Kobalt KT200A 18V Compact Drill Driver Review: Pros & Cons
1) Low price.
You can get it at $199.99 (Amazon). That’s cheaper than other brands of drills and tools.
2) Easy to use with one button operation, which makes it easier to operate than some of the others that require two buttons or even three buttons.
3) Good battery life.
You can expect up to 40 hours of continuous usage before needing to recharge it.
4) It comes with a carrying case, which will protect your investment from damage during transportation.
1) No wireless capability, so you need to have a wired connection for it to work properly.
If you don’t want to deal with that hassle, then go for another brand of drill/tool combo kit instead.
2) The cord may not be long enough for all your projects.
So if you’re working on something bigger, then consider getting a longer cord like the one provided with the Dewalt PowerMax 18V Combo Kit.
3) You’ll need to buy additional batteries for it.
So make sure you have plenty of them handy when using it regularly.
The Best Cordless Drill Combos For Home Use?
As a homeowner, you don’t need to be an expert carpenter or handyman to own a cordless drill. Most people buy them just to hang pictures on the wall, put up curtain rods, build bookshelves or work on small household fixes around the house. If you don’t own a cordless drill, trust me: your life will be so much easier once you get one. Just make sure you know which one to get.
Cordless drills are not all created equal. There is a huge difference in quality and features. For example, a cheap $40 cordless drill from a no-name manufacturer will not be as good as a high-end DeWalt or Makita cordless drill that costs 2 to 3 times as much.
While the cheap one might be good enough for light home use, it won’t hold up well if you use it for jobs around the house on a regular basis. It might be frustrating to return the cordless drill if you’ve already used it and didn’t like it, so make sure you test out a few in the store before buying one.
When looking for a cordless drill to use around the house, these are some factors to consider:
1) Power Source – Cordless drills are usually either 18 volts or 12 volts.
In general, the higher voltage a drill has, the more powerful it is. But this is not always the case. Some 12-volt drills are more powerful than some 18-volt drills.
It all depends on the model. So when comparing two different models, you need to know the voltage and amperage of each one.
2) Speed Settings – Drills these days usually have 3 main settings: low speed for driving screws, high speed for drilling, and an adjustable speed in between the two for more precision work.
3) Keyless Chuck – The keyless chuck (the part of the drill that holds the bit) is very important to a drill, especially if you use it for jobs that require you to change bits often.
Your hand will thank you if the keyless chuck has an easy to use grip with good maneuverability. While all of today’s drills have keyless chucke, they are not all created equal.
In general, you get what you pay for when buying a cordless drill. So if you’re on a tight budget, it might be better to wait until you have the money to buy a good quality cordless drill. There’s no point in buying a cheap one just because they’re cheaper if you end up having to buy another one in the future.
What Do You Use Your Drill For?
Before buying a cordless drill, think about how and where you’ll be using it most often.
What type of jobs will you be doing with it?
For example, if you’re going to be drilling into concrete or steel, then you’ll need a more heavy-duty model that can handle extreme pressure. On the other hand, if you’re just using the drill for hanging pictures and lighting fixtures, then a less expensive model will work just fine.
The Power Of Lithium-Ion
Most cordless drills today use lithium-ion batteries. They are more expensive than older models that use NiCad or NiMH batteries, but they last much longer and can produce more power. For most homeowners, a cordless drill with a lithium-ion battery will meet all your drilling needs.
What Type Of Bit Does It Use?
The majority of cordless drills use the popular hex-shank drill bit, which is what you probably already have in your toolbox. However, some higher-end models use the Quick-Lock feature, which works with a special Quick-Lock bit. Not only do these bits have an extra wide collar to prevent the bit from slipping, but they can also be connected directly to the drill for more power and less speed reduction.
Some cordless drills, such as the Black & Decker DS321 Dragster, feature a reversible drill that can accept two different bits. This is a great feature if you work with a wide variety of materials and need to switch the direction of your drill often.
Remember That Extra Features Cost More
You can buy a bare-bones cordless drill for around $40, or you can spend over $200 for a top-of-the-line model. Obviously, the more features a drill has, the higher the price will be. If you think you’ll be doing specialized work (such as working with concrete or metal often), you may want to invest in a more expensive model that can handle these jobs with no problems.
However, if you just need a basic cordless drill for light – to medium-duty work around the home, then you can get by with a less expensive model.
Batteries Make The (Cordless) Difference
The overall performance of a cordless drill is determined by the quality of its battery. While all drills have batteries, not all batteries are created equal. For example, you may have a 12-volt drill, but one of the batteries might only last for an hour while the other lasts for six hours.
Obviously, in this case, the more powerful battery will make a big difference in how long your drill lasts between charges.
Cordless drills can come with either Nickel-Cadmium (NiCad), Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH), or Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) batteries. Although older models may still be on sale at your local hardware store, most manufacturers no longer make NiCad or NiMH batteries because they are outmoded and cannot hold a charge as long as the others. However, these obsolete types of batteries are still much cheaper to buy than the newer Li-Ion and can be found in most discount tool outlets.
Lithium-Ion batteries (such as the Black & Decker LI2000) are considered the best because they have a very high power-to-weight ratio and can produce three times the voltage of other batteries. They also can provide three times the run-time of older battery technologies. They are also the most expensive.
Make Sure It’s Comfortable In Your Hand
The best cordless drill is useless if it gives you blisters or you can’t hold on to it because of the design. If you have small hands, get a model with a pistol-grip design with a front handle (such as the Ryobi P3123). These are easier to control and causes less fatigue than a straight stick design.
If you have large hands, look for a model with an over-molded grip. This will give you a better grip on the tool and prevent your hand from sliding.
Laser Guides? Really?
Some cordless drills come equipped with laser guides. Although it may seem like a great idea at first, these are really a waste of money. First of all, the laser generally doesn’t shine where you need it to (such as the tip of the drill bit). Second of all, if you can see the laser perfectly well without the aid of a laser guide, then you probably don’t need one on your tool in the first place.
What is Quick-Release?
If your drill has a keyless chuck, it probably also has a quick-release feature. This allows you to quickly and easily change the bit without unscrewing the chuck collar first. Most cordless drills now have this feature, so if you don’t have it, consider yourself lucky (and faster). However, most manufacturers are putting this feature on their newer models.
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