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Harbor Freight ‘Good, Better, Best’ Tools Review

We reviewed these Harbor Freight tools through their paces and discovered we like them all. Read on for the details.

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Drill Drivers 2

We took a look at Harbor Freight’s “Good, Better, Best Drill/Drivers” and discovered they are actually all great tools!

The Warrior drill/driver in the “Good” category, priced for the DIYer (or anyone looking for an affordable high-quality tool), stood up to our Family Handyman standards. The well-designed Bauer drill/driver in the “Better” category performed well in all of our rigorous tests, and it’s priced to not break the bank. The Hercules drill/driver has enough muscle to earn its place in the “Best” category of the Harbor Freight line.

We ran all three tools through performance tests — drilling holes with spade bits and hole saws, and driving a full box of 3-in. deck screws into 2x4s. We timed how long the battery lasted and how long it took to fully charge. The Warrior, Bauer and Hercules all earned a thumbs-up from this FHM DIY carpenter.

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Warrior 1

Warrior 18v 3/8-in. Cordless Drill Kit  

The Warrior Cordless Drill/Driver is lightweight and compact. At 2.68 lbs, this drill is ideal for anyone with small hands who needs to drill holes or drive screws. With 20 torque clutch settings and a built-in LED lamp, the Warrior includes a battery that is interchangeable with other 18v Warrior tools. At just under $30, this drill is a good buy!

Overall Rating: 9.25

Pros

  • 18v lithium-ion battery;
  • Variable speed & reversible, with 20 clutch settings;
  • 200 lbs. of torque;
  • 0 – 900 RPM;
  • LED light;
  • Lightweight, compact design;
  • Affordable.

Cons

  • Three- to five-hour charging time.

Warrior Screw 

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Bauer 1

Bauer 20v Cordless 1/2-in. Drill/Driver Kit 

The Bauer Drill/Driver Kit is a must-have for any construction pro or DIYer on the go. The kit includes the high-performance Bauer drill/driver, 20v Hypermax lithium-ion 1.5-amp battery, the Bauer 20v rapid charger and a carrying bag.

The Bauer feels good in your hand, is evenly balanced and has plenty of torque. This drill/driver package is affordable at $64.99 and fits with more than 40 20v cordless power tools. This drill/driver kit is a great buy!

Overall Rating: 9.75

Pros

  • 20v Hypermax lithium-ion 1.5-amp battery;
  • Battery that powers all Bauer 20v lithium tools;
  • Bauer 20v rapid charger;
  • All metal 1/2-in. keyless chuck;
  • Variable speed trigger;
  • LED light;
  • 450 lbs. of torque;
  • Two-speed motor;
  • Lightweight;
  • Removable belt clip.

Cons

  • One-hour charging time.

Bauer Bit

4 / 4

Hercules 3

Hercules 1/2-in. Drill/Driver — Tool Only    

The Hercules 20v Lithium-Ion Cordless Compact 1/2-in. Drill/Driver is a tough powerhouse. Bring this mean machine to the job site and put it up against any of the leading brands.

This drill/driver packs 576 lbs of torque with 0 – 2000 rpm speed, and its rugged durable all-metal gear construction can take the abuse any job site has to offer. Hercules weighs 3.6 lbs., giving you the muscle to bore large holes and drive lag screws.

Pick up Hercules for $49.99 without a battery or charger. You can add on the Hercules charger for $29.99 and the Hercules 20v battery for $64.99.

Overall Rating: 10

Pros

  • Two-speed four pole motor;
  • LED light;
  • 1/2-in. Jacobs ratcheting chuck;
  • 576 lbs. of torque;
  • Removable belt clip.

Cons

  • Does not include battery.
  • 1-1/2 hours charging time.