5 Best Skil Drills: Cordless

Skil Drills challenges the status quo with prices so low; you will be skeptical of what to expect. If you look at all of the cordless drills they offer, it is pronounced that Skil is targeting people who are looking for a reliable tool without breaking the bank.

Generally, people think that price of a cordless drill is directly promotional to the drill’s quality, but I can’t entirely agree with what I have experienced with Skil drills.

I believe that only the dollars that go into the tool itself create value for the end-user.

Let me explain. For any company to stay profitable, it has to make a few bucks from each sale.

Larger companies have a ton of overheads, and we, the users, have to pay for that.

The advertisements, complex supply chain, new products that you may not see in your entire life, and a ton of other things. Indirectly, we have to pay for all o these overheads.

On the other hand, Skil is mainly selling their cordless drills via Amazon and have a simplified supply chain. Not a ton is being spent on other nonrelated stuff, and we get actual value for what we pay.

List of Best Skil Drills

Ok, so let’s discuss the tools themselves. I am also going to list them here for a quick view.

Details of each tool to follow in the blog.

TypeModelWeightRated TorqueAccessories
12V for Home UseSkil Drill Driver DL529002 2.87 lbs with battery350 IN.lbsPH2 Bit, Belt Clip, 2.0Ah Battery, Charger
20V for Home & DIY UseSkil Drill: Hammer HD529402
3.14 lbs with battery
530 IN.lbs2.0Ah Battery, Charger, Battery Jacket, Belt Clip, PH2 Bit
20V for DIY & Semi ProfessionalSkil Drill: Rotary Hammer RH170202~4.85 lbs with battery0.74 ft.lb Impact Energy (1.0J)Charger, 2.95 Inch Bit Holder, 2.0Ah Battery
20V Professional UseSkil Drill: Hammer HD5295024.66 lbs with battery850 IN.lbs5.0Ah Battery, Charger, Belt Clip, Double-ended PH2 Bit, Side Handle
20V Professional UseSkil Drill: Rotary Hammer RH1704-1A~8.4 lbs with battery
1.48 ft.lb Impact Energy (2.0J)
PWRAssist USB Adapter, 5.0Ah Battery, Charger, Depth rod, Side Handle

Warranty of Skil Drills

Skil offers an amazing 5-years warranty for its cordless drills, just like Milwaukee offers.

Make sure to register within 30 days after purchasing the tool.

Also, note that the warranty for the charger and battery is 2 years.

Let’s discuss each drill in detail.

1. 12V Skil Drill Driver DL529002

Skil Drill Driver DL529002 is a perfect entry-level tool for just getting started. The price is under $75 (In-fact $56 at the time of writing this article).

I am fond of how good the Skil tool performs. You will be amazed to hear how good this drill performed against the head-to-head test with our Milwaukee M12 Fuel, which costed around twice the price of this drill.

The test was not a literal burn out head to head test; it was how quickly it could drill holes and drive fasteners & screws.

Skil Drill DL52900 was doing a lot better than the Milwaukee M12 Fuel Drill.

The battery performance is also great.

You should get it if you need it for light home use.

Specifications of Skil Drill Driver DL529002:

  • No-load speed: 0-450/0-1700rpm
  • Torque: 350IN.lbs
  • Torque setting: 17+1
  • Chuck size: 1/2 IN. Hybrid chuck
  • Length: 7-1/8 IN.
  • 5 Year Limited Warranty
  • Category: Compact
  • Usage: Light Weight Home
Skil Drill Driver DL529002
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Features of Skil Drill Driver DL529002:

  • EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO GET STARTED—Cordless Drill Set Comes with one PWRCORE 12™ 2.0Ah Lithium Battery and one PWRJUMP™ Charger.
  • LONGER RUN TIME & BATTERY LIFE—Industry-leading PWRCORE 12™ Lithium battery technology wraps each cell with cooling material to keep the battery powering on for 25% longer run time and 2X battery life.
  • CHARGES IN 5 MINUTES—PWRJUMP™ charges the battery to 25% in just 5 minutes, or 100% battery in 45 minutes.
  • POWER ON THE GO—Plug into the battery’s USB port wherever, whenever with PWRASSIST™ Mobile Charging.
  • COMPACT SIZE —The digital brushless motor provides compact, lightweight power.

2. 20V Skil Hammer Drill Driver HD529402

This tool’s price is amazing concerning the strength when drilling concrete and wood; the tests of drilling 5/8 holes into concrete went smooth.

The charger is amazing and can juice it up in less than 30 mins. We also found the phone charging capability on the drill’s battery quite efficient.

It was able to charge an iPhone X 3-4 times, which translates efficiently to the rated 2 AH of the battery.

I will love to see this drill coming with an additional battery to compete with the big boys for the contractor category.

Recommended for serious DIY & Home usage. Can drill quiet efficently into concrete.

Specifications of Skil Hammer Drill HD529402:

  • Chuck capacity: 1/2 IN.
  • Chuck type: Keyless Metal Ratcheting Chuck
  • Clutch settings: 17+1+1
  • LED light: Yes, with pre-light and after-glow
  • Max impact rate: 0-7200/0-27000
  • Net weight with-out battery: 2.45 lbs. (1.11 kg)
  • No-load speed: 0-480/0-1800 rpm
  • Variable speed switch: Yes
  • Voltage: 20V
Skil Drill: Hammer HD529402
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Features of Skil Hammer Drill HD529402:

  • 20V CORDLESS HAMMER DRILL KIT—Includes a PWRCORE™ 20 2.0Ah Lithium Battery and PWRJUMP™ Charger.
  • THREE TOOLS IN ONE—Transition between hammer drill, drill, and screwdriver modes in a flash reduces time and increases efficiency.
  • QUICK BIT CHANGES—1/2 inch single-sleeve, keyless metal ratcheting chuck allows for easy bit changes to keep your project going.
  • DIGITAL BRUSHLESS MOTOR—Provides efficient, high-performance power when driving through harsh surfaces like brick, concrete, and other masonry.
  • 17+ TORQUE SETTINGS—More settings for maximum control in any application.
  • LONGER RUN TIME & BATTERY LIFE—Industry-leading PWRCORE 20™ lithium battery technology wraps each cell with cooling material to keep the battery powering on for 25% longer run time and 2X battery life.
  • POWER ON THE GO—Plug into the battery’s USB port wherever, whenever with PWRASSIST™ Mobile Charging.

3. 20V Skil SDS+ Rotary Hammer Drill RH170202

This drill in the SDS category is amazing for light tasks for home use. Can be used for light contractor-grade tasks where the work is not demanding and occasional. The rated impact force is just 1J (0.7 ft-lb).

The built quality is A+ concerning the price. Obviously, it is not on par with a DeWalt or Milwaukee drill, but hey, you are getting maximum value for a very fraction of the cost you would have to pay for the big boys.

This drill can accept any drill with a SDS or SDS+ head. It can also accept Hex Shank drill bits.

Keep one thing in mind that this drill does not come with the “Hammer Only” feature which you will find on the high-end model of Skil Rotary Hammer RH1704-1A. The hammer only feature works great in removing tiles or removing out some concrete from a wall. So, consider the RH1704-1A if you need this feature.

This drill can also

Recommended for serious DIY & Home usage.

Specifications of Skil Rotary Hammer RH170202:

  • No-load speed: 0-900 rpm
  • Impact rate: 0-5000 ipm
  • Impact Energy: 0.7 ft.lb
  • Drilling capacity in concrete: 7/16 IN.
  • Function setting: 3
  • Length: 10-7/8 IN.
Skil Drill Rotary Hammer RH170202
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Features of Skil Rotary Hammer RH170202

  • Get Right To Work—Rotary Hammer drill set comes with everything you need to get started, including a PWRCORE 20™ 2.0Ah Lithium Battery and 20V Charger.
  • Robust Design—Hammers through the most rigid materials like concrete and masonry
  • Longer Run Time & Battery Life—The PWRCORE 20™ Lithium Battery has an innovative temperature management system to keep the battery cool and power through your project.
  • SDS Plus Chuck—For quick, tool-free bit changes
  • Three Tools In One—Combines hammer drill, drill, and screwdriver into one tool, reducing time and increasing efficiency.
  • Variable Speed Control—Precise start with complete control of torque required for the job
  • Direction Indicators—Forward/reverse LED indicator quickly helps you determine which direction you’re set to drive
  • LED Light—Illuminates work area when the trigger is pressed, and light remains on 10 seconds after the trigger is released.

4. 20V Professional Skil Hammer Drill HD529502

Again, the price might make you skeptical, but believe me, this is a serious 20V professional-grade Skil drill with an amazing torque of 850 In-lb.

The price is bonkers. You get an entry-level drill at this price from Milwaukee or DeWalt.

You are getting the same performance at half the price and the same 5-Year warranty on drill parts.

The battery is 5AH, which can last multiple hours of use. All I wish is an option to get an extra battery with the set and a simple canvas bag to carry the drill.

Recommended for serious DIY & professional contractor grade use.

Specifications of Skil Hammer Drill HD529502:

  • Chuck type: SDS Plus
  • Impact force: 2.0J
  • Max impact rate: 4500 ipm
  • No-load speed: 0-1400 rpm
  • Variable Speed Switch: Yes
  • Voltage: 20V
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Features of Skil Hammer Drill HD529502:

  • 20V CORDLESS HAMMER DRILL KITIncludes a PWRCORE™ 20 5.0Ah Lithium Battery and Auto PWRJUMP™ Charger.
  • THREE IN ONETransition between hammer drill, drill, and drive modes to reduce time and increase efficiency.
  • DIGITAL BRUSHLESS MOTORProvides efficient, high-performance power when driving through tough surfaces like brick, concrete, and other masonry.
  • 24 POSITION CLUTCHHandles high torque applications.
  • QUICK BIT CHANGES1/2 inch single-sleeve, keyless metal ratcheting chuck allows for easy bit changes to keep your project going.
  • LONGER RUN TIME & BATTERY LIFEIndustry leading PWRCORE 20™ lithium battery technology wraps each cell with cooling material to keep the battery powering on for 25% longer run time and 2X battery life.
  • CHARGES IN 5 MINUTESAutomatic PWRJUMP™ charges the battery in just 5 minutes, or 100% battery in 60 minutes.

5. 20V Professional Skil Rotary Hammer Drill RH1704-1A

Again, this Skil Rotary hammer drill is for serious business. Believe me, don’t get distracted by the price.

This drill is a perfect example of how a 20-80 rule translates.

You are paying 20 percent to get an 80 percent performance. You might get a 100% performance from the big boys, but you will have to pay an additional 80 percent to reach there.

The best part of Skil tools is the availability of spares like batteries and chargers, critical in a contractor scenario.

This drill comes with a Hammer Only “Chisel Mode,” which works great to remove tiles or chipping out some concrete. Also, note that it is a heavy drill and looks premium. This drill has a good amount of torque and an impact force of 2J (1.4 ft-lb).

As per the tests, this drill is better suited to work on more minor demanding tasks like tile and brick removal, breaking up concrete, stone, rock, etc., up to 2-3 inches.

For thicker building materials, aggregates, or finishes, which are more than 4 inches, will be a low process, and you may consider an air chisel.

Again, I wish Skil offers a carrying bag with these tools.

Recommended for professional contractor grade use.

Specifications of Skil Rotary Hammer Drill RH1704-1A:

  • Chuck capacity: 1/2 IN.
  • Chuck type: Keyless Metal Ratcheting Chuck
  • Clutch settings: 24+1+1
  • LED light: Yes, with pre-light and after-glow
  • Max impact rate: 0-8800/0-32000
  • Net weight without battery: 3.28 lbs. (1.49 kg)
  • No-load speed: 0-550/0-2000 rpm
  • Variable speed switch: Yes
  • Voltage: 20V
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Features of Skil Rotary Hammer Drill RH1704-1A:

  • 20V CORDLESS HAMMER DRILL KIT—Includes a PWRCORE™ 20 2.0Ah Lithium Battery and PWRJUMP™ Charger.
  • THREE TOOLS IN ONE—Transition between hammer drill, drill, and screwdriver modes in a flash reduces time and increases efficiency.
  • QUICK BIT CHANGES—1/2 inch single-sleeve, keyless metal ratcheting chuck allows for easy bit changes to keep your project going.
  • DIGITAL BRUSHLESS MOTOR—Provides efficient, high-performance power when driving through harsh surfaces like brick, concrete, and other masonry.
  • 17+ TORQUE SETTINGS—More settings for maximum control in any application.
  • LONGER RUN TIME & BATTERY LIFE—Industry-leading PWRCORE 20™ lithium battery technology wraps each cell with cooling material to keep the battery powering on for 25% longer run time and 2X battery life.
  • POWER ON THE GO—Plug into the battery’s USB port wherever, whenever with PWRASSIST™ Mobile Charging.