I was hoping to be able to get a bit of a steer in selecting a decent-quality but affordable cordless drill and impact driver set. Yep, I know this is a common topic on GZ, and I've re-read many of these threads, but I'm still not sure what I should go for!
My budget could make it to $400 for the two-tool set, and I'd stretch to no more than $600 if it included further useful tools. Given this is for just general home handy(or not-so-handy)man stuff, I don't need the latest and greatest Milwaukee or Makita, but I also want something that'll last the distance both in use and in longevity.
At this point I'm considering:
AEG - c. $370(?), which includes 2x 2 Ah batteries plus an LED light (which would be useful as our rechargeable torch has recently given up; this set is at my local Bunnings but not on their website - it's similar to this pack here but a bit cheaper and replaces the radio with the light) http://www.bunnings.co.nz/aeg-18v-cordless-combo-kit-3pc_p06230208. I've read positive things of the AEG tools here, including the long warranty (six years tools; three years batteries); I'd considered the 12v unit, but felt this was limiting (even if it was powerful enough), given the ability with the 18v set to buy additional tools at a later date. That said, the AEG skins aren't cheap...
Ryobi + One 2-piece kit for $248 with 2 x 1.3 Ah batteries - http://www.bunnings.co.nz/ryobi-one-18v-combo-kit-5pc_p06210640 . Benefits include the price and the wider One+ ecosystem, right up to the 2x 18v lawnmower, but I've read varying comments on the quality of Ryobi. (Plus my last cordless was a Ryobi, and it was a dog; though that was NiMH.) Also wondered about the five-piece kit for $499, which adds a circular saw, small sander and a torch, plus 2.5Ah batteries (http://www.bunnings.co.nz/ryobi-one-18v-combo-kit-5pc_p06210640). I don't really need the circular saw (have a corded Hitachi), and the torch uses a standard bulb, so not sure if this is worth the extra?
The guy at Bunnings tried to sell me on the more "flash" Ozito range, arguing they were acceptable quality and with the long replacement warranty it wouldn't matter if it broke down in that period, but I'm not that comfortable with this throw-away approach (they also didn't have any kits, so buying skins and batteries separately meant the total cost wasn't much of a saver over the other brands). I've not seen anything else within my budget which floats my boat, but would welcome some pointers. I also read so many disparate comments on brands like DeWalt, where there seems to be a common argument is not what it once was (and is clearly playing on the previous reputation to offer affordable tools).
Any recommendations and advice would be gratefully received!