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CRAFTSMAN V20 1/2-in 20-volt Max-Amp Variable Speed Brushless Cordless Hammer Drill (2-Batteries Included)

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  • Proudly Made in the USA with Global Materials in Fort Mill, South Carolina
  • IMPROVED DURABILITY: Brushless motors provide up to 60% more runtime and produces 400 unit watts
  • FASTER DRILLING: 34,000 BPMs for faster drilling in concrete and brick

$152.15

SKU:885911548748
V20 Cordless Brushless 1/2-in Hammer Drill is ready for your concrete and masonry drilling needs featuring a brushless motor providing the user with up to 60% more run time increasing the power and speed. No need to worry about the dark work areas. With you in mind, this unit has a LED light to have improve visibility in all your working conditions.
  • Proudly Made in the USA with Global Materials in Fort Mill, South Carolina
  • IMPROVED DURABILITY: Brushless motors provide up to 60% more runtime and produces 400 unit watts
  • FASTER DRILLING: 34,000 BPMs for faster drilling in concrete and brick
  • INCREASED SPEED: 2-Speed gearbox with speeds of 0-600/0-2,001
  • EASY BIT CHANGES: 1/2-in keyless chuck
  • IMPROVED VISIBILITY: LED light helps in dark work areas
  • Common applications include hammer drilling in concrete and masonry
  • Includes (1) CMCD721 Hammer Drill; (2) CMCB202 V20 20V MAX 2.0Ah Lithium Ion Battery; (1) V20 20V MAX Lithium Ion Charger; (1) Belt Clip; (1) Storage Bag
  • Drilling 7/8-in holes in 2-in x 10-in SPF with 1.5Ah battery versus CMCD701 with 1.5Ah battery; 20V MAX battery, maximum initial battery voltage (measured without a workload) is 20 volts, nominal voltage is 18
Weight 7.15 lbs
Dimensions 16.5 × 3.36 × 10.85 in

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  1. Adam

    I have been using a single drill/driver from manufacturers like Black and Decker and Ryobi for years. I have some bigger projects planned and figured it was a good time to upgrade. Chances are you already have a drill in your toolbox/garage, so what’s so special about this set and why should you consider getting them?

    First of all, just having two tools is such a time saver. No more wasting time switching bits. There’s nothing like having the “right tools for the job”.

    Both tools feel great in hand (balanced, not too heavy) and seem well made (Made in the USA with Global Materials). Aside from a tire gauge. I have never had issues with Craftsman tools and if these give me trouble, they are backed by a 3 year warranty.

    20V batteries provide plenty of power and brushless motors provide extra runtime and durability. The first task for these tools was to mount the charger on my block garage wall. Using the drill’s hammer setting made this super easy, and the impact drove in the tapcons with power I am not used to.

    Some other little bonuses…The LED lights is actually useful. Previous drills I’ve used that have had a light only illuminate when the trigger is pressed, these say on for 20 seconds after. Each battery has a charge indicator. A button on the battery can give you a quick indication of battery left. VersaTrack hooks are included if you own the system. A small carry bag is included as well.

    I will be on the lookout for brushless offerings for other tools (so far it’s just the drill/driver) to add to my collection. I am pretty impressed with the power and hope that the improved durability lives up to the claims.

  2. Jeff

    Heavy duty hammer drill, with a keyless chuck. Comes with an extra battery, and seems very durable in my testing so far. Can do multiple speeds and torques, so can also be used as a cordless screwdriver. Has an LED work light that comes on when used. Comes with a nice canvas bag, and has a three year warranty.

  3. CountryNeighbors

    I snatched this baby up fast when offered it up for review because I thought it was a Milwaukee. Ha! The black and red fooled me. However, I have to confess, I am a DeWalt bigot. I bought into Dewalt’s 18v line years ago because they seem to have the most tools in that range. My company owns several cordless tools. That said . . .

    This is one fine tool. Craftsman, whoever they are now, are making me reconsider.:
    3 speeds (cool idea for light work like little screws), top setting produces 1700 in-lbs of torque!
    2 fast-charging 20v batteries.
    Comes with a snappy red cloth case.

    My first test was to snug the lugs of a trailer tire that I had “spun down” with one of my DeWalt 18v impact drivers, and the Craftsman gave it a 1/4 turn more!

    I tried to torture-test this thing by assembling a massive half-log staircase that required 24 1/2″ by 10-inch lags (two in every half-log tread). I usually don’t bother using our cordless impacts on this type of assembly, because they do not have the torque to finish the job and we have to constantly change batteries.

    The first batt started getting weak half-way through (around my tenth lag) lasting longer than expected. That’s why you have two batteries, right? The second battery finished the job with power to spare, and each lag was fastened to the proper torque. No corded impact was necessary to finish the job. Happy Happy Happy.

  4. Andrew

    This drill seemed to perform quite well, especially compared to other more expensive models. The speed and direction selectors were easy to manipulate, and seemed to better resist “accidental” bumping of the direction button. The clutch settings work great in materials and offer a good amount of adjustment. The drill also comes with a belt/pocket clip that can be mounted to either side, and can also accept an optional clip to mount to their versa-trak system for storage. There is a light mounted on the lower end of the drill, instead of below the chuck, which works great and is not blocked as easily.

    The hammer function works well, thought note that the instruction manual recommends no larger than a 1/4″ carbide bit for masonry. Hole saw size is limited to 2″

    Charging the batteries was very quick, 20-30 minutes each it seemed? And the charger can mount to the wall which is a plus.

    It all came in and fits in a cloth/canvas bag, not very thick compared to others, but durable enough for normal use and storage.

  5. Geoff

    This drill is pretty fantastic. Its FAST (almost too fast), but there are 3 speeds, so setting it to a lower speed is helpful for starting screws or when you have to drill at an awkward angle. The drill is pretty well balanced and the ergonomics feel natural when holding it level. Its not exactly lightweight, but it does not feel overly heavy. The 3 LED lights around the chuck light up where the drill is aimed nicely, and the lights stay on for several seconds after releasing the trigger. The pocket hook can be attached for either side for both righties and lefties.

    The one significant drawback is the quick-loading chuck. The chuck only fits ¼” driver bits (pretty standard for impact drivers it seems), and the bits are installed simply by pushing them into the chuck and they click into place. The bit is removed by pulling the chuck collar outwards and then pulling out the bit. However, the bit is not held securely in the chuck. The bit wobbles around in the chuck a little, making it difficult to get screws started (see attached video). Drills with a standard chuck that is tightened by hand hold the bits very rigidly. After some practice, starting screws got easier, but still not as easy as a drill with a standard chuck.

    Except for the loose chuck issue, this drill is very nice.

    Disclosure note, I received this unit for free from Lowe’s for reviewing purposes.

  6. Allidap

    I got this tool to make my life a bit simpler, and has it ever! I have had battery powered impacts in the past and they just did not have the power to be useful to me. I am always fixing something that having an impact would make the task so much easier and faster. This tool has a fantastic range of speeds and torque ranges. It is a plus the tool came with 2 batteries. Having two batteries has always been a plus. When one runs down in the middle of a task, you can switch them out and keep on working while the depleted one is being recharged. If you have been considering getting an impact, you can’t go wrong with this one!

  7. Dive

    My first thought upon picking these up was that they were cheap and would never been good enough… because they were _SO_ light. Man, was I ever completely wrong! They’re so light that they almost feel like toys, but it didn’t take long to figure out they are a workhorse and have more power than my other 20v brand (they’re black and yellow) and they put my 12v drill to absolute shame.

    This is a set of the 2 tools you really need, a HAMMER DRILL and an IMPACT DRIVER.

    The best part about these is that they are BRUSHLESS, so you get more runtime and longer life / more durability. I expect this to be the last set I buy for many many years.

    These are very well balanced, with the normal thin and light 20v battery keeping them securely upright. Besides how strong these are, the features list is long:
    – both have led lights (that stay on for awhile after releasing the battery)
    – multi-speed (3 on drill, 2 on driver)
    – batteries charge in 90 minutes and have a 3 yr warranty
    – batteries have charge indicator built in
    – comes with nice bag that actually fits the tools and charger with plenty of extra room
    – wall mountable charger included

    These come with a Versatrack mount, but unfortunately the belt mount in optional. I would have much rather had a belt clip included instead of Versatrack. One other wish for these would be for a side handle to provide some stabilization.

    I love supporting a product that is MADE IN THE USA, even if it is made from foreign parts. I wholeheartedly recommend this combo set!

  8. Pete

    Full disclosure, I received this tool pack for free for testing and evaluation.

    Lets start with the kit as a whole. If you’re having it shipped, it may not arrive in an unmarked box. Mine was the retail packaging with a shipping label on it. So, if it’s a gift or if you live in a higher theft area, it may be an idea to just snag one of these at the store.
    Opening the box, I see the obligatory carrying bag for the tools that in my case will more likely be used for something else. It is plenty large enough for both tools, the charger and a couple batteries and maybe a couple bit cases and seems to be of very good quality. Inside the case you’ll find two batteries, a drill, and impact driver and a charger. You also get two clips to hang the tools (even though both drills and the charger can have the clip attached which means something is left out).
    The tools and batteries have a decent amount of heft to them even with lithium batteries, but are very well balanced in the hand. Normally heavier means one of two things, either really cheap motors or really powerful ones. I am happy to report that these are the latter of the two. Both have the standard features that are on almost any drill, such as the keyless chuck / quick release, speed selector, ect. One feature that I may miss is that they dont appear to have a magnetic spot on them for holding loose screws or a clip to hold additional bits. Speaking of bits – you’ll need to BYOB (Bring Your Own Bits), because there arent any.

    Extra features: the clips mentioned earlier can be mounted to either side of either tool, or can be mounted to hang the charger, really makes me wish they included a third one, but I’ll take it.
    Battery level indicators! It’s 2018, and while these should be on every manufacturers list, some don’t have them. I am happy to report that not only do these have an indicator, but it is very bright and easy to see.
    Automatic led wirk lights. As soon as you squeeze the trigger the work light turns on. Unlike other brands, it stays on for a little while (20-30s) after you release the trigger so you can reposition if needed.

    Quality: The grips are a multi textured rubber and very easy to hang onto. The rear of each tool also is encased in rubber. Sadly, no rubber feet on the batteries. The batteries lock into the tools, sliding in with an authoritative click, but if you’re in a tight spot, the dark, or just really clumsy it may require some additional coordination to swap batteries without cussing.
    While not usually an issue, I did find that I needed longer bits when using this in tighter areas because the batteries produce a pretty big chin that tends to bump on things.

    At the end of the day, this is a solid kit, that has very high quality tools. It may skimp on some of the things like free bits, but the tools feel like they’re at least on par or better than other manufacturers.

  9. Rayne

    I’ve had this kit for about 2 weeks now, bought with my own money unlike most, if not all, the reviews at this time. I’m currently using these to build my Miter Saw station to really put them through their paces. So far, so good.

    Pros
    Hammer Drill
    -Lightweight
    -Feels good in hand; good molding
    -Plenty of power
    -All metal chuck
    -plenty of torque settings
    -great runtime
    -Brushless motor
    Impact Drill
    -Lightweight
    -Feels good in hand; good molding
    -3 settings for power, which is new to me on impacts, but a fantastic feature
    -great battery life
    -Brushless motor
    Batteries
    -Lightweight, but good runtime
    -Secures very nicely to tool (far more compact than the C3’s of old).

    Cons
    Hammer Drill
    -No handle. I’m used to having a handle as an accessory for a hammer drill. My C3 Brushless Hammer drill has one, but that one is far more beefy than this one.
    -Need to get used to the spring action on the chuck.
    Impact Drill
    -First one was defective when set to reverse; 2nd one is perfect, so check all the functions of the tools as anyone should on new purchases.
    -1/4″ chuck has a lot of play/wobble. Seems to be normal as every single one from other brands does the same thing Except the Porter Cable. I checked Bosch, DeWalt, Black & Decker (had to…), and Hitachi. My C3 Impact, which is beefier doesn’t have much play, so I’m guessing the really compact ones have more wobble, but the slightly beefier ones are more stable.

    Overall, I am very satisfied with the new V20 line and look forward to more US made tools. It comes with 2 batteries, so that’ll definitely get you going for a while. The bag is not bad. Not the best quality in the world, but I won’t be using it for the tools.

    Footnote for SB&D: Where’s the Versatrack Clips? Can’t find them anywhere yet.

  10. Charlie

    This is an amazing drill set. Comes with two batteries, charger, and the carrying case. Have yet to use the drill but with the Craftsman name and a 3 year warranty I have no worries about this at all.

  11. ArchMonkey

    Wow. The Craftsman hammer drill and impact driver set is a must for any workshop. Wow.

    We tried out both the hammer drill and impact driver set and were impressed with the design, performance , and ingenuity of both tools.

    The impact driver set was easy to adjust speed on with the simple three speed variable near the base and the quick release chuck was simple to use. The seemless integration of led lights (bright!) at the chuck don’t interfere with your work and provide ample light. The chuck also can stop on a dime … which is impressive.

    The hammer drill is a great complement to the impact driver. We found the drill to be reliable and a workhorse – as one would expect from Craftsman. The keyless chuck works great, and controls are intuitive.

    We were also pleased that there were two batteries included in the set – not one to share between both drills. Both batteries charge quickly and hold their charge.

    Overall, wow. We were impressed by this drill set. Having used Craftsman for a number of years, this drill set meets and exceeds expectations for a Craftsman product.

  12. Stave7

    [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] I’ve used several different cordless hammer drills in the past. My old one died so I thought I’d give this one a shot. I was pleasantly surprised when I opened the box to see a bag instead of a plastic box to carry it in. The batteries have indicators on them to tell you if they need a charge before you try to use them. The terminals hold tight in the drill but don’t bind up in the charger. The grip is rubbery and easy to hold onto with cold/wet hands making it perfect for outdoor use in the winter.
    I used the hammer drill function to fasten some electrical boxes to the outside of my house. With a sharp bit it ate through concrete like butter and didn’t kick or bind. The chuck is easy to use and stays in the position you set it in. It had enough torque that when I didn’t pay attention I stripped a Phillip’s head bit right off. I’m pleased with the performance and battery life and look forward to years of trouble free use.

  13. Builderman

    I have been using these Craftsman drills for a solid week now with a direct comparison to a well known yellow and black competitor. In my humble opinion, I may like the Craftsman better! I know, hard to believe.
    If you look at pics, you’ll see the Craftsman are a little larger and I think a little stronger. the drill has a hammer drill setting that works amazingly well and also a metal Chuck. It holds bits very well and the LED is positioned in a better location then y&b.
    Batteries lasted long and strong, charged quickly and also have a meter to show level of charge just like the other.
    After using these to bore out a 3″ hole through the subfloor and running plex through walls and rafters and hanging sheet after sheet of drywall throughout the week, I must say it’s nice to see some needed improvements compared to the job site standbys. Nice job Craftsman!

  14. RetiredAutomotiveCustomizingShopOwner

    The Craftsman V20 Brushless 2-Tool Combo Kit has plenty of power. I’m building a new food truck and the drill is strong and keeps a steady speed while drilling threw stainless steel for holes for reviets. The driver has plenty of torque as well.
    I like this combo because it’s light weight.

  15. bquinn1310

    Ok… over the years (don’t ask how many… but lots!!) I’ve used a few different drill drivers. I even had a Makita 9.6V drill (yes that long ago) that I loved that finally died. I replaced it with a Porter-cable drill (don’t) and that didn’t even come close.
    All that being said? This drill is amazing!! I love this thing!! It’s got a ton of power and it lasts and lasts! I’ve used it on several different projects and it’s still going. It’s got a light built in that allows you to actually “see” what you’re doing (what a concept right?). I’d give it more stars if I could!
    Comes with two batteries, a carrying pouch, and a charger.
    Get one… you’ll love it.

  16. Tomonthebeach

    Today I retired my shop-worn 9-year-old M18 Milwaukee Drill for a new Crafstman 20-Volt Brushless hammer drill (CMCD721) and companion brushless impact driver. Compared to a new Milwaukee M18 Fuel, specs-wise the Craftsman was always a bit faster, lighter, more powerful, and less costly. It also sports several subtle design improvements.

    PROS – Brushless technology means noticeably lighter heft without sacrificing power. Like the Milwaukee, the batteries (you get 2) have charge indicators. I was able to mount the new charger in the same wall space as my old M18 charger (see pic). IMPROVEMENTS: In contrast to my M18 (see pic), the Craftsman’s torque adjustment collar is bigger and easier to grip. Craftsman put the work light in the base vs above the trigger, which avoids covering the light with your hand when steadying the drill. Also, the Variable speed control is more precise and responsive. A subtle improvement is that Craftsman’s bit jaws are longer and pointy, which means I can get a tight grip on very thin bits using a ½” chuck, and leave my Dremel in the drawer. Lastly, when grabbing the M18 from behind to steady it, my hand trapped more heat than the new Craftsman.

    BONUS – The impact driver is a great backup for driving 3-inch screws into 4 x 4s or 4 inch screws into joists – like when re-decking. It was a bit of a wow experience.

    CONS – No accessories yet. My M18 allowed replacing the belt clip with an optional clip to hold 3 hex bits. The M18 Fuel has a detachable steadying handle. Doubtless B&D will come up with one soon for their new Craftsman line. They really help when using a holesaw.

  17. Brewmaster

    I did a short term test by compareing the Craftsman V20 brushless to an older Dewalt XR20 brushless. Both are fine impact drivers. They look and feel similar except one is red and one is yellow. Both have similar,but not identical specifications. The Dewalt XR20 I used in my comparison testing is an older one that does not have the 3 speed gear box. The batteries have a long working time and recharge quickly. The Craftsman held it’s own during every test I threw at it.
    It would be nice if they threw in some bits with the driver, but I guess you can’t have everything. A hard case would also be nice, but the soft case is OK.
    I found the Craftsman V20 to be an excellent driver and cheaper than the Dewalt XR20. I would recommend the V20 to anyone who needs an excellent impact driver.

  18. TN

    To start off it is not for construction workers, I would not expect this to last in a harsh environment where it falls or is put in a tool box in back of a pickup jumping around etc. That being said this is incredibly powerful and handy tool for home use. Battery charge is under 1hr dead to full. It can easily drive in large screws/bolts 1-4+ inches in length into wood no issues there. The speed it can drive 4 inch into a wood post is going to vary by wood type. I tested on standard new wood fence post pressure treated it was like 2 seconds once you get everything settled. I did not use a pilot hole.

  19. Acelr22

    This impact deiver doesnt only look cool it packs a punch! 3 speed settings and 3 brught LEDS on the chuck. Came with a batteey charger and 2amp batteries, what a deal! I use this daily and let me tell you, i havent had the need to drive screws on speed 3, its way too fast and torque af. Youll love this! Welcome back Craftsman!!! Yall need to check oht the versastack tool boxes!!!! They are amazing too, i nk longer carry tools boxes i roll them over with the versastack

  20. didit

    This impact wrench is an impressive tool, not too heavy and not to light but quite powerful.

    It is variable speed and has three max torque/speed settings along with work area lighting that stays on a short time with trigger pull and release. It is just the right size and weight to make it easy to use. The two batteries are a plus preventing down time while charging.

  21. Adam

    I have been using a single drill/driver from manufacturers like Black and Decker and Ryobi for years. I have some bigger projects planned and figured it was a good time to upgrade. Chances are you already have a drill in your toolbox/garage, so what’s so special about this set and why should you consider getting them?

    First of all, just having two tools is such a time saver. No more wasting time switching bits. There’s nothing like having the “right tools for the job”.

    Both tools feel great in hand (balanced, not too heavy) and seem well made (Made in the USA with Global Materials). Aside from a tire gauge. I have never had issues with Craftsman tools and if these give me trouble, they are backed by a 3 year warranty.

    20V batteries provide plenty of power and brushless motors provide extra runtime and durability. The first task for these tools was to mount the charger on my block garage wall. Using the drill’s hammer setting made this super easy, and the impact drove in the tapcons with power I am not used to.

    Some other little bonuses…The LED lights is actually useful. Previous drills I’ve used that have had a light only illuminate when the trigger is pressed, these say on for 20 seconds after. Each battery has a charge indicator. A button on the battery can give you a quick indication of battery left. VersaTrack hooks are included if you own the system. A small carry bag is included as well.

    I will be on the lookout for brushless offerings for other tools (so far it’s just the drill/driver) to add to my collection. I am pretty impressed with the power and hope that the improved durability lives up to the claims.

  22. Jeff

    Heavy duty hammer drill, with a keyless chuck. Comes with an extra battery, and seems very durable in my testing so far. Can do multiple speeds and torques, so can also be used as a cordless screwdriver. Has an LED work light that comes on when used. Comes with a nice canvas bag, and has a three year warranty.

  23. CountryNeighbors

    I snatched this baby up fast when offered it up for review because I thought it was a Milwaukee. Ha! The black and red fooled me. However, I have to confess, I am a DeWalt bigot. I bought into Dewalt’s 18v line years ago because they seem to have the most tools in that range. My company owns several cordless tools. That said . . .

    This is one fine tool. Craftsman, whoever they are now, are making me reconsider.:
    3 speeds (cool idea for light work like little screws), top setting produces 1700 in-lbs of torque!
    2 fast-charging 20v batteries.
    Comes with a snappy red cloth case.

    My first test was to snug the lugs of a trailer tire that I had “spun down” with one of my DeWalt 18v impact drivers, and the Craftsman gave it a 1/4 turn more!

    I tried to torture-test this thing by assembling a massive half-log staircase that required 24 1/2″ by 10-inch lags (two in every half-log tread). I usually don’t bother using our cordless impacts on this type of assembly, because they do not have the torque to finish the job and we have to constantly change batteries.

    The first batt started getting weak half-way through (around my tenth lag) lasting longer than expected. That’s why you have two batteries, right? The second battery finished the job with power to spare, and each lag was fastened to the proper torque. No corded impact was necessary to finish the job. Happy Happy Happy.

  24. Andrew

    This drill seemed to perform quite well, especially compared to other more expensive models. The speed and direction selectors were easy to manipulate, and seemed to better resist “accidental” bumping of the direction button. The clutch settings work great in materials and offer a good amount of adjustment. The drill also comes with a belt/pocket clip that can be mounted to either side, and can also accept an optional clip to mount to their versa-trak system for storage. There is a light mounted on the lower end of the drill, instead of below the chuck, which works great and is not blocked as easily.

    The hammer function works well, thought note that the instruction manual recommends no larger than a 1/4″ carbide bit for masonry. Hole saw size is limited to 2″

    Charging the batteries was very quick, 20-30 minutes each it seemed? And the charger can mount to the wall which is a plus.

    It all came in and fits in a cloth/canvas bag, not very thick compared to others, but durable enough for normal use and storage.

  25. Geoff

    This drill is pretty fantastic. Its FAST (almost too fast), but there are 3 speeds, so setting it to a lower speed is helpful for starting screws or when you have to drill at an awkward angle. The drill is pretty well balanced and the ergonomics feel natural when holding it level. Its not exactly lightweight, but it does not feel overly heavy. The 3 LED lights around the chuck light up where the drill is aimed nicely, and the lights stay on for several seconds after releasing the trigger. The pocket hook can be attached for either side for both righties and lefties.

    The one significant drawback is the quick-loading chuck. The chuck only fits ¼” driver bits (pretty standard for impact drivers it seems), and the bits are installed simply by pushing them into the chuck and they click into place. The bit is removed by pulling the chuck collar outwards and then pulling out the bit. However, the bit is not held securely in the chuck. The bit wobbles around in the chuck a little, making it difficult to get screws started (see attached video). Drills with a standard chuck that is tightened by hand hold the bits very rigidly. After some practice, starting screws got easier, but still not as easy as a drill with a standard chuck.

    Except for the loose chuck issue, this drill is very nice.

    Disclosure note, I received this unit for free from Lowe’s for reviewing purposes.

  26. Allidap

    I got this tool to make my life a bit simpler, and has it ever! I have had battery powered impacts in the past and they just did not have the power to be useful to me. I am always fixing something that having an impact would make the task so much easier and faster. This tool has a fantastic range of speeds and torque ranges. It is a plus the tool came with 2 batteries. Having two batteries has always been a plus. When one runs down in the middle of a task, you can switch them out and keep on working while the depleted one is being recharged. If you have been considering getting an impact, you can’t go wrong with this one!

  27. Dive

    My first thought upon picking these up was that they were cheap and would never been good enough… because they were _SO_ light. Man, was I ever completely wrong! They’re so light that they almost feel like toys, but it didn’t take long to figure out they are a workhorse and have more power than my other 20v brand (they’re black and yellow) and they put my 12v drill to absolute shame.

    This is a set of the 2 tools you really need, a HAMMER DRILL and an IMPACT DRIVER.

    The best part about these is that they are BRUSHLESS, so you get more runtime and longer life / more durability. I expect this to be the last set I buy for many many years.

    These are very well balanced, with the normal thin and light 20v battery keeping them securely upright. Besides how strong these are, the features list is long:
    – both have led lights (that stay on for awhile after releasing the battery)
    – multi-speed (3 on drill, 2 on driver)
    – batteries charge in 90 minutes and have a 3 yr warranty
    – batteries have charge indicator built in
    – comes with nice bag that actually fits the tools and charger with plenty of extra room
    – wall mountable charger included

    These come with a Versatrack mount, but unfortunately the belt mount in optional. I would have much rather had a belt clip included instead of Versatrack. One other wish for these would be for a side handle to provide some stabilization.

    I love supporting a product that is MADE IN THE USA, even if it is made from foreign parts. I wholeheartedly recommend this combo set!

  28. Pete

    Full disclosure, I received this tool pack for free for testing and evaluation.

    Lets start with the kit as a whole. If you’re having it shipped, it may not arrive in an unmarked box. Mine was the retail packaging with a shipping label on it. So, if it’s a gift or if you live in a higher theft area, it may be an idea to just snag one of these at the store.
    Opening the box, I see the obligatory carrying bag for the tools that in my case will more likely be used for something else. It is plenty large enough for both tools, the charger and a couple batteries and maybe a couple bit cases and seems to be of very good quality. Inside the case you’ll find two batteries, a drill, and impact driver and a charger. You also get two clips to hang the tools (even though both drills and the charger can have the clip attached which means something is left out).
    The tools and batteries have a decent amount of heft to them even with lithium batteries, but are very well balanced in the hand. Normally heavier means one of two things, either really cheap motors or really powerful ones. I am happy to report that these are the latter of the two. Both have the standard features that are on almost any drill, such as the keyless chuck / quick release, speed selector, ect. One feature that I may miss is that they dont appear to have a magnetic spot on them for holding loose screws or a clip to hold additional bits. Speaking of bits – you’ll need to BYOB (Bring Your Own Bits), because there arent any.

    Extra features: the clips mentioned earlier can be mounted to either side of either tool, or can be mounted to hang the charger, really makes me wish they included a third one, but I’ll take it.
    Battery level indicators! It’s 2018, and while these should be on every manufacturers list, some don’t have them. I am happy to report that not only do these have an indicator, but it is very bright and easy to see.
    Automatic led wirk lights. As soon as you squeeze the trigger the work light turns on. Unlike other brands, it stays on for a little while (20-30s) after you release the trigger so you can reposition if needed.

    Quality: The grips are a multi textured rubber and very easy to hang onto. The rear of each tool also is encased in rubber. Sadly, no rubber feet on the batteries. The batteries lock into the tools, sliding in with an authoritative click, but if you’re in a tight spot, the dark, or just really clumsy it may require some additional coordination to swap batteries without cussing.
    While not usually an issue, I did find that I needed longer bits when using this in tighter areas because the batteries produce a pretty big chin that tends to bump on things.

    At the end of the day, this is a solid kit, that has very high quality tools. It may skimp on some of the things like free bits, but the tools feel like they’re at least on par or better than other manufacturers.

  29. Rayne

    I’ve had this kit for about 2 weeks now, bought with my own money unlike most, if not all, the reviews at this time. I’m currently using these to build my Miter Saw station to really put them through their paces. So far, so good.

    Pros
    Hammer Drill
    -Lightweight
    -Feels good in hand; good molding
    -Plenty of power
    -All metal chuck
    -plenty of torque settings
    -great runtime
    -Brushless motor
    Impact Drill
    -Lightweight
    -Feels good in hand; good molding
    -3 settings for power, which is new to me on impacts, but a fantastic feature
    -great battery life
    -Brushless motor
    Batteries
    -Lightweight, but good runtime
    -Secures very nicely to tool (far more compact than the C3’s of old).

    Cons
    Hammer Drill
    -No handle. I’m used to having a handle as an accessory for a hammer drill. My C3 Brushless Hammer drill has one, but that one is far more beefy than this one.
    -Need to get used to the spring action on the chuck.
    Impact Drill
    -First one was defective when set to reverse; 2nd one is perfect, so check all the functions of the tools as anyone should on new purchases.
    -1/4″ chuck has a lot of play/wobble. Seems to be normal as every single one from other brands does the same thing Except the Porter Cable. I checked Bosch, DeWalt, Black & Decker (had to…), and Hitachi. My C3 Impact, which is beefier doesn’t have much play, so I’m guessing the really compact ones have more wobble, but the slightly beefier ones are more stable.

    Overall, I am very satisfied with the new V20 line and look forward to more US made tools. It comes with 2 batteries, so that’ll definitely get you going for a while. The bag is not bad. Not the best quality in the world, but I won’t be using it for the tools.

    Footnote for SB&D: Where’s the Versatrack Clips? Can’t find them anywhere yet.

  30. Charlie

    This is an amazing drill set. Comes with two batteries, charger, and the carrying case. Have yet to use the drill but with the Craftsman name and a 3 year warranty I have no worries about this at all.

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