Summary: Simply put, this is probably the best 12 volt cordless drill on the market. It has sufficient torque at all drill speeds to handle most tasks and the clutch allows you to drive anything from #4x1/2" brass screws to long lag bolts. The balance and compact design makes it great for things like installing cabinets.
Summary: This is my second Panasonic 12 volt. I still have my first which I used daily in my cabinet shop. It is now 13 years old and still works well. That is why I bought Panasonic again. It is light weight and perfect for shop use. The batteries stand up reasonably well. If you are looking for something for heavy duty work you may want to consider an 18 volt. The thing keeping me from giving it 5 stars is Panasonic's service. The charger gave out within 3 months.
Summary: AVOID PANASONIC TOOLS. If the charger fails you will be forced to buy an entire new drill kit! It's a good drill, but one year and 10 months into the drills life the charger went pop and Panasonic will only sell a charger/battery combo for $100 plus $20 shipping. That was the cost of the drill! Their customer support is based in the Philipines and while they were nice, they were useless in solving my problem. I want to buy just a charger, but they won't sell it.
Summary: The Panasonic 12 volt cordless drill. The reason I purchased this drill is that I have 4 more just like it and needed batteries to keep them going. When the batteries wear out, it costs about $65 bucks a battery for replacements (that price is a ripoff). It is less expensive to buy a new drill with 2 batteries than to buy just 2 batteries. Why can't Panasonic sell batteries for a reasonable price?
Summary: I've owned many cordless drills over the years...This is top dog quailty!!!You get what u pay for when it come's to cordless drills!100.00 dollars is the best deal on cordless drill you will find!Oh also for the people who said there's no bit holder...if thay would have read the owners manual they would have read too pull out the battery and the nicely hidden bit holder is right there where the manual say's it is!!!
Summary: This is a nice drill. I replaced a Skil Top-Gun that I had used for 16 years. I like the small size, it is easy to get into small spaces. The Ni-cad batteries work just fine. Has plenty of power to drive screws.
Excellent Cordless Drill/Driver - Light and Powerful
James L. Solberg, Amazon
2 November 2007
Summary: This is my second 3/8 inch 12 Volt Ni-Cad Panasonic cordless drill. The first one is 10 years old and still working fine but the replacement battries cost more than the new drill with two new battries so I bought the new one. This is the best weight/size combination cordless drill/driver I have seen. It is very comfortable in the hand and has plenty of power for drilling and driving screws. This is a professional grade tool and I have used it on many major projects.
Summary: I've been installing cabinets professionally for more than twenty years. My company has used these Panasonics exclusively for the past 15 years. Over the years I've borrowed and used practically every other cordless in existence. Here's the bottom line ... in my experience this Panasonic is the best performing and most reliable drill on the planet. These things feel good in your hand and have plenty of torque. Battery life on the newer models is exceptional.