Tools of the Trade: Rockwell Tools

Josh Smith is an innovative home product enthusiast and has produced our In The House radio show for over 11 years. Josh regularly attends the annual International Builders Show, Kitchen and Bath Industry Show, Coverings, and many other industry trade shows, always keeping up with the latest in building, trends, tools and technology. In this recent review, Josh explores the benefits on a new Rockwell Tool.

This March, Rockwell sent me a 20-Volt Brushless Drill/Driver and Impact Driver combo to review (Model: RK1807K2, MSRP $279.99). My first experience with the drill was a quick honey-do project where I installed a new entry door going into my garage. The tools performed well and we discussed this during a live segment on the In the House Show. Under most circumstances we review tools once, unless something specifically calls for another look, such as a novel building material like a waterproofing membrane. With that said, after using the drill this past weekend and after reading some other blog reviews of the RK1807K2, I decided a follow up blog is in order.

I can say that after 8 months of to-do’s around the house the Rockwell set performs exactly as they did 8 months ago. The batteries are holding up, the brushless motors are getting jobs done quickly and the carry bag is still zipping up and tear free. So why take the time to re-review...? After reading another blog from November of last year that was pretty critical of the drills I thought it necessary. First off the MSRP of $279.99 is very reasonable for a drill driver and impact driver with brushless motors set. Secondly, the 20V MaxLithium actually being 18V nominal.... who cares? Anyone remember when we were running 12V? What about 18V with what seemed like a 10 pound Ni-Cad battery attached. The batteries are Lithium-Ion, they perform well, charge quickly and hold up.

Rockwell offers a 20 year free battery replacement program, I haven’t had to use it yet so I can’t speak to it but it sounds like a great deal, considering the cost of batteries sometimes rivals that of the tool itself.
Conclusion, the RK1807K2 is a good drill/driver and impact driver set at a decent price. If you haven’t checked them out yet go to Rockwell tools.

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