|Review by Philip||posted 04-11-2011 07:22 PM||6577 views||0 times favorited||10 comments|
- Rockwell RK1001K2 12-Volt LithiumTech 2-Tool Combo Kit
- Brand: Rockwell | Category: Drill-Drivers
I bought the Rockwel 12V Drill/Driver set from Amazon about three weeks ago for $145. I replaced an old 18V drill, because I got tired of paying $70 for new batteries about once a year. The Rockwell comes with a lifetime free replacement on the batteries. I called the company to find out what you have to do to get replacement batteries and was told you have to mail them your old batteries and pay shipping for the new batteries. They said shipping and handling would be $6.71 to Arizona. The customer service center is located in North Carolina.
So far I love these new tools. They are not as bulky as an 18V drill and are a lot lighter. They fit in the hand comfortably. The 12V lithium batteries fully charge in 30 minutes. They both have lights that come on when you pull the trigger. The driver is an impact with a quick release bit holder and the drill has an adjustable clutch.
After three weeks of occasional use without charging they still have plenty of power. I screwed two 3 1/2” #9 screws (the largest I had on hand) through two 2×4’s with no problem with both the driver and the drill. I then looked around to see what else I had to test them on and the only thing that I could find that would be tough were the lug nuts on my truck (torqued to the specified 100 lb. ft.). I tried to break the lug nuts free with the driver, but then would not budge (not that I expected them too).
So far my only complaint is the fluorescent green color, it reminds me of a Harbor Freight tool (which these definitely are not). Only time will tell how rugged they are and how often I will have to replace the batteries.
-- If it was easy, anybody could do it.