Review: Kawasaki 840056 Black 19.2-Volt 4-Piece Cordless Combo Kit

It was time to review this little beauty named the Kawasaki 840056 Black 19.2-Volt 4-Piece Cordless Combo Kit. The drill is good quality with enough power for everything I’ve thrown at it. The battery hasn’t died on me during a job. A single charge lasts long enough.

The circular saw isn’t the best, but it gets the job done. It seems to drain the battery pretty quick. But for small jobs it’s great. The project I was working on required 1/8 – 1/2 inch wood and it did a great job with that. Larger pieces aren’t a problem but the battery won’t last long.

The saw seems to be of good quality. I’ve only used it to cut a few pieces of schedule 40 pipe but it worked great for that.
The flashlight drains the battery fast. It’s convenient in some places with the rotating angled head, but it’s very bulky for most applications. At first, I couldn’t figure out what was rattling inside, but it turns out there’s an extra bulb inside the flashlight, which is nice.

The charger is my biggest complaint. It’s not a smart charger so you have to be careful not to leave the battery in there for more than a couple of hours. The case is also annoying. I’ve never been able to get all the tools back in the case. The saw just doesn’t fit anywhere once you have pulled it out. Overall it’s a decent low price kit. Don’t expect to build a house with these.

Product Features

  • 2 Batteries-included
  • Carrying Case-included
  • 3-5 Hour Charger
  • Great 4-piece kit for homeowners
  • Includes drill, two saws, and work light

Product Overview

Quality Black Series homeowner’s cordless toolset at an affordable price. 4-Pc. kit includes drill, circular saw, reciprocating saw and works light, plus one battery and charger.

This review is based on only the drill and battery pack

I bought only the 19.2v drill from Costco some time back, thinking the Kawasaki name should be good for something, and I wanted a lightweight auxiliary drill so I can minimize bit swapping. Soon after I bought it, the company (Alltrade, not Kawasaki) issued a battery recall notice. No problem, as my serial numbers were not listed.

                                                       

Then there’s the issue of battery life. I expected way better than what I got, even though I knew it wasn’t a professional-level power pack. The batteries have to be charged very frequently, even with light use.

The Drill is Light:

The drill is light and is comfortable to hold and use, if a bit large, and the chuck is wobble-free, making it good for precision work. But the drill is not appropriate for heavy-duty use or for those occasions when you really need the extra power or torque.

Most disappointing was the fact that, even with light use, the drill failed completely within months (probably due to a faulty trigger assembly).

In sum, this set of tools will likely disappoint, as most people will use the drill most often. Based on my experience with the drill and battery system, I would not recommend this set.

You will be way better off spending more and getting a good combo from one of the established tool companies (DeWalt, Makita, etc.). It can be much more expensive (0 on up for similar tools), but in the end, you’ll have something that’ll last and get the job done with less frustration. Check for more power tools on our other page here.