Craftsman C3 vs. Milwaukee M18

Drill drivers are versatile tools that you need for drilling holes and driving screws. Impact drivers don’t drill holes, but they are more powerful in driving in screws than ordinary drill drivers. When you have both these tools, you have the best of both worlds.

Let’s look at these two combo kits and see which one better suits your needs.

Craftsman C3 19.2V Drill and Impact Driver Combo Kit

Renovating a room would be so much easier with this drill and impact driver combo kit from Craftsman. It will help you make small improvements in your house with ease, and you can do it with the help of these quality tools. This set is a real steal at less than $130.

The tools that come with this kit are the ½” drill driver and the ¼” impact driver. They are both powered by C3 19.2V lithium-ion batteries, which you can charge on the charging station included. It also notifies you when your battery is fully recharged.

The drill driver has a two-speed gearbox that can give a no-load speed of 0-350 and 0-1,300 RPM. There are 21 adjustable clutch settings for the 300 in. lbs. of torque. To quickly stop the brake from rotating, this has an electric brake to do so.

It has LED lights for illumination in low light areas. The impact driver even has a quick connect collet that makes changing bits fast and easy. It has bit holders and is light and easy to operate.

Pros:

  • Compact and lightweight tools
  • Can handle light to medium tasks around the house
  • Has bit holders
  • Has built-in LED lights
  • Comes with a bag

Cons:

  • No hammer action for the drill driver
  • Not for heavy-duty tasks like taking wheels off of cars
  • The impact driver has no adjustable settings

Milwaukee 2897-22 M18 Fuel 2-Tool Combo Kit

At less than $310, this combo kit may come off as pricey but don’t worry it’s well worth the price. You won’t be disappointed because it can handle even some masonry applications because of the hammer drill. The Milwaukee 2897-22 is a good investment.

The hammer drill can deliver a no-load speed of 0-550 and 0-2,000 RPM and 32,000 BPM. For a lightweight tool at only 3.5 lbs., it can give a powerful peak torque of 1,200 in. lbs. This has a ½” metal ratcheting single-sleeve chuck.

The kit also includes a ¼” hex impact driver that can deliver a fastening torque of 1,800 in. lbs. It has a four-mode drive control so you won’t strip your screws. This also has a speed of 0-3,000 RPM.

Both these tools are powered by the M18 RedLithium XC5.0 extended capacity battery pack. This battery technology from Milwaukee makes the battery run longer and protects it from extreme conditions. It protected your tools by preventing damage to the motor because of overload.

Pros:

  • Compact and lightweight tools
  • Powerful batteries
  • Long runtime
  • Comes in a hard case
  • Can be used for masonry

Cons:

  • Has a grinding sound when used on hard materials like concrete
  • Chuck needs to be retightened
  • No 360-degree side handle, only 90-degrees

Conclusion

Both combo kits are quality tools, but one may be more fit for you than the other. If you only do some light to medium tasks around your house or maybe DIY projects, the Craftsman combo kit may be enough. It is more affordable and provides enough power for those jobs.

If you have a bit more money to spare you can go for the Milwaukee combo kit. You never know when you might need to work n heavier tasks and hammer drills can really help with those.

Whichever your case, we’re pretty sure you won’t go wrong with any of these two.

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