In this power tools review, we’ll take a look at the Skil 7.2-Volt 1/4″ Drive Cordless Power Wrench. Skil is know for making rather decent power tools and I was curious if their power wrench made the grade or not. My two questions were is the performance better than a standard had socket wrench and is it a cost effective addition to a home handyman’s tool box. Let’s see what I found…
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The specs on the Skil cordless power wrench include a 7.2 volt lithium ion battery power supply that provides 75 in.-lbs. of torque in auto mode and 400 in.-lbs. in manual mode. It does have both forward and reverse modes as you might expect. The grip is soft and ergonomic. The unit comes with a charger that protects against overcharging and can be easily bench or wall mounted. Any standard sockets or driver bits fit the 1/4 inch square drive. It weighs in at about 2 pounds.
My initial thoughts were that the Skil cordless power wrench was a bit underpowered. It’s not the kind of power tool that will make you grunt like Tim Allen. You won’t be using this unit on tough chores like freeing rusted bolts. It’s forte is repetitive bolting tasks like you might have putting together furniture or some other home projects like that. If you’re into stuff like engine rebuilding then you may want to consider something else.So don’t expect too much from it power-wise.
Speaking of power, the lithium ion battery seems to hold a charge well and last a long time. Unlike some inexpensive power tools I’ve used in the same power range, it doesn’t lose power excessively right off the plug but stays consistent during use. This part of it worked well for me although I have seen some complaints about batteries around.
Is the Skil power wrench better than your standard socket wrench? Well, sort of. If you don’t have good hand strength it will help you considerably. While it isn’t terribly small, it isn’t terribly large either. It can fit into small places although a small hand socket wrench might be a better choice in some situations.
Is the Skil cordless power wrench cost effective for the home handyman? The original price on the Skil 7.2-Volt 1/4″ Drive Cordless Power Wrench was about $60. At that price, I’d have to say no. Today you can find them for around $20 on the closeout and refurb marketplace if you look and wait. At that price it makes a little more sense.
The Skil 7.2-Volt 1/4″ Drive Cordless Power Wrench would be a good choice for someone with reduced hand strength or if you did a lot of repetitive work with nuts and bolts. Otherwise, a standard socket set should fill the same niche in your home toolbox.