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
This was given as a Christmas Gift and my son in law loves it!
Great Customer Service, Great Product!!!
the drill is like a 1/2" drill chuck on a 1/4" drill it is to fast when you try to slow it down for larger bits the drill get hot. It is not what I expect from a Craftsman Professional tool IT SUCKS
Powerful non stop to use all around the house
good heavy duty use corded drill. reasonable balance feel for a large drill. convenient features. Looks / feels like it should last a lifetime.
I needed to drill through concrete... and this made short work of the job. It's seems a little heavier than my friend's Dewalt version... or maybe isn't as well balanced... but for the homeowner, it's a fine choice - plenty of power. Make sure you also get a get a decent set of masonry bits.
great tool, i always trust craftman tools and the way they perform.
Had a similar Skil Hammer Drill that broke down, Skil wanted much more for replacement. Went to Sears and got Craftsman Hammer Drill for less, it worked just as good if not better than old Skill Hammer Drill. Drilled 12 holes in solid reinforced concrete wall 5 inches deep 1/2 inch diameter with no problems, almost like a "hot knife though butter".