Looking for a killer “big present” for your favorite DIYer? Sure, lithium ion is the hot ticket, but step back to Ni-Cd and you find deals like this: a four-piece DeWalt cordless kit — hammer-drill, impact driver, recip saw, and flashlight — for under $400, complete with a battery and charger.
The kit includes the the DCD951 hammer-drill, delivering 420 unit-watts of power, and featuring a 3-speed all-metal transmission and 1/2″ ratcheting keyless chuck, the DC825 impact driver, outputting 1,335 in-lbs of torque via 0-2,400 RPM variable speed, and the DC385 recip saw. You also get the DW908 pivoting-head flashlight.
Again, there are a lot newer DeWalt options available, but we still think finding this under the tree would make a lot of people happy. And if they really want to upgrade to li-ion down the road, the DC9180C kit ($150) provides a li-ion battery and charger that works fine with this kit. So it’s an option.