Craftsman 19.2-volt Compact Lithium-ion Drill/driver
Issue: Issue 290
Posted Date: 12/13/2011
If you're looking for one tool to cover the gamut of both drilling and driving tasks, Craftsman's 19.2-volt Compact Lithium-ion Drill/Driver
(model 17310) offers a full complement of features at an affordable price. A two-speed gearbox spins the 1/2-in.-capacity chuck up to 440 RPM for torque-intensive driving operations, where the variable-speed motor delivers up to 340 in/lbs. of torque. You can set the adjustable clutch to 24 positions to prevent overdriving screws in a variety of materials. Or switch the transmission to the high-speed (1600 RPM maximum) setting for drilling jobs. Bits are easy to tighten in the chuck with one hand, thanks to its single-sleeve keyless design and electric brake. Other conveniences on this drill/driver include an LED worklight that activates when the trigger is pulled, a battery energy indicator that offers a red/yellow/green status light to show the amount of charge remaining, and a built-in horizontal bubble level to help keep fasteners or pilot holes on track. An auxiliary handle provides extra control when necessary, as well as a depth stop rod for accurate stopped-hole drilling. The tool's 19.2-volt compact Lithium-ion DieHard battery can be used with all Craftsman C3-series tools, and it recharges in 30 minutes on the included multi-chemistry charger. Two double-ended driver bits and a storage bag round out this package, which sells for $119.99.