KwikPro Looks To Crowdfunding to Finance Manufacturing
Did you ever wish that your tools operated a bit more like those old Voltron cartoons? ‘Cause the KwikPro Multi-Head Power Tool System kind of looks like that.
- Multi-head system that includes a drill, hammer drill, impact driver, impact wrench, angle grinder, jigsaw, reciprocating saw, multi-tool, and LED flashlight
- Brushless motor is housed in the handle
- Attachment heads slide onto the handle handle
- System runs on an 18V lithium-ion platform
- Space-saving design eliminates the need to carry multiple tools around to the jobsite
- Pricing: TBA
Instead of robotic lions that assemble together to form a mega-robot that defends the universe from intergalactic tyranny, the KwikPro components attach together to form a power drill, or an angle grinder, or an impact wrench, or any number of tools that you’d expect to find in a toolbag.
As its Kickstarter campaign launches, you have the opportunity to get in on the ground floor with this 18V multi-head system that looks to become everything to everyone. Whether or not you should is a different question altogether.
The KwikPro idea looks like an interesting one, though we think it has much more appeal for DIYers than it does for Pros. We have some concerns about the quality and ergonomics of the final product.
For one thing, the branding and finish make it look like it would fit right in at the Home Shopping Network. Interesting or not, it doesn’t really look professional.
We have some questions about the general ergonomic considerations here as well. Apart from the drills and drivers, these tools look like they’ll have some balance and comfort issues on some of the tools. There’s a reason different tools have different handle designs.
We’re not talking about Ridgid’s MegaMax system with a limited number of similar tool footprints. These are vastly different tools across the spectrum. Effectively running them all with the same motor and handle doesn’t give us much confidence.
Aside from that, placing the motor in the handle seems like a headache for both the handle ergonomics and heat buildup.
The connection seems like another weak point. If the motor is in the handle and the gearing is in the head, what allows the motor to drive the gears? There’s a hole going into the head, but no visible shaft from the handle. Since it’s a slide connection, there has to be another step that moves to complete some sort of connection.
Maybe the photos are just concept pieces and not working engineering samples.
I’m not saying that it won’t work, but I am saying the terms “professional” and “heavy-duty” need to be taken with more than just a grain of salt when you apply it here. Maybe a shot of bourbon. Or a bottle.
How Does It Work?
The KwikPro System operates on an 18V battery platform which slides onto the bottom of a pistol-grip handle. Sounds familiar, right? However, from there, you have the option of sliding any number of attachments onto the top of the handle, which houses a brushless motor. The heads attach to the handle via the startup brand’s SlideDrive technology.
Some of the heads, such as the hammer and rotary drills, feature a two-way fitting head with two gearings. This makes it possible to turn the drill vertically on the base.
Because the KwikPro System uses the same powered handle for any variety of head attachments, the space you save becomes huge (as does the all-in-one case to carry it in).
For instance, instead of lugging ten tool cases to the job, you just need to lug the one KwikPro case. Plus, with the variety of tools you can carry in one case, the likelihood that you’ll show up to the job without the tool you need becomes much less likely.
- Brushless motor handle
- 2.0 Ah and 4.0 Ah lithium-ion batteries
- Kwikbelt (think Batman’s utility belt, but more colorful)
- 2-speed hammer drill
- 2-speed drill driver
- Impact driver
- Impact wrench
- Angle grinder
- Reciprocating saw
- Oscillating multi-tool
- LED light
- Dual and single port chargers
- Custom molded carrying cases
KwikPro Kickstarter Campaign
The KwikPro Kickstarter campaign launched on April 30, 2019. As of right now, the company offers the tool for preorder in three different formats: a silver package, gold package, and gold diamond package.
The silver package includes 4 tool head attachments, a motor handle, two 18V batteries, a KwikBelt tool belt, a charger, and a case.
The gold and gold diamond packages both include nine tool attachments, a belt, two motor handles, three 18V batteries, and a rolling case. The gold diamond package looks like it upgrades the motor handles.