Craftsman 17310 Review


The Craftsman 17310 C3 with a 1/2" chuck and 19.2V is a powerful drill that stands up to the competition, beating most others in price for its size. Buyers appreciate the multi-chemistry charger that works with old and new battery types, two speed settings, and LED light, but note that it's a bit heavy.

The Craftsman 17310 19.2V cordless drill packs a wallop for a relatively cheap price. In Craftsman 17310 19.2V reviews on Sears, users compliment its power and torque and feel in the hand (although some say the six-pound weight wears on you after a while). The drill can be used for a wide variety of tasks, from mixing drywall mud (with a paddle attachment) for a remodeling job to delicate work on a computer to odd jobs around the house and garden. Some users even admit to dropping the drill but with no ill effect. Reviews also tout the LED light, which shines on the impact area, and the staying power and fast recharge of the lithium-ion battery; a few reviews, however, report a disappointingly short run for a fully charged battery (after tightening screws on eight chairs, for example). Still, one mechanic writes in a Craftsman 17310 19.2V review that this drill is at least as good as higher-priced models sold by specialty vendors.

The Craftsman 17310 19.2V (starting at $100, Amazon) keyless chuck takes bits up to 1/2 inch and drills holes and drives screws at speeds up to 440 rpm and 1,600 rpm; it boasts 24 clutch positions. It comes with one multi-chemistry charger that works for both lithium-ion and Ni-CAD batteries so you can switch them out if one loses its juice in the midst of a job. The drill is packaged with one lithium-ion battery and two screwdriver bits.

Buyers generally seem satisfied with this cordless drill. It wins our vote for the near professional-level features, good performance, and value pricing.

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