18 Volt Cordless Combo Kit Head to Head

DEWALT DCK592L2 20V MAX Premium 5-Tool Combo Kit

Model DCK592L2 – $548

3 Year Limited Warranty, 1 Year Free Service Contract

Kit Includes: Impact Driver, Hammerdrill, Circular Saw, Reciprocating Saw, Work Light, (2) 3.0 Ah Batteries and Charger.

While this kit is called “Premium” by DEWALT that is a bit misleading as we consider the XR line to be the premium option. While this kit isn’t the XR line it is a good quality kit featuring their new 20V MAX battery platform. This kit offers excellent value as it’s only 10% more than the Ridgid kit and also includes two batteries.

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The DEWALT 20V MAX 5-Tool Kit we tested included five tools: LED Work Light, Impact Driver, Hammerdrill, Circular Saw, Reciprocating Saw, two batteries, a charger, and large canvas storage bag.

  • LED Work Light #DCL040 – LED work light delivers 110 lumens of light output.
  • ¼” Hex Impact Driver #DCF885 – 1,400 in-lb torque, compact design, 3 LED lights, and quick release bit anvil.
  • ½” Hammerdrill # DCD985 – 3-speed all-metal transmission, heavy-duty 1/2″ metal ratcheting chuck with carbide inserts, 34,000 max blows per min, and LED light.
  • 6-½” Circular Saw #DCS391 – 3700 RPM motor, magnesium shoe, and 50 degree bevel.
  • Reciprocating Saw #DCS380 – 4-Position Blade Clamp, 1-1/8″ stroke length, variable speed trigger with 0-3000 spm, and pivoting adjustable shoe.

The DCK592L2 kit a very good contractor grade 5-tool kit. The circular saw, impact driver and hammerdrill are all very good quality and offer PRO grade performance. The reciprocating saw performed well in our tests but doesn’t appear to offer the PRO grade fit and finish as some of the other brands “premium products”. The adjustable shoe seemed too loose and wobbly to be effective in extreme conditions.

The highlight of this kit is the combination of the ¼” Impact Driver and the ½” Hammerdrill. Both tools have great fit and finish and definitely earn the PRO label. While the impact driver performs very well, it doesn’t offer some of the features on the new XR models (most notably 3-speed selection). The hammerdrill offers a metal 3-speed transmission making it an extremely versatile and useful tool on any job site. The entire hammerdrill has the fit and finish of a heavy duty commercial product.

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This kit does come with a very good quality, large, over the shoulder canvas storage bag. The bag has plenty of room for all the tools and a few accessories.

This kit does offer a decent value priced at $548. However, because the kit comes with only 3.0 Ah batteries you’ll want to consider that when comparing the price of the other kits and their larger batteries.

Overall we’d give this kit 4.5 out of 5 stars. The majority of the tools are heavy duty with very good fit and finish. This kit would likely score a bit better if it included larger 4.0 or 5.0 Ah battery packs.

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Philip Benevides

Phil is a 28-year old Air Force Veteran who decided to transform his passion for construction and home improvement into a career. Inspired by his Grandfather who built his home from the ground up with his bare hands in Portugal, he received his formal training in Carpentry at the North Bennett Street School in Boston, MA. Phil continues to grow his skills as a lead carpenter, managing job sites in and around Boston, and a Captain in the Air National Guard bettering himself as a leader. He loves exploring new building products and construction methods to solve job-site problems and reviewing tools for the pro-contractor and serious DIYer.

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10 Comments

  1. Bryndin

    Sorry but I disagree with the ridgid even with the warranty it’s brutal batteries suck and either are stuck in tool or won’t click in and if you take it back chances are the warranty is life time but they will hold on for ever in getting it fixed and back to you if it breaks just go but something else really.

    1. Todd Fratzel

      Bryndin – I’ll have to disagree with your assessment. I use Ridgid cordless tools all the time, and my crew does as well, and they have performed very well. We’ve never had trouble with batteries getting stuck or not clicking into place. If you properly fill out the warranty there really isn’t an issue at all getting them replaced.

      1. Bret T

        I agree, although I own Milwaukee M-12 and M-18 lines, I’ve been purchasing Ridgid tools for my individual crew members who don’t take care of their tools . . . i.e. misplace and or trash them rapidly . . . I clean and where possible service my tools weekly, most of my men do not. That being said, I’ve used and watched Ridgid tools being used and abused. Rigid is a quality product and the value is truly outstanding. Are the Ridgid products as good as the M-12 and M-18 line???? Certainly they are not as extensive, not quite as powerful but they feel solid in ones hands, they do the job asked of them, albeit not quite as powerfully as the M18’s. If the Ridgid line were as extensive as the Milwaukee, if it updated and offered new selections of tools more frequently, there is no way I could justify buying M-18 line because of the $$ premium one has to pay for the Milwaukee line. The truth is, from my experience . . . Rigid, Milwaukee, Dewalt, Makita, and Bosch all offer tools that I could only dream of 20 years ago . . . . heck , , I’m not even sure I could dream of these tools 20 years ago they are all so good. For me, the most important determinant of tool line is “one battery for all tools” and extensive tool line. If I were starting from scratch . . . and I will be doing just that in a few months . . . It would be a very difficult decision on which line to build a foundation on.

        1. Todd Fratzel

          Bret – Couldn’t agree more. Ridgid is a hidden gem in our industry. Not many people realize, but Ridgid is owned by the same parent company that owns Milwaukee (TTI).

  2. Michael Frontera

    Great review guys! I know this was a tremendous amount of work. I am an electrician and have always been a DeWalt guy But Milwaukee as of late has really been killing it. I already have some M12 tools but I just can’t do another battery platform. I have already invested in about 9 or 10 DeWalt 20v max batteries. Thanks Guys!

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  5. Aaron

    I’ve used rigid cordless tools for the last 11 years. My first set, including the hammer drill, impact and sawzall worked great and lasted 8 years. Since then I’ve been replacing tools one after another. If I could I would replace them all with the originals. Despite their weight and size they were by far the best I’ve ever owned. The new ones weigh less are more compact and break far too easy. Now I have to decide weather I go with the Milwaukee m18 fuel or the dewalt.

  6. Steve

    Just a comment about battery voltages. ALL the tools have 18-volt batteries. Some claim 20 volt, but that’s misleading. Li-Ion cells are all 3.6 volts. All the tools have 5 cells. 3.6 x 5 = 18 volts. Sure, after a full charge you might be about to read 20 volts with a meter, but that would be the case with any of the manufacturer’s batteries.

    1. Todd Fratzel

      You are correct Steve. Marketing mumbo jumbo!

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