i;ve owned and used several corded drills over my career, but this is the best balanced drill I've seen. There is plenty of power and speed to safely drill any type of material and more than enough torque. I love the built in belt hook which frees up my hands for climbing up a ladder.
1. The drill speed lock switch is WORTHLESS. It only locks on at full speed (yeah good luck at planting that drill bit on wood or metal at 2500 rpm, your bit will wander everywhere)! All the other Craftsman drills I have are 15-25 years old, made in the U.S.A., and have the turn knob in the trigger switch that allows the user to infinitely adjust the lock on speed to any rpm. Even my cheap $12 drill has this feature.
2. The so-called level is out of calibration. Not even close. You can check for square by puttin a builders level up to the chuck (bit holder) face at 90 degrees. The drill I received drills at an upwards angle when it says it's level.
3. It's made in CHINA. It's the first Craftsman drill I ever bought that was not made in the USA. Bummer! If I wanted a Chinese made drill, I would have gone to one of Craftsman's competitors. The 2 plastic body halves are of different red colors! What's up with that ?
4. 2500 rpm ? Who needs 2500 rpm ? 1500 rpm max is all you'll ever need. I'd rather have this 6.5 amp drill max out at 1500 rpm and deliver more usable torque. That's what every driller wants, is that twisting power when using their drill as a screwdriver. 2500 rpm Generates too much heat, especially in metals. Good drill for smoking and destroying your bits. My other 3/8's drills max out at 1200 rpm, while my 1/2 inch drills max out at 550 and 800 rpm. A good quality bit takes all the work off the drill. Use good quality bits and give the bit time to sink into the hole. It needs time to cut and drop into the hole. Cheap quality bits just burn out your drill quickly. By pushing and forcing the bit, you not only destroy the bit, but burn out the bearings and destroy the drill too. Always use low speeds and oil on metals! Have fun.
5. Forget the case. Keep it in a 5 gallon bucket with your bits and a 15-25 ft extension cord. You'll save time and use it more.
6. Power Indicator ? If you're so dumb or blind that you can't remember that you have it plugged in or can't see that it's plugged in, then you're not qualified to use a power tool and should not be drilling.
1. Red Color. I can find it quickly
2. 10 ft. Cuts down on the need of dragging out an extension cord.
3. Keyless chuck. If a 1/16 inch bit slips, wrap a little tape around it or something else. Or unlock the chuck and re-align the bit. But you may have a defective chuck.
Works great, powerful, easy to handle.
My battery recently gave out on my cordless drill and wouldn't charge anymore. I then found the cheapest battery replacement would cost over $85! I then got to thinking how often do I really need a cordless drill? I realized that I really don't need cordless and don't need the hassle of always recharging the darn thing. That brings me to this corded drill. It's half the cost of a new battery and it works for hours and hours. Enough said.
Excellent tool. I had this version many years ago and gave it to my brother. I saw it in the store and with a 10 reward and sale price it was too good to pass up.
Better ergonomics that my older version and I like to power on light. Plenty of power and having the non-key chuck is really convenient.
I bought this for a roofing project and am happy with it so far. If it lasts the way other Craftsman tools have lasted for me it will have been a good buy.
First time I purchased a no chuck drill. The bits come loose right in the middle of the job. Waited too long to return it or I would.
This was a gift my brother in law loves it and is very happy with it.
Bought this drill to rebuild my deck this spring have it on layaway at the moment but uncle has one and it works great would recommend to a friend
Exelent tool very satisfied with the features