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The Ultimate Ryobi Cordless Power Tool Starter Kit

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I tend to get a lot of questions about beginner cordless power tool starter kits, and the conversations usually start out the same.

“I need some cordless power tools, what should I buy?” Okay, what tools do you need? “I don’t know.”

This Ryobi 12-tool combo kit looks like it could be a good answer to that question.

Ryobi 18V 12-Tool Cordless Power Tool Combo Kit Contents

This combo kit, PCL2200K3N, comes with a lot.

Here’s the full list of what you get:

  • Drill/driver
  • Impact driver
  • Impact wrench (1/2″)
  • 18 gauge brad nailer
  • Jig saw
  • Oscillating multi-tool
  • Reciprocating saw
  • Angle grinder (4-1/2″)
  • Circular saw (5-1/2″)
  • Sander
  • Miter saw (7-1/4″)
  • LED flashlight
  • 1.5Ah battery
  • 4.0Ah batteries (2)
  • Charger
  • Tool bags

I wouldn’t recommend all of these tools individually. For a circular saw, for example, I prefer 6-1/2″ or 7-1/4″ blade sizes, although Ryobi says their 5-1/2″ saw can still cut through 2x construction lumber in a single pass.

As a kit, I’d say this 12-tool combo offers much of what new homeowners, DIYers, or aspiring woodworkers might need or want.

Are there better tools? Absolutely. For the same money? Not that I can find.

Price: $599

An alternative is to buy a smaller combo kit with more premium tools.

Milwaukee M18 7-Tool Cordless Power Tool Combo Kit 2695-27S

This Milwaukee M18 7-tool cordless power tool combo kit, 2695-27S, is also a special buy right now for $499 at Home Depot.

It comes with a drill, impact driver, 6-1/2″ circular saw, compact reciprocating saw, oscillating multi-tool, angle grinder, flashlight, 2x 3.0Ah batteries, charger, and tool bag.

Milwaukee M18 8-Tool Cordless Power Tool Combo Kit 2691-28XC

There’s also this M18 8-tool cordless combo kit for $599 at Home Depot, the same as for the Ryobi 12-tool kit.

It’s very similar to the 7-tool combo kit, but with 3x 4.0Ah batteries (instead of 2x 3.0Ah), an additional tool – a 1/2″ impact wrench – and second tool bag. $100 buys you quite a bit more.

I personally prefer the “buy what I can now and expand later” approach.

But what if a beginner also wants a cordless miter saw? Milwaukee’s least expensive model, an excellent 7-1/4″ slider, is $449 by itself.

The Ryobi combo kit offers a good assortment for “I’m not sure what I’ll need” types of users.

Dewalt DCK700D1P1 20V Max 7pc Cordless Power Tool Combo Kit

Personally, I’d lean more towards this Dewalt 20V Max cordless power tool combo kit, DCK700D1P1, which is $499 at Home Depot right now. It features all-brushless tools (except for the flashlight), a compact 2.0Ah battery, and a higher capacity 5.0Ah battery.

This combo comes with a drill/driver, impact driver, 6-1/2″ circular saw, compact reciprocating saw, oscillating multi-tool, sander, and LED flashlight.

It has a mix of 20V Max Atomic and XR cordless power tools, and should handle light to medium duty tasks with comfortable ease.

Dewalt DCK648D2 20V Max 6pc Cordless Power Tool Combo Kit

Amazon has a Dewalt 20V Max 6-tool combo kit for just under $650 right now (Lowe’s has it for $749). It has upgraded XR tools – the drill, impact driver, reciprocating saw, and oscillating multi-tool – but dials back the batteries to 2x 2.0Ah compact batteries. It also skips the sander that’s included with the 7-tool combo.

The two compact batteries might be a limitation here. Home Depot has a couple of Dewalt battery promos right now – a 2-pack of 5.0Ah batteries for $149, and a bundle of 2.0Ah, 4.0Ah, and 6.0Ah batteries for $149.

The XR has better tools, but the Atomic kit comes with decent tools and a better combination of batteries.

But again, what if a beginner needs a miter saw? Jig saw? Angle grinder? Brad nailer?

The Ryobi is a safer bet for beginners or DIYers who don’t know what they might need other than “a bunch of cordless tools for projects.”