Skil 2898LI-02 Review

Skil 2898LI-02

Skil 2898LI-02 Skil
2898LI-02

18V Lithium Ion
Drill Driver
1/2" Chuck
Price Level: $
Torque

400

Max In-Lbs
Speed

1400

Max RPM
Weight

3

Lbs w Batt
Battery

1.3

Ah Capacity
Warranty

1

Year

Ratings Guide   Best Better Good FairPoor



KEY STRENGTHS & WEAKNESSES
POWER The 2898LI-02 is 15% less powerful than average and ranks in the bottom 40% of 18V-class drills for torque and power. It generates 68 in-lbs less maximum torque than the average 468 in-lbs drill in its class.  
SPEED This Skil cordless drill is 12% 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 184 RPM less than the average 1584 RPM drill in its class.  
WEIGHT It is 37% lighter than average and ranks in the top 20% of 18V-class drills for lower weight. It weighs 1.7 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 41% lower than average run-time with an amp-hour (Ah) rating that ranks in the bottom 40% of 18V-class drills. It has 0.9 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 2898LI-02 Cordless Drill


PERFORMANCE RATINGS
Power 400 in-lbs - The 2898LI-02 is 15% less powerful than average and ranks in the bottom 40% of 18V-class drills for torque and power. It generates 68 in-lbs less maximum torque than the average 468 in-lbs drill in its class.  
Speed
Settings
2 Settings 0-450 / 0-1,400 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
1400 RPM - This Skil cordless drill is 12% 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 184 RPM less than the average 1584 RPM drill in its class.  
Clutch 20 Settings - The Skil 2898LI-02 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
133 P/W - The Skil 2898LI-02 has an 33% higher than average power-to-weight ratio and ranks in the top 20% of efficiently designed 18V-class drills. The P/W ratio is 33 higher 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 Skil 2898LI-02 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 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) SB18B-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 1.3 Ah - This Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) battery has a 41% lower than average run-time with an amp-hour (Ah) rating that ranks in the bottom 40% of 18V-class drills. It has 0.9 Ah less capacity than the average 2.2 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
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 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 2898LI-02.  


CONVENIENCE RATINGS
Weight 3 lbs Tool Plus Battery - It is 37% lighter than average and ranks in the top 20% of 18V-class drills for lower weight. It weighs 1.7 lbs less than the average 4.7 lb cordless drill in this class and should decrease 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
No LED Light - The Skil 2898LI-02 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
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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