I've been woodworking and remodeling for almost 20 years now and I've owned about every brand out there. For 95% of my projects, I use corded tools because I'm working in a dedicated workshop and I don't have to sacrifice power. In fact, the only cordless tool I still own is a Rigid 18v drill. Ryobi - I find them to be cheap espescially the new stuff. Batteries don't last as long DeWalt - I've owned several. They're fine, but not worth the price for a yellow Black and Decker Porter Cable - SUPERIOR Hitachi - looks more like toys than tools Craftsman - used to be better, some tools still OK Skil - good buy Milwaukee - awesome tools, espescially the recip saw Bosch - pretty pricey for what you get. I don't often like companies that make power tools in one department and washing machines in another. Kind of like GE. I think it's better to specialize. Makita - great tools Plenty of industry magazines have tool reviews you can look through. I've never bought an entire kit. Reason - I'll probably only use 1-2 of the tools on a regular basis. I'd rather buy the specific tool I want with 2 batteries and a charger. Evaluate what you really need and decide if you will really need cordless tools, or if an extension cord might work OK. Remeber that cordless tools are going to have less power, will need re-charging (often right in the middle of a project) and replacement batteries can cost $50 to $80 each! I've found when the batteries die, it's better to go and buy a whole new tool with 2 new batteries than it is to replace the old ones. I do think a cordless drill is avery valuable tool that you will use endlessly. But cordless circular saws are only good for light trimwork and very small projects. I would think a cordless router would kill a battery very quickly. Cordless palm sander? Maybe.