Kobalt 24V Max XTR High-Torque Impact Wrench Cordless Drill Reviews & Impact Drivers

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The Kobalt XTR high-torque impact wrench has much more power than you’ll need for most passenger vehicle and residential construction applications. It’s great having the additional muscle when you need to break loose a stuck bolt, though. Thanks to its 3 speed settings, you still have an extra measure of control when overtightening is a risk. Overall, you get a lot for your money and it’s a huge performance boost over Kobalt’s previous 24V Max high-torque model.

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Kobalt XTR High-Torque Impact Wrench KXIW 1424A-03


Kobalt XTR High-Torque Impact Wrench Breaks Up to 1200 Ft-Lbs of Torque

There’s a handful of Kobalt cordless impact wrenches to choose from and they all have their place in the shop or on the jobsite. None of them have come close to the power we’re seeing from the Kobalt XTR high-torque impact wrench, though!

Pros

  • 750 ft-lbs fastening, 1200 ft-lbs breakaway torque
  • Rubber boot covers the nose and protects finishes
  • 3-speed electronic controls
  • Excellent value for the performance ($269 kit)

Cons

  • No bare tool option available

Recommendation

    The Kobalt XTR high-torque impact wrench has much more power than you’ll need for most passenger vehicle and residential construction applications. It’s great having the additional muscle when you need to break loose a stuck bolt, though. Thanks to its 3 speed settings, you still have an extra measure of control when overtightening is a risk.

    Overall, you get a lot for your money and it’s a huge performance boost over Kobalt’s previous 24V Max high-torque model.

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Kobalt XTR High-Torque Impact Wrench

More Power

The big story across the entire Kobalt XTR line is higher performance. For the Kobalt XTR high-torque impact wrench, that translates as higher torque. Much higher torque.

Kobalt 24V Max XTR High-Torque Impact Wrench Brake Job

Kobalt’s standard cordless high-torque model boasts 650 ft-lbs of breakaway torque. That’s pretty stout.

But the XTR model is sporting 750 ft-lbs of torque. Oh, did I mention that’s fastening torque? For the apples-to-apples comparison, it has 1200 ft-lbs of breakaway torque—over 90% more than the regular model!

More Control

In addition to improving the power, Kobalt also moves from one speed to three. It’s more in line with what we expect from professional models and adds a welcome measure of control when you don’t need all of the brushless motor’s power.

Kobalt 24V Max XTR High-Torque Impact Wrench Controls

Less Vibration

With the kind of violence a high-torque impact wrench brings to the table, we’ll take any help we can get. The Kobalt XTR high-torque impact wrench includes built-in vibration control. That’s something the standard model doesn’t offer.

Kobalt 24V Max XTR High-Torque Impact Wrench Lugnuts

Smaller Profile

It’s no surprise to find that such a boost in power also comes with a bit of a weight increase. Weighing 8.7 pounds with its 4.0Ah Ultimate Output battery, the XTR is about 1.1 pounds heavier.

Kobalt 24V Max XTR High-Torque Impact Wrench Profile

The head is actually more compact, though, moving from about 10 inches down to 9.

Additional Features

  • LED light
  • Compatible with all Kobalt 24V Max batteries and chargers

Price

At the time we’re writing this, you can only get the Kobalt XTR high-torque impact wrench as a kit—there’s no bare tool option if you’re already running Ultimate Output batteries.

However, that kit is just $269, making it a really solid value. Besides, who doesn’t need an extra battery?

Comparison Chart

24V Max High-Torque24V Max XTR High-Torque
Drive1/2-inch hog ring1/2-inch hog ring
No Load Speed1900 RPM900/1350/1900 RPM
Fastening TorqueUnlisted750 ft-lbs
Breakaway Torque650 ft-lbs1200 ft-lbs
Impact Rate2400 IPM2100 IPM
Price$169*$269*
*Both kits come with 4.0Ah batteries, but the XTR pack is an Ultimate Output battery.

The Bottom Line

The Kobalt XTR high-torque impact wrench has much more power than you’ll need for most passenger vehicle and residential construction applications. It’s great having the additional muscle when you need to break loose a stuck bolt, though. Thanks to its 3 speed settings, you still have an extra measure of control when overtightening is a risk.

Overall, you get a lot for your money and it’s a huge performance boost over Kobalt’s previous 24V Max high-torque model.

Kobalt XTR High-Torque Impact Wrench Specifications

  • Model: Kobalt KXIW 1424A-03
  • Power Source: Kobalt 24V Max batteries (4.0Ah Ultimate Output included in kit)
  • Drive: 1/2-inch hog ring
  • No Load Speed: 0 – 900/2350/1900 RPM
  • Fastening Torque: 750 ft-lbs
  • Loosening Torque: 1200 ft-lbs
  • Impact Rate: 2100 IPM
  • Weight: 8.7 pounds with 4.0Ah battery
  • Warranty: 5 years
  • Price: $269
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How’s the size compared to big red