We’ve gone through quite a few drills around the Toolmonger shop, so we have some pretty strong opinions about what makes a decent drill. A long time back, we reviewed the specs of well over a hundred drills before — reluctantly — coming to the conclusion that the drill set pictured above was the best buy for our $100 budget at the time.
In the meantime, we’ve had the chance to use dozens of the drills from the test, and we’re still a fan of the Craftsman 19.2, at least in its price range. Sure, you can find numerous better drills — but for $100? With a light?
It turns 0-400 RPM in low gear and 0-1,400 in high, and makes 420 in-lbs of torque. It’s got a 24-position torque set ring, and two bubble levels (top and rear) plus an LED worklight.
And for what it’s worth, even though my Craftsman stays in the drawer quite a bit — since we’re often testing much more expensive and powerful drills — the light that came with it is still a hit.
Anyway, if you’re looking for a good drill for around the house and medium-duty shop use, this is still a great deal, and $99 is, in our experience, the cheapest Sears sells it.