Rockwell Tools’ 20V High Efficiency Cordless Drill / Driver (RK2852K2) Tool Review Video

Powered by a Brushless Motor, the RK2852K2 20V Cordless Drill Driver from Rockwell Tools Provides Dramatically longer Runtime and Increased Power Output

By Mark J. Donovan

In this video Mark Donovan of reviews Rockwell Tools new 20V cordless drill / driver (RK2852K2). Rockwell Tools introduces state-of-the-art motor innovation technology with the release of its new 20V cordless drill / driver tool.

I recently had the chance to test drive a new tool from Rockwell Tools. It was their latest in cordless technology, a 20V drill / driver (RK2852K2) powered by a brushless motor.

Suffice it to say it was a powerful and rugged tool that any contractor would be happy to use, but small and light enough for even the slightest of DIYers to handle. From my personal use of it, I can confirm that it has plenty of torque and drive strength for sinking in the tightest and largest of screws.

The RK2852K2 is the newest in Rockwell Tools cordless drill / driver product line. It is powered by a 20V Lithium-Ion battery, and as I already mentioned, an innovative brushless motor. The new brushless motor technology enables the drill / driver to produce up to 25% more power and increase the tools runtime by up to 50%.

In addition, due to the unique properties of a brushless motor, e.g. the elimination of carbon brushes and the ability to dissipate heat better, the motor’s lifespan is extended up to ten times longer than a traditional motor used in other cordless drill / driver tools. Moreover, the tool operates much more quietly than its competitive counterparts. As a result of the improved motor efficiencies the RK2852K2 cordless drill / driver tool comes with a limited 20 year warranty and a 20 year free battery replacement plan.

In regards to some of the specifics, the cordless RK2852K2 drill / driver has a two speed gear control switch that allows the chuck to spin from 0 to 600 RPM, or 0 to 2,000 RPM depending upon the amount of pressure applied to the On/Off trigger switch. Also, the drill / driver’s chuck size is ½ inch in diameter, enabling it to support a wide variety of drill/driver bit sizes.

Moreover, there is an LED sight light on the base of the tool that is directed towards the work area when using the tool.

The 20V cordless drill / driver also has a torque adjustment ring with 18 settings near the chuck to adjust the amount of torque applied by the tool. This is a very convenient feature for ensuring screws are not over-sunk into the material they are fastening. The tool has a maximum torque capability of 531 inch-lbs making it potent for light and heavy drilling/driving projects alike.

The drill / driver also has a forward and reverse button on it for controlling the rotational direction of the chuck and drill/driver bits.

Again, the cordless RK2852K2 drill / driver operates off of a 20V Lithium-Ion battery. The battery charging time is 60 minutes, and the battery energy is 2.0Ah.

Besides the RK2852K2 drill / driver itself, the tool comes with two batteries, a battery charger, a belt hook, a couple of double-ended bits, a bit clip and a rugged carrying bag.

The cordless RK2852K2 drill /driver weighs 3.41 lbs making it extremely light weight for the amount of power and torque it produces, again thanks to its brushless motor. The tool is also very well balanced and easy to hold due to its soft grip handle.

In regards to availability, the Rockwell RK2852K2 Li-ion Brushless Drill/Driver, 20V can be purchased at Walmart, Home Depot, and other home improvement centers. In addition, it can be purchased online at Amazon and other websites. At the time of this review, the RK2852K2 drill / driver lists for $179.99, and again comes with a limited 20 year warranty.

So whether you are a DIY homeowner or a professional contractor, the RK2852K2 drill / driver is the perfect tool to have in the home, workshop or contractor truck. I highly recommend purchasing one if you are in the market for a new cordless drill / driver. The tool has all the power needed for nearly any type of drill/driver DIY home improvement or contractor construction project. It is also so ruggedly built that it will hold up to any rough working environment such as a contractor job site.

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