Panasonic EY6409NQKW Review

Panasonic EY6409NQKW

Panasonic EY6409NQKW Panasonic
EY6409NQKW

12V Cordless 1/2"
Drill Driver
1/2" Chuck
Price Level: $$
Torque

293

Max In-Lbs
Speed

1300

Max RPM
Weight

4.2

Lbs w Batt
Battery

2.8

Ah Capacity
Warranty

1

Year

Ratings Guide   Best Better Good FairPoor



KEY STRENGTHS & WEAKNESSES
POWER The EY6409NQKW is 23% more powerful than average and ranks in the top 20% of 12V-class drills for torque and power. It generates 54 in-lbs more maximum torque than the average 239 in-lbs drill in its class.
SPEED This Panasonic cordless drill is 4% faster than average and ranks in the top 40% of 12V-class drills for maximum RPM. It can run at speeds that achieve 47 RPM more than the average 1253 RPM drill in its class.
WEIGHT It weighs about average and would be considered standard weight when compared to other 12V-class drills. The average cordless drill in this voltage class weighs about 3.4 lbs.  
BATTERY This Nickel-Metal Hydride (NiMH) battery has a 116% higher than average run-time with an amp hour (Ah) rating that ranks in the top 20% of 12V-class drills. It has 1.5 Ah more capacity than the average 1.3 Ah battery in this class.
WARRANTY Panasonic'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.  


Panasonic EY6409NQKW Cordless Drill


PERFORMANCE RATINGS
Power 293 in-lbs - The EY6409NQKW is 23% more powerful than average and ranks in the top 20% of 12V-class drills for torque and power. It generates 54 in-lbs more maximum torque than the average 239 in-lbs drill in its class.
Speed
Settings
2 Settings 50-400 / 180-1,300 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 Panasonic cordless drill is 4% faster than average and ranks in the top 40% of 12V-class drills for maximum RPM. It can run at speeds that achieve 47 RPM more than the average 1253 RPM drill in its class.
Clutch 18 Settings - The Panasonic EY6409NQKW has a below average number of clutch settings, but is probably still adequate for many DIY jobs. The clutch helps you to avoid stripping a screw with too much torque.  
Power
Ratio
70 P/W - The Panasonic EY6409NQKW is designed with an average power-to-weight ratio that is standard for mid-range 12V-class cordless drills. The average P/W ratio is about 74 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 Panasonic EY6409NQKW 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 - Panasonic'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-Metal Hydride (NiMH) EY9200B - Older rechargeable technology with higher capacity than NiCd batteries, but shorter shelf life. Inferior to Lithium Ion due to heavier weight and shorter run-times.  
Capacity 2.8 Ah - This Nickel-Metal Hydride (NiMH) battery has a 116% higher than average run-time with an amp hour (Ah) rating that ranks in the top 20% of 12V-class drills. It has 1.5 Ah more capacity than the average 1.3 Ah battery.
Charge
Time
45 min EY0110B 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
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 Panasonic EY6409NQKW that's charged and ready to go. Makes it easy to swap-out batteries during the job with minimal down-time.


CONVENIENCE RATINGS
Weight 4.2 lbs Tool Plus Battery - It weighs about average and would be considered standard weight when compared to other 12V-class drills. The average cordless drill in this voltage class weighs about 3.4 lbs.  
Length 8-3/16 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
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
No LED Light - The Panasonic EY6409NQKW 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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