That’s right, Craftsman is coming out with a 19.2V C3 brushless cordless drill/driver, and for less than $200 for the kit.
Craftsman is one of those brands that is embraced by many professional users – especially residential contractors – and DIYers alike, and so it’s no surprise that they jumped onto the brushless bandwagon.
Tool School: Brushless Motors 101
- Brushless motor tech means longer runtime, more power, less maintenance
- Metal gearbox for greater durability
- 2-speed gearbox, variable speed trigger
- 22-position adjustable clutch
- 1/2″ single sleeve metal ratcheting Jacobs chuck
- Removable and repositionable auxiliary handle
- Overmolded grip
- (2) built-in LED worklights
- Kit includes 2.0Ah lithium ion battery pack for extended runtime and multi-chemistry charger
- Up to 600 in-lbs maximum torque
- 0-470/0-1800 RPM (no-load)
- Available started at the end of October via Craftsman.com, Sears Hometown, and Sears Hardware stores. (Availability at Sears and Sears.com will likely follow.)
- Up to 50% more power, 30% more power, 10x longer motor life, compared to Craftsman 19.2V C3 brushed motor drill
Model # 38595
ETA: Late 2013
The variable speed ranges and torque rating have not been published yet, but the drill is powerful enough that Craftsman engineered it to have a removable auxiliary handle. I would think that the peak torque is in the same ballpark as the 465 in-lb rating of Craftsman XCP drill/driver, maybe slightly lower. If I had to bet, I would put my money on 425 in-lbs.
I caught a glimpse of the new brushless drill at Craftsman’s late-2013 new tool show-and-tell, and might have even held it, but I was too busy yapping it up with Craftsman product managers to make any worthwhile observations.
What I like: brushless motor cordless drill kit for under $200, 2.0Ah li-ion battery included in the kit, multi-chemistry charger that allows for use with older C3 NiCd batteries.
What I am curious about: why didn’t Craftsman build this as an XCP kit? I suppose this is because there’s no 2.0Ah XCP battery pack (yet?), and that interested users can always buy a 1.5Ah or 4.0Ah XCP battery pack later on.
Overall, I am very optimistic about the new C3 drill, and will try my best to either test or see one in action.
Although the MSRP is $180, I think it’s a fair assumption that the drill kit will go on sale for ~$160, maybe even as low as $150.