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Old 06-29-2011, 11:44 PM
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Skil 18V Cordless Lithium-Ion 1/2-in Drill/Driver Kit Model No. 2895LI-04

Rating: 5 out of 5
  • Currently 5.0/5.0

I had an earlier model 3/8" Skil that was similar to this one. The batteries played out and I debated on whether to get new ones, but decided to invest in this heavier duty model instead. I use cordless drills in my work so it is important that I have dependable tools.

This battery is supposed to hold a charge up to 18 months because of the new kind of battery, but I haven't left it sitting around for a year and a half to find out if that is true or not. Since it comes with a spare battery, I can pretty much use it continually during the day without a backup. The Lithium-ion batteries do last for a long time and charge back quickly.

I haven't had a need to use any drill bits with a 1/2" chuck yet because most of the work I do is with small bits and I use it for a driver. I'm sure the drill will operate a larger drill bit on a full charge, but I wouldn't think it would be good for drilling through steel plates or other hard materials. That would be better with a corded drill.

The suggested list price for this drill is a hefty $305.56 at the Skil site, but you can buy it for a good deal less in some places.

The side handle screws in on either side for the left or right handed person. Unless you are using the tool for tough drilling, the handle is better left off and out of the way.

The one thing I miss most with this drill is the light that my old one had. It would come on anytime you pulled the trigger so it was easy see the place where you were working. This one does sit on a surface the same way that my old one did.

The kit comes with the drill, a hard shell carrying case, charger, two batteries, and two bits. For most people, it's plenty of tool for what they will need it for. If the use is for a driver only, it is exactly the tool you need.

For about $100 more, Skil has a combination kit with drill, reciprocating saw, circular saw, and flashlight. This might be a better fit for someone who doesn't do any major tasks but needs the other tools. I believe this drill compares favorably to any cordless model.

Review by professional reviewer, Oct. 2, 2010
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