Kobalt Cordless 1/2-Inch Impact Wrench: 24V Max KIW 1524A-23
If you’ve been hesitant to give Kobalt’s 24V Max lineup a shot, you’re not alone. The old 18V and 20V Max lines earned a reputation for being Prosumer at best, so what’s one more cell in the pack? There’s actually quite a bit more going on that just boosting the voltage. You have brushless motors and a new manufacturer producing them. With what we’ve seen so far, these are pretty legit Pro-level tools that fit well in the entry-level to mid-level sectors. So what about the Kobalt cordless 1/2-inch impact wrench?
Where Does it Fit?
For starters, there are two 1/2-inch models available. The smaller model settles in at 200 foot-pounds of torque for light to medium-duty tasks. We’re looking at the more powerful Kobalt KIW 1524A-23, but to keep track of it a little easier, let’s just call it the Kobalt cordless high-torque impact wrench.
Calling it “high-torque” puts it in some elite company. Some of these cordless impact wrenches go up to 1400 foot-pounds of nut-busting torque. That’s not where Kobalt designed this model to sit. This one’s going to offer up to 650 foot-pounds of nut-busting torque – more on the low side when it comes to this class.
Talking to Tim Johnson of Shop Tool Reviews, “low” is relative. 650 foot-pounds of torque are much more than most mechanics will ever need. When you start pushing numbers higher than that, you’re really getting into more industrial level work rather than residential construction and automotive uses. When you push past the 1,000 foot-pound barrier, you’re really getting into an area where a 3/4-inch drive is a better bet. That’s an important distinction.
Ergonomically, this has a high-torque footprint and weight. It’s a large tool that weighs in at 7 pounds, 10 ounces with the 4.0 Ah battery. Believe or not, that’s on the lower side compared to the other models Tim tested in his high-torque impact wrench shootout.
The other piece of the puzzle is the price point. Right now at Lowe’s, you can get the Kobalt cordless 1/2-inch impact wrench for $199 kitted with a 4.0 Ah battery. $189 will get you the 2.0 Ah battery kit, or you can get just the tool for $143.65. That’s a very low price for the performance level of this tool and it’s backed by a 5-year warranty. None of the other name brands out there get close to that.
Then there are the battery replacement prices: $10 for a 1.5 Ah pack, $20 for a 2.0 Ah pack, and $50 for a 4.0 Ah pack. Compared to the rest of the market, that’s pretty inexpensive.
Kobalt Cordless 1/2-Inch Impact Wrench Key Features
- 24V Max: 6-cell system provides more power than 18V/20V Max batteries
- Brushless motor: increases runtime, power, and life
- Single speed motor: variable speed trigger allows you to feather fastening
- LED light
- Reversible belt clip
- Soft carry bag included
- 5-year tool warranty
- 3-year battery warranty
So if you don’t need 700 – 1400 foot-pounds of nut-busting torque, Kobalt has you covered with a cordless high-torque impact wrench that represents an incredible value and keeps the weight down. At just $200, this is a good kit to get your hands on to give the 24V Max Pro line a shot without feeling like you have to buy into the system all at once.
Keep your eyes open for a full review from Shop Tool Reviews in the coming weeks!
Kobalt Cordless 1/2-Inch Impact Wrench Specifications
- Model: Kobalt KIW 1524A-23
- Power Source: Kobalt 24V Max battery
- Max Torque: 650 ft.-lbs. (nut-busting)
- No-Load Speed: 0 – 1900 RPM
- Impact Rate: 0 – 2400 IPM
- Weight: 7 lbs., 10 oz. with 4.0 Ah battery
- Warranty: 5 years
- Price: $143.65 (bare), $189 (2.0 Ah kit), $199 (4.0 Ah kit)