Our Honest Review of Kobalt 24V MAX Brushless 2 Tool Combo Kit for 2019
Editor Rating: 4.3/5
Kobalt 24V MAX Brushless 2 Tool Combo Kit Review
Reviewed by: Timothy Henderson
Published on: February 28, 2019
Kobalt decided to abandon all of their previous lineups and to launch a new one. Their 24V Max brushless powertool sets are giving their competitors a run for their money.
Their new combo kit comes with reasonable specs, somewhat different from the competition, and indeed in a good way. Kobalt launched a new cordless power tool lineup with the most contemporary technical benefits.
Their cordless power tools are best used by DIYers and homeowners. Each tool is power by a brushless motor. The brushless technology makes sure the units will stay in your service for a long time, and it also maximizes performance.
That’s not the only thing that stands out when it comes to this tool kit. It comes with a new and improved battery that has 50% more power than its predecessor. The fact that everything promised on paper is delivered in reality is truly commendable, and the 5-year guarantee is just one way Kobalt has proven their reliability.
- Number of Tools -2
- Weight -6.6 pounds
- Batteries -1 24V Li-Ion battery
- Voltage -24V
- Warranty -5-year limited (tools); 3-year limited (battery)
Kobalt 24V MAX Brushless 2 Tool Combo Kit – The Basics
There are two cordless, brushless power tools in the set, one battery and a tool bag. One of the tools being the Kobalt 1/4-inch impact driver that is 1/5 more compact than its predecessor. It also has almost double the torque.
The unit comes with a variable speed trigger and a three-speed gearbox. The lower gear goes from 0 to 850 RPM. The medium one can reach 2,000 RPMs, while the highest hear goes up to 2,700 RPM. This compact impact driver can deliver 1800 inch/pounds of torque and 3500 IMP.
If you are in need of some extra power to drive in fasteners, this unit will surely get the job done. The unit is not quite lightweight, but it’s fairly easy to use. It can hold a charge for approximately seventy minutes, which is more than good for a tool of its size. Both tools have built-in LED illumination.
Typically, you’d only be able to see a brushless drill/driver in an expensive tool kit. Thanks to Kobalt, that’s not the case anymore. This particular Brushless 1/2-inch drill driver is packing 25% more torque than the previous model of the same manufacturer.
Of all the power tools in its category and price range, this drill/driver packs the most torque asit is capable of delivering 650 inch/pounds of torque. Like the other tool in the kit, this one also has a variable speed trigger. The lower gear goes up to 500 RPM, while the higher one goes up to 2000 RPM.
The drill/driver comes with a keyless, all-metal 1/2-inch clutch that is great for hole saws, bit shanks and driver bits. It also has a 23-setting clutch that allows for better performance and more versatile application. With the tool kit, you get one 24V 2.0-Ah battery and a contractor’s tool bag.
Kobalt 24V 1/4″ Impact Driver
The impact driver features a 20% more compact design compared to its predecessor. It also packs 40% more torque, delivering1800 “/lbs of it. The unit is powered by a brushless motor that maximizes both durability and performance.
The brushless technology is a guarantee of a much longer work life of a tool. The unit is capable of sinking 1600 deck screws on a single 2 Ah cell. The impact driver has three gears.
The lowest gear goes up to 850 RPM, while the high gears go up to 2,000 and 2700 RPM. The unit also features a variable speed trigger.
What’s possibly the biggest advantage of this unit is the inclusion of the finish function. This button, when activated shuts the unit down one second after the impact mechanism starts.
The function can be used with all three gears. It allows the user to work faster and smarter when sinking screws into drywall, driving self-tapping metal screws, and fastening clamps. The feature also prevents marring and sets fasteners tot he right depth.
Overall, it increases productivity. It also takes the guesswork out of the most delicate applications.
The impact driver is capable of delivering 3500 IPM. The impact driver features a built-in LED work light.
The tool is not the lightest one of its kind, but a professional ought to be able to wield it with ease. For DIYers, it might take some getting used to.
Kobalt 24V Max Brushless 1/2′′ Drill/Driver
The drill/driver also features state of the art brushless technology. Therefore, with this unit, you can also expect a longer work life and better performance. It is capable of delivering 650 “/lbs of torque, which is quite above average for a tool of its kind.
Just like the impact driver, the drill also features a variable trigger. It is equipped with a two-speed gearbox. The lower gear goes from 0 to 550 RPM -which is perfect for heavy-duty drilling and driving. The high gear goes from 0 to 200 RPM which is excellent for high-speed driving and for use with abrasive and polishing accessories.
The unit features a 24-setting clutch. Twenty-three driving settings and one drill setting. It allows you to tailor the performance to your exact needs -whatever kind of job you have going on, and any type of bit and fastener material.
The drill/driver is excellent for hanging drywall and for fastening self-tapping screws. The drill/driver has a keyless, all-metal 1/2″ chuck that is great for bit shanks, driver bits, and hole saws. It also has a built-in LED light.
The package comes with a single 24V Max 2.0 Ah Li-Ion battery. It provides 50% more power than the older batteries of the same manufacturer. It also has almost three and a half longer runtime compared to Kobalt’s 18V line-up.
When it comes to warranties, Kobalt surely does much better than the majority of the competition. Each tool comes with a 5-year limited warranty. The battery comes with a 3-year limited warranty.
Variable Speed Trigger
LED Work Light
LED Trigger Activated
Things we liked about it
The brushless technology really stands out, especially as it comes at such a low price with this tool kit. Each unit has a brushless motor -which means longer work life and better performance for both of them. Both tools are quite powerful for their size.
DIYers and professionals ought to benefit greatly from them as they are suitable for a wide variety of tasks. With the multiple features, you can fine-tune the units to your liking.
Things we didn’t like
The LED light is neat and comes in handy, but it’s trigger activated -doesn’t work otherwise. It’s still useful, but not as useful as it could be as it makes starting out a bit more difficult when the light is low.
There is no charger in the package. You get a battery, a contractor’s bag, but no charger. Really puzzling -anyone would trade off the bag for the charger.
General User Impressions
This is a small tool kit that is packing a lot of power. It’s excellent for both pros and hobbyists. It is especially great for those who treasure great performance, durability, and accuracy.
Kobalt has stepped up the game with their new 24V Max lineup up brushless tools. This kit features two excellent tools from the said lineup. They are reliable, robust and can hold a charge longer than your average cordless drill/driver and impact drivers.