Black & Decker BDCS40G 4-Volt Max Gyro Screwdriver

Black & Decker BDCS40G 4-Volt Max Gyro Screwdriver

Black & Decker BDCS40G 4-Volt Max Gyro Screwdriver

The BDCS40G is Best For:

This tool is suitable for DIY use

Rating: 3.5/5

    

Overview

Several years ago, Black & Decker aimed to tackle the everyday DIY market with its 7.2 Volt VPX line. While the VPX line wasn’t successful and was discontinued a couple of years ago, it did have a very capable compact sized driver the Black & Decker VPX1101X, which offered two speed ranges, and a very capable 140 in/lbs. of torque at 625 RPM. Now while this doesn’t seem like much in today’s world of portable drivers, the VPX1101X was a very inexpensive purchase at the time, and offered interchangeable batteries with other tools in the VPX line.

The Gyro, is something completely different.The 4-Volt Max Gyro screwdriver which is smaller than its VPX counterpart is meant for the occasional light use around the house as a replacement for a standard screwdriver. It’s ergonomically designed to fit in the palm of your hand, and has several unique features that the other small portable drivers do not have.

BDCS40G Features

The first thing you will notice after unpacking the drill is the unique ergonomic design, that’s meant to fit in the palm of your hand. The part of the drill that actually goes against your palm features a large trigger on the squeeze grip, which, when depressed will activate your drill. One of the most unique features about this drill is it’s unique gyro-scoping technology. With the trigger pressed, physically turning the drill in either direction will activate it. The sensor inside, will control the variable speed motor based on the tilt of the drill. It will work in either horizontal, or vertical applications. The 4V non-replaceable internal battery can hold charge for up to 18 months. You can charge the unit by plugging it into the wall via the supplied cable. When being used continuously, depending on application, you’ll get about 2 hours of battery life out of it. The drill also features a LED light to illuminate your work space.

Good for really light use

The gyro-scoping technology takes a bit of getting used to, but once you get the hang of it, the drill really excels at small and light DIY jobs or hobby work. With only 35 in/lbs of torque at 180RPM, it’s only capable of working with small screws. Perfect for removing that electrical plate, or taking apart and fixing your kids toys (assuming it doesn’t have a triangular head)

Conclusions

The 4-Volt Max Gyro Screwdriver is good for occasional use, but takes some time to get used to. We prefer the traditional compact power screwdrivers with non-gyro-scoping functionality, which we feel in this case, is more of a gimmick than actual advancement in power tool technology.

What’s Included in the Box?

  • BDCS40G drill
  • Charger
  • Two 1” screwdriving bits

Positives

  • Compact
  • Ergonomic
  • Holds charge long when not used

Negatives

  • Low torque
  • Internal Non-Replaceable Battery

Neutrals

  • Might take time to get used to gyro-scoping technology
  • Heavy use will mean long charge time

Specifications

  • Battery: Lithium Ion 4V Internal
  • Speed: One Speed / 180RPM
  • Torque: 35 in/lbs
  • Warranty: Two Year Limited

Quick Review: DeWalt DC970K-2 18-Volt Drill/Driver Kit

DeWalt DC970K-2 18V Drill/Driver Kit

DeWalt DC970K-2 18V Drill/Driver Kit

The DC970K-2 is Best For:

This tool is suitable for DIY use This tool is suitable for PRO use

Our Rating: 4/5

    

Overview

The DeWalt DC970K-2 18V Drill/Driver is a cordless drill was one of the first drills that was launched in DeWalt’s compact drill line. The DC970 drill included in this drill set, is essentially the same one as the DC759KA. This tool is suitable for the most basic jobs around the house, and even does heavy duty DIY as well as some PRO jobs. Though powerful, durable and overall very reliable, the DC970 is an entry level 18V drill in DeWalt’s cordless drill line.

Features

The drill features two speed settings which are rated at 0-450 RPM and 0-1,500 RPM. The ½ inch chuck is all plastic. It should be durable enough to withstand most wear and tear, though the model’s more expensive cousins (especially in the XRP line) will have a more rugged all metal chuck. There’s 17 clutch (torque) settings on this drill, which makes it very versatile for all kinds of applications. The 380 UWO (Unit Watts Out) means that the drill is also suitable for professional use.

This is a compact drill based on the older wider DeWalt battery base. If you intend to use Li-Ion batteries, you’re better off buying a DeWalt drill with an updated base, because while the Li-Ion batteries will fit, the base will overlap the battery by ½ inch on the front and rear of the battery.

The two batteries included in this drill are rated at 1.2 Ah. DeWalt’s top end 18V XRP battery is rated at 2.4 Ah. So if you’ve ever used an XRP tool, you’re looking at roughly half the runtime with these batteries. The charger included with this set, the DW9116, will charge each included battery in about an hour.

Conclusions

Overall this drill set presents a good value for the money. If you’re looking for a quality entry level drill, that is powerful to handle a wide spectrum jobs, this set is worth the money.

What’s Included in the Box?

  • Cordless Drill (DeWalt DC970)
  • Two 18V batteries (DeWalt DC9098)
  • 1 hour charger (DeWalt DW9116)

Positives

  • Value
  • Relatively High Torque

Negatives

  • Base doesn’t fit well with DeWalt’s Li-Ion batteries
  • Plastic chuck

Specifications

  • Voltage: 18V
  • Max Power:  380 UWO
  • # of Speed Settings:  2
  • Maximum RPM: 0-450 / 0-1,500
  • Clutch Settings:  17
  • Chuck Size:  1/2″
  • Chuck Type:  Plastic, single sleeve ratcheting
  • Tool Weight:  4.7 lbs
  • Warranty: 90 Day Money Back / 1 Year Free Service / 3 Year Limited

Quick Review: Black & Decker 9099KC 7.2V Cordless Drill with Keyless Chuck

Black & Decker 9099KC 7.2V Cordless Drill with Keyless Chuck Review

The 9099KC is best for:

 This tool is suitable for DIY

Our Rating: 2/5

    

Overview

I’m a big fan of DeWalt Power Tools, which Black & Decker owns. Before DeWalt was bought by Black & Decker, many B&D products used to compete with DeWalt’s product line. Now B&D has re-positioned their own power tool product line with a focus on the occasional power tool user, or the beginner DIY.

The 9099KC Cordless Drill however, falls outside that category. Current B&D products take on a grey/dark orange design, and this particular cordless drill has an all black colour scheme, with an orange trigger. This is consistent with the product branding of many older B&D products, and this is where this drill inherits its features from. This is an inexpensive drill, that is suited for very light work, and that’s about it.

Features

The Black & Decker 9099KC features an integral 7.2 Volt NiCad battery, which isn’t much to say the least. You cannot remove the battery from this drill, so to charge it, you plug the drill into the wall via a cable.

Charging takes several hours, and if you’re doing a lot of drilling the NiCad batter will drain very quickly. It does offer a keyless ½ inch chuck – but then again, this isn’t really a differentiator. You can select two reversible speeds on this drill 325 RPM or 650 RPM, for basic driving and drilling. The handle is all plastic – better drills will have a rubberized handle.

Low Torque

The 9099KC provides about 60 in-lbs of torque, which is good for doing light work, but it will fail at doing more complicated DIY tasks. Funny thing is, that many B&D drills have poor torque ratings.

Conclusions

There are better drills available out there, that are smaller in size, weigh less, and are more powerful. However, they probably cost twice as much.

This is a basic cordless drill, for basic use around the house. Don’t expect much from it, but if you’re looking for something inexpensive, basic and no frills, this is probably the drill for you. Because the battery is not removable, this drill is suitable for really one off type small jobs around the house.

What’s included in the box?

  • 9099KC Drill
  • Charger Cable

Positives

  • Inexpensive

Negatives

  • Non removable battery
  • Low voltage, low runtime
  • Not powerful

Specifications

  • Weight: 3.0 lbs
  • Torque: 60 in/lbs
  • Product (L x W x H): 9.125 x 6.5 x 10.0 inches
  • Warranty: 2 years

Quick Review: DeWalt DC725KA 18-Volt Cordless Compact Hammer Drill/Driver

DEWALT DC725KA 18-Volt Cordless Compact Hammer Drill/Driver

DeWalt DC725KA 18-Volt Cordless Compact Hammer Drill/Driver

The DC725KA is Best For:

This tool is suitable for DIY use This tool is suitable for PRO use

Our Rating: 4.5/5

    

Overview

The DeWalt DC725KA 18-Volt cordless compact hammer drill/driver is one of DeWalt’s most popular cordless battery powered drill products. This drill/driver is basically shares many of the characteristics of drills that are in DeWalt’s more powerful XRP line of products, except  in a much smaller form factor. At nearly 5 pounds, it’s lighter than the XRP units, however after long usage during the day your hands could feel a bit fatigued.

Drill Features

The two NiCad batteries that come with this drill are the smaller 18 volt batteries that have a lower capacity than the ones that come in the XRP set. Yes, NiCad batteries are the “old” technology, and newer Lithium ones are available – that being said, these NiCad batteries will still give you very good run time, one of their main downsides is weight. The unit features a very high performing 410 watt unit motor, and can handle a variety of applications such as drilling into wood, metal or concrete with the hammer drill feature. The drill can be set for two speeds – 0 to 500 RPM (Revolutions Per Minute) and 0 to 1700 RPM for a variety of applications. When you chance those settings, the hammer drill BPM (Beats Per Minute) automatically adjusts to 0 to 8500 BPM, and 0 to 29000 BPM. The 17 clutch settings allow you to adjust the level of resistance when driving in a screw. The 1/2″ (13mm) all metal chuck is solidly built and replaceable, like most other DeWalt cordless drills.

Hammer drill, but no side handle included

The ergonomic grip is comfortable, however, we were disappointed that it did not come with a side handle, which is very beneficial especially when using the unit as a hammer drill. The LED provides enough light to make work easier in dark places, however, it is not a replacement for a larger lighting unit.

DC725, DC725B or DC725KA?

Confused? They’re all the same drills. The DeWalt DC725 is the base drill model. If you’re buying just the tool, it will be listed as the DC725B (Bare). The DC725KA means that the drill comes as a kit, with a 18V XRP battery, and a charger.

Conclusions

This is a solid drill for everyday use, for DIY’s as well as contractors. DeWalt makes some of the finest drills available, and this unit is a very affordable option especially when compared to the newer Lithium drills.

What’s included in the box?

Drill, Two NiCad batteries, Charger, Carrying Case

Positives

  • Compact size,  good for small spaces
  • High performance, powerful frameless motor

Negatives

  • Compact NiCad batteries offer lower capacity
  • No side handle for additional control when using the unit as a hammer drill

 DeWalt DC725KA Specifications & Warranty

  • Voltage: 18V
  • Max Power:  410UWO
  • # of Speed Settings:  2
  • Max RPM: 0-500/0-1700
  • Max BPM:  0-8,500/0-29,000
  • Clutch Settings:  17
  • Chuck Size:  1/2″
  • Chuck Type:  Metal, single sleeve
  • Tool Weight:  4.9lbs
  • 90 Day Money Back Guarantee / 1 Year Free Service Contract /3 Year Limited Warranty