(4 out of 5 star rating) This superb Skil 6445-02 heavy duty, 7A rated, corded hammer drill offering has the functions, performance and power to keep professional and power DIY users alike very happy. With fully variable speed operation and a lightweight feel plus a comfortable ergonomic rubberized handle this drill is sure to be a breeze to use and suitable for the most power hungry tasks.
The drill comes with the ability to select drill only or hammer action drill operation and also incorporates a handy depth gauge to allow for depth of hole setting when it is important not to drill into material too far.
Features at a Glance
- Heavy Duty, powerful 7 Amp motor
- 120V AC RMS 50/60Hz operation
- Fully variable speed control
- Switchable on/off hammer action
- Auxiliary handle for extra stability
- Reversible motor
- Side mounted ‘easy adjust’ depth gauge
- ½ inch keyed chuck for wood, metal and masonry bits
- Maximum unloaded Blows Per Minute in hammer mode of 51,000
- Maximum speed of 3,000 RPM
- Measurements:11.25 inches x 9 inches x 3 inches
- Weight: Shipping weight of 6 pounds
- Color: Red
Overall, this Skil 6445-02 Hammer Drill offering sports all you could ask for in a corded drill and at a superb price too. It is powerful; whist the user has the ability to tame that power using the easy to use fully variable speed control and on/off hammer action.
The drill handle features a comfortable rubberized grip plus a handy chuck key storage clip mounted at the base of the handle as part of the cord protector.
Rotation can be reversed which is useful if your drill bit should become stuck in what you are drilling into. Simply set the reverse rotation lever (mounted just above the trigger switch) and slowly squeeze the trigger to allow the drill bit to back out of the material it has become bound in.
The tool is turned on and off simply by squeezing or releasing the trigger. The drill incorporates fully variable speed control along with the ability to reverse the rotation of the chuck whilst still maintaining variable speed. The more pressure that you apply to the trigger the faster it will go.
Variable speed operation is extremely useful when trying to stop the drill from wandering when starting off a new hole.
Permanently on, full speed, operation can be set by using the ‘Lock On’ switch. This can easily and speedily be reset by simply squeezing the trigger switch.
An auxiliary handle is included which provides extra stability and can be set to any position over a full 360 degree rotation around the front collar of the drill. The auxiliary handle can then be locked in place via the front housing collar.
A handy thumb grip is also incorporated to allow easy setting of the auxiliary handle positioning.
A switch is mounted along the topmost face of the drill housing allowing easy selection of drill only or hammer drill mode of operation.
With the drill set to ‘drill only’, operation is suitable for woods, metals and plastics and other non-concrete type materials.
Hammer action should be selected when you wish to drill into masonry, tiles, concrete and asphalt etc.
Lastly a depth gauge is mounted along the side of the drill which provides the ability to set the depth of hole prior to drilling.
Depth adjustment is easily set by rotation of the auxiliary hand grip anti-clockwise, setting the depth gauge to the desired position and then re-locking the hand grip clockwise to fix in place.
The Skil 6445 ½ inch keyed chuck accepts drill size for wood, metal and masonry use.
The Skil6445-02 is an ideal drill for the professional or serious home DIY enthusiast who requires the heavy duty power of a corded drill together with hammer action, reverse operation and fully variable speed operation all packaged in a lightweight and comfortable housing.
Would we recommend this drill? Most definitely, this drill in its guise as the Skil 6445-01 had an overall 4.6 rating at Amazon.com with 20 out of 26 reviewers rating it a full 5 stars.
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