I’ve got a Craftsman cordless drill that has served me well over the last 5 years, but the li-ion batteries have effectively died on me. I’ve done some hunting and it appears there isn’t anything but generic replacement batteries for this model, and even those are $90-100.
So now I’m looking for a corded drill as a replacement – I know there are plenty of options out there, but what I’m really looking for is the electronic brake. The corded drills I’ve used don’t seem allow for the same precision I got with my cordless – when I let my finger off the trigger, the drill keeps spinning, instead of stopping immediately like it did with the cordless.
Assuming I’m not just using these drill wrong (not outside the realm of possibilities), are there any options out there for me?
thanks in advance!
I've been using drills for over 50 years and never saw a drill with brake or ever needed one with one.
What is it your drilling?
When using an electric drill the second you let go of the trigger there's no more torque so it's going to stop.
I own several cordless and corded drills. Cordless are always my go to drill unless I need a speciality drill like my hammer drill or a big honking drill to handle heavier tasks.
For the advanced home handyman I've had decent luck with Ryobi from Home Depot. I upgraded to the Lith-Ion at Christmas last year. If you buy a kit you can generally get set up with 2 tools, 2 batteries and a charger for $100. You may want to buy a couple spare batteries, the larger more expensive ones that go for 2 for $100 last a long time. Getting 5 years out of a rechargeable battery is pretty good. If you go to a place like batteries plus they can rebuild your existing batteries or if you are adventurous you can pull them apart and buy the cells on line and rebuild them yourself. You can probably save some money, but you will need to solder the connections and you'll need to carefully pull the case apart on the batteries.
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