Craftsman 17191-X Review

Craftsman 17191-X

Craftsman 17191-X Craftsman
17191-X

19.2V C3 Li-Ion
Drill Driver
1/2" Chuck
Price Level: $
Torque

340

Max In-Lbs
Speed

1400

Max RPM
Weight

4

Lbs w Batt
Battery

1.3

Ah Capacity
Warranty

1

Year

Ratings Guide   Best Better Good FairPoor



KEY STRENGTHS & WEAKNESSES
POWER The 17191-X is 28% less powerful than average and ranks in the bottom 20% of 18V-class drills for torque and power. It generates 128 in-lbs less maximum torque than the average 468 in-lbs drill in its class.  
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 15% lighter than average and ranks in the top 40% of 18V-class drills for lower weight. It weighs 0.7 lbs less than the average 4.7 lb cordless drill in this class and should decrease operator fatigue.
BATTERY This Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) battery has a 41% lower than average run-time with an amp-hour (Ah) rating that ranks in the bottom 40% of 18V-class drills. It has 0.9 Ah less capacity than the average 2.2 Ah battery in this class.  
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 17191-X Cordless Drill


PERFORMANCE RATINGS
Power 340 in-lbs - The 17191-X is 28% less powerful than average and ranks in the bottom 20% of 18V-class drills for torque and power. It generates 128 in-lbs less maximum torque than the average 468 in-lbs drill in its class.  
Speed
Settings
2 Settings 0-1400 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 17191-X 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
85 P/W - The Craftsman 17191-X is designed with an average power-to-weight ratio that is standard for mid-range 18V-class cordless drills. The average P/W ratio is about 100 for cordless drills in this voltage class.  
Hammer This cordless drill is not equipped with a hammer function that can deliver several thousand impacts per minute. Hammer drill drivers are usually a little heavier and costlier, but they are effective on tougher jobs such as drilling into concrete.  


DURABILITY RATINGS
Gear
Case
Non-Metal Parts - Some of the Craftsman 17191-X 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 Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) PP2011 Compact - Newer technology rechargeable battery that provides higher capacity and longer run-time with less weight, but are more expensive than the older NiCd and NiMH batteries.
Capacity 1.3 Ah - This Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) battery has a 41% lower than average run-time with an amp-hour (Ah) rating that ranks in the bottom 40% of 18V-class drills. It has 0.9 Ah less capacity than the average 2.2 Ah battery in this class.  
Charge
Time
30 min Craftsman Charger - Battery charge-time is quicker than average. Nice feature for those times when you don't have a charged replacement battery ready to go and you're in the middle of a job.
Fuel
Gauge
Battery Fuel Gauge - Equipped with an on-board battery charge indicator that keeps you aware of the remaining battery life. Great feature that prevents frustration - no more dead battery surprises.
Backup Only 1 Battery Included - Having just one battery can be frustrating if it runs out of power during the middle of a job. You may consider buying another battery for the Craftsman 17191-X.  


CONVENIENCE RATINGS
Weight 4 lbs Tool Plus Battery - It is 15% lighter than average and ranks in the top 40% of 18V-class drills for lower weight. It weighs 0.7 lbs less than the average 4.7 lb cordless drill in this class and should decrease operator fatigue.
Length 9 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 17191-X 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
No Side Handle - Side handles are a great safety feature and should be considered if you plan to drive at higher torque levels. They can help prevent injury by providing increased stability and control.  
Bubble
Level
No Bubble Level - This feature is only available on a few drills and can be helpful in situations where precision holes are critical for alignment. Most projects can be performed with just visual sighting.  
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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