| > Any opinions on this drill? Looks like it has a decent torque of 300
| > in/lbs.
| > and lots of juice.
| > I know many would not allow Skil into the "big league" of "professional"
| > grade tools, but is this really more myth than reality? What in
| > make this drill inferior to Makitas, DeWalts, PCs etc.?
| OK for the average homeowner. It is not a pro tool.
Why? Have you inspected the components of the subject drill?
| To see what makes it inferior, you have to take it a part. Compare the
| sizes of bearings, motor windings, battery quality. Drilling a hole in a
| pine board, driving a screw to hang curtain rods, both the cheap and pro
| tools will perform the same. Install a deck with a few hundred screws
| week and you will soon see the difference.
As I said in my previous post, I used 12V Ryobi R10510, which is nowhere
classified as a pro tool, for buildng a sizeable 12x16 deck, and drove
hundreds of long screws w/o any problem.
| The variable speed control is usually more accurate and easier to control
| the higher quality tools, the batteries will usually last longer between
| cages, and take more charges before the inevitable failure. Better drill
| have electric brakes, better more durable clutches. This won't show up in
| an hour of use, but twenty or fifty hours later, the cheap drill is in the
| trash, the prod drill is just getting broken in.
OK, so all in all, durability is what makes pro tool better? Fair enough. If
I am in a market for a tool that will do everything that pro tool will, and
will use it for 2-3 projects a year (basement finishing, kitchen
remodelling, cabinetry etc.), would you say that Skil 18V is a good choice?