September 8, 2009

Rockwell LithiumTech 18-Volt Combo Kit

rockwell_18v_combo.jpgEarlier this year (much earlier...the spring, actually), Rockwell hopped into the lithium ion market with the release of a drill/driver and an impact gun. From what we can make out from the product description and price, these are in that mid range between the hard-core contractor tools and the more inexpensive, strickly-homeowner tools. In other words, there's some durability for an affordable price, sort of a Porter-Cable/Ryobi vibe.

For their lithium line, Rockwell seemed to have snagged Ryobi's colors, which is a bit strange. So if you prefer a darker color palette, they have a Ni-Cd line available called ComPak which looks like it's also worth checking out. Both lines fall under Rockwell's insane 'free replacement batteries for life' program.

At Amazon.com

Read the Lithium Tech press release after the jump..

NEW COMPACT LITHIUMTECH 18-VOLT CORDLESS TOOLS
WEIGH UP TO ONE POUND LESS THAN NI-CD COUNTERPARTS

Charlotte, N.C. -- Rockwell® Power Tools has launched a new line of lithium-ion
portable power tools that emphasize the basics that are most important to builders and do-ityourselfers - compact design, light weight, high torque, fast charge time - and something
totally unique to Rockwell: free battery replacement for life.

The new Rockwell LithiumTechTM cordless power tool line consists of an 18-volt ,
1/2 -in. drill/driver (#RK2810K2, $199.99); 18-volt, 1/2-in. high performance drill/driver
(#RW2812K2, $299.99); 18-volt, 1/2-in. impact driver (#RK2800K2, $214.99); 18-volt
lithium-ion battery pack (#RW9161, $79.99); 18-volt lithium-ion charger (#RW9162,
$54.99) and a combo kit (#RK1801K2, $269.99) that includes the RK2810K2 drill/driver,
RK2800K2 impact driver, battery pack and charger.

"There's no question about the superior performance of LithiumTech tools over
NiCd and NiMH cordless models," said Craig Taylor, Rockwell Vice President of Brand
Marketing. "Besides weighing up to one pound less than comparable NiCd models,
LithiumTech tools have higher torque-to-weight-ratios, and recharge in only 35 minutes."

In addition, Rockwell has simultaneously launched its battery for life program, under
which the company will provide free replacement batteries for the life of any Rockwell brand
cordless power tool. According to Taylor, this industry-first, lifetime battery replacement
program will reduce the overall cost of ownership of Rockwell cordless tools by 40-70 percent,
depending on the tool.

Weighing in at just 3.9 lbs., the LithiumTech 18-volt 1/2 in. cordless drill/driver
(RK2810K2) develops 330 in-lbs. of torque. It features a keyless chuck, two-speed
gearbox (low, 0-350; high, 0-1300) and a 24-position clutch for tasks ranging from driving
drywall screws to masonry drilling.

With these specs, the lithium-ion drill/driver is capable of nearly any home
improvement project, such as cabinet or shelving installation, drywall cutouts, kitchen
countertop removal or framing a basement, to name a few.

For more rugged duty, the LithiumTech 18-volt, 1/2-in. high-performance cordless
drill/driver (#RW2812K2) delivers 490 in.-lbs. of torque and weighs 4.6 lbs. It has a
keyless chuck, two-speed gear box (low, 0-400 and high, 0-1300) and 22-position clutch.
Pound-for-pound - just 3.1 lbs., in fact - the LithiumTech 18-volt cordless impact
driver (#RK2800K2) is truly a compact powerhouse, capable of 1160 in-lbs. of torque. It
develops no load speeds up to 2400 rpm and 3000 impacts per minute. With power to
spare, the impact driver makes short work of big jobs like driving deck screws or hanging
doors. The impact driver, not the user's arm and shoulder, bears the brunt of the work.

All of Rockwell's new LithiumTech cordless tools are powered by the LithiumTech
18-volt lithium-ion battery pack (#RW9161, $79.99) that recharges in only 35 minutes.
The slim-profile battery pack only can be charged in the LithiumTech charger (#RW9162,
$54.99).

Rockwell Lithium Tech 18-volt cordless tools will be available in Spring, 2009 at
rockwelltoolsdirect.com and other popular websites, including amazon.com. It is also
available through Menards and other local and national home improvement retailers.

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