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Mini-T Drill

Craftsman - Mini-T Drill

This compact, corded drill is comfortable to use and has plenty of torque

$139.00 (As of 11/1/2002)

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Editor's Review: A Corded Drill That Thinks It's Cordless

review date: November 1, 2002

Sears touts the Mini-T as a 3/8-in. corded drill that feels like a cordless. Its configuration is roughly the same as my T-handle cordless, only the Mini-T is a lot more compact and actually weighs less. Even with only a single torque setting, the Mini-T has at least as much torque as the cordless.

Because the Mini-T is compact, I had been waiting to try it until I had a project in tight quarters. But it was so comfortable to use that I kept on using it even after the batteries on my cordless were charged. When I started assembling several fence sections at a time, I used the Mini-T for drilling pilot holes and the cordless for driving screws.

This brings me to what could be improved on the Mini-T drill. First, the variable-speed trigger was jumpy, getting up to full speed too quickly. The chuck also continued spinning long after I let go of the trigger, so I didn't use it to drive screws for fear of snapping screw heads. Last, the drill doesn't come with a keyless chuck.

The comfort of the Mini-T makes the price well worth it, however, and you never have to worry about dead batteries.

Editor Test Results:

Overall Rating N/A
Runout N/A
Ergonomics/Balance Very good
Endurance on a Single Charge N/A
Torque N/A
Chuck/Transmission Quality N/A

Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Craftsman
Manufacturer's Web Site
Manufacturer's Phone Number 800-697-3277
Weight 3 lb.
Dimensions N/A
Chuck Type Keyed
Clutch Settings N/A
Chuck Capacity 3/8 in.
Speed 0 to 1,500 rpm
Volts N/A
Recharge Time N/A
Battery Type N/A
Accessories N/A
Amps 3.2

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