While Amazon did kick off some Craftsman tool deals as part of their 2-day Prime Day sales event that started yesterday and ends today, they were pretty lame, featuring Sears-era tools.
Today, Amazon kicked off a new series of Craftsman cordless power tools, featuring a couple of their mid-level cordless power tools, a whole lot of outdoor power equipment tools, an air compressor combo kit, worklight, and a couple of hand tool assortments.
There’s a Craftsman cordless drill kit for $69. I thought this was their entry-level model at first, which I reviewed here at the end of 2018, but it’s not, it’s the model one level higher.
There’s also a Craftsman V20 cordless impact driver kit for $66, and that seems like a very good deal.
Update: The brushless impact driver kit is now $79.
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Wonder why the one in the picture that they sell on Amazon and at Ace only has the one LED light while the one at Lowes has the three?
Lowes has two 1/4″ versions on their web page. I suspect the 3-LED version is the latest generation, based on the model numbers. The 810C1 has one LED and the 820D1 has 3 LEDs.
These are ALL the latest generation, with every single Craftsman V20 cordless power tool having launched in the past year.
The 810C1 is a more budget-friendly kit, 820D1 is the more premium “assembled in the USA” kit and with higher specs and a higher capacity battery.
There are different models. It’s possible Amazon isn’t stocking the higher-priced brushless impact yet due to supply constraints, historical or perceived sales popularity, or exclusivity arrangements.
The one that was on sale here – now expired – delivers 1500 in-lbs max torque and 2800 RPM, and is bundled with a lower capacity battery. The other model with 3 LEDs delivers 1700 in-lbs max torque, has slightly higher speeds (2900 RPM) and is bundled with a 2.0Ah battery, and it’s assembled in the USA.
You know what would make Craftsman battery power tools sell?…If they switched to using a battery connection with a reasonable history from a well-known major manufacturer like Makita, DeWalt, or Milwaukee. The day of brand-specific battery packs [and tools] that can become obsolete at any moment due to an end of production really needs to come to an end in the same way as all those [intentionally] different phone charger connectors came to an end. Standards are good…oddball craftsman-only batteries are not.
I wonder, who buys Craftsman? I mean, with all the other companies competing for your garage or toolbox space one must wonder why companies like Craftsman even bother trying to make tools that only a select few will ever buy, probably return shortly thereafter as well, exchanging them for Ryobi or something like it.
The new Stanley Black and Decker made cordless Craftsman power tools are genuinely quite nice. Not only has it become my go to line to reccomend to homeowners, many of the products are perfectly suitable for the jobsite.