I've used this drill a few times since purchasing it. I've owned it for a little over a month. It performed like a hammer drill should. I'm very wary about the plastic collar that the perpendicular stabilizing handle mounts to. It doesn't seem adequate enough for such a task. But the drill it self has the right amount of power. I used it to drill about and inch or two into solid concrete. And it went through brick like it was butter. I haven't had any heavy duty drilling beyond a couple of inches of I can't say if it's good for such things. But it seems like it would have the power to hold up.
This is the third drill that I have returned to Sears in two days. I started with the 7.5 amp professional hammer drill and moved up to the 8.0 professional hammer drill after the first two drills jamming on the trigger. After jamming, the drill would not stop and almost broke my leg after the bit got jammed and would not shut off. The chuck key design does not hold a bit. Here's a video to show the faults on the chuck. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_0np6SBwLA&feature=youtube_gdata_player
the hammer drill comes in a hard case, aux handle and depth guide rod. the keyed chuck is closed with an included key and make sure to get in the hole good before you twist or you will strip your tool. make sure it's tight and put it into hammer mode and be sure to use a MASONARY DRILL BIT made of carbide to be able to do what this is intended for. variable trigger allows me to control the speed. drilled about 25 holes into concrete cement to build a patio covering the backyard. the corded option is a must for power demanding tools such as grinders, most types of saws, and heavy duty drills. I did not use the regular drill function because who doesn't have a normal cordless drill? those things are lifesavers
This drill is as good and better than most , will recommend
I purchased this because I was tired of running out of battery on my cordless. Drill is strong but too fast. A little too head heavy making hard for DIY person to control the tip. The variable trigger is terrible. It goes from very slow to full speed after 25% of the trigger pull. I can deal the unbalance weight with 2 hands but not the trigger. I returned it and purchased a Dewalt.
Excellent Drill, plenty of power and torque to do all the cabinetry work I need. Cord is long enough to give youplenty of reach without an extension cord.
I bought the craftsman professional hammer/drill when I bought my first house. I have renovated my first house and three more houses with it. It has all the power and reliability anyone will need. I have used it to hammer and drill just about everything such as putting down thousands of hardibacker screws, screwing together cabinets, and using a 1" drill bit to hammered out 4 inch holes through cinder blocks. Remember, I have used this drill consistently for 12 years, and it just died on me two weeks ago because I used it to stir 10 bags of thinset in putting down 300+ square feet of tile. The good news is that it finished the job, almost to say that it would do one more project for me before going to tool heaven. This was my first tool and has been there for me every step of the way. I think I will bury it in my yard.
I bought this drill to build a bar on a out door counter top gazebo. The counter top had huge 12 x 12 tiles. I spent an hour drilling two holes thinking I was in hammer mode. However I was in rotary mode. Drilling through the tile was killing me. I went thru 3 tapcon bits and made two holes in an hour. Then I knocked out the rest of the holes (8) in 10 mins flat.
I checked and saw that I was actually in rotary mode. I switched to hammer mode. OMG the drill pounded holes and made tile dust in seconds. I recommend this drill to anyone with heavy duty work, it pounds holes like a jack hammer. Just make sure you know what mode you are in. Wow what a difference.
I have been wanting this tool for quite some time & was finally able to purchase during the recent mega tool sale. My only regret is not purchasing it sooner. It is from the professional series lineup and looks and feels like it. It is well balanced and feels good in my hand unlike others I've tried that feel overly heavy and awkward. The trigger mechanism works smooth and the 8.0 amp motor is plenty powerful for the drill size. An added feature I wasn't expecting is the level indicator. This will only help when drilling at perfect 90 degree angles but will come in handy. The chuck work smoothly and so far has kept the bits in place without slipping. For the current sale price you can't beat this drill!
I have been wanting this professional series drill for quite some time & am glad that I finally have it. Even though it is a 1/2" hammer drill it is well balanced so it doesn't feel overly front heavy when holding it in your hand. The stop gauge is a nice feature that is not available in some other brands. The chuck is keyed but that is to be expected on a hammer drill due to the added torque needed to tighten the bits to keep them from slipping that you can't always achieve with a keyless chuck. It has an 8.0 amp motor that should provide plenty of power for masonry bolts that I use for installing Tapcons in concrete. The case has ample room for a few small bit cases that helps keep everything in one place. This is a bargain at the current sale price. My only regret is not getting it sooner!
Oh men! this hammer/drill gets through everything, has amazing features, looks good, has a long cord, amazing case, the handle fits however you want it and stays perfectly in place for better support. This is a must have.
We needed a drill for mounting wood shelving brackets on the wall in the basement. This means drilling into the cement foundation walls. This drill did a great job drilling into the cement like it was butter.
This worked great at 1/4" bit for easy masonry/brick/block jobs but so does my Makita cordless but push up to 1/2" the bit feels tight but it comes loose and stops spinning about 2 minutes in drilling into concrete
It was very dependable and easy to use
I alrady owned another brand impact drill, and it broked. I decided to buy this one cause it was the one i needed and craftman is a known brand, i am very happy with my purchase. It works great!
this my 3rd drill in 5 yrs I hope it last longer this time,,these drills don't like drilling in the hammer mode very much.
Great tool. Bought it to help drill through brick. Put it on the hammer setting and it went into the brick like butter. While some say that Craftsman's quality has gone down over the years, I have never had a problem with a craftsman product. Awesome product at a great price.
Mine also burned up the first time I used it, but no warranty as it sat on a shelf a year before I used it the first time. I have other Craftsman tools that I abuse commercially and you can't kill them.