Skil Energy Corded Drill-driver archive

Tuesday 26 March 2013

Anthony Bailey has a look at this corded a look at this corded drill-driver from Skil

Gallery

Skil are a brand who tread their own path with regards to innovation and design. Everyone has at least one cordless drill so why on Earth would you want a drill with a whacking great six metre cable attached? It now seems a bit of an anachronism in a battery-driven world but it looks like a cordless if you hide the cable under your arm and pretend it isn't there! Have Skil made the right move? Yes, I think so and here are theirs and my reasons why.

1. It looks and feels like a typical cordless drill, so has operator familiarity

2. A six metre long lead gets you almost anywhere from the nearest plug socket

3. It has 19 torque plus drill settings, forward, reverse and two gear ratios

4. The Energy weighs 1.2kg instead of the 1.7kg and 1.6kg for their 18V and 10.8V drill drivers respectively

5. There's no battery and charger so there's no power loss, no charging time and no extras to cart around

6. Less harm to the environment as no battery chemistry is involved and less cost in manufacturing

7. Lastly, the thing Skil don't boast about - the price!

The downsides? It's got a long, potentially vulnerable trailing flex to get caught around human legs, and stepladder legs - it is a tough grade of lead, though

Verdict

Plenty of power and no drawdown due to a weak battery, so long as you work within its power limits it will keep chugging. Quiet, comfortable to hold with its rubberised overmoulds and a keyless chuck. Cheap, reliable power. What's not to like?


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At A Glance

Lightweight
Familiar layout
Versatile

The Numbers

Manufacturer: Skil UK
Model: 6222 AH
Energy motor input: 0.45Amps
No load speed: 0-300/ 0-850rpm
Max torque: 27Nm
Clutch settings: 20 plus drilling
Chuck capacity: 10mm
Maximum diameters: 20mm wood, 9.5mm steel, 6mm screws
Cord length: 6 metres
Weight: 1.2kg
Typical price: £39.99 (RRP Inc VAT)

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Low cost
Powerful
Cons:
Potentially vulnerable lead
Requires mains