I reviewed Skil’s 12V Max brushless drill kit last year, and it both surprised and impressed me with how powerful and high-performing it was. At that time, you could buy the kit for $80, which was a great price for what you got.
Now, that Skil PWRCore 12 brushless drill kit is on sale at Amazon, for $57.06. A $23 reduction in price? Sounds great!
But, there’s also this drill kit plus 12″ digital level bundle, priced at $59. So for just $2 more, you get a small digital level.
Is this a good deal?
In my opinion, yes. If you want a cordless drill that’s very capable for its size and price, this is it. Additionally, you get the PWRCore charger with USB port and PWRCore 12V battery, also equipped with a USB port.
The drill has an innovative that’s a little gimmicky but also potentially useful. Inside the drill chuck is a 1/4″ hex recess, which allows you to use a power but without having to lock it into the chuck.
- 350 in-lbs max torque
- 17 + 1 clutch settings
- 1/2″ keyless chuck
- 0-450/0-1650 RPM
The digital level is described as having highly accurate blue levels, and it also gives you real-time arrow guidance when you reach 0°, 45°, or 90°. It also has a magnetic edge, 10 value memory feature, and has inch markings on one side and metric on the other.
Spec-wise, the drill delivers quite a lot of bang for the buck.
What’s the downside? For this particular drill, it’s its size. 12V-class cordless drills are supposed to be compact and light. In a general sense, it is. But compared to other 12V-class cordless drills or more premium 18V and 20V Max drills, the Skil seems large for its voltage.
However, you do get great specs and thoughtful features.
There’s a question as to whether you see yourself buying into the Skil 12V platform in the future, but if you’re in the market for an under $60 cordless drill kit, that’s probably not a top concern or consideration.
Even if this would be your one and only Skil cordless power tool, at least the battery can serve double-duty as a USB-charging power bank.
I bought a USB battery power bank of what I’m guessing is of approximately comparable battery capacity, for around $36 back in 2017. While the PWRCOre battery is not quite the same thing, or as versatile as a portable phone and device charger, it’s still a good bargain that you get a multi-functional battery and the drill kit for under $60, and an even better deal if you could use the level.
If you want the drill kit, you might as well get this bundle, as it’s only $2 more. If there was a $10 or greater difference, that would be different. But for $2 more, why not.
To be frank, I’m not sure I would buy this for personal needs. But if I wanted to get a housewarming gift for a friend or family? Sure, this would definitely fit the bill.