PowerGlide 2186955 Review

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Think Twice

This is another cheap cordless drill with the old NiCAD technology and a 3/8" chuck that isn't much of a bargain. Users like the variable speed but complain about weak motors and report problems with chargers and batteries going bad; users grouse that you can't buy these items separately.

According to Power Glide 19.2V cordless drill reviews, this model is easy to use -- when it works. Some posts on Ace Hardware say this drill is nicely balanced and sufficiently powerful, but others assert it's heavy and low on the power meter. But the biggest barbs are aimed at its overall quality. Reviews report problems like chargers that melt the batteries, overheat, or leak and batteries that don't hold their charge or prematurely give out all together. One user commenting in reviews on Amazon reports that the charger was useless after eight months and a replacement unit couldn't get the drill moving again, either. Note, though, that we read several Power Glide 19.2V reviews griping about having to buy a whole new kit -- drill, battery, and charger -- when one component failed because they're not sold separately.

The 19.2V Power Glide (starting at $41, Amazon) features variable speed up to 900 rmp, a 17-position clutch, and 3/8" keyless chuck. The set includes one NiCAD battery, a charger that takes three to five hours to juice up the battery, a carrying case, and a 13-piece accessory kit filled with screwdriver and drill bits and a screwdriver bit adapter.

This drill looks good on the price front but falls down on performance and features. It's built around the older and less costly NiCAD battery, which is also heavier, takes longer to charge, and doesn't hold a charge as long as newer lithium-ion batteries. In addition, user reviews attesting to problems with the power pack that surface shortly after purchase suggest this is one deal that's really no deal at all.

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