This review is for the Skil Drill, model number 2895. This is Skil’s newest 18V Lithium Ion drill and you can buy this in a kit or separate. You can read our overview of the Skil combo kit. When Skil designed this drill, they designed it for the home user, but after using it, you could have fooled us. Over the years we have tested a lot of different power tools designed for the homeowner, but we can honestly say this is one of the best we have tested for a homeowner drill.
There are a lot of professional power tool manufacturers on the market today, but there are few, at least good ones, for the homeowner market. Now we are not saying all Skil is designed for the homeowner market, all we are talking about is this drill. In fact, Skil makes some great professional tools such as the Skilsaw. Skil is owned by Bosch, so if you are familiar with the Bosch power line, you know they make some great tools.
Now the first thing you will notice when you pick up the drill is the weight, this drill is extremely light weighing only 4lbs. and that’s with the battery. Now for a home owner this is great news. When you don’t work with tools all day long and now you have a big project, you will feel muscles in your shoulder and arms you never knew you had. A lighter drill can make all the difference, so we are very happy with the overall weight. The biggest item we noticed was the balance. As we noted, we have tested a lot of home owner drills over the years and if we pick up a drill or any other power tool that doesn’t have good balance, we pretty much end our testing there. If a company can not figure out how important balance is, what else haven’t they figured out. This is not the case with the drill. The balance on the Skil drill is incredible, it’s not too heavy in the front or in the back, so it is very easy to maneuver and use. You end up enjoying using this drill instead of fighting it.
Skil packed a pretty good punch of power into this drill. This has 400 in. lbs of toque and has a 0-450 and 0-1,400 RPM. Skil uses a 1/2″ chuck and it almost looks identical to the Bosch chuck system, which we know is a great chuck that holds the bit into place even under heavy applications. Now we didn’t take this drill apart, but we do know Skil uses an all metal gear train, so it can withstand very heavy use. The clutch system is a standard 20 +1. As you can see by the picture above, there is also a side handle a user can attach on the left or right side of the drill. Overall some very impressive specs on this drill. Another nice feature Skil implemented was a bit index. On the top you can slide out a guide and it has all the different bit sizes right there for the user. A user can take the bit insert it into the index and figure out the size of the bit.
For our testing purposes we gave it to a local plumber who was doing a small job down the street. We wanted to get his feedback. We also did some of our own run throughs such as drilling into wood and even though it is not a hammer drill we tried to drill some concrete to see if we could get it to bog down or how long the battery would last under these conditions.
In regards to the plumber, he used it for a day and received great feedback. He drilled some 1/2″ holes into some 2×4, hung drywall and did some other various work. Overall he loved the drill. The biggest thing he noted was the light weight of the drill and he loved the balance also. We know this is designed for the homeowner, but wanted to have it out on a job site for a day just to see how it held up. Speaking of holding up, he was up about 10′ and dropped it on a concrete slab. He said the battery did come out and thought he busted the drill. When he went down the ladder to check the drill and put the battery back in, it ran fine, only a couple small scratches.
On our side, as you can see by the video, we wanted to show the drill drilling some holes and screwing in some screws. As you can see it rips right through a 2×4 and 3/4″ plywood without batting an eye. We also used a concrete bit to drill into some concrete to see if we could kill the battery rather quickly and see if we could get the drill to bog down and get hot. To our surprise, it drilled into a concrete parking bumper with no problems and surprisingly rather quickly without a hammer feature. Obviously when we hit the rebar in the bumper, we couldn’t go any farther, so we drilled some new holes and again it ran through rather easily. The drill was a little warm, but not anymore than you would expect for this type of work. Overall this drill surprised us and we had a lot of fun testing this drill.
Overall Skil produced a great drill for the homeowner. We like the power, the balance and it is a very impressive drill. This is one of the best homeowner drills we have tested and would even recommend this drill for more than just the weekend warrior, maybe even the contractor who is looking for a big bang for their buck. We have no problems recommending this drill for the homeowner as we feel it will not let you down.