It’s amazing when you talk to people about Harbor Freight and the wide range of attitudes you get. You get some people who love the store and think it’s a great value, you get others who have heard of the store but have never been in one and then those who heard about it, visited a store and have no desire to return. Which category do you fall into? Today we are going to cover the Bauer 20V Drill Review. No matter how you feel about Harbor Freight, I would suggest checking this out and letting me know how you feel about this drill and if I am off the wall or this is something you expected.
Bauer 20V Drill Review Overview
Bauer is the house brand for Harbor Freight. If you are not familiar with Harbor Freight, they have inexpensive products.
For me, Harbor Freight is the last place I think of when I think of power tools. I am not sure why, maybe it’s just my previous experience or something else. Either way, I never thought much about them.
However, after seeing this drill and learning a little more, I think my mind has changed.
Before we jump into the Bauer 20V Drill review, I want to talk about the line. The one thing you can say about this 20V line is they offer many more tools than just a drill. For me, this is huge because I don’t want to own multiple battery platforms. I want one battery platform that has good tools, at a good value and I can buy other tools that run off that battery platform, which the Bauer meets all those criteria.
Right now Bauer has around 25 different tools for this line. You can check out more on the Harbor Freight website.
Bauer 20V Drill Review Features
The Bauer drill, model 1791C-B1 is a drill/driver. The kit comes with a tool, a battery, a charger, and a tool bag. The drill delivers 450 in-lbs of torque and only weighs 2.63 lbs. The size of this drill is what is impressive and is only 7-1/2″ in height, 8-1/4″ in length and 3-1/16″ wide which makes this one of the most compact homeowner drills we have seen.
The drill is powered by a 20V Lithium-Ion 1.5Ah battery. The system uses a slide pack battery which also features a rapid charger with a side pack.
On top of the drill is where you will find the two-speed setting. Speed 1 provides a 0-450 rpm while speed 2 provides 0-1,700 rpm’s.
The drill offers a 0-21 clutch setting to match the drill to the application. If you are drilling, there is also a drill mode only where it will not clutch out.
One impressive feature of this drill is the 1/2″ all-metal chuck, something you never see on a homeowner drill.
One of the biggest surprises was how comfortable the grip was. I wouldn’t think a homeowner budget drill would feel so much like a professional tool in regards to weight, balance and especially grip.
On the bottom of the drill, there is an LED light to help light up dark areas.
Bauer 20V Drill Review Performance
For a homeowner drill, this is one of the best we have seen in regards to size, power and features. Most homeowner drills are big and bulky, but the Bauer is more of a compact drill and just feels great in your hand.
We drove a wide variety of screws into a 4×4. As you can see we took this 3-1/2″ screw and ran it as far as we could go which went all the way through. We could have kept going but the chuck is bigger than the hole so we had to stop. Sinking this screw was effortless and this would be one of the biggest fasteners you would be using so for the other smaller items, this drill is an easy winner.
Next, we ran a 5/8″ drill bit which is a good size to run. Yes, it wouldn’t drill on speed 2 but speed 2 is for speed, while speed 1 is for torque. Once we switched to speed 1, it easily drilled through the wood.
After the drill bit, we took a 1-1/2″ spade bit and repeated the application. Again, it went through the wood without a hiccup on speed 1.
Overall we were impressed with the power, the size, and ease of use with this drill.
Bauer 20V Drill Review Value
You can pick this drill up with a 1.5Ah battery from your local Harbor Freight for about $70. Considering you also get a battery and a charger, how can you go wrong? I have seen other drills of lessor quality and power sell for more and that is without a battery. So for $70, this drill is a steal.
Bauer 20V Drill Review Wrap Up
If you would have asked me 5 years ago would I ever buy a Harbor Freight drill, my answer would have been no. Until about two or three years ago, my experience with Harbor Freight hadn’t been the best. But after going there and seeing this drill and the Bauer 20V line up, I am sold. I love how this battery can power many more tools. I like the design of this tool, the toughness and feel and all for under $70. So in the end if you need a good homeowner brand, I am a solid believer in Bauer.