Rated 4.9 out of 5Â by 22
Rated 5 out of 5Â by RedLithPlease Ships with Red Lithium Batteries as of June 28, 2011
Buying combo tool sets is difficult because the big manufacturers (the reds, yellow, blues, and greens) tend to keep the same model number for their kits year after year even though they are continuously updating what is included with them.
This kit is no exception and Milwaukee Model number 2694-24 has been used for their 4 pc sawzall/skillsaw kit for years.
I've been waiting to find one of these kits that included Milwaukee's new Red Lithium batteries as standard, but Milwaukee could not guarentee which of their kits would ship would the new batteries and I would just have to take my chances.
So I did on this kit from HD and it turns out that as of June 28, 2011, combo kits 2694-24 include the Red Lithium batteries.
Once I took delivery of the kit, I can see that the box clearly states Red Lithium on it, so if you are looking for the latest batteries, make sure it says Red Lithium on the box before you open it otherwise you probably got the standard M18 XC battery.
By the way, in case you are wondering what the difference between combo kits 2694-24 and the more expensive 2690-24 is... the main difference is that the drill/driver in the 2690-24 has 650 n.-lb. of peak torque which is 100 in.-lb. of peak torque more than the drill / driver in 2694-24. The 2690-24's drill/driver also has red numbers on the torque setting to help you tell them apart. Considering the price difference between the two I went with the cheaper one.
Shipping took less than 3 days from HD and as a nice bonus, this kit also included a side handle for the drill driver which wasn't shown in the picture.
I'm happy so far with my purchase and it was nice to see that HD had the cheapest price on the web even before their current free shipping over 250 bucks promotion.
July 5, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5Â by AMMO69 Milwaukee M18 4-Tool Combo Kit
The Milwaukee 2694-24 4-Tool Combo Kit is exceptional! I have used DeWalt, Makita, Rigid, and the like. NOTHING compares to the power, durability, and compatibility of this kit. I added a smaller M18 drill to round out the kit. (There is nothing more frustrating and time-wasting than having only one drill when you absolutely need two to complete the job in a quick fashion). All tools perform superbly--time after time. I enjoy the quck charging of the Lithium batteries. I have never had a full charge of an X18 battery take more than an hour and often much sooner. The "Yes" under "Specifications" for "Batteries Included" is two batteries, not just one. When you realize that the cost for just one M18 XC Lithium-ion battery is $119--more than 50% of the kit cost--you can appreciate the fantastic price on this kit @ $399.00! Don't delay--purchase today!
February 9, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5Â by RajaK A great deal on a reliable set of tools
Each one of the tools in the M18 set are extremely reliable and well performing. The set comes with two M18 XC batteries with extended life and a long run time. The Power Drill has a very comfortable grip for hands of all sizes. If you look online the drill has shown to go longer without overheating or smoking out than the Dewalt or the Makita. Its a fairly well performing drill but I would definitely pair it up with the impact driver for best results. The Circular saw performs extremely well better than my expectations. Usually portable circular saws are very underpowered but this one has been on par with the corded circular saws that I own. Its fairly light and reliable. The reciprocating saw is one of the best on the market. The Sawzall has always been given great reviews and is worth keeping. The flash light is reliable and bright but nothing more can be said about an 18 V flashlight. The set is great and all of the tools I have dropped at least once and the they still run great and accurately. Milwaukee tools last a long time I've had a hammer drill since 1987 and I still use it today.
November 27, 2009
Rated 5 out of 5Â by bobthebuilder I wish I bought this sooner
I'm adding a small addition to my garage and purchased this product about mid-way through. I'm a new homeowner and had been borrowing alot of the tools to get the job done. I got tired of not having what I needed for the job and purchased this set after doing alot of online research. I was nervous about going with battery powered but it was a feature I really wanted. I am very happy with my purchase. The battery life is awsome! and the charge time seems pretty quick. Both Saws do a great job. I'm not sure I would rely on just these if I were framing an entire house but for small-medium size jobs they are perfect. The circular saw easily rips ply-wood and cuts 2x4s and 2x6s. It did stuggle a little bit when i had the blade set to a 45 degree angle to cut the 2x6 raftors for the hip roof but i believe its more because of the smaller blade it uses not because of power. Overall I am very happy with the tools and only wish I had bought them earlier.
October 23, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5Â by dave Well worth the investment
Awesome set of tools. The sawzall quick blade release is awesome, its very powerful, the cordless drill is great. Just heavy enough to be solid, but not bulky. Good sensitive variable speed trigger. The circ saw is light and poweful with markings to ease simple cuts and guiding. The safety triggers arent over done, but keep them from going off in the bag, which was a nice bonus. Batterys are great, the guage is handy, but they last forever! Great value, you wont be dissapointed!
August 18, 2011