Craftsman Corded Drill 3/8, 7 Amp, CMED731 Review 2021


Craftsman has been with us for many decades with a vast range of power tools in-store. And truly their power tools have made our DIY, woodworking, and other projects simpler, smoother, and easier.

In today’s talk, I want to highlight the importance of the Craftsman corded drill especially the CMED731 model. And I’ll share my as well as other field tester’s experiences with you. So, you can make your decision based on real-world statistics.

Now, this 3/8 corded drill has a powerful 7 amp motor that grants 0 to 2,500 RPM for drilling into tougher material and surfaces. There is the famous VSR trigger, lock-on system, and 3/8 keyless chuck for a faster bit change.

When it comes to price the Craftsman corded drills are really affordable. Plus, not forgetting the 3-years warranty which is there to protect you from cash loss.

So, let the drilling session begin…

Craftsman Corded Drill 3/8 Review 2021

4.5 / 5.0

Here we have listed out each aspect into separate sections that make the Craftsman 3/8 corded drill unique from other brands.

Motor AMP & RPM

As for RPM… you already know it is “Revolution Per Minute”. I already explained it to you in our in-depth best-corded drill buying guide. If you want to know and understand the terms you can look at them.

Now, the Craftsman corded drill is powered by a 7.0 Amp motor that delivers no-load 0 to 2,500 RPM. This kind of power helps you drill through tough materials and surfaces.

Variable Speed Trigger (VSR)

Yup, the drill has a Forward and reverse trigger just about the trigger. This means it works for drilling, driving, screwing, and unscrewing as well.

Plus, the reverse system eliminates the bit breaking/damaging issue. It happens when the drill bit gets stuck in a hole or when you’re drilling in tighter spaces.

On the other hand, is the variable trigger system. That helps you adjust the speed according to the type of work you’re doing.

Along with the trigger is the lock-on button for preventing accidental activation of the drill. This particular problem in many incidents becomes so severe leaving lifelong injuries to the users. Thus, the lock-on system eliminates such scary threats.

Chuck Type And Design

As for the chuck, it is a 3/8 keyless chuck which makes drill bit changing easier and faster. The chuck body is made with high-quality durable plastic.

Drills with these chuck types are specially used with fast track work and drilling through walls, hardwood, steel, and metal.

Plus, the chuck can hold different types of drill bits. Whether it’s a shock-resistant tool steel drill bits or the special corrosion-resistant gold oxide drill bits.

These drills bits grant high performance in drilling/driving jobs and can also work with a cordless version of the Craftsman drill.

Body Ergonomics

The body is crafted with durable ergonomic hard plastic with a soft, and dynamic handle grip. It provides comfort, reduces hand/wrist fatigue, and provides stronger gripping to avoid slippages during working.

Size And Weight

The drill in response to size is 10.3 x 2.15 x 9.75 (LxWxH) and weighs about ‎4.13 pounds. A snug fit sizing with a good weight. It makes it easier to handle and carry the drill around.


As for the warranty, the Craftsman company holds you on that with 3-years limited warranty. There is a 90-day money-back guarantee. But, the receipt is a must.

It really saves folks like you and us from utter money loss. Because every cent or dollar you’re earning is through hard work whether the job is small or big. 


Finally, the price… In simple words, compared to its competitors the Craftsman corded drill is really cheap.


  • Longer cord length
  • Provides good torque output
  • 3-years repair/replace warranty
  • 90-day return window (with receipt)
  • Ergonomic handle with soft gripping
  • High Amp motor for higher performance
  • Works fine with shock-resistant tool steel drill bits
  • Also supports corrosion-resistant gold oxide drill bits
  • Works fine on concrete drilling (Takes 15 to 20 minutes) – Tested


  • 1 incident of defective product shipping
  • The variable trigger is a bit hard to operate
  • Heats up pretty quickly when used for heavy work

CMED731 Craftsman 3/8 Drill Alternatives 2021

I know some folks prefer corded drills with different performance stats based on the type of work they do. So, I have listed the alternatives that can help you select the drill that suits your personality, need, and work.

Black Decker BDEDMT Electric Drill

4.7 / 5.0

Black Decker Matrix drill is one of the extraordinary drills with a quick connect matrix system. It includes impact driver, jigsaw, reciprocating, trim saw, oscillating, router, and sander.

With one drill you can do multiple works. I say it’s best suited for DIYers and professionals that have to travel move a lot due to their projects. Plus, it comes at a cheaper price with a 2-years warranty.

Ryobi D43K 3/8 Corded Power Drill

4.7 / 5.0

The Ryobi D43K comes with Gripzone Overmold that gives improved gripping and handling during work. The usual variable trigger, the lock-on system is there with the keyless 3/8 ratcheting chuck.

It is mostly used by professional contractors and DIYer specialists. Lastly, It’s really cheaper than the Craftsman.

Makita 6407 3/8″ 2,500 RPM Corded Drill

4.8 / 5.0

The Makita 6407 is one of the renowned old-school corded drills. It comes with a 4.9 Amps that grants no-load 0 to 2,500 RPM. All-ball bearing construction gives high durability and longer tool life.

The unique thing in my opinion is the metal keyed chuck that helps in drilling into tough materials. Additionally it chuck can hold different types and sizes of drill bits easily. The usual reversible and lock-on systems are also there.

My Final Verdict To You

I say it’s a well-suited companion for shop owners, garage folks, homeowners, DIYers, and those who want to gift it to their beloved.

The drill power, performance, durability are pretty amazing. While the warranty and price are quite balanced.

In the end, I do advise that if you want to do real heavy work. Such as drilling larger holes in hard surfaces i.e., bricks, mortar, concrete then you should go for hammer drills.

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Han. K

Han. K

I am the humble Founder & CEO of Tool Miner. I have been around these tools and machines throughout all my life. In my childhood, I needed those tools to operate my toy cars. Broke many of them and saved only a few. That was a fond memory I still cherish. It was an inspiration that led me to create the Tool Miner to guide and help you to overcome major tool challenges.

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