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Tool Comparison Test #1 11/03

RYOBI SA14402 14.4-volt, 3/8-inch chuck cordless power drill/driver

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OUR FINDINGS:

This drill was a pleasure to operate. This drill drove the most screws on one battery charge (374) of all the drill/drivers tested. Plastic construction with metal chuck collar and torque adjustment ring feels very strong, but heavy. Horizontal level on top and vertical level on back are helpful for accuracy while drilling. Twin bit-holders keep unused drill bits snugly on top of drill, out of the way. The separate snap-closed compartment in the case is a plus for storing unused drill or driver bits, etc. Fast brake is very effective upon release of trigger. Battery came loaded with a lot of juice. Charger is user friendly… indicated charge after 1 hour. No battery caps included.
* Magnet on base of handle worked great—easily held 15 2-1/2-inch screws in place while driving a screw vertically.

Test checklist:
Retail price: About $89.99
Specifications: 270 in./lb torque, 24-position adjustable clutch, up to 1,400 RPM
Weight of driver with battery:
4-1/2 lbs.
Battery attachment/ removal: Very easy—snaps on bottom with no problem, 2-button removal.
Screw head visibility maintained at close proximity to wood? Not so much. Bluntly-tapered chuck obscures screw head a little when nearing level of surface. Chuck is small and hard to grip to change bits.
Variable speed trigger? Yes—variable at both speed 1 and speed 2. Light depression of trigger on speed 2 is equivalent to speed 1 at full power.
Warranty: Limited 2-year warranty and 30-day exchange period
Languages offered in manual: English/ French/ Spanish
Number of 2-1/2-inch deck screws driven through doubled 2x4s on fully charged battery: 374
Well balanced at vertical? Horizontal? Feels well-balanced at vertical, but a little heavy and unbalanced at horizontal level.
Stiffness of trigger: Loose—needs full depression to achieve top speed. Your hands may feel tired after extended use.
Relative noise level of tool while operating: Average
Components included:

Flashlight with attached battery, drill/driver with attached battery and 2 reversible driver bits. Battery charger. Separate container built into case with translucent, snap-on lid for bits is a nice touch. Manual and registration are tucked nicely into their own pocket in the lid of the case.

—Gabriel Vandervort
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