This is a very nice item for someone in the market for versatility. Most consumers cannot justify all of the tools that a contractor would use for their many specifs tasks. We're generally looking for "middle of the road" tools that will handle a wide range of applications. This drill is just such an item. That's not to suggest by the way, that it's not well suited to the professional user. It is certainly a professional item. On one extreme, maybe we're attaching some quarter round stripping to our livingroom baseboard. We're using our smallest bit to poke in a few pilot holes for some finishing nails. Ideally, it's nice to have something small and lightweight enough to handle with one hand. That way we have a hand free to keep the stripping aligned and flush with the baseboard. It would certainly be overkill with a drill that required two hands just for control. On the other hand, maybe we're attaching a mailbox or street address sign to the front of our brick home. We need something with enough gusto to handle our 3/8" masonry bit without breaking a sweat. This drill is just such an item. It is well suited to both scenerios. It's not the smallest and lightest drill in the world, but certainly manageable with one hand. It's also not the largest, but will handle most concrete drilling jobs for "typical" wall anchor applications with ease. I took a chance on this because of the appealing price tag. I drill into concrete block on a fairly frequent basis at a local school. I have to say that it was a pleasant surprise. It's not as loud as many hammer drills that I've encountered. It also doesn't transfer as much vibration to the users hands. It delivers the bulk of the punch to the bit. I found it to drill much faster than the sound and lack of vibration would otherwise suggest. It doesn't have a two speed gearbox, but I haven't found myself at a loss for torque due to lack of a lower gear. It has a good solid chuck and does what I need it to do. All in all, I would definitely purchase it again. It gets to the point, is comfortable even for small jobs, has enough guts for something more aggressive when needed, and does it all for a very reasonable price. What else could we ask for?
I bought this one, one year for a Christmas gift for myself. The person in the dept. told me to buy the Milwaukee. I didn't but, I returned this Dewalt the next day. The Milwaukee runs circles around this drill. More power for my use. When buying always look at the amp output and speed. This Dewalt couldn't mix a 5 gal pail of plaster without effort. Yes the Milwaukee is more expensive but, it will last for decades where this one will not in my opinion.
I have owned a Craftsman 3/8" drill for over 25 years and still use it. I've only had to tighten up the cord once. Still my favorite drill. I'm now 59 yrs old and if I had to I would pick and choose tools wisely if you're young. You'll get decades of use out of a good tool and decades of regret out of a bad tool. Usually the cheap stuff. I wish I could switch up to some of the Professional line of Craftsman tools but I just don't have the need for many more. They've done well by me.
Now if they made a good portable table saw like my Delta, I'd be happier. Buy Craftsman, it's still a good product no matter what those yellow kids think.
This drill is garbage. Straight out of the box the switch didn't work and the drill won't go into hammer mode. A $100 drill. And it can't be returned.