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Old 07-22-2012, 07:00 PM
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I bought a Craftsman rechargeable tool kit more than 5 years ago. Since then I've bought just about every rechargeable tool they make. My oldest drill is still going strong and I've beat the heck out of it. I've never had a problem with any of the other tools I've purchased.

About a year and half ago I bought a new 1/2" and 3/8" drill when they were on sale. I never even took them out of the box until recently. I was using the smaller drill to drill some holes in metal and it was working just fine. I took the drill bit out and put on a nut driver and as soon the bolt got tight the drill chuck stopped turning but the motor was running. It appears that I must have ripped a gear apart. I get the 1/2" drill out and used it to drill more holes and sure enough the same thing happened to this one when I was drilling the 4th hole. I get my old drill out to finish the job and it worked great as it always does.

Do any of you use these Craftsman rechargeable tools? Has Sear's cheapened them up in the past couple of years? What other explanation can there be to destroy 2 drills just doing what they are made to do?

Now I'm paronoid to buy another one, but I have 8 other Craftsman rechargeable tools so I don't want to just abandon the Craftsman tools.

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I have a bunch of them as well but none bought in the last 3-4 years........the batteries on the other hand seem to last 2-3 years max.
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do you still , by chance, have the receipt? Sears used to be really good for returning tools, no questions asked if they were broken. Craftsmen mechanic tools always had a good rep, but I'm not so sure anymore. They obviously don't manufacture their own stuff so maybe they are outsourcing to China or somewhere else?

I've always had good luck with DeWalt products but purchased a Makita impact driver a few years ago and have really been impressed with the guts that it has.
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I bought a Craftsman rechargeable tool kit more than 5 years ago. Since then I've bought just about every rechargeable tool they make. My oldest drill is still going strong and I've beat the heck out of it. I've never had a problem with any of the other tools I've purchased.

About a year and half ago I bought a new 1/2" and 3/8" drill when they were on sale. I never even took them out of the box until recently. I was using the smaller drill to drill some holes in metal and it was working just fine. I took the drill bit out and put on a nut driver and as soon the bolt got tight the drill chuck stopped turning but the motor was running. It appears that I must have ripped a gear apart. I get the 1/2" drill out and used it to drill more holes and sure enough the same thing happened to this one when I was drilling the 4th hole. I get my old drill out to finish the job and it worked great as it always does.

Do any of you use these Craftsman rechargeable tools? Has Sear's cheapened them up in the past couple of years? What other explanation can there be to destroy 2 drills just doing what they are made to do?

Now I'm paronoid to buy another one, but I have 8 other Craftsman rechargeable tools so I don't want to just abandon the Craftsman tools.

Russ
Not sure about yours but most drill have a torque setting and different speeds (gears). Could you have possibility knocked it between gears?
Have the torque setting too low?
Just thought I'd ask the simple things first but I'm sure you already checked them......right....?


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I bought a Craftsman rechargeable tool kit more than 5 years ago. Since then I've bought just about every rechargeable tool they make. My oldest drill is still going strong and I've beat the heck out of it. I've never had a problem with any of the other tools I've purchased.

About a year and half ago I bought a new 1/2" and 3/8" drill when they were on sale. I never even took them out of the box until recently. I was using the smaller drill to drill some holes in metal and it was working just fine. I took the drill bit out and put on a nut driver and as soon the bolt got tight the drill chuck stopped turning but the motor was running. It appears that I must have ripped a gear apart. I get the 1/2" drill out and used it to drill more holes and sure enough the same thing happened to this one when I was drilling the 4th hole. I get my old drill out to finish the job and it worked great as it always does.

Do any of you use these Craftsman rechargeable tools? Has Sear's cheapened them up in the past couple of years? What other explanation can there be to destroy 2 drills just doing what they are made to do?

Now I'm paronoid to buy another one, but I have 8 other Craftsman rechargeable tools so I don't want to just abandon the Craftsman tools.

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Sears has all the major tool manufactures in to quote on their Craftsman tool business every couple of years...they beat down the manufactures on price...so things do change and not always for the better!
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Ahh! A clutch setting. Didn't imagine the OP hadn't checked that, but an older drill might not have the variable clutch that the new drills have, so he many not have realized this. Good suggestion.
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I no longer buy anything with the Craftsman name on it if it has any moving parts in it. I consider them to be disposable products. By the time you purchase the repair parts and pay the shipping, you may as well buy a new one. Learned that too many times the hard way. Unfortunatly, somewhere along the line, their quality just fell apart.
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I paid $49 for my Craftman 18.5 (I think 18.5) and it has been just fine for the past 2 years. Sounds like you have a battery issue and with them sitting for 1 1/2 years that might be the problem. For $49 I can buy 3 to 4 craftman over a dewalt which might last a little longer. I've owneed several craftman cordless drills and it the battery thay goes first. My current drill I have left out in the rian twice and it seems to be just fine.
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I abuse the hell out of the craftsmans. They are excellent considering what you pay for them. I bought the 19.2 volt right angle/1/2 drill combo with 2 batteries on sale for $99. You cant even buy one dewalt battery for that, unless you get the special they run sometimes with the 2 pack. Because of this, they are throw away tools for me.
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i used to swear by craftsman, but while building my camp mine crapped out finally
i picked up a makita impact and drill set, and goddam is it nice
much lighter (primarily because of the battery) hold a charge forever and it more powerful

never going back

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Not sure about yours but most drill have a torque setting and different speeds (gears). Could you have possibility knocked it between gears?
Have the torque setting too low?
Just thought I'd ask the simple things first but I'm sure you already checked them......right....?

Yes I have the torque settings but you don't use them when you are drilling holes. In my mind the torque settings are for whatever it is you are screwing in not as protection for the drill. If the drill reaches it's maximum torque it should just stop turning not rip out the gears.

do you still , by chance, have the receipt? Sears used to be really good for returning tools, no questions asked if they were broken. Craftsmen mechanic tools always had a good rep, but I'm not so sure anymore. They obviously don't manufacture their own stuff so maybe they are outsourcing to China or somewhere else?

I did have the receipt but the warranty is 12 months for rechargeable tools. All they did was give me the address of where I could send the tools for repair.

and it has been just fine for the past 2 years. Sounds like you have a battery issue and with them sitting for 1 1/2 years that might be the problem.
I don't store the tools with the batteries attached, the batteries are always charged to full and they go into my tool cabinet so I know they have been charged. A low battery wouldn't be responsible of ripping the gears out.

The chuck still turns when you pull the trigger but I can stop it by just grabbing the chuck, it has no power. I can hold the chuck but the drill motor keeps going which is why I'm assuming the gears are ripped out.

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I have had 3 Craftsman cordless drills, and just used a borrowed Dewalt that was several years old. It was like using a 120v power drill. I am getting my own Dewalt, no more tools from Sears.
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Originally Posted by RussH View Post
Yes I have the torque settings but you don't use them when you are drilling holes. In my mind the torque settings are for whatever it is you are screwing in not as protection for the drill. If the drill reaches it's maximum torque it should just stop turning not rip out the gears.

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If your model has different gears, the gear selection, accidentally bumped between gears, can seem as if it is in neutral or sound like it is grinding.
But again, I'm sure you alredy checked that.


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I think I have one in the garage, in the plastic case, with the charger. One dead bat, one so-so bat. PM me an offer if you want it. I now have a DeWalt with LIon batteries.
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i used to swear by craftsman, but while building my camp mine crapped out finally
i picked up a makita impact and drill set, and goddam is it nice
much lighter (primarily because of the battery) hold a charge forever and it more powerful

never going back

X2 on the Makita...
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Well now, don't I feel like village idiot. I checked the clutch on both drills and it wasn't between settings but I didn't check the hi/low button. The hi/low button visually looks like it's on hi but it wasn't, it was between the hi/low settings.

I threw one drill away and I would bet this is the same problem. Then I bought 2- 1/2" drills and 2- 3/8" drills when there was nothing wrong with the drills I already had.

Thanks for the suggestion Jeff, I feel like a total idiot now.

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Not sure about yours but most drill have a torque setting and different speeds (gears). Could you have possibility knocked it between gears?
Have the torque setting too low?
Just thought I'd ask the simple things first but I'm sure you already checked them......right....?


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If your model has different gears, the gear selection, accidentally bumped between gears, can seem as if it is in neutral or sound like it is grinding.
But again, I'm sure you already checked that.


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Tell you...if price point is a concern I picked up a set of these: I believe I paid $89 for the set and you can not break them....



And then I got a set of these on sale $139 with 3 batteries... Again I have not been able to break them..




I also have the 18v portacable set, 18v rigid set, 14v craftsman, 14v hitachi, and some other crap...

When I need to use one I grab the 12v PC first, and the 12v Dewalts second... I hardly even use the bigger ones any more... (the worst functioning ones I have is the red craftsman set, i replaced the charger 2 times it kept breaking).
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Where are finding them at that price?


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