Kobalt KDD524B Drill Review

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Mini Review

To be completely honest, this was my first time using a Kobalt drill for any extended period of time. After a few days with the drill, I really like it and see the value in this kit. It is packed with features: LED light, belt hook, battery level indicator, brushless motor, 24v system, and an amazing warranty. I don’t know for sure how long it will last under hard use but the warranty pretty much eliminates that concern. Pleasantly surprised by how well-built this drill is. I would recommend this drill to all three segments of our The Tool Space users (warranty was definitely factored in for the Contractor segment).


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4.6 out of 5.0 Stars
Drill, Charger, 2 Batteries
MSRP $159

Available on Amazon and Lowe’s


The KDD524B-03 is a 1/2″ drill/driver with 22 clutch settings (and a drill setting). This drill comes equipped with two transmission speeds at 0-550 and 0-2,000 RPM. It comes with a Brushless motor which can reach 650 in.lbs. of torque. The unit runs on Li-ion 24V Max batteries (2.0Ah).

What We Like

  • Brushless motor – less wear/tear. Longer motor life
  • 24v power system
  • 2,000 RPM and 650 in.lbs. of torque
  • Bottom mount LED light
  • WARRANTY!!!!!!! Five years on the drill. Three years on the batteries.

What We Don't Like

  • Drill doesn’t initiate until trigger is pulled half way
  • Auto shutoff when drill is overheating (It’s a good and bad feature)

First Impressions

We were very impressed with this kit out of the box. It is loaded with features and accessories: extra handle, battery level indicator, belt hook, etc. It was like Christmas morning where you think you have two presents to open but instead you have ten. It’s not the lightest drill but it does handle well. The construction of the drill is solid without much wiggle or play at all. The grip and handle are well designed and very comfortable.

What's In The Box

The Kobalt KDD524B-03 kit comes with two 24v li-ion max batteries, battery charger, belt clip, double-ended bit, auxilary handle, carry bag, and the drill.


  • 1/2″ Drill/Driver
  • Two speed gearbox (0-550 and 0-2,000 RPM)
  • 650 in.lbs. of Max torque
  • 24v power system
  • Total length of 7.5″ (front to back)
  • 4 lbs total weight with the battery
  • 85 minute charging time
  • Battery level indicator on the drill
  • Bottom mounted LED work light

Full Review

It’s a very nice kit with a ton of extras that are not included from most other companies. Kobalt is Lowe’s internal brand and they have done a very nice job with this kit. This was our first opportunity to spend an extended amount of time with a Kobalt drill and we really enjoyed this drill. Pleasantly surprised might sound offensive but we really didn’t know what to expect from this package. The KDD524B-03 is a great drill with tons of features. It performed effortlessly through all of our testing and was very comfortable to use. The drill clutch setting definitely amps up the power to get through some hard surfaces: hardwood, masonry, and steel. The only thing that hampered the experience was when we kept drilling through angle steel and eventually got the drill to overheat and shutoff. This is a built-in feature that protects the drill but it could be a hindrance to guys who are pushing to get heavy work done quickly. We were very satisfied with this kit and would recommend it to all three segments of our The Tool Space users: DIY, Handyman, and Contractor (the warranty was considered when recommending for the Contractor segment). Recommended for: DIY, Handyman, and Contractor

Tool Space Recommendation

We recommend this tool to the following skill levels.

DIY rated tools are for users who would use this product one time a month.
DIY rated tools are for users who would use this product one time a week.
DIY rated tools are for users who would use this product one time a day.

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