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Recently I wondered if anyone was actually still into the cheap, off-brand drills like the ones you might find at Costco and the like. The Kawasaki drill I found (above) was fully stocked and looked okay for a heavy NiCad affair. A little bit later I saw the recall for the trigger switch, which “can short and generate excessive heat, posing a burn hazard.” I wondered if this was the same drill.

Recalled drills have the following serial numbers:

  • From 11030 30201 to 11030 33656
  • From 11040 00001 to 11040 17120
  • From 11060 00001 to 11060 07340
  • From 11070 00001 to 11070 05984
  • From 11070 16801 to 11070 20640

Though the recall notice says the bad drills were only sold at Costco between May 2011 and February 2012, I went back a week ago and flipped the floor model on display over and its serial fell into the listed group. It could be just that the floor model is old and these are replaced units, or it could be a stack of leftovers waiting to be moved. Buyer beware. In any event, if you’ve got one, send it in.

Drill Recall Notice [Consumer Reports]


5 Responses to 19.2V NiCad Kawasaki Drill Recall

  1. Simon says:

    I just noticed that IKEA of all places sells Lithium Ion drills – one is basic and the other a hammer drill option. They are ‘IKEA branded’ and are cheap but possibly ‘good enough’ for some situations. (like loaning people tools!)


  2. Jerry says:

    A Kawasaki drill – hmmm, maybe I’ll wait until Harley Davidson goes into the power tool business. Kawasaki is (was?) a motorcycle – right? On the other hand, my neighbor drives a Hyundai and watches a Hyundai TV!

  3. joe homeowner says:

    I’m a sucker for a cheap cordless drill or any tool for that matter. I have six but the harbor freight drill master was the cheapest. Only twenty bucks. Two years later it still works. But my dewalt is my favorite.

  4. Jerry Romines says:

    Thank you for sharing the recall information. Many readers may need to follow up on the recall.

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