So the first thing I noticed with the newly released Skil Li Ion Combo Kit, is it’s really, really red! It’s like Ferrari took over the Skil brand. But it’s not just spicy red good looks that make these tools. Lithium Ion technology is all the rage, and Skil isn’t letting the Li Ion race car pass their pit crew without a quick tune-up. Li Ion is lighter weight and has a more compact design than the now scorned Ni-Cd power tools of yesteryear. The included 2 speed Drill/Driver in the combo sports a cavernous one-half inch chuck to accept larger diameter bits with ease. It also includes removable bit storage, handy built-in level and side-assist handle. The kit is rounded out with a 5 3/8″ Skilsaw, a reciprocating saw, and a pivoting head flashpoint. All in all, pretty essential tools around the house, or possibly on pit row. You can even upgrade your SKIL Ni-Cd tools to the more efficient lithium ion battery system, sparing you the pain of throwing away old SKIL 18 Volt Ni-Cd tools unnecessarily. Who ever wants to throw away otherwise good tools? The new batteries will give owners a lighter tool and more consistent power throughout the cycle, plus SKIL lithium ion batteries last up to four times longer than Ni-Cd batteries and hold a charge for up to 18 months (vs. about three months for Ni-Cds). The Skil 4 Piece Li Ion Combo Kit retails for a reasonable $259 from your preferred Skil dealer.
About Marc Lyman
Marc grew up under a brave single mom who "encouraged" home improvement on the family home. Early toddler gifts included a tool set, and even a cordless Bosch drill when cordless drills first came out. In grade school (give or take a few years), Marc's mom said, "We need to cut down some trees. . . . here's a chainsaw." A father figure also involved Marc in many home improvement projects, including a summer of home remodeling in Palo Alto, CA. Toss in some Obsessive Compulsive personality traits researching everything home improvement related. The end result: a genetically pre-disposed, socially sculpted home improvement machine! For his complete profile, please visit our About page. Really, it's worth it.