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ToddPowley
Dec 13 , 2011
Craftsman offers the best overall value in Nextec

A lot of brands; including Craftsman, are realizing the value of creating a variety of tools that work off the same battery platform.  This saves consumers money because they don't have to buy batteries for every tool.  When the tool dies, you just have to  replace the tool or battery as opposed to an entire kit set.  That also saves consumers money.

In this case, it's the battery that makes the tool.  It's reasonably priced and affordable to replace and the batteries are also the correct size and voltage for specialty tools.  What is also nice about it is that you can use then with MORE tools in Craftsman brands.  No other brand appears to offer the same tool diversity on the same level as Craftsman. 

The yellow brand doesn't seem to make a cordless orbital sander.  Milwaukee does make a rotary tool similar to a Dremel in their 12 volt tool line and a rather innovative tool they call the Hackzall.  In fact, Milwaukee seems to have more brand diversity in their 12 volt tool line than even Dewalt, but they still can't hold a candle to Nextec.  For example, with Craftsman 19.2v and 12v batteries, you can also buy cordless stuff for yard maintainence and still use the same battery.

In Nextec 12v tools you get better brand diversity in one place.  All of the specialty tools you could ever want working off of one battery platform instead of several.  That's what Craftsman does different with Nextec and good luck finding a similar professional brand that extends it's cordless offerings into stuff like pruners and grass trimmers and if you need more power they offer the higher voltage tools to, but at the end of the day, I don't think that I sacrificed any quality by going Nextec.

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dirlligaf1
May 26 , 2010
12v Nextec Impact driver works great.

I am on week two with my nextec 12v impact driver. The tool is great, Its light, compact,powerful and balanced. The only problem I have is the collet has way too much slop when you install attachments. Somewhat problematic when using. There is some kind of manufacturing defect with this tool. No other impact drivers on the market have this problem. I hope Sears is looking into this.

 

MrSnipes0958

Nettleton, MS

Feb 12 , 2014
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Great product line!!!

This is a great addition to the Nextec line. Perfect for any job big or small. Great size and weight make it extremely portable and very versatile. Wish they would extend the line.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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snapper2

Southgate, MI

Jan 13 , 2014
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1/4 impact BAM

This is a little giant. It has a slip clutch that slips if what your trying to take won't move. The one thing it does better than any other tool, it takes out plugs in the coil over plug engines better than any other tool on the market. bring the engine to running temp pop the coils shoot a little penetrating oil on each plug and start taking them out, not one will break in the block and this plug is famous for breaking off in the block. I'm a professional mechanic and if you have ever broke one of these plugs you now it doesn't make for a good day. This will be your favorite tool in your box. I can't say enough about this tool, whom ever came up with it my hat is off to you

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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MIPooh

Novi, MI

Nov 2 , 2013
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Compact and powerful

i brought this at sears store, it is very sold piece of tool. It is heavy, but I really like how powerful and effortless when I used it to assemble or disassemble a small project. It is small and easy to store.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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GradyGrad

New City, NY

Sep 13 , 2013
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Great Purchase!

Does just about everything I need it to do in light to moderate applications,the light is a great feature!!

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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bishthedon

Jamaica, NY

Aug 4 , 2013
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hammer drill

the drill work great and the led light really come in handy.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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inmotion

San Diego, CA

Jul 28 , 2013
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Putting it through the test

I'm very surprise of the power this 12v impact driver. I'm driving 2-1/2" & 3" screws into 2x4s easily for a shed's wall frame and sub-floor. This tools has some real strength behind it. There seems to be a good balance between the battery and the driver that help propel the power. The grip is another part I like about this impact driver. I can use it for a whole day and my hands doesn't get sore at the end of the day. It's very comfortable around the hand.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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heavy7

Haverhill, MA

Jul 25 , 2013
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great power in a small package

Awesome for tight places, great power in a small package

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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ToolmanLee

Marrero, LA

Apr 17 , 2013
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NICE!!

I bought this to go along with my other Nextec tool collection, and I've used it like crazy the last week or two and it works really well!! I am totally pleased!!

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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JerryTech

Round Rock, TX

Sep 26 , 2012
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Works great, powerful and tough. Great battery life!

This is a great, all-around versatile tool that I constantly use. I have used it for auto repair and maintenance, all kinds of DIY projects, and as my primary fastener driver professionally. Plenty of power, will strip 1/4 inch and smaller fasteners, be careful, it is powerful! Very lightweight and the housing is tough. I highly recommend this tool for all of your smaller fastener driving needs.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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rayrdv

Carson, CA

Jul 12 , 2012
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nextex 12 corless impactdriver

i hace been waiting for sometimes to get this impact driver tool and am happy i got it

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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tcmart2

Danville, KY

Jun 15 , 2012
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Small with Great Impact Ability!

Great little tool. Used it first thing to build a wooden shelving unit for my garage. Could run about 50 screws before needing a charge. The 30 minute charger is a great time saver. Love the quick connect for different bits. I would definitely recommend this tool.

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robindragoo

Mesa, AZ

Jun 7 , 2012
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This is a Rock Star!!

I love all my Nextec tools!! This 12 volt impact is great for assembling furniture as well as working on my truck.. It has plenty of power to drive screws and bolts into whatever you are working on. I like that Sears has made it possible for me to purchase this without a battery. It makes it more cost effective for me, and I don't have ten different chargers and fifteen batteries sitting on my shelves. I like that Craftsman has kept this series of tools around, they fit nice and are the best 12 volt tools around!!

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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fctoolman

Brookhaven, MS

May 15 , 2012
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Good Impact Driver

Have used this tool in small engine work. It works well and has plenty of power for the job. I am well pleased with its performance.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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tonto210

Ripley, WV

May 3 , 2012
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Out-freakin-standing

Love this drill and the entire Nextec line. Got this drill for my work. Hanging stainless steel panels in a hospital and this drill punched the screws right through it without a problem. Plus the fact that the battery can fully recharge in 15 min. This drill is a must have. I'm in the process of buying the entire Nextec line. I love it!!!!!!!!!!

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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RandyNxx

Champlin, MN

Dec 30 , 2011
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Very handy

I bought this because it's light weight and smaller than the 19.2 volt models. I've used it a few time and I'm very happy with it's performance. For only 12 volts it does a good job.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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ToddPowley

Alpena, MI

Dec 13 , 2011
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Craftsman offers the best overall value in Nextec

A lot of brands; including Craftsman, are realizing the value of creating a variety of tools that work off the same battery platform.  This saves consumers money because they don't have to buy batteries for every tool.  When the tool dies, you just have to  replace the tool or battery as opposed to an entire kit set.  That also saves consumers money.

In this case, it's the battery that makes the tool.  It's reasonably priced and affordable to replace and the batteries are also the correct size and voltage for specialty tools.  What is also nice about it is that you can use then with MORE tools in Craftsman brands.  No other brand appears to offer the same tool diversity on the same level as Craftsman. 

The yellow brand doesn't seem to make a cordless orbital sander.  Milwaukee does make a rotary tool similar to a Dremel in their 12 volt tool line and a rather innovative tool they call the Hackzall.  In fact, Milwaukee seems to have more brand diversity in their 12 volt tool line than even Dewalt, but they still can't hold a candle to Nextec.  For example, with Craftsman 19.2v and 12v batteries, you can also buy cordless stuff for yard maintainence and still use the same battery.

In Nextec 12v tools you get better brand diversity in one place.  All of the specialty tools you could ever want working off of one battery platform instead of several.  That's what Craftsman does different with Nextec and good luck finding a similar professional brand that extends it's cordless offerings into stuff like pruners and grass trimmers and if you need more power they offer the higher voltage tools to, but at the end of the day, I don't think that I sacrificed any quality by going Nextec.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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billruffteel

Conroe, TX

Dec 8 , 2011
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Works good on tight deck screws.

I have sed mine to install and remove deck screws. I sed it to install reall long screws in OSB panels for a deer stand and used it to remove old rusty deck screws in a old trailer hose floor. Works great.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Highstandardz

Decatur, IL

Nov 23 , 2011
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powerful and easy to use

This little thing is great.  Powerful and responsive.  The only thing it needs is adjustability like the drill to set different stopping points.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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phantoms69

Green Valley, AZ

Oct 23 , 2011
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Craftsman 61189 12-volt 1/4" Cordless Impact Driver - Excellent

Quality built.  Strong enough to drive large screws and 1" Forester bit through rafter beams.  This tool is the perfect size to carry with you up an down a ladder.  The 12-volt power keeps it compact yet very strong.  This combined with the other 12-volt tools, drill and multi-tool make a perfect set up for the do-it yourself person.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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mike337

Pulaski, WI

Aug 1 , 2011
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Dissapointed

As far as i can tell, mine will only put out 150 in lbs at best. That's using un-scientific, simple garage tests using a Craftsman torque wrench. This is not even close to the rated 800 in lbs. E-mailed Craftsman, no responce.


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gbikerider760

Ramona, CA

Mar 11 , 2011
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Craftsman Nextec 12v Cordless Impact Driver

Very Very helpful tool. Better than a normal cordless screwdriver. Perfect for small nuts and bolts that you don't want to use a huge impact gun on. Well worth the money.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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jemerywa

Vancouver, WA

Jan 18 , 2011
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This Nextec Impact driver works great

I received the Nextec right angle impact driver and an extra battery for Christmas and like it so I decided to buy the normal version. So far I haven't had any problems with this tool, it has done exactly what it is supposed to do. the only complaint that I have is the led light, it should turn on earlier in the trigger pull, unfortunately the light doesn't turn on until the motor starts turning.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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elecextraodinare

Culpeper, VA

Nov 30 , 2010
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Craftsman 61189 Nextec 12-volt Cordless Impact Driver is AWESOME

I bought this as a lighter alternative to the c3 drill that I love.  I use it for work as an electrician and it has been an amazing addition to my growing list of craftsman tools.  This driver has been able to handle all of the screw-driving needs that I have encountered, from drywall screws to self-tapping sheet-metal screws and I have yet to be dissapointed.  I have compared it to other 12V compact impact drivers and, for the price, it can't be beat.  

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Charger67

Beverly Hills, CA

Nov 1 , 2010
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Great addition to my Nextec collection.

Has great power for such a small power tool.  I use it for minor automotive needs in a busy shop and it has more than enough power to remove stubborn rusty nuts and bolts.  The only downfall I have seen is the collar is a little loose with the attatchments.  Seems like the fit would be a little tighter. 


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sumrandomdork

Clayton, CA

Oct 1 , 2010
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powerful and light weight

I was in the market to purcahse an Impact driver for a 2nd home.  I already had a couple of the Nextec tools so the battery wasn't needed.  I am very happy with this has more than enough power for your avg do it yourself type jobs.  I have used it to put screws into studs in a garage, screws into a deck, and tightened up a few bolts. I have found that an impact driver is one of those tools you use and go "wow why didn't I purchase this before?!?!?"  It won't replace a full power 18v version but this so easy to use and light I really enjoy it.  Plus, if your someone who will be using this on a ladder it's even better becuase it's easy to carry in a workbelt.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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