Our Detailed Review of DeWalt DCK240C2 Combo Kit for 2019
Editor Rating: 4.5/5
DeWalt DCK240C2 Combo Kit Review
Reviewed by: Timothy Henderson
During the 90 years of its existence, DeWalt has been continuously manufacturing innovative products to answer the ever-growing needs of the American handymen. The company is now one of the world’s leading manufacturers of power tools and a brand that’s respected and loved by many.
Because of this, it is no wonder that the toolsets sold by DeWalt are so highly sought-after. Their combo kits, coming with various groupings of tools, always feature the same qualities-ergonomic design, top performance, as well as the presence of necessary accessories. For a handyman who appreciates efficiency and reliability, a DeWalt combo kit is always a good choice.
For that matter, we’ve decided to check out one of the company’s most affordable toolsets so far –the DCK240C2. Featuring just the two most frequently used power tools (drill and impact driver), this kit is on the radar of both the DIY enthusiasts and professional contractors alike. If you’re among them, read on -we’ll analyze it in detail.
- Number of Tools-2
- Weight -8.75lbs
- Batteries-2 Li-Ion batteries (included)
- Warranty-3-year limited
DeWalt DCK240C2 Combo Kit – The Basics
Inside the kit, you’ll find the following items: the drill/driver DCD771, the impact driver DCF885, a contractor bag, a maximal charger, and two rechargeable Li-Ion batteries. It’s a small package, but one full of strength -both tools offer solid performance and are an excellent choice for medium-sized projects.
The DCD771 is a ½ inch drill with a very compact construction and whose engine transmits 300 UWO (Units Watts of power). It has 16 clutch settings and can be used in two speed settings -up to 450 RPM and up to 1,500 RPM. The model also has a LED light that allows working in low-light conditions.
The DCF885 impact driver is lightweight (2.8 pounds) and has 1/4″ hex throw that makes it ideal for 1″ bit tips. It boasts 117 ft. lbs. of torque and 2,800 RPM of speed, and, just like the drill, it also has a LED light (with a turn-off delay) for working in dark areas.
When we combine these compelling power tools with the handy accessories included in the package, we get a pretty attractive DeWalt deal. However, the whole thing deserves a more in-depth look before making a final conclusion -keep on reading.
Although it’s among the cheaper cordless drills manufactured by DeWalt, the DCD771 is still an essential part of this combo and a tool that’s genuinely efficient and very reliable. The model’s 300 UWO engine is more than capable of assisting the user with general housework, especially when we consider the fact that it reaches the maximum speed of 1,500 RPM. Just like most other drills in this category, the DCD771 also has dual speed settings -0-450/0-1,500 RPM.
Having the maximum 30mm capacity in wood (12mm in metal) and accepting 1/2″ bits, the unit is an excellent choice for homeowners and DIY enthusiasts. However, one important thing to mention here is that the unit’s real output is 18V, even though it uses 20V batteries. This doesn’t have an adverse effect on its performance, though -it’s still great for minor professional projects.
Other features worth mentioning are the DeWalt’s signature ergonomic construction, the forward/reverse function, as well as the automatic spindle lock which makes it easy to open/close the unit’s chuck with only one hand.
Impact Driver DCF885
Just like the drill, the impact driver included in this combo also has the same ergonomic design which reduces user fatigue. As it has the length of 5.55″ and the weight of 2.8 pounds, the model is exceptionally compact and can be used in tight spaces.
Its engine, on the other hand, is quite powerful -1,400 in-lbs of torque will surely make short work of every task. The speed ratings stand at 2,800 RPM and 3,200 IPM, which could be better but should still be enough for medium-sized projects. One particularly noteworthy thing about DCF885 is that it has a quick-release chuck that accepts 1″ bits. This is especially impressive when we consider how short the head of this impact driver is -most such models are unable to do so.
Another thing worth mentioning is the presence of a 3-LED ring, which illuminates the working surface and makes it possible to use this impact driver in areas with low lighting. Once the trigger is released, the LED light stays on for 20 more seconds. Seeing as this combo kit doesn’t include a standalone LED flashlight, the 3-LED ring on DCF885 is undoubtedly a welcome addition.
Accessories & Warranty
The standard DeWalt accessories included in this kit are 20V Max charger, two 1.3Ah 20V Max Li-Ion batteries, as well as the usual soft-sided black & yellow contractor bag. These are the standard accessories in most DeWalt combo kits, and we’re glad to see them in this one, too -especially the carrying bag.
Regarding warranty, the toolset is covered by the manufacturer’s standard 3-year limited warranty. It’s not the longest one out there, but it undoubtedly beats the single-year warranty periods offered by lesser-known companies.
The ergonomic design of the tools
LED lights on both tools
Compact & lightweight
Somewhat loose chuck on DCD771
Not for heavy-duty use
Things we liked about it
For the price that it comes at, this combo kit is a real bang for the buck. The tools included in it aren’t the most powerful ones out there, but they do their job and can quickly become your go-to woodworking tools. They are compact and lightweight, which means that they cause no fatigue when used for more extended periods. Moreover, both devices have LED lights and can illuminate the working surface, which is a neat little feature that many handymen will surely appreciate.
However, as we said, the most significant advantage of DCK240C2 is its price. This is, after all, a DeWalt combo kit, and getting one at this cost is a steal.
Things we didn’t like
The biggest downside of this toolset is the fact that the tools included in it are not meant to be used for heavy-duty jobs. They are great for your typical tasks around the house and for lighter professional projects, but using them the really demanding applications will almost surely shorten their lifespan.
Other than that, we found that the chuck present on DCD771 is somewhat loose -it doesn’t hold the bits as firmly as we would like it to.
Those who bought this DeWalt toolset are quite satisfied with it. They are especially pleased with the design and performance of the impact driver, saying that they didn’t expect a tool of that quality in such an affordable combo kit. Although the users aren’t that pleased with the capacity of 1.3Ah batteries, they are still glad to recommend the DCK240C2 to their friends and acquaintances.
An excellent choice for the light-duty contractors and a fine introduction to DIY beginners, the DeWalt DCK240C2 combo kit is a great deal. It’s a basic grouping of the two most frequently used power tools, both of which sport aquality construction and offer a solid performance.
At the price that it comes at, this toolset is a great buy and valuable addition to anyone’s workshop.