This post is sponsored by The Home Depot. Well, it’s that time of year again! It’s that magical season when I stop complaining about how hot it is and start complaining about how cold it is (yay!). This predictable shift in my annual whining pattern happens to coincide with another fun seasonal tradition: gift giving. If you’d like to bring cheer to that “tool person” on your shopping list (or spoil yourself), you can grab an awesome deal on this 20V MAX DeWALT 4-tool combo kit w/ Tough System. We received one to check out and there’s a lot to like about it! We think your giftee will agree; even if it is a little late. Or miserably cold outside.
Golden Goodness – A Pack Of 4 And More
I’ve gone on enough in the past about how much I prefer cordless over corded, and how far battery powered tools have come over the years. So let’s focus instead on some of the things that make these particular tools worth looking at. When you buy DeWALT’s 20V MAX DCKTS450M2 4-tool combo kit with Tough System, you’re actually getting a heck of a lot for your money. The kit includes:
* DCS570 7-1/4” brushless circular saw
* DCD796 brushless compact 1/2” drill / driver / hammer drill
* DCF885 1/4” impact driver
* DCG412 angle grinder
* DCB115 12V / 20V MAX quick charger
* (2x) DCB204 20V MAX XR 4.0 Ah lithium ion battery packs
* DS450 Tough System tool storage box with wheels and extendable handle
DeWALT DCS570 – A Golden Circular Saw
The DCS570 is a full sized 7-1/4”, brushless circular saw. And there’s plenty to love about it.
* Blade speed: 5,500 RPM (no load) ; 5,200 (loaded)
* Weight: 7.9 lbs. (bare tool). Almost 9.5 lbs. with included 4Ah battery.
* Max. depth of cut: 2-9/16” (at 90°) ; 2” (at 45°)
* Electric brake.
* 5/8” arbor
* Bevel range: 0° – 57°
* Platform: 20V MAX
Adjusting Quite Nicely
I’ve used a lot of older circular saws that were a pain in the hindquarters to set up for cuts. One of my favorite things about the DeWALT DCS570 is how refreshingly easy the adjustments are to operate and how firmly they lock in place. There’s no fiddling, fussing or tools required.
I found the DeWALT DCS570 to perform nearly as well as any corded circular saw I’ve used. In most cases I could tell no difference at all (other than not having to constantly wrangle a cord away from my cut line). And it seems a bit quieter than all of my corded ones. It cut beautifully when ripping sheet goods and crosscutting 2x lumber. I never had to baby it or go any slower than I would with a corded saw.
DeWALT DCS570 20-Volt MAX Circular Saw – Featuring Features
I did stall the blade once, but that was user error. The wood shifted a bit, binding the blade. That’s OK, I prefer the stall over a rogue saw climbing out of the cut and siccing after my fleshy people parts.
DCD796 Compact 1/2” Drill / Driver / Hammer Drill
* Compact brushless motor
* Max power: 460 Units Watts Out (UWO)
* 1/2” all metal ratcheting chuck
* Speed: 0-550 (low gear) ; 0-2,000 (high gear)
* Blows Per Minute (BPM): 0-34,000 (hammer mode)
* 14-setting adjustable clutch
* Use up to 2” hole saw (in wood)
* Included belt hook
* Reversible drive, with trigger lock
* Weight: 2 lbs., 11oz (bare tool) ; Just over 4 lbs. (w/ included battery)
* Platform: 20V MAX
Like so many drills these days, the DCD796 also functions as a variable torque fastener driver and hammer drill. And it does all three very, very well.
Driving Me Crazy – Crazy Like A Fox
The DeWALT DCD796 isn’t the kind of driver that picks you up in a limo. Rather, it’s the kind of driver that – with plenty of power, two gear ranges, an adjustable torque clutch and 1/2” shank capacity – gets the job done. Perhaps we should be chauffeuring it around.
Hammer It Home With The 20V MAX DeWALT DCD796
The recommended largest masonry bit – according to the manual – is 1/4”, which is fine for concrete screw pilot holes. But I’m going to be honest; most of the time I need to bore into concrete, it’s 1/2” holes or larger for things like sleeve anchors.
By no means am I suggesting you exceed the manufacturer’s recommendations, but I knew the driver was capable of running masonry bits larger than 1/4”. So I gave it a shot. Boring 5/8” holes (the largest I tried) completely through 3-1/2” thick concrete block was absolutely no problem for the DeWALT. And I have no doubt it could handle even larger. Just thought you’d like to know.
What’s Up, Chuck?
I was never much of a brand snob. I buy and use what I like. But DeWALT will always have the distinction of being my first introduction to the keyless chuck. It was the 90’s; a friend brought by his brand new 12V DeWALT drill/driver for me to use on some speaker boxes and customer service counters I was building. The power was impressive, but I was especially enthralled by the keyless chuck. How was such a thing even possible?
Of course, there’s been worlds of improvement since then. This new DeWALT would blow that old one out of the water from every possible direction. Fast forward to now: we have ratcheting keyless chucks. I’ve seen and used them before, so the novelty is gone. But I’m sure glad to have one on this driver. They seem to grip tighter with less effort.
3 Light Modes – DeWALT 20V MAX 1/2” Drill / Driver / Hammer Drill
There are three different illumination modes to choose between. Low and medium each stay on for 20 seconds after the trigger is released. The brightest setting (spotlight mode) keeps the LED on for a full 20 minutes, long enough and bright enough to do what you need to do in most cases. It can easily serve as a flashlight or small area lamp.
DeWALT DCG412 Angle Grinder – Corded Power Without The Cord
If you have an axe to grind, DeWALT’s DCG412 is ready to settle your grievance. OK, fine, an angle grinder isn’t necessarily the most precise blade sharpening tool, but it does work. But those of you who work with metal, stone, tile, masonry or other hard materials will find plenty of uses for the tool.
The Daily Grind
Angle grinders are usually pretty basic, no frills tools. And this 20V MAX grinder is no exception. But it’s powerful and works as well as any corded angle grinder I’ve used. I used the included grinding disc to shave down some rebar and shape a piece of rectangular steel tubing. The grinder never hesitated one bit, even when I beared down.
Like all of the tools in this combo kit, the handle is shaped and positioned about as ergonomically as it could be.
DeWALT 20V MAX Angle Grinder – A Real Gear Head
If you don’t like the orientation of the gear case, you can pull the four screws and rotate the head in 90° increments. Just – the manual warns – don’t pull the gear case away from the motor housing.
A variety of wheels can be used with the grinder, including: surface grinding wheels, 4” wire wheels, 3” wire cup brushes, sanding discs, flaps and flanges, abrasive cutting wheels and diamond cutting wheels. And most standard 4-1/2” and 5” wheels should work.
However, if you want to use cutting wheels (type 1/type 41), DeWALT recommends you purchase their “type 1 guard” (sold separately), which has shielding on the bottom as well.
DeWALT 20V MAX DCF885 Makes Quite An Impact
Drilling holes and driving screws is all well and good. But when you need raw, unabashed torque, it’s time to grab the impact driver. This tool is the equivalent of hitting the end of a wrench with a mallet to get that extra, momentary spike of torque. Only this baby can do it up to 3,200 times per minute!
* Drive size: 1/4” quick release hex
* Speed: 0-2,800 RPM (unloaded)
* Impacts Per Minute: 0-3,200 IPM
* Max torque: 1,400 in-lbs.
* Reversible direction w/ trigger lock
* Included belt hook
* Weight: 2 lbs. (bare tool) ; about 3-1/4 lbs. (with included battery)
* Platform: 20V MAX
Unlike the circular saw and drill/driver/hammer drill (both of which have brushless motors), the angle grinder and impact driver have traditional brushed motors. They may yield a little less battery run time, but they certainly aren’t hurting for power.
It Tightens And Loosens – Really Well
This is a tool that does one thing: it rotates left or right. But it does it really, really well. It’s over-molded with rubber for grip and protection. It fits great in the hand. And it can deliver enough torque to bury a screw right into a piece of wood. In some cases, all the way through. Good thing it has a variable speed trigger!
2 Batteries And A Charger – You’ve Got The Power Of 20V MAX
The DeWALT 4-tool combo kit with Tough System includes two DCB204 (20V MAX XR 4.0 Ah) lithium ion battery packs and one DCB115 battery charger. The charger is compatible with all DeWALT 12V and 20V MAX lithium-ion battery packs.
DeWALT Tough System DS450 Mobile Tool Box
Stackable mobile tool cases are all the rage these days. And with good reason: they’re incredibly useful and convenient. DeWALT’s Tough System is quite versatile, with lots of available components. Included in this 4-tool combo kit is the DS450, a 17 gallon, heavy duty structural foam tool box with built-in wheels and collapsible handle. It’s essentially a tool box with its own hand truck. It rolls exceptionally well and is easy to move up and down stairs and across rough terrain.
DeWALT Tough System DS450 – So Easy To Handle
Having dealt with so many tools and accessories with handles that are just a tad too short, this one makes me very happy. It extends to 40”, meaning that an average height (or taller) adult can use it comfortably, without back strain. I don’t know why more companies don’t give you that little extra length. And at approx. 17”, the handle is plenty wide too.
I’m a bit disappointed, however, that there are no internal dividers or padding whatsoever. I get that it’s a customizable system meant to accommodate many possible configurations and tools. But given that this is combo kit, it would have been appreciated if DeWALT had given us the means to keep the included tools from banging around inside.
If you have tool bags, you’re fine. But there are none here. May I suggest outfitting your box with Fastcap’s Kaizen Foam? The stuff is awesome (many people use it for their tools; I use it for my camera equipment and swear by it).
Boxes Of Bits – Drive Bit Set (Does Not Come With The DeWALT Tool Kit)
If you want bits that are going to stand up to the beating delivered by your impact driver, look no farther. These are the ones I used in my testing. They’re made of a custom steel alloy to maximize tip life “up to 30x” and have an “optimized shock zone” to absorb peak torque and prevent breaking.
You can get the 4-Tool Combo Kit w/ Tough System now for a special low price:
Get the Milwaukee Shockwave 142 pc. impact duty driver bit set for just under $30:
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