Craftsman Corded Drill 3/8, 7 Amp, CMED731 Review 2024

Craftsman Corded Drill CMED731 Review
  • 6.3 AMP Motor
  • 2500 RPM
  • 4 lbs
  • Drilling/Driving
  • 3/8" Keyless Metal Chuck
  • 3-Years ‎Limited Warranty

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 affordable. Plus, do not forget the 3-year warranty. So, let the drilling session begin…

Craftsman Corded Drill 3/8 Review 2024

Craftsman CMED731 Specifications

Brand Craftsman
Model CMED731
Drill Type Corded
Speed [RPM] 2500 RPM
Motor 6.3 Amps
VSR With Reversing Switch
Versatility Drilling/Driving
Design Ergonomic Design
Chuck Type Keyless
Chuck Size 3/8-Inch
Size (L x W x H) 10.3 x 2.15 x 9.75 Inches
Weight 4 lbs
Best For Work DIY, Household, Workshop, Other Heavy-Duty Projects
Best For Material Softwood, Hardwood
Extra Features Soft Handle Grip, Lock-on Trigger, Compatible With Versa-Track Wall Organization System
Warranty 3-Years ‎Limited Warranty
Our Rating 9.7

Here we have listed 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.

Apart from the 3/8-inch drill chuck sizing the Craftsman drills also have the 1/2-inch drills made for heavy-duty jobs.

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 shock-resistant tool steel drill bits or special corrosion-resistant gold oxide drill bits.

These drill 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 work.

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 a 3-year limited warranty. There is a 90-day money-back guarantee. But, the receipt is a must.

It 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.

  • Longer cord length
  • Provides good torque output
  • 3-year repair/replacement 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 2024

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 With Matrix System

Black Decker Matrix drill is one of the extraordinary drills with a quick connect matrix system. It includes an 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 and move a lot due to their projects. Plus, it comes with a 2-years warranty.

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’s power, performance, and durability are pretty amazing.

In the end, I do advise that if you want to do really 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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