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New guy here with a question. Perhaps someone can help me in deciding between 2 DeWalt combo kits.

The two kits I'm looking at are:

1) DeWalt DCK211S2 12V Max Li-Lon Drill / Impact Combo Kit for $229.00

2) DeWalt 20-V CORDLESS DRILL AND IMPACT DRIVER Model #DCK280C2XB for $249.00

My intended use. Im rebuilding/ restoring a class B camper van and I would say the majority of the tasks I will be doing will involve drilling pilot holes and using 2 1/2 " wood screws on 2"x4"s . I originally think that the 12 volt model will be sufficient for my needs, but noticed that the 20 volt model is just $20 more. Is it worth getting the 20 volt for an extra 20 bucks?

I'm not a professional contractor or anything. But will be using the tool mostly for framing in a van, paneling, trim, and putting together R.V. type furniture.

From my understanding, Mah or amperes are what determine battery life. Voltage is the power or force and ohms or resistance is the tool under load.

I wonder, who is the 12 volt line marketed to by DeWalt vs. the 20 volt line? Why are the price points so close? And which one should I get???

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  • 1 year later...

It is all about your needs, If you think you will want more tools in the future that will use a compatible battery, the 20V line makes more sense. If all you think you will need is a drill and impact, the 12V MAX will be lighter and more compact, both of which is nice if you working in tight spaces or up and down a ladder a lot.


In my case, I had the older 18V line which was purchased during an Iraq deployment about 5 years ago. I still ended up buying a 12V MAX, because of the size and weight. Crawling into a cabinet with DCD 925 is not as much fun as the DCD 710.

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