Panasonic EYC135NQKW 15.6-Volt NiMH Cordless 2-Tool Combo Kit, includes 1/2-Inch Drill/Driver and Circular Saw

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Panasonic EYC135NQKW 15.6-Volt NiMH Cordless 2-Tool Combo Kit, includes 1/2-Inch Drill/Driver and Circular Saw

Panasonic EYC135NQKW description

When you're working, you usually look for the easiest and fastest way to get the job done--this cordless performance package can help you out. Your kit includes a 15.6-volt wood saw: with 3,100 rpm and a thin-kerf, carbide-tipped blade, this saw delivers an amazing performance, cutting a two-by-four in just two seconds. The 26-tooth blade delivers smooth, finished cuts at cutting depths from 1/8 to 1-13/16 inches. Compact and lightweight at 4.4 pounds, the 15.6-volt Hyperformance drill/driver packs 390 in./lb. of instant power. It also features a heavy-duty 1/2-inch keyless chuck, variable speed control, an 18-stage clutch for more precise torque settings, and a two-speed gearbox. Two 3.0 Ah NiMH N battery packs deliver 50% longer run time than standard NiCd batteries. The 45-minute universal charger can be used for both NiMH and NiCd battery packs. Everything fits into a high-impact molded plastic case.  

Panasonic EYC135NQKW specifications

Circular Saws
Carrying Case
15.6-volt wood saw
15.6-volt Hyperformance drill/driver
Two 3.0 Ah NiMH batteries
45-minute universal charger
22 pounds
Package Height
11.2 inches
Package Width
12.4 inches
Package Length
21.6 inches
Package Weight
21.6 pounds

Panasonic EYC135NQKW reviews

Panasonic cordless drill/saw combo
helpful for 24 of 25 people
I've owned a Panasonic 15.6V cordless drill for a couple of years now; it's a fantastic drill, the best I've seen or used. The Ni-Mh batteries are state-of-the-art; the feel and function of the tool is just about perfect. So I decided to get another along with with the cordless circular saw.

The saw is pretty good, kind of rinky-dink as far as rigidity of the saw base, but typical of these tools and it does everything I could want as long as I don't expect it to be a fine finish carpenter's saw.

So why don't I rate this kit 5 stars? Well, the blow-molded cases are worthless. If I pay $360 for a pair of good tools, I expect the case to be good too. This combo case is a huge, very inefficient storage unit with little room left over to easily store driver/drill bits, spare saw blades, etc. So minus one star for that.

And the saw has a 20mm arbor, which means you are pretty much stuck with buying Panasonic blades for the saw. You can't just go to your local hardware or Big Box store and get the typical sawblade that has a 1/2" arbor. Poor thinking, worth taking off another star.

It's too bad, I think. Panasonic definitely has the jump on every other cordless manufacturer as far as battery technology and ergonomics. They just need to work on a couple of details, and they'd be King.

Some of these manufacturer's oversights make me wonder just who does any "real-world" testing of this stuff before it reaches the marketplace. It can't be working tradespeople, or maybe Panasonic doesn't care much for the feedback?

Panasonic tops all others
helpful for 16 of 16 people
I managed a national-scope tool store for six years and have been working in construction trade full time for the last three years. The Panasonic drill and saw have proven to be physically tougher, batteries last longer, and have more power than DeWalt, Porter-Cable, and Makita, or any other drill I ever used, sold, or recieved customer feedback on. In our shop, the saw positively humbles our Makita and DeWalt cordless saws for power and battery life ( like 4-5 times the run time - no joke). Our 5 Panasonic 15.6v drills outpower and outlast all the drills we have ever used, including out 18V Makita and 19.2V Porter Cable, while being much lighter. If you try one of these, you will not be dissapointed. Only tip - pick up a few extra blades, they are a bit hard to come by.
Other companies may do a better job marketing, but Panasonic does a better job buiding quality tools that perform better than the others in a hard use setting such as my cabinet shop.
I've used this drill for a couple of years and love it. Only used the saw a couple of times but was very pleased with it also. I owned a 18 volt Dewalt drill and it is no where near the performance of the Panasonic drill. The Panasonic lacks a couple features I would like - like an level and an extra bit holder. One of the batteries died a few months back - bottom line is you can get a new drill kit for about the same price as 2 replacement batteries
The best cordless tools on the market
I have been using Panasonic tools for 20+ years in the construction trades and have recently been given a Makita Lithium Ion drill as a gift. I knew it all along, the Makita just does not stand up. The most important factor when choosing a cordless tool is the AH (apm hour) rating. The higher the number the longer the batery will last. Panasonic has always provided the highest ah rating. I will regift the Makita drill and stick with Panasonic.
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