Our Review of the DEWALT DCK299P2 20V MAX XR Lithium Ion Brushless Premium Hammerdrill & Impact Driver Combo Kit

This is our review of the expensive, but popular DEWALT DCK299P2 Lithium Ion Premium Hammerdrill & Impact Driver Combo Kit. As the name would suggest you get two tools, the hammer drill and the impact driver. These come along with 2 high capacity batteries and the all important charger.

All these items can be stored in the supplied heavy duty case, along with a side handle for the drill and 2 belt hooks. The batteries are from the main Dewalt 20V MAX XR range, which makes them compatible with many other tools, in that battery range.

This is the latest and best range of power tools from Dewalt, so at least you know that this is their most current range. Almost every buyer who owns a 20 volt product appears to be delighted with the power that these can produce.

Who Would Buy This Dewalt Combo Kit?

This combo kit is a very good choice for anyone who does a LOT of drilling or who wants to do heavy duty drilling. The typical homeowner could of course make good use of this combination kit, however there is no need to spend this type of money, to be able to have a good quality cordless drill for home use.

There are plenty of more affordable options available. Have a look at my top 10 cordless list of drills and you will see what I mean. Most home owners will never have any need for an impact driver, and that tool would remain unused.

Impact drivers are mainly used with nuts and bolts, but they are very useful for driving in long screws, or for drilling into the harder woods. We shall now have a look at this combination kit in a lot more detail.

For anyone in a hurry who doesn't have time to read our full and detailed review, then we have summarised this kit below. It gives you at a glance, the main information that you need to know.

Underneath that section is a section on what real life buyers have to say, including what they liked and didn't like. Then finally we give you a detailed review that gets into this combo kit in a lot of detail.

After that we have our own verdict based on our collective years of experience.

Summary Review

90%
Buyer Satisfaction
DEWALT DCK299P2 Combo Kit

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This is an expensive combo kit and for your money you get a Dewalt DCD996 Hammer Drill that has 3-speed levels, and an all-metal transmission.

You also get a Dewalt DCF887 Impact Driver that gives you 1,825 in-lbs of max torque at fast 0-3,250 RPM speed and 0-3,600 impacts per minute

These are both compact enough to allow you to drill in tight areas. You also get 2 Dewalt "20 Volt MAX lithium Ion batteries, a charger which all come in a hard durable case.

How Do Buyers Rate the Dewalt DCK299P2 Combo?

Before we dig into the details of what is in this kit, we like to have a section that covers what the real life buyers have to say. These reviews are left online, at various websites, by people like me and you, who have bought the product, used it, and then taken the time to leave a review.

We include this section early in our article, because at the end of the day, if buyers have rated the product with a bad rating, we assume that it isn't something that you would buy, and probably will not want to waste your valuable time reading about it any more.

Most buyers however don't have the time to read all of the reviews from all the selling websites. Here at "Tool and Go," we do have the time and that is why we do that for you and then summarise it.

Just below you will see an actual summary breakdown of how buyers rate this Dewalt Combo Kit. Buyers have rated this with an excellent 90% buyer satisfaction rating.

What Buyers Said About the Dewalt DCK299P2?

90%
Buyer Satisfaction

You can see that overall buyers rate this Dewalt kit very highly with an average 90% buyer satisfaction. The price would put most people off, but there are serious DIY people, and a lot of professional contractors who do see genuine value in owning a kit like this.

We now know that overall this combo kit gets good enough ratings. It is always worth digging a little deeper, to see what buyers are actually saying about this combination of Dewalt tools.

That of course includes the good and bad features. We have summarised those below in a an easy to read "pros and cons" list.

  • 83% of all buyers gave this a full 5 star rating and that is always a very good sign
  • Almost every buyer stated that both tools were extremely powerful and great for heavy duty drilling
  • Previous Dewalt buyers said the 20V is a great deal better than the 18V options they had used before
  • Buyers loved the compact nature of these tools for drilling in areas with restrictive space
  • Buyers also loved the bright LED lighting systems on these tools
  • Buyers said the impact driver was amazing for drilling into hard woods or when using long screws
  • 5% of all buyers gave this a bad review
  • This is an expensive purchase
  • Some buyers said they received a faulty drill or driver
  • A few buyers said that either of the tools stopped working after a few months

Hopefully that gives you a sense of what buyers had to say about this kit choice. It is good to see that the number of complaints (5%) is low. However if you do get a piece of faulty kit make certain to return it quickly and get a replacement.

In the section below we get into the actual details of this kit, so as you know what each tool can do.

DEWALT DCK299P2 20V Specification & Important Details

This kit comes in a hard plastic case which is great for keeping everything together. It is the standard heavy duty case from Dewalt and has been designed to hold the tools and accessories neatly in place.

You also get a couple of belt hooks.

Batteries and Charger

We have said this so often, but we always repeat it. Any cordless tool is only as good as the battery that powers it. As this is a cordless kit, the batteries are vitally important.

With this kit you get two "DCB205 20V MAX* XR High Capacity Li-Ion Batteries (5.0 Ah)" These are part of the 20 Volt MAX Lithium-Ion range, and that makes them compatible with many other Dewalt power tools. By owning this type of battery, you can then buy other Dewalt "bare tools" which are much cheaper than having to buy a battery each time.

The 20 Volt batteries are now being produced as standard and are more powerful than the 18 Volt range. The run time on these is excellent and better than any other on the market, in our opinion.

Charger

The charger is for 110 Volts only and is a fast charger.

Now let's have a look at the actual tools which are really what this kit is all about. They each have their own model number as shown below:

  1. DCD996 Hammer Drill
  2. DCF887 Impact Driver

We shall look at each in more detail below.

DCD996 Hammer Drill

  • 3 speed levels, 0-2,000 RPM
  • 0-38,250 blows per minute for hammer drilling
  • Hammer function so good to go through masonry
  • All metal transmission
  • 1/2" heavy duty metal chuck
  • Variable speed trigger
  • Brushless motor
  • 3 Mode LED spotlight
  • Measures 4 x 10 x 8 inches and weighs 4 lbs
dcd996 hammer drill

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This is a small compact drill/driver that will allow you to get into confined spaces. The LED lights on this drill are very good. The power is excellent and the brushless motor and all metal transmission means this drill is certainly built to last.

DCF887 Impact Driver

  • 1/4" Hex chuck impact driver
  • 1,825 lbs in torque
  • 0-3,250 RPM
  • 0-3,600 impacts per minute
  • Brushless motor
  • 3-Speed drive
  • LED lights with 20 second delay
  • Measures 16.2 x 4.5 x 10.1 inches and weighs 7.4 lbs
Dewalt DCF887 impact driver

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This delivers plenty of torque, and like the drill/driver, the LED lights are excellent on this driver. The power is very good and this one is ideal for working on decks and fencing etc.

These are two high quality tools and you can buy them as individual units. The beauty of any combination kit is that you will normally find that when combined, they are a bit cheaper.

A Little About the Dewalt Company

Dewalt formed as a company in 1922. by Raymond Dewalt from Pennsylvania.They started to expand in 1947-1949 and were acquired by the American Machine Foundry. In 1992 DEWALT introduced a line of portable electric power tools designed for residential contractors, remodelers, and professional woodworkers.

In 1994 Dewalt then introduced a revolutionary system of over 30 new cordless tools. In 2010, DEWALT introduced the new 12V MAX* system of lithium ion tools. Then in 2011, DEWALT expanded its lithium ion tools with the introduction of the new 20V MAX* System.

In 2013 Dewalt introduced its "brushless" range of tools. In 2017 DEWALT expanded their 20V MAX* system with seven new nailers for framing, flooring, and finishing applications

Our Overall Verdict on the DEWALT DCK299P2 Hammer Drill and Impact Driver Combo

With a 90% buyer satisfaction rating, it is pretty clear that the huge majority of buyers think this is great value for money. It is also clear that the majority of buyers are happy with their purchase after they have bought and used it.

It is also very clear that the majority of people who bought this combo kit, did so because they were doing or planning to do, a lot of heavy duty drilling. That would be our advice to anyone considering this combo kit purchase.

Only buy this kit if you really need to. The drill/driver will no doubt get plenty of use, but you do have to ask yourself the question, will you actually get much use from the impact driver?

If you do really need both tools then this combination kit is a good choice. It is from Dewalt and as a company it really doesn't get much better than that. If however you don't need a combo kit, then it is worth checking out our list of cordless drills, by clicking here.

Overall though this is a high quality kit and ideal for doing heavy duty drilling.

Enda McLarnon
 

Enda McLarnon is now retired and is now enjoying writing about his love of power tools. All types of these tools are now available and they make working on projects and DIY jobs around the home a great deal of fun