Okay I have to admit, I am a little lost with this kit. While it’s nice, I am having a hard time trying to figure out where this company is going. To me, Bostitch was always a tool designed for the professionals in regards to their nailers and compressors. I still see older nailers and compressors being used today, which is a testament of their quality. A while back I heard the news that Bostitch would be selling in Walmart’s, which was a big surprise to me. Not that I am knocking Walmart as I shop there, I just can’t picture a quality tool being on the shelf at Walmart. Why does a company who has built a quality name for over 100 years make this move? My only guess is they are trying to use their quality name and tap into the home market. Now I am not saying contractors don’t shop at Walmart and especially with this economy, we are all trying to save money. But I do have to admit, I am lost at this move. On the other hand, Walmart does carry brand names like Sony, GE and more. Okay I guess only time tells how this will play out. Let’s jump in and talk about the tools.
The Bostitch kit, model BTCK410L2, comes with a drill and impact. These are run off an 18V Lithium-ion platform.
BTC400 Lithium Drill/Driver
Picking up the drill, it doesn’t seem bad at all. In fact, the balance and feel of the tool feels good in my hand. Now don’t expect all the bells and whistles on this drill. While it does have a 1/2″ metal chuck, it doesn’t ratchet (It does lock). Don’t get me wrong, it still holds the bit in place. My concern is heavy use over time, how well will it hold the bit. As with other drill/driver tools, this does have a two speed gear box which produces speeds of 0-350 and 0-1500 rpm. In regards to torque, it does have 480 in-lbs of torque which is below professional model drills. Again the price point is also much lower, but if you’re selling this to the pro, they will require heavy use for various applications.
The drill/driver has a 24 position clutch, so for the user, they do have a lot of control depending upon the application. Overall the drill isn’t too heavy weighing only 3.7 lbs which makes it a very nice drill to use for longer periods of time. Another point to mention is the drill does have an LED light.
BTC440 Lithium Impact Driver
One of my favorite tools, the impact driver. The Bostitch impact, like the drill, has a good feeling and is well balanced. Like with other impacts, this has a 1/4″ hex chuck. In regards to torque, it puts out 1400 in-lbs, while the Ryobi puts out 1600 in-lbs. As with the drill, this also has an LED light.
Items in the Bostitch Combo Kit
- BTC400 Lithium Drill/Driver
- BTC440 Lithium Impact Driver
- 2 – BTC480L Lithium Ion Batteries
- BTC492L 18V Lithium Ion Charger
- 2 – PH#2 Screwdriving Bit
- Bit Tip Storage
- Belt Clip and Kit Box
So would I recommend these tools? Yes, but to a small market. While the tools are good and have power, the downside is they only have a drill and impact. Which for some homeowners, this is all you need. If you’re looking to expand, you will have to sit by and wait for more tools to be released. I am not sure if they are expanding into new tools, but I would image they would expand the line. Bottom line if you are a homeowner, who wants a quality tool that doesn’t break the bank, and you are not going to expand your line, this is a good kit for you. Bostitch has built a quality tool for over 100 years and I have no reason to believe these tools won’t last a long time. But for me the question still remains where Bostitch is trying to go with this line. They are being sold at Walmart, but the video on their site says it’s for the pro’s.