Craftsman Professional Review

Craftsman Professional

Craftsman Professional Craftsman
Professional

20V Professional
Drill Driver
1/2" Chuck
Discontinued
Torque

500

Max In-Lbs
Speed

1300

Max RPM
Weight

7.1

Lbs w Batt
Battery

2.2

Ah Capacity
Warranty

2

Year

Ratings Guide   Best Better Good FairPoor



KEY STRENGTHS & WEAKNESSES
POWER The Professional is 7% more powerful than average and ranks in the top 40% of 18V-class drills for torque and power. It generates 32 in-lbs more maximum torque than the average 468 in-lbs drill in its class.
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 is 52% heavier than average and ranks in the bottom 20% of 18V-class drills for higher weight. It weighs 2.4 lbs more than the average 4.7 lb cordless drill in this class and may increase operator fatigue.  
BATTERY This Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) 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 2-year limited tool warranty is about average for the cordless drill industry where the standard is 2-3 years. Longer warranties can often indicate improved durability with fewer repairs.  


Craftsman Professional Cordless Drill


PERFORMANCE RATINGS
Power 500 in-lbs - The Professional is 7% more powerful than average and ranks in the top 40% of 18V-class drills for torque and power. It generates 32 in-lbs more maximum torque than the average 468 in-lbs drill in its class.
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 Professional 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
70 P/W - The Craftsman Professional power-to-weight ratio is 30% lower than average and ranks in the bottom 20% of 18V-class drills. The P/W ratio is 30 lower than the 100 average ratio for this class drill.  
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
All-Metal - The Craftsman Professional transmission has all-metal gears that provide superior durability compared to nylon gears found in many drills. Gears spin at high RPMs and are susceptible to material break-down.
Chuck All-Metal - Drills are commonly dropped-off ladders onto concrete and the chuck often bears the brunt of the impact. An all-metal chuck with metal sleeve helps prevent damage and costly repairs.
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 2-Year - Craftsman's 2-year limited tool warranty is about average for the cordless drill industry where the standard is 2-3 years. Longer warranties can often indicate improved durability with fewer repairs.  


BATTERY RATINGS
Type Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) 20V - 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 2.2 Ah - This Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) 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
50 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
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 2 Batteries Included - It's important to have a second back-up battery for the Craftsman Professional that's charged and ready to go. Makes it easy to swap-out batteries during the job with minimal down-time.


CONVENIENCE RATINGS
Weight 7.1 lbs Tool Plus Battery - It is 52% heavier than average and ranks in the bottom 20% of 18V-class drills for higher weight. It weighs 2.4 lbs more than the average 4.7 lb cordless drill in this class and may increase operator fatigue.  
Length 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
One-Hand Bit Change - This single-sleeve chuck has auto spindle lock. The drill bit can be changed with only one hand by simply spinning the chuck open to release the bit, and counter-spinning it to tighten.
LED
Light
Integrated LED Light - The Craftsman Professional 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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