Skil 2887-05 Review

Skil 2887-05

Skil 2887-05 Skil
2887-05

18V 2-Speed 3/8"
Drill Driver
3/8" Chuck
Discontinued
Torque

300

Max In-Lbs
Speed

1250

Max RPM
Weight

5

Lbs w Batt
Battery

1.2

Ah Capacity
Warranty

1

Year

Ratings Guide   Best Better Good FairPoor



KEY STRENGTHS & WEAKNESSES
POWER The 2887-05 is 36% less powerful than average and ranks in the bottom 20% of 18V-class drills for torque and power. It generates 168 in-lbs less maximum torque than the average 468 in-lbs drill in its class.  
SPEED This Skil cordless drill is 22% slower than average and ranks in the bottom 20% of 18V-class drills for maximum RPM. It can only run at top speeds that are 334 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 has a 46% lower than average run-time with an amp-hour (Ah) rating that ranks in the bottom 40% of 18V-class drills. It has 1 Ah less capacity than the average 2.2 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 2887-05 Cordless Drill


PERFORMANCE RATINGS
Power 300 in-lbs - The 2887-05 is 36% less powerful than average and ranks in the bottom 20% of 18V-class drills for torque and power. It generates 168 in-lbs less maximum torque than the average 468 in-lbs drill in its class.  
Speed
Settings
2 Settings 0-400 / 0-1,250 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
1250 RPM - This Skil cordless drill is 22% slower than average and ranks in the bottom 20% of 18V-class drills for maximum RPM. It can only run at top speeds that are 334 RPM less than the average 1584 RPM drill in its class.  
Clutch 20 Settings - The Skil 2887-05 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
60 P/W - The Skil 2887-05 power-to-weight ratio is 40% lower than average and ranks in the bottom 20% of 18V-class drills. The P/W ratio is 40 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
Non-Metal Parts - Some of the Skil 2887-05 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 Nickel Cadmium (NiCd) SB18A - 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 1.2 Ah - This Nickel Cadmium (NiCd) battery has a 46% lower than average run-time with an amp-hour (Ah) rating that ranks in the bottom 40% of 18V-class drills. It has 1 Ah less capacity than the average 2.2 Ah battery in this class.  
Charge
Time
60 min SC118 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 Skil 2887-05 that's charged and ready to go. Makes it easy to swap-out batteries during the job with minimal down-time.


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 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 2887-05 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
Side Handle Included - Higher torque levels can cause injury if a bit suddenly binds or the drill slips. A side handle is essential to handle more powerful drills and provides additional 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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