Dewalt DCK290L2 vs. DCK296M2

Metal, masonry, construction workers, and even DIY enthusiasts and home improvers can all agree on this—Dewalt is one of the best power tool manufacturers in the world. It has built its reputation since it started in the early 1920s. It is a leading power tool giant because of its innovative hand tool products and accessories.

Let’s get down to business and look into two of Dewalt’s hammer drill and impact driver combo kits. If you’re already a fan, read on and learn more, or if you’re trying out other brands or just new to the drilling and driving scene, this will help you get the right tools for your collection.

Dewalt DCK290L2 20V MAX Hammer Drill and Impact Driver Combo Kit

This combo kit comes with the DCD985 hammer drill and the DCF885 impact driver that can both do heavy-duty jobs and maintain their reliability after long periods of rugged wear and tear.

These tools both use 20V max Lithium-Ion premium 3.0 Ah batteries that let you work on multiple applications on a single charge.

There are user complaints that drilling through large bits with the hammer drill can be a bit hard, but it can still drill large bits, nonetheless.

Pros:

  • Delivers 2,800 RPM and 1,400 in. lbs. of torque
  • Can give you 535 unit watts out (UWO)
  • Built-in LED lights that have 20-second delays
  • Comes with a 360-degree side handle
  • Comes with fast charging (30 minutes) Energy Star qualified battery charger

Cons:

  • Do not come with battery fuel gauges
  • Hammer drill is difficult to use when using larger bits

Dewalt DCK296M2 20V XR Lithium Ion Brushless Premium Hammer Drill and Impact Driver Combo Kit

The DCK296M2 combo kit includes the DCF886 impact driver and the DCD995 hammer drill which have a sturdy feel to them thanks to their ergonomic design.

Both tools use brushless motors that give you more runtime than those that run on brushed ones. They both have features that make them ideal for use in most construction, carpentry, and home improvement jobs.

These are high-powered tools, so you will find it a bit hard to use them on applications that require extreme control and precision.

Pros:

  • The tools operate on brushless motors
  • Equipped with battery fuel indicators
  • Both tools come with LED lights with 20-sec trigger release delay
  • The hammer drill has three speeds, a full metal transmission, and delivers up to 650 UWO
  • Comes with a 360-degree side handle

Cons:

  • High-priced
  • Not recommended for delicate applications

Comparison

The DCK296M2 offers more than the DCK290L2 in terms of torque and UWO. This means the former can do more than the latter. It also comes with a higher price at around $350 while the latter can be had at around $250. Aside from these differences, what sets these two combo kits apart are the brushless motors that the tools in the DCK296M2 have that the DCK290L2 don’t.

Recommendation

Both these hammer drill and impact driver combo kits come with high performing tools so it would be hard to choose which of them to get. If you are on a tight budget, the DCK290L2 will work well for you as the difference in power is minimal, but the difference in price is quite big.

Most professionals prefer using power tools that operate on brushless motors, so the DCK296M2 is a solid choice for those who require more efficiency on their tools. Furthermore, professionals will not mind the additional $100 that they have to pay as long as they get powerful tools that will make work easier and faster for them.

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