Craftsman 11543 Review

Craftsman 11543

Craftsman 11543 Craftsman
11543

19.2V C3 1/2"
Hammer Drill Driver
1/2" Chuck
Price Level: $$
Torque

410

Max In-Lbs
Speed

1400

Max RPM
Weight

5.5

Lbs w Batt
Battery

1.5

Ah Capacity
Warranty

1

Year

Ratings Guide   Best Better Good FairPoor



KEY STRENGTHS & WEAKNESSES
POWER The 11543 generates about average power and torque when compared to other 18V-class cordless drills. The average cordless drill in this class can generate up to 468 in-lbs of maximum torque.  
SPEED This Craftsman cordless drill is 12% slower than average and ranks in the bottom 40% of 18V-class drills for maximum RPM. It can only run at top speeds that are 184 RPM less than the average 1584 RPM drill in its class.  
WEIGHT It is 18% heavier than average and ranks in the bottom 40% of 18V-class drills for higher weight. It weighs 0.8 lbs more than the average 4.7 lb cordless drill in this class and may increase operator fatigue.  
BATTERY This Nickel Cadmium (NiCd) battery ranks about average for capacity and run-time with an amp-hour (Ah) rating that is considered standard for 18V-class batteries. The average battery capacity for this class is rated at 2.2 amp-hours.  
WARRANTY Craftsman's 1-year limited tool warranty is shorter than the cordless drill industry standard but is typical for many manufacturers. Shorter warranties can sometimes be an indicator of lower quality and reliability.  


Craftsman 11543 Cordless Drill


PERFORMANCE RATINGS
Power 410 in-lbs - The 11543 generates about average power and torque when compared to other 18V-class cordless drills. The average cordless drill in this class can generate up to 468 in-lbs of maximum torque.  
Speed
Settings
2 Settings 0-1,400 RPM - Fitted with both Low and High speed settings that come standard on most cordless drills. Speed selection is an important feature to match drilling or driving RPM to each unique job.
Max
Speed
1400 RPM - This Craftsman cordless drill is 12% slower than average and ranks in the bottom 40% of 18V-class drills for maximum RPM. It can only run at top speeds that are 184 RPM less than the average 1584 RPM drill in its class.  
Clutch 24 Settings - The Craftsman 11543 has an above average number of clutch settings that provide a wide range of protection for almost any job. The clutch acts like a brake and helps prevent stripping screws.
Power
Ratio
75 P/W - The Craftsman 11543 power-to-weight ratio is 25% lower than average and ranks in the bottom 40% of 18V-class drills. The P/W ratio is 25 lower than the 100 average ratio for this class drill.  
Hammer 0-18200 IPM - Generates a hammer impact rate that's 33% lower than average and ranks in the bottom 20% of hammer drills for IPM. It delivers 8800 less impacts per minute (IPM) than the average 27000 IPM drill in its class.  


DURABILITY RATINGS
Gear
Case
Non-Metal Parts - Some of the Craftsman 11543 transmission components are made of non-metal materials that are more susceptible to failure. Gears spin at high RPMs and experience large rotational forces.  
Chuck Plastic Sleeve - Chuck sleeves made of tough plastic materials save on weight, but they are more prone to cracking than metal sleeves. It generally won't withstand repeated drops onto hard surfaces.  
Motor No Brush Access - The entire drill usually has to be taken apart in order to access the motor brushes. Motor brushes wear-out and must be replaced periodically, but repair costs can sometimes be prohibitive.  
Warranty 1-Year - Craftsman's 1-year limited tool warranty is shorter than the cordless drill industry standard but is typical for many manufacturers. Shorter warranties can sometimes be an indicator of lower quality and reliability.  


BATTERY RATINGS
Type Nickel Cadmium (NiCd) 11375 Bat Packs - The oldest and original cordless drill battery that is still found on many drills, but is significantly larger and heavier than the newer high-capacity Lithium-Ion batteries.  
Capacity 1.5 Ah - This Nickel Cadmium (NiCd) battery ranks about average for capacity and run-time with an amp-hour (Ah) rating that is considered standard for 18V-class batteries. The average battery capacity for this class is rated at 2.2 amp-hours.  
Charge
Time
60 min Craftsman Charger - Battery charge-time is about average for this class battery. If you only have one battery, or you go through multiple batteries on the job-site, charge-time is an important consideration.  
Fuel
Gauge
No Battery Fuel Gauge - Not equipped with a battery charge indicator that alerts you to remaining battery life or if the batteries are running low. Sudden battery failure during the job is a common frustration.  
Backup 2 Batteries Included - It's important to have a second back-up battery for the Craftsman 11543 that's charged and ready to go. Makes it easy to swap-out batteries during the job with minimal down-time.


CONVENIENCE RATINGS
Weight 5.5 lbs Tool Plus Battery - It is 18% heavier than average and ranks in the bottom 40% of 18V-class drills for higher weight. It weighs 0.8 lbs more than the average 4.7 lb cordless drill in this class and may increase operator fatigue.  
Length 11 in - Cordless drill length is a personal preference, but shorter is generally better to help you in close quarters such as under a sink, or drilling in-between studs. Torque is harder to handle if the drill is too short though.  
Spindle
Lock
No Spindle Lock - The double-sleeve chuck requires two hands to unlock and change the bit. It is significantly more cumbersome than spindle-lock drills. Most cordless drills now have one-hand bit change.  
LED
Light
No LED Light - The Craftsman 11543 does not have an integrated LED light that Illuminates your work area. This feature is extremely useful, but is obviously not essential if you have secondary lighting available.  
Belt
Hook
No Belt Hook - There is no provision to hang the drill on your belt and free-up both hands to perform other tasks. You may be able to purchase a separate belt clip that can be attached to the drill.  
Side
Handle
Side Handle Included - Higher torque levels can cause injury if a bit suddenly binds or the drill slips. A side handle is essential to handle more powerful drills and provides additional stability and control.
Bubble
Level
Integrated Bubble Level - Helps you to visually keep the drill level while drilling holes or driving screws. This feature is helpful for precision work alignment and is only available on a few cordless drills.
Keyless Keyless Chuck - Nearly all cordless drills are now equipped with keyless chucks that can be tightened with both hands (double-sleeve) or just one hand (single-sleeve) without the use of a key.
VSR VSR - Most cordless drills are equipped with variable speed capability that can be controlled with simple trigger pressure. Reverse is usually performed with the push of a side-to-side button.


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