Complete Review of Kobalt 2-Tool 24-Volt Max Lithium Ion (Li-ion) Cordless Combo Kit for 2019
Editor Rating: 4.3/5
Kobalt 2-Tool 24-Volt Max Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) Brushless Power Tool Combo Kit Review
Reviewed by: Timothy Henderson
Published on: February 27, 2019
Kobalt’s powertools have seen some significant changes recently. The most notable of which is their switch to the 24V Max Brushless platform. So far, the feedback has been nothing but praise.
With their new and improved brushless technology, user-friendly design and pocket-friendly prices, they are able to compete with heavy-weight brands such as Milwaukee and DeWalt. The brushless motors are a guarantee of longer work life and better performance.
The new batteries are a piece of art themselves. Kobalt’s engineers have done a great job of placing part of the battery circuitry within the tools and realigning the cells. That way, the tools deliver more power, hold a charge much longer, and all of that without compromising the size and weight.
This particular kit consists of a hammer drill and a 1/4-in impact driver. They are great for delicate work both in a professional or home environment. Each tool comes with a five-year limited warranty while the battery comes with a three-year limited warranty.
- Number of Tools -2
- Batteries -1 24V 4.0-Ah Li-Ion battery
- Voltage -24V
- Warranty -5-year limited (tools); 3-year limited (battery)
Kobalt 24V Max 1/2-in Brushless Cordless Hammer Drill – The Basics
The kit consists of a 1/2″ brushless, cordless hammer drill, 1/4″ brushless cordless impact driver, a 24V 4.0 Ah Li-Ion battery, contractor’s bag, and a charger. Typically, whether you’re buying a bigger or smaller combo kit, you are sure to get a low-end drill. However, with this one, you’re certainly getting a top-notch hammer drill.
This 1/2-in 24V Max Brushless, Cordless hammer drill, is much appreciated by both contractors and DIYers. It is a proper power tool as it comes with a 1/2″ keyless clutch and a 24-setting clutch. It also features a nice, rubberized over-mold, which allows for comfortable and prolonged use.
The unit has a two-speed gearbox and a variable speed trigger. It allows you to set the speed and torque to your liking.The lower gear offers more torque at a slow speed, and the higher gear is faster but more suitable for application that doesn’t need much torque. The unit has enough power to go through any task without bogging down.
The 1/4-in impact driver comes with a quick release collet and a brushless motor that delivers up to 1,800 “/lbs of torque. Just like the other tool,it also has a variable speed trigger. However, it has a three-speed gearbox.
The lower gear delivers 0 to 850 RPMs, while the high gears go from 0 to 2,000 RPM and 2,700 RPM, respectively. Another notable feature of the tool is its finish function that increases productivity and relinquishes the chances of marring. It also allows the user to set the fasteners to the correct depth.
Each power tool in the kit has a built-in LED light that comes in handy in dimly lit areas. The battery is pretty impressive as it has a built-in fuel gauge and offers two and a half times longer runtime than the older models of the same manufacturer. The tools come with a five-year limited warranty while the battery has a three-year limited warranty.
Kobalt 24V Max 1/2-in Brushless Cordless Hammer Drill
This robust hammer drill delivers enough power for any task you might come across. There’s also the two-speed gearbox and variable speed trigger that allows for more precise use. The combination of the two makes your possibilities endless.The lowes gear spans from 0 to 550 RMP, and the high gear goes from 0 up to 2000 RPM.
The lower gear works best for applications that require more torque. The opposite goes for the high gear.
The unit can deliver 650 “/lbs of torque and can reach up to 26,000 BPM. It has all it takes for any heavy-duty task you might put it through. The brushless motor is what makes this tool so great.
The new and improved brushless technology is a guarantee of maximum performance and durability. With such a motor, the chances of any unexpected problems with the unit are brought down to a minimum.
Being that the this hammer drill is cordless, you can take it wherever you wish to. It’s three pounds of weight won’t be much of a burden in your tool bag. It also means you will be able to wield it for a prolonged period without experiencing hand-fatigue.
The notched, rubber over-mold ensures maximum comfort. You can easily adjust the torque level thanks to the 24-setting clutch. It allows you to set the unit for both light and heavy-duty work.
The hammer drill is equipped with a double-ended bit driver and a belt clit bit holder. There is also the built-in LED work light.
Kobalt 24V 1/4-in Impact Driver
This is a new and improved version of Kobalt’s previous model, and the improvements are quite noticeable. It’s 1/5 more compact than the previous model and packs almost 1/2 more torque. It can deliver 1800 inch/pounds of torque.
Just like the other tool in this kit, this one features a brushless motor. Thanks to it, the drill/driver has a much longer work life and performs much better. It is capable of sinking 1600-ish deck screws on a single 2-Ah battery, and the kit comes with a 4-Ah cell, so you’ll be able to rely on this unit for a whole day’s work, and longer.
As mentioned, it features a three-speed gearbox and operates at 3500 IPM. The speeds being 0 -850, 0 -2000, and 2700 RPM. It also has a variable speed trigger which makes work easier and allows for more versatile use.
There is also the finish function that, when activated, shuts down the motor just a second after the impact mechanism starts. You can use the feature with all three gears.
The function allows for faster and smarter work when driving self-tapping metal screws, fastening clamps and driving screws into drywall. It also makes sure there will be no marring and allows you to set fasteners to the right depth. Generally, the feature increases productivity as it takes out the guesswork out of the more delicate tasks.
The pack comes with a single 4.0 Ah Li-Ion high capacity battery. It has a built-in power level gauge. It’s much more powerful than the previous cell model of the same manufacturer and offers a two and a half longer run time.
Both of the tools in the kit come with a generous five-year limited warranty. The battery comes with a 3-year warranty. Kobalt is determined to give you peace of mind when using their tools.
4.0-Ah Li-Ion Battery
5-Year Limited Warranty on Tools
3-Year Limited Warranty on Battery
LED Light Trigger Activated
Things we liked about it
The brushless technology might be the most significant selling point of this tool kit. Especially considering the budget-friendly price of the combo kit. The technology makes sure you’re getting great performance and ensures long work life of the tools.
Things we didn’t like
On both tools, the LED work light is trigger activated. It’s a bit inconvenient when working in dimly lit spaces, considering that you do have to make some preparations before you start drilling and driving.
General User Impressions
A budget-friendly kit that comes with two top-notch tools. They are great for a variety of applications and will serve you for quite a while. Kobalt is so sure of it that they offer a 5-year warranty on both units.
A kit that’s small in size, but one that’s packing a lot of power. Both tools are robust and suitable for delicate application as well as heavy-duty work. You can count on it to serve you for years to come.