Craftsman 5263 Review

Craftsman 5263

Craftsman 5263 Craftsman
5263

18V Evolv
Drill Driver
3/8" Chuck
Price Level: $
Torque

410

Max In-Lbs
Speed

1300

Max RPM
Weight

5

Lbs w Batt
Battery

2

Ah Capacity
Warranty

1

Year

Ratings Guide   Best Better Good FairPoor



KEY STRENGTHS & WEAKNESSES
POWER The 5263 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 18% 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 284 RPM less than the average 1584 RPM drill in its class.  
WEIGHT It weighs about average and would be considered standard weight when compared to other 18V-class drills. The average cordless drill in this voltage class weighs about 4.7 lbs.  
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 5263 Cordless Drill


PERFORMANCE RATINGS
Power 410 in-lbs - The 5263 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 0-350 / 0-1,300 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
1300 RPM - This Craftsman cordless drill is 18% 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 284 RPM less than the average 1584 RPM drill in its class.  
Clutch 24 Settings - The Craftsman 5263 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
82 P/W - The Craftsman 5263 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 5263 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) 18V NiCd - 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 2 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 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 5263.  


CONVENIENCE RATINGS
Weight 5 lbs Tool Plus Battery - It weighs about average and would be considered standard weight when compared to other 18V-class drills. The average cordless drill in this voltage class weighs about 4.7 lbs.  
Length 10 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
Integrated LED Light - The Craftsman 5263 illuminates your work area and allows you to clearly see your bit position and depth while you're drilling or driving. Great feature that's now available on many cordless drills.
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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