Panasonic EY74A1LS2G Review

Panasonic EY74A1LS2G

Panasonic EY74A1LS2G Panasonic
EY74A1LS2G

18V - 14.4V Dual Volt
Drill Driver
1/2" Chuck
Price Level: $$$$
Torque

372

Max In-Lbs
Speed

1750

Max RPM
Weight

4.3

Lbs w Batt
Battery

4.2

Ah Capacity
Warranty

1

Year

Ratings Guide   Best Better Good FairPoor



KEY STRENGTHS & WEAKNESSES
POWER The EY74A1LS2G is 21% less powerful than average and ranks in the bottom 40% of 18V-class drills for torque and power. It generates 96 in-lbs less maximum torque than the average 468 in-lbs drill in its class.  
SPEED This Panasonic cordless drill is 11% faster than average and ranks in the top 20% of 18V-class drills for maximum RPM. It can run at speeds that achieve 166 RPM more than the average 1584 RPM drill in its class.
WEIGHT It is 9% lighter than average and ranks in the top 40% of 18V-class drills for lower weight. It weighs 0.4 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 91% higher than average run-time with an amp hour (Ah) rating that ranks in the top 20% of 18V-class drills. It has 2 Ah more capacity than the average 2.2 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 EY74A1LS2G Cordless Drill


PERFORMANCE RATINGS
Power 372 in-lbs - The EY74A1LS2G is 21% less powerful than average and ranks in the bottom 40% of 18V-class drills for torque and power. It generates 96 in-lbs less maximum torque than the average 468 in-lbs drill in its class.  
Speed
Settings
2 Settings 80-600 / 200-1,750 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
1750 RPM - This Panasonic cordless drill is 11% faster than average and ranks in the top 20% of 18V-class drills for maximum RPM. It can run at speeds that achieve 166 RPM more than the average 1584 RPM drill in its class.
Clutch 18 Settings - The Panasonic EY74A1LS2G 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
87 P/W - The Panasonic EY74A1LS2G 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 Panasonic EY74A1LS2G 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 Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) EY9L51B - 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 4.2 Ah - This Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) battery has a 91% higher than average run-time with an amp hour (Ah) rating that ranks in the top 20% of 18V-class drills. It has 2 Ah more capacity than the average 2.2 Ah battery in this class.
Charge
Time
80 min EY0L81B Charger - Battery charge-time is longer than average for this class battery. If you are a serious DIYer or professional, it's important to have at least two batteries with one always charged for back-up.  
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 EY74A1LS2G that's charged and ready to go. Makes it easy to swap-out batteries during the job with minimal down-time.


CONVENIENCE RATINGS
Weight 4.3 lbs Tool Plus Battery - It is 9% lighter than average and ranks in the top 40% of 18V-class drills for lower weight. It weighs 0.4 lbs less than the average 4.7 lb cordless drill in this class and should decrease operator fatigue.
Length 8 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 Panasonic EY74A1LS2G 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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