Tool Test: Get a Drill and Impact Driver for Less
These compact 12-volt tools boast big power
Synopsis: Finish carpenter and cabinetmaker Kit Camp reviewed compact, 12-volt drill/impact driver sets that can handle just about anything you throw at them. For a woodworking shop, these workhorses are the best buy in cordless technology. Camp devised a number of tests that he used to judge the power and endurance of both tools in the kit. In addition, he took them to job sites and used them to bore hundreds of pilot holes, drive boxes of screws, and perform any other tasks that came along.
Models tested: Bosch CLPK22-120, Craftsman, DeWalt DCK211S2, Hitachi KC10DFL, Makita LCT209W, Milwaukee M12, Milwaukee Fuel, Porter-Cable PCL212IDC-2
In case you missed it, cordless technology has changed significantly in the past few years. With the combination of lithium-ion batteries and impact action, smaller 12-volt cordless tools are capable of performing tasks that required 14.4- or even 18-volt models 10…