Greenworks vs Kobalt: Drill/Driver Combo Kit Showdown

If you’re buying your first set of tools or looking to switch to cordless electric power tools from gas or corded models, you’ve no doubt encountered tools from both Greenworks and Kobalt. You’re probably wondering which of these relatively new tool companies you should go with.

Today, we pit Greenworks vs Kobalt in a head to head battle to see which electric tool manufacturer is making the best tools for your needs.

Company History

Both Greenworks and Kobalt are relatively new companies. Kobalt has a bit more skin in the game, as they’ve been in the business for twenty years, compared to ten for Greenworks.

Kobalt was incorporated in 1998 by the Lowe’s Corporation. Around this time, Sears was experiencing great success with their Craftsman brand of tools, and Home Depot was also finding success with its Husky brand of tools. Lowe’s Corporation launched Kobalt to compete with these two successful private label brands at their Lowe’s home improvement stores.

What began as a full line of hand tools gradually evolved into one of the most rapidly expanding electric tool brands. Today, Kobalt makes everything from lawn mowers to circular saws in addition to their popular hand tools.

Greenworks was incorporated in 2007 by the Globe Tools Group to bring the company’s exciting new lithium-ion powered products to market. Today, they sell an expanding assortment of battery powered tools including lawn mowers, power washers, chainsaws, and more.

What are the Benefits of These Tools

The tools that Greenworks and Kobalt manufacture are ideal for people who are looking to purchase battery-powered tools for basic home improvement use. Both brands have some significant benefits that you’ll want to consider if you’re in the market for new tools.

First, both brands manufacture affordable alternatives to more expensive brands. While neither brand has been around for long, they each have established strong reputations in the budget power tool category.

Since all tools are battery powered, it eliminates the need for gas tools, which are harmful to the environment. It may sound surprising, but a gas-powered lawn mower generates as much harmful emissions in one hour as eleven new cars being driven for that same period of time.

Speaking of the benefits of battery power, battery powered tools also eliminate the need to plug into an extension cord to use the tool, which allows you to avoid all the headaches that are inherent with using extension cords.

What’s the Downside of These Tools?

While battery powered tools have become the preferred style for many homeowners and even commercial pros, there are a few issues they’re prone to, as well.

Since they all use batteries, you’ll need to be careful to keep them fully charged to avoid situations where you don’t have enough juice to finish the job. Even top-of-the-line cordless tools require at least a half hour to charge batteries.

When it comes to outdoor power tools like lawn mowers or snow blowers, they’re also inherently smaller and less powerful than gas-powered alternatives. So, if you live in an area that gets lots of snow, or if you have a particularly large property, these battery powered tools may not be a good fit for you.

Greenworks vs Kobalt: Who Has the Better Combo Kit?

Both companies are quite similar, and they make a similar range of products. Now, we’ll take a closer look at their most popular drill and impact driver combo kits to determine the winner in the battle of Greenworks vs Kobalt.

Greenworks 24V Lithium MAX Drill/Driver Kit

This combo from Greenworks provides their popular impact driver and cordless drill for one low price.

The drill is powerful, providing up to 2,600 lbs of torque. It has a ½ inch square drive with a durable metal gearbox and keyless chuck. This drill runs on Greenworks’ 24v battery system.

The impact driver delivers an impressive 2,000 pounds of torque and reaches 3,000 RPM. Both the driver and drill feature built-in LED lights to help illuminate your work in darker areas.

This combo carries an impressive 4-year warranty, so you’ll be covered if something goes wrong with your kit.

What We Like

  • Affordable
  • Strong warranty
  • Both tools offer impressive power
  • LED lights

What Could Be Better

  • Mostly plastic construction
  • Durability is a question

Kobalt 24V Lithium MAX Drill/Driver Kit

This 24v combo kit from Kobalt is a direct competitor to the Greenworks kit above.

Under the hood, this kit packs a bit less power than the combo kit from Greenworks. The drill provides only 650 lbs. of torque, which is significantly less than the Greenworks drill, and the Kobalt impact driver provides 200 fewer pounds of torque than its counterpart.

But, Kobalt scores serious points with their build quality and warranty. This combo kit is noticeably more substantial than the Greenworks kit and has features like an all-metal chuck and brushless motors that are absent from Greenworks option.

This kit also carries an impressive 5-year warranty, which is a year longer than the warranty offered by Greenworks.

The improved build quality does come at a price, however, and this kit is about $50 more expensive.

What We Like

  • Impressive build quality
  • Great warranty
  • LED lights

What Could Be Better

  • Mediocre power

Final Verdict

When it comes down to the battle of Greenworks vs Kobalt, picking a winner is a bit difficult as each brand has unique strengths and weaknesses.

Greenwork’s tools deliver plenty of value and impressive power, but they don’t have the professional quality design and build of the Kobalt tools. Meanwhile, Kobalt’s tools are more expensive and don’t deliver as much power as Greenworks.

Each brand offers impressive battery life and fast charging, and each brand manufactures a full line of quality lithium-ion tools.

But there has to be a winner, and we’ve selected Kobalt as our favorite of the two. While Kobalt loses some points in the power department, their impressive build quality and industry-leading warranty tip the scales in their favor.

If you’re looking for the highest quality battery tools available, Kobalt may be your best choice. Meanwhile, if you’re looking for the most powerful tool possible, or if you’re on a budget, you may want to give Greenworks a closer look. Which combo kit is your top pick? Sound off in the comments.

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