Skil 14.4-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Drill/Driver - Review
A little bit ago, we reviewed Skil's 18-Volt Lithium Ion Drill/Driver. We found it to be a nice tool for the casual user, but probably not for the contractor. Now we've gone and taken a good look at the Skil 14.4-Volt Drill Driver and can report that the tools are basically identical, except that the 14.4 is a little more affordable, lighter, and a little less powerful.
Like the 18-Volt Drill, the 14.4-Volt has the strange battery design with the exposed terminals. But this time, we took our heads out of the sand and realized that this serves a purpose. With the charging terminals located at the bottom of the battery, you are able to charge the battery with the tool attached. So there's a purpose to it, but does it make sense? Even in a really rushed situation, we've always had time to take the battery off the charger and plug it into the tool, so it can't be a time-saving issue. But maybe this is more for saving workbench space, so if you're someone with limited room, this could be a good thing.
The 14-Volt drill costs $92 while the 18-Volt costs $102. Because the drill is intended for the casual user, it's unlikely that those four volts will make a whole lot of difference. This holds true for contractor-grade tools as well. With this in mind, the 14-volt might be the better value. But if it's worth $10 to say you've got an 18-Volt drill, then go for it.
So if you're looking to buy a drill and don't think you'll be putting it though any heavy-duty work, check out the Skil line and see what you think. Like we said before, if you're the right person, this drill will be perfect, but it does have its limitations, so just make sure that it's a fit before you start handing out your credit card number.
If you're interested in more information on this tool, feel free to read our review of the 18-volt drill and whenever you come across the term "18-Volt," just replace it with 14.4-Volt.
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Posted by Doug Mahoney at December 5, 2007 5:22 AM