Skil 2412-01 Review

Skil 2412-01

Skil 2412-01 Skil
2412-01

12V Max 3/8" VSR
Compact Drill Driver
3/8" Chuck
Price Level: $
Torque

100

Max In-Lbs
Speed

650

Max RPM
Weight

2.5

Lbs w Batt
Battery

1.2

Ah Capacity
Warranty

1

Year

Ratings Guide   Best Better Good FairPoor



KEY STRENGTHS & WEAKNESSES
POWER The 2412-01 is 46% less powerful than average and ranks in the bottom 40% of Compact-class drills for torque and power. It generates 83 in-lbs less maximum torque than the average 183 in-lbs drill in its class.  
SPEED This Skil cordless drill is 41% slower than average and ranks in the bottom 40% of Compact-class drills for maximum RPM. It can only run at top speeds that are 435 RPM less than the average 1085 RPM drill in its class.  
WEIGHT It weighs about average and would be considered standard weight when compared to other Compact-class drills. The average cordless drill in this voltage class weighs about 2.5 lbs.  
BATTERY This Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) battery has a 4% lower than average run-time with an amp-hour (Ah) rating that ranks in the bottom 40% of Compact-class drills. It has 0.1 Ah less capacity than the average 1.25 Ah battery in this class.  
WARRANTY Skil'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.  


Skil 2412-01 Cordless Drill


PERFORMANCE RATINGS
Power 100 in-lbs - The 2412-01 is 46% less powerful than average and ranks in the bottom 40% of Compact-class drills for torque and power. It generates 83 in-lbs less maximum torque than the average 183 in-lbs drill in its class.  
Speed
Settings
1 Setting 0-650 RPM - Does not include the standard low and high speed range settings that are available on most drills. Having just one setting will limit your ability to match the appropriate speed setting to a wide variety of tasks.  
Max
Speed
650 RPM - This Skil cordless drill is 41% slower than average and ranks in the bottom 40% of Compact-class drills for maximum RPM. It can only run at top speeds that are 435 RPM less than the average 1085 RPM drill in its class.  
Clutch 15 Settings - The Skil 2412-01 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
40 P/W - The Skil 2412-01 power-to-weight ratio is 53% lower than average and ranks in the bottom 40% of Compact-class drills. The P/W ratio is 44 lower than the 84 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
Non-Metal Parts - Some of the Skil 2412-01 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 - Skil'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) SB12A-LI - 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 1.2 Ah - This Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) battery has a 4% lower than average run-time with an amp-hour (Ah) rating that ranks in the bottom 40% of Compact-class drills. It has 0.1 Ah less capacity than the average 1.25 Ah battery in this class.  
Charge
Time
60 min Skil 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 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 Skil 2412-01.  


CONVENIENCE RATINGS
Weight 2.5 lbs Tool Plus Battery - It weighs about average and would be considered standard weight when compared to other Compact-class drills. The average cordless drill in this voltage class weighs about 2.5 lbs.  
Length 7 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 Skil 2412-01 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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