We’re always writing about the latest and greatest drill/drivers here. But what about the guy who needs to get a job done around the house but only has, say, $50 to spend? Here’s an option: The Sears Outlet stocks the old-as-hell Craftsman C3 drill/driver for right around $30. Another $45 (conservatively) scores you a charger and a pair of the old DieHard 19.2V NiCd batteries.
“But dammit,” you say, “that old thing sucks compared to a new DeWalt, Milwaukee, Bosch, or Ridgid model.” True. “And NiCd blows! You have to remember to take care of the battery. And charge it.” Also true.
But if you’re not a use-it-every-day-to-make-your-living pro, what you really need is something that’ll get the job done, and the C3 will. Believe it or not, it’s the last cordless drill I bought before starting Toolmonger, and it’s still kicking around the shop. It makes a surprising 420 in/lb of torque. Sure, that rating’s inflated a bit because the C3 tops out at just 1,400 RPM (that’s about what you get from modern drills on their low-speed setting), but I bored many a hole in 1/8″ steel with it before moving on to bigger (and more expensive) drills.
It’s nothing fancy, but it’s a lot of drill for $75. Just sayin’.