DeWalt vs craftsman 20v: Why I wouldn’t touch the Craftsman power tools

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It’s general consensus that Craftsman tools are of lower quality than Those from DeWalt but they’re certainly cheaper. Craftsman tools are a budget pick and would serve well for light woodworking and light auto repair. They have had a bad name for sure but the company has launched new product lines and it looks promising. Or is this a case of same monkeys different forests? Which drill and driver set should you go for. As you may be thinking, this DeWalt vs craftsman battle will be a one-sided match with DeWalt taking most trophies.

DeWalt vs craftsman: How the DeWalt fairs

This is a huge brand with a big following. They’ve been producing great power tools and their Cordless Drill is just as great. With a 20 volts motor, this drill carries enough punch for all demanding tasks. The clutch and speed settings are easy to adjust too and you will find this practical when working on projects of varied nature. With a comfortable and sturdy grip complemented by an impressive fast turning speed, this unit certainly ranks well on the best power tools list. Perhaps the only other drill that could challenge it would be the Makita(amazon).

This wouldn’t be a powerful drill if it weren’t rotating at 2,000 RPM. I’m yet to see another drill that’s faster. With a lever, you get to choose between two speed presets too. The low speed setting (up to 600 RPMs makes the drill act as a screwdriver when woodworking and during joinery. You’ll switch to the higher speed setting (upto 2000RPM) when boring through thicker chunks of wood.

In the packaging, there are two 20 V lithium-ion batteries. With the trigger locked in, the unit runs for 40 continuous minutes on a single charge. This is quite impressive as the batteries carry enough juice to finish off simple tasks. The batteries won’t run out when you’re working. Either way, it wouldn’t hurt plugging in the other battery to the charger while you’re working. It takes 40 minutes to fully charge each battery.

Weighing 3.5 pounds, this is a light cordless drill and won’t feel heavy when working. The internal components are innovatively arranged too evening out how the weight is distributed. The half inch chuck is keyless and you don’t require a key to tighten or loosen drill bits. This may not be the most noticeable feature but you will appreciate it if you often lose keys.

The 15 torque settings this cordless drill comes with makes fine tuning easy. I’ve seen drills with up to 30 clutch settings but that is certainly an overkill. The LED at the front ensures that the unit doesn’t cast shadows on the places you’re holding. It also has a bit holder attachment when you need to carry multiple bits (and spares) but I’m yet to see any handyman use this feature.

Warranty

There’s a 3 year warranty offered by the brand on the unit and on the batteries. They will repair (or replace) units that have manufacturing defects. Usual tear and wear isn’t covered in this warranty however. The only shortcoming of this drill is that the manufacturer doesn’t disclose how much torque it pushes. DeWalt rates this drill at 360 UWO – an arbitrary unit they’ve come up with – instead of rating it in Newton Metres like we’re accustomed to.

Craftsman 20V cordless drill: Why I wouldn’t get it

It’s rumoured that the once great brand was acquired by Black and Decker. With a 2Ah 20V battery, this drill will last long when drilling though softwoods or when acting as a screw driver. However, the drill/driver functionality is a power guzzler and it will often drain the batteries before your done with a task. This is surprising considering that brushless motors have evolved and use up less power these days. Like most drills, the batteries on this unit have a fuel gauge embed on the too.  The display on this unit is bright too and is visible even in bright sunlight.

The handle is firm and surprisingly comfortable. There’s a nice ergonomic over-mold on the handle that ensures it doesn’t cause discomfort even when hammer drilling for longer periods. The handle is easy on the hands and wrist even when drilling at unusual angles.

It’s two speed gearbox has 13 torque pre-sets when you need to fine tune the drill. It gets up to 1800RPM on high gear and up to 600 RPMS on the low gear. It’s a surprise that the unit has a metal chuck (which I prefer for durability) instead of the plastic chucks manufacturers are switching to these days. Even though this is a light drill (slightly over 2 pounds), most people would go for the heavier DeWalt drill any day due to its reliability and durability.

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