Combo kits are a great way to get a variety of different tools in a single purchase. Not only do you save time by getting multiple tools at once, but you also save money by buying them in bundles rather than purchasing them individually. Cordless combo kits are also a great way to replace your ancient, corded power tools with something more portable. If you’re searching for a collection of cordless power tools but don’t know where to start, then try looking at two essential tools bundled into a single package: a drill-driver combo kit.
In this article, we’re going to compare two cordless drill-driver combo kits made by two of the world’s most well-known manufacturers: DEWALT’s DCK240C2 and Bosch’s CLPK22-120. From the get-go, we’ll let you know that these kits are marketed for different people, though they feature the same tools that can be used for the same applications. Let’s see how they compare.
The voltage rating of a cordless power tool’s battery can be an indication of how much power it can deliver to the tool. A higher voltage translates into greater power. The DEWALT kit comes with a power drill and impact driver that both run off of 20V Li-Ion batteries. These are some of the heaviest-duty batteries you’ll find for cordless drills and impact drivers.
The Bosch combo kit also contains a power drill and impact driver. They draw their power from 12V Li-Ion batteries. Generally speaking, 12V batteries are used in light- to medium-duty cordless tools that are designed for residential purposes and find limited applications in professional settings.
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Conclusion: We see that these batteries are on opposite ends of the battery-power spectrum – the DEWALT uses high-power 20V batteries whereas the Bosch employs light-duty 12V. We feel that the DEWALT’s superior battery power makes it usable in every situation, from light home renovations to challenging car maintenance. The Bosch, on the other hand, is a better fit for light jobs in the home.
One half of the DEWALT kit is the DCD771 drill/driver. It’s a powerful ½-inch drill with a 1.3-amp motor that produces 300 UWO. It has a two-speed motor – one for low speed, high-torque for driving screws and a medium speed gear for drilling. The drill weighs about 3 pounds but won’t weigh your arm down, even when drilling overhead holes.
The CLPK22-120 combo kit comes with the PS31 drill/driver. The PS31 is a light-duty, 3/8-inch drill that weighs only 2.14 pounds but produces up to 265-inch-pounds of torque at a speed of up to 1,300 RPM. Keep in mind that the drill is designed for light-duty applications around the home.
Conclusion: Between these two drill/drivers, we feel that you will get more power and value out of the DEWALT DCD771. It comes with a beefier battery for greater power and runtime, though it is slightly heavier than the Bosch.
Drill Chuck Size
The size of the chuck on a drill can be an indicator of how powerful the motor is. Basically, a larger chuck requires thicker bits, requiring a more powerful motor to spin at high speeds. The DCD771 has a ½-inch chuck, about the largest size chuck you’ll need for hobbyist and even professional woodworkers and home renovators.
The Bosch PS31 comes with a slightly smaller chuck – 3/8 inches – which isn’t a significant difference compared to the DEWALT’s ½-inch chuck, but it means that the motor doesn’t need to be as powerful. That being said, this tool is better suited for use around the home.
Conclusion: Professional craftsmen would probably prefer the DEWALT more than the Bosch simply because it packs more power. Drilling holes through tough materials is much more feasible with the DEWALT than with the Bosch. The Bosch is designed for light-duty drilling.
Impact Driver Power
The other tool in the DCK240C2 combo kit is the DCF885C2 impact driver. This ¼-inch tool delivers up to 1,400-inch-pounds of torque while generating speeds of up to 2,800 RPM with 3,200 IPM. It weighs 2.8 pounds which isn’t the lightest, nor is it the heaviest impact driver out there. It’s only 5.55 inches long from chuck to end, so it’s easy to fit in hard-to-reach places like places under the hood of your car.
The impact driver that comes with the Bosch two-tool combo kit is the PS41. It’s only 5.39 inches long, so it’s easy to fit in tight spaces. The motor delivers up to 3,100 IPM at speeds of up to 2,600. It produces around 930-inch-pounds of torque, making it a great tool for driving screws and fasteners.
Conclusion: Once again, you need to determine whether you need more power or not. If you do, the DEWALT is the way to go. The Bosch, on the other hand, would be the more appropriate choice for people looking for a light-duty, general-purpose tool.
Runtime and Charging Time
Cordless tools are great since you can take them practically anywhere you go, but you need to have their batteries charged first. The DEWALT tools in this combo kit are 20V batteries that provide around 45 minutes of work per single charge. The quick charger that comes with the kit can charge a battery from 0 to 100% in around 45 to 55 minutes.
The Bosch tools use 12V batteries which can probably last around 30 to 40 minutes of constant use on a single charge. The good thing is that the quick charger that comes with this kit can fill a battery to full capacity in only 30 minutes.
Conclusion: Although the DEWALT can give you more time per single charge, the Bosch’s batteries are more time-efficient in terms of their charging time. Of course, it’s always a good idea to invest in more batteries to keep your downtime as minimal as possible, but these kits come with two batteries, one for each tool.
DEWALT vs Bosch: Verdict
For the umpteenth time article, the user has to decide whether they need more power for their day-to-day woodworking or home-renovating jobs. The DEWALT would give more value to professional users, though there are other combo kits that pack more power and battery capacity than this combo kit.
The Bosch CLPK22-120 Combo Kit would suit hobbyist users and light woodworking applications better, though they can be used for medium- and even some heavy-duty applications in a pinch. Between these two models, we recommend getting the DEWALT DCK240C2 Combo Kit since it gives you the potential to do more.