2013 Craftsman 19.2 volt C3 Cordless Tools Review – Sorting Out The Mayhem – Revised

Choice is great but sometimes it can be overwhelming.  With over 70 pieces, accessories and kits available in the Craftsman C3 19.2 volt cordless tool line, it can a real challenge to find and pick the tools that are right for you.  On top of the huge selection,  if you go to Sears.com or your local Sears you WILL NOT find all of the C3 19.2  items.  Drills, Combo Kits, Batteries, Chargers and add-on tools are all over the place and there is no easy way to find the tool or combo kit you really want. Some items are labeled wrong on Sears.com and the stores do not carry a few of the best items. This article will cover the current C3 cordless tool line. At the end I’ll also list the items that have been discontinued so when you find one at a garage sale or on eBay you know what they are.

There are some really great tools in this line and one worthless dud.

By the way, all of the batteries and tools are interchangeable. The new XCP battery you buy today will fit in the 19.2 drill you bought 5 years ago. Craftsman is the only tool brand that has decided to keep the battery connector the same.

Warranty: All these tools and batteries come with a one year warranty and an optional 3-year protection plan. For 15% of the cost of the tools Sears will give you back what you paid for it – if it fails in that 3 year time period.

Here are the topics I will cover:

  • Almost too many Craftsman 19.2 volt tools.
  • What is C3?
  • Batteries First
  • Drills and Impact Drivers
  • Other Add-On Tools
  • Combo Kits
  • Discontinued C3 Tools.

Almost too many Craftsman 19.2 volt tools.

This article was orginally written in 2009. It’s time to update it! C3 is Craftsman’s homeowner line of 19.2 volt cordless power tools.  The line for most of us the best value for the money.  Craftsman has designed the tools for home owners and home repair technicians and has all the cordless tools that will make your project or repair go quickly and smoothly. The Craftsman C3 19.2 volt line of cordless tools has been going through quite a few revisions and improvements. With the introduction of the high capacity XCP batteries it’s time to review the entire line.

Craftsman’s C3 19.2 volt line of cordless power tools continues to be one of the best value lines on the market today. The tools are capable of performing any task you may want to do around your home. Light duty tasks, heavy duty tasks. These cordless tools are powerful enough for the average contractor and have many useful attachments.

What is C3?

Who Knows? But to me C3 means value. I can buy a simple drill for as little as $49 or one of the strongest 1/2 drills in the industry and they both use the same battery.  The available attachments handles all of the fastening, cutting, shaping, and sanding tasks I need to do to maintain and remodel my home and acre of land. The battery even works in my string trimmer, hedge trimmer and cordless chain saw!

Craftsman has two other cordless tool platforms. The 12 volt NEXTEC and 20 volt Bolt-On System. The NEXTEC line is lightweight, compact and powerful and designed for anyone who needs a cordless drill, etc. around the home. I use the NEXTEC line around the house and for all my woodworking projects. The 20 volt Bolt-On System offers 9 high performance tools, that use one motor.  The interchangeable attachments offers endless possibilities for the homeowner. 

Craftsman is dedicated to upgrading the line as new battery and motor technology becomes cost effective.  Unlike other retailers that change their battery connections everytime they decide to buy from another manufacture, Craftsman is intent on keeping the same battery “platform” as far into the future as I can see. Already, They are on the 5th generation of battery technology. The latest batteries are comparable to the best the competitors have to offer and will still work in your original 19.2 volt drill. By the way 20 volt is not better than 19.2. Most of the other manufactures are labeling their new batteries 20 volt. This actually means 20 volt peak, 18 volt working in the U.S. Craftsman has chosen to keep the labeling the same. 19.2 volt working volts.

The third best feature is you can order your new item online and in many cases walk into your nearest Sears store within the hour and pick the item up.  Right from your computer you can see if they have the 19.2 volt tool you want in stock.  If they don’t, you can order it, and pick it up when it comes in.  No need to make a special trip to the store to see if they have it and no need to make a trip just to order it if they don’t.

Is The C3 19.2 volt Line The Best? or do you really need a MACK dump truck when a good pickup does the job most of the time?

No.  Simply stated the C3 line is not the most rugged line of cordless tools. But for the price you will get your money’s worth out of these tools. It is the best value for homeowners and most repair contractors. There are other lines of cordless tools out there that are more rugged (and expensive) But the C3 19.2 volt Craftsman is the best value for homeowners, tinkers and many repair techs. Other multi-tool lines of cordless tools like the Makita LXT focus on the construction trades.  For example, many of the tools in the Makita line you would never need (concrete vibrator) or only need once (autofeed screwdriver) as a homeowner.  The Model# 2601-22 Milwaukee drill is a better choice for a professional contractor than the Craftsman Compact Lithium-Ion Drill / Driver   Craftsman C3 Drill/Driver Kit with Lithium-Ion Battery 1/2 in., but the Milwaukee is much more expensive and the batteries only fit that drill and an impact driver (yet).  The Craftsman C3 19.2 batteries fit all the cordless tools I want now and may want in the near future.

Don’t disregard the 19.2 volt line if you are a contractor.  It can be a very good value for contractors and builders who need a cordless tool, but don’t need to use it 10 hours a day, everyday.  

An HVAC contractor recently told me: “I have about 40 of the 19.2 drills and they are very cost-effective for me.  My guys don’t use a drill that often, but they are really hard on them.  They throw them around, drop them, and lose them regularly.  The 19.2 volt is strong enough to do all their work and it doesn’t hurt my wallet as bad when I  have to replace them. ”  He was really excited about the new 4 place charger.

If you don’t use your drill more than once or twice a day seriously look at the   Craftsman C3 1/2-In Heavy-Duty Drill Kit Powered by XCP 1/2 in..  It comes with a high current compact lithium battery that will hold a charge for up to a year.  It’s lightweight and small enough to get into most areas.  With 465 in. lbs it is strong enough for all the tasks you normally do. At around $120 on sale it can be a great value for a repair tech, installer, or handyman.

Another contractor wrote me after this article was published saying, “Some things about lines such as Craftsman C3 are inaccurate.  They say that they are not the best and only for home users.  I’m a contractor and I use the C3 line everyday.  I take offense to someone saying they arent rugged enough.”

Batteries First:

The easist way to understand the Craftsman C3 19.2 volt line is to go through the battery/charger options first, then the drills, impacts and other tools. The batteries are the key to getting the best cordless tool for you.

Batteries are rated in amp hours and volts but some of the manufactures “fudge” the numbers so it looks like their battery is better than their competition. The manufactures also name their batteries differently for different parts of the world. For example a 12 volt is common in the U.S. but in Europe 10.8 volts is common. The batteries are the same, just labeled for the region.  Amp-hour ratings are the same though.  A 3 amp-hour battery from one manufacture has the same capacity as a 3 amp-hour battery from another. You may think volts matter, but they really don’t when figuring out what cordless tool is the best for you.

Lithium batteries have improved in the last 5 years. The newest batteries like the Craftsman XCP line is capable of higher current than previous generations. These batteries actually make your older C3 tools perform better!

The  C3 19.2 Batteries:

Craftsman 19.2 volt Replacement Battery Pack

C3 19.2 v NiCad

C3 19.2 v NiCad

This is the original NiCad battery pack. The battery you bought 5 years ago may have a different case, but it is the same. If you have an all black charger this is the only battery it will charge. NiCads have lots of faults but they are still valuable because they work in all temperatures.  (Lithium batteries don’t like temperatures below 20 degrees.)  If you like to go ice fishing and you use your drill on an ice auger they are still the way to go. Buy Here: Craftsman 19.2 volt Replacement Battery Pack

Craftsman C3 19.2-Volt Compact Lithium-Ion Battery Pack 

C3 19.2 v Compact Lithium

C3 19.2 v Compact Lithium

This is the current “standard” C3 battery. It has the same capacity as your old Nicad but is half the weight.  If you are converting to lithiums you will have to buy a multi-chemistry charger (see beow) Lithiums have a lot of advantages over NiCad for the homeowner.  They don’t self-discharge. They hold their charge for a year. You can leave them on the charger and not ruin them. They don’t get a memory. They don’t go bad if you don’t use them often.  The price has come down considerably in the last 3 years and you can now buy these for the same price as a NiCad. Buy Here:  Craftsman C3 19.2-Volt Compact Lithium-Ion Battery Pack

Craftsman C3 19.2-Volt High Capacity Lithium-Ion Battery Pack

This battery has 3 times the capacity as your NiCad. It is the same physical size but weighs less.  If you use power hungry tools like the trim saw this is a great value for you.  Buy Here:  Craftsman C3 19.2-Volt High Capacity Lithium-Ion Battery Pack

Craftsman C3 19.2-Volt XCP Compact Lithium-Ion Battery Pack

C3 19.2 v XCP Compact Lithium

C3 19.2 v XCP Compact Lithium

This is the latest in lithium battery technology. It delivers more current than other lithium batteries and actually makes your cordless tools stronger.  It will give your tool 10% more torque and 35% more run time over the compact lithium pack. Drills, Impact Drivers and Impact Wrenches work better with this new battery. Push button fuel gauge. Buy Here:  Craftsman C3 19.2-Volt XCP Compact Lithium-Ion Battery Pack

Craftsman C3 19.2-Volt XCP High Capacity Lithium-Ion Battery Pack 

C3 19.2 v XCP High Capacity Lithium

C3 19.2 v XCP High Capacity Lithium

This is the biggest and baddest lithium battery available to the homeowner. (The Commercial duty $470 Panasonic EY7950LS2S is 4.2 amp-hour) This 4 Ah battery improves the performance of all C3 tools with up to 20% more torque, four times the run time and three times the life. In addition the XCP batteries operate in temperatures from 5 to 158 degrees! You now have a battery for your ice auger that will drill faster and up to four times longer than your old NiCad batteries! Push button fuel gauge.  Buy Here:  Craftsman C3 19.2-Volt XCP High Capacity Lithium-Ion Battery Pack

Craftsman C3 19.2 volt Lithium-Ion Battery Charger 

C3 multi-chemistry charger

C3 multi-chemistry charger

Also called C3 multi-chemistry charger. This is the charger you need if you are upgrading to lithium-ion batteries. You can buy it here seperately or in a kit below. This charger charges all of the current and former C3 19.2 volt batteries including NiCads, lithiums and the new XCP batteries. If your old black nicad charger that came in the combo kits dies this is the replacement charger.  Buy Here:  Craftsman C3 19.2 volt Lithium-Ion Battery Charger

Craftsman C3 19.2-Volt 4-Port Multi Chemistry Charger 17311 

Craftsman C3 19.2-Volt 4-Port Multi Chemistry Charger 17311

Craftsman C3 19.2-Volt 4-Port Multi Chemistry Charger

If you need a new charger or you have more than two 19.2 batteries this is the MUST HAVE accessory! You have to have this charger if you want to get long life out of your existing Nicads.  No need to remove batteries from charger anytime. Smart charging system will not overcharge batteries.  Charges 19.2V battery packs to full capacity in 1-hour or less per port. Battery packs stored on the charger are systematically checked and charged to ensure optimal performance. After charging and maintaining all batteries the charger enters into sleep mode to conserve energy. After 5 days of continuous sleep mode, charger automatically checks battery status and charges if needed. Status allows user to check the charge status of the battery packs when charger has entered sleep mode. It hangs on the wall to help keep your work area organized. Quick release bracket lets you take the charger with you to a work area. Allows for easy transport of battery packs and charger. Batteries lock securely into place during storage or transport. Charges all 19.2V NiCd and Lithium batteries. Includes wall mount bracket. Buy Here: Craftsman C3 19.2-Volt 4-Port Multi Chemistry Charger 17311

  • Charge up to 4 battery packs
  • Energy Star rated.
  • Wall Mount Bracket
  • Convenient Carry Handle
  • Multi-Chemistry.  Handles both Lithium and Nicad 19.2 volt batteries.

Battery/Charger  19.2-Volt C3 Value Packs:

There are four value packs that give you a better deal on the basic batteries. If you are converting to lithium or need extra batteries there is a value kit for you.

Craftsman C3 19.2-Volt Lithium-Ion Battery Charger Combo Kit Buy Here:  Craftsman C3 19.2-Volt Lithium-Ion Battery Chargery Combo Kit

Compact Lithium: Craftsman C3 19.2-Volt Compact Lithium-Ion Two Battery Packs Buy Here:  Craftsman C3 19.2-Volt Compact Lithium-Ion Two Battery Packs

NiCad: Craftsman C3 19.2 volt Replacement Batteries (2 pk.) and Charger Buy Here:  Craftsman C3 19.2 volt Replacement Batteries (2 pk.) and Charger

NiCad: Craftsman C3 19.2 Volt Replacement Batteries (2 pk.) Buy Here:  Craftsman C3 19.2 Volt Replacement Batteries (2 pk.)

Drills, Impact Drivers and Impact Wrenchs

Drilling holes, fastening screws, and other odd jobs around the house are the primary reason most homeowners want a cordless tool.  You can use them anywhere in the house and on your property without dragging out the dirty, heavy extention cords. I’ll go through the newest and best of the C3 drills first. I’ll then go through the latest impact drivers and impact wrenches. Finally I show you the value drills and old favorites still available.

Craftsman C3 1/2-In Heavy-Duty Drill Kit Powered by XCP 1/2 in

Craftsman C3 1/2-In Heavy-Duty Drill Kit Powered by XCP 1/2 in

Craftsman 19.2-Volt C3 1/2-In Heavy-Duty Drill Kit Powered by XCP 1/2 in.

For the money this is the best heavy-duty 1/2 inch cordless drill on the market for homeowners and repair techs. If you use your drill for everything and your old one sometimes ran out of power this drill is up to the task.  Yes, it looks small but the compact frame compares to the latest technology in drills. The all metal chuck works. This drill comes with the best 1.5 Ah XCP compact battery, multi-chemistry charger and tool bag. The charger will charge all of your 19.2 volt batteries safely. Buy Here:  Craftsman C3 1/2-In Heavy-Duty Drill Kit Powered by XCP 1/2 in.

Craftsman 19.2-Volt C3 Drill/Driver Kit with Lithium-Ion Battery 1/2 in.

Craftsman C3 Drill/Driver Kit with Lithium-Ion Battery 1/2 in.

Craftsman C3 Drill/Driver Kit with Lithium-Ion Battery 1/2 in.

This is the value drill in the line, 340 in lbs of torque will handle tasks that your old drill wouldn’t. If you want a cordless drill for Christmas, Mother’s Day or Father’s Day this is the one you should tell your kids to buy.  This drill comes with a 1.3 Ah compact lithium battery, multi-chemistry charger and tool bag. The charger will charge all of your 19.2 volt batteries safely. Buy Here:  Craftsman C3 Drill/Driver Kit with Lithium-Ion Battery 1/2 in.

Craftsman 19.2-Volt C3 Compact 1/2-In Drill Kit with two Lithium Ion Batteries 1/2 in.

Craftsman C3 Compact 1/2-In Drill Kit with two Lithium Ion Batteries 1/2 in.

Craftsman C3 Compact 1/2-In Drill Kit with two Lithium Ion Batteries 1/2 in.

This is the value drill comes with 2 compact lithium batteries. 340 in lbs of torque will handle tasks that your old drill wouldn’t. If you want a cordless drill for Christmas, Mother’s Day or Father’s Day and want an extra battery this is the one you should tell your kids to buy.  This drill comes with two 1.3 Ah compact lithium batteries, multi-chemistry charger and tool bag. The charger will charge all of your 19.2 volt batteries safely. Buy Here:  Craftsman C3 Compact 1/2-In Drill Kit with two Lithium Ion Batteries 1/2 in.

Craftsman 19.2-Volt C3 Impact Driver Kit 1/4 in. 

Craftsman 19.2-Volt Impact Driver Kit 1/4 in.

Craftsman 19.2-Volt Impact Driver Kit 1/4 in.

If you don’t own an impact driver you have no idea what you are missing out on. Impact drivers give your screw, lag bolt or other fastener a rotational torque.  This rotational force keeps the tool from trying to pop out of the screw. You can drive Philips head screws and never strip it out like I have tendency to do with a conventional drill driver. Impact drivers are also MUCH stronger than a drill and this one will drive 3/8 inch lag bolts into your deck project with ease. Impact drivers including this one use the industry standard 1/4 inch hex tool bits. This tool comes with one NiCad Battery and charger. Buy Here:  Craftsman 19.2-Volt Impact Driver Kit 1/4 in.

Craftsman 19.2-Volt C3 2-Piece Lithium-Ion Drill and Impact Driver Kit

This is a value kit that includes the 340 in lb drill, 1/4 inch impact driver, one compact lithium battery and a lutichemisty charger. Buy Here:  Craftsman C3 2-Piece Lithium-Ion Drill and Impact Driver Kit

Craftsman CM C3 3/8 Wrench Kit 3/8 in. 

Craftsman CM C3 3/8 Wrench Kit 3/8 in.

Craftsman CM C3 3/8 Wrench Kit 3/8 in.

Impact wrenches are different than impact drivers. Impact wrenches are designed to accept sockets and are used primarily for automotive, small engine, and other repairs that use nuts and bolts.  This wrench has over 130 ft lbs or torque and is strong enough to handle any task that won’t break a 3/8 socket.  I do recommend you use impact sockets on this tool because this impact is strong enough to break your standard chrome sockets. This tool comes with one NiCad Battery and charger.  Buy Here:  Craftsman CM C3 3/8 Wrench Kit 3/8 in.

Craftsman C3 19.2-Volt Cordless 1/2″ Wrench Kit 1/2 in. 

When you go have your tires rotated at a tire store they use an impact wrench to quickly remove and install your tires. This 1/2 inch wrench is designed to perform work like that.  With 200 ft lbs it will have enough power to quickly zip your lug nuts on and off but there is a but.  The impact that your mechanic uses has around 600 ft lbs of torque. He can loosen just about any wheel that comes into his tire changing bay.  This one while well worth the money for the homeowner, will not loosen and tighten all lug nuts. You will need a 4-way or socket/breaker bar to initially loosen and tight the nuts.

My father hauls cattle with a 28 foot aluminum gooseneck trailer. The trailer has three axles and is constantly having flat tires (nature of the beast)  He carries a 4-way and this impact with him. He uses the 4-way to break the nuts loose, then uses the impact to zip the nuts on and off. He then uses the 4-way again to make sure the nuts are tight.  

I highly recommend this impact wrench. You can buy it three ways. First, The Impact with one NiCad battery and charger, Buy Here:  Craftsman C3 19.2-Volt Cordless 1/2″ Wrench Kit 1/2 in.

Second, The Impact with 2 NiCad batteries and charger. Buy Here:  Craftsman C3 19.2-Volt Cordless 1/2″ Impact Wrench Kit 17339 1/2 in.

Third, The  1/2 Impact, a 1/2 inch 340 in lb drill, 1 compact Lithium and 1 high capacity Lithium battery with lithium charger. This kit is a great value. You get two good tools and 2 good batteries. Buy Here:  Craftsman 19.2V C3 Mechanics Combo

NiCad kits

The rest of these kits are NiCad based. They are priced right, but when you decide to upgrade to lithium you will have to buy new batteries and a charger.

Craftsman C3 19.2-Volt 1/2″ Drill/Driver and Work light 17560 Buy Here:  Craftsman C3 19.2-Volt 1/2″ Drill/Driver and Work light 17560

Craftsman 11543 19.2-volt C3 Cordless 1/2″ Hammer Drill/Driver 1/2 in. Buy Here:  Craftsman 11543 19.2-volt C3 Cordless 1/2″ Hammer Drill/Driver 1/2 in.

Craftsman 17191 19.2-volt C3 Cordless Drill/Driver 3/8 in. I do not recommend this drill! It is a single speed, 600 rpm, 3/8 inch gutless wonder.  Craftsman initially built this drill as a Black Friday special because there is always someone wanting the cheapest tool possible. Because those customers are always there Craftsman continues to manufacture and sell this piece of junk. I’ll guarentee if I could talk to you before you purchase this drill you would spend the extra $20 to get a real drill.  Buy Here:  Craftsman 17191 19.2-volt C3 Cordless Drill/Driver 3/8 in. Here is my suggested drill instead:  Craftsman C3 Drill/Driver Kit with Lithium-Ion Battery 1/2 in.

C3 Add-On Tools – My Favorites

Add-On tools are where the C3 tool line becomes one of the best value homeowner lines. Once you buy a drill/driver or combo kit with batteries and charger you can quickly and affordably add the other powered tools you need to get all your work done around the home and acreage.

Craftsman 19.2-volt C3 Cordless One-Handed Reciprocating Saw 

19.2-volt C3 Cordless One-Handed Reciprocating Saw

19.2-volt C3 Cordless One-Handed Reciprocating Saw

This is my favorite cordless tool! I have replaced all of my hand saws, hack saws, pruning saws, corded reciprocating saw, limb saw, and lopers with this one saw! The key reasons are the lightweight, one-handed design, variable speed and no cord! (you can use two hands on heavy work)  The variable speed lets me start a cut on metal without the blade wandering around. There are many different blades available for recip saws so I can use it for rough cut remodel work, metal cutting, hard woods, soft woods, green limbs and dry brittle branches. We do a lot of landscaping and we are always finding roots that need to be cut out. This saw with a hook-tooth or pruning blade makes short work of these.  I used it instead of a saber saw to trim a curved deck job. It’s great for deck and landscape bed construction. It will quickly and cleanly cut off a 4X4 or 2X6 that ended up a little too long.   Yes there is a blade for that! Buy Here:  Craftsman 19.2-volt C3 Cordless One-Handed Reciprocating Saw

Craftsman C3 19.2-Volt Reciprocating Saw 

Craftsman C3 19.2-Volt Reciprocating Saw

Craftsman C3 19.2-Volt Reciprocating Saw

This is the replacement recip saw that comes in the combo kits. Lightweight, single speed. The owners of the combo kits like this saw but I do not suggest buying it if you have lots of work to do or if you have some heavy duty jobs to use it on. It’s a good value, but limited in life. Buy Here:  Craftsman C3 19.2-Volt Reciprocating Saw

Craftsman  19.2-Volt C3 Cordless 1/2-In. Hammer Drill/Driver 1/2 in 

Craftsman  19.2-Volt C3 Cordless 1/2-In. Hammer Drill/Driver 1/2 in

Craftsman 19.2-Volt C3 Cordless 1/2-In. Hammer Drill

It’s a hammer drill. Old school, heavy duty, buy this one and you won’t need to buy another ever again. Buy Here:  Craftsman 19.2-Volt Cordless 1/2-In. Hammer Drill/Driver 1/2 in.

Craftsman  19.2-Volt C3  Lithium Ion Hedge Trimmer spin_prod_803391912

I own just about all of these tools but this hedge trimmer is one of my favorites. Way more power than I expected. I’ve had it now 3 years and it has performed flawlessly on boxwoods, prairie grass, lilac bushes and even my apple tree! This 2013 model comes with a compact lithium battery and charger. The one battery gives about 30 minutes of use and charges in 30 minutes.  Buy Here:  Craftsman 19.2V Cordless C3 Lithium Ion Hedge Trimmer

Craftsman 19.2V Cordless C3 String Trimmer 

Craftsman 19.2V Cordless C3 String Trimmer

Craftsman 19.2V Cordless C3 String Trimmer

I like gas powered string trimmers, my wife doesn’t. for her they are hard to start, heavy and a pain to rewind. This cordless trimmer is a great lightweight trimmer if you trim every time you mow. No, it won’t cut down those horseweeds but for all your trimming when mowing tasks it just about perfect. It has one feature no other cordless electric has, there is a button to manually release extra line. No more waiting for the automatic feed to “maybe” work. The battery last about 30 minutes and charges in 30 minutes. Steal the high capacity XCP battery from the garage and you have about 3 hours of run time. Replacement spool, Line to wind it yourself and cap is listed below.  Buy Here:  Craftsman 19.2V Cordless C3 String Trimmer Medium
Craftsman  19.2-Volt C3 String Trimmer Replacement Spool 1 pk Buy Here:  Craftsman C3 String Trimmer Replacement Spool 1 pk
Craftsman .065″ Replacement Trimmer Line Buy Here:  Craftsman .065″ Replacement Trimmer Line
Craftsman C3 String Trimmer Replacement Spool Cap Buy Here:  Craftsman C3 String Trimmer Replacement Spool Cap

Craftsman C3 19.2V Lithium Blower 

C3 19.2V Lithium Blower

C3 19.2V Lithium Blower

I use this blower everyday. It has just enough power to clean my garage without creating a cloud of dust that get’s into every shelf of tools. I use it to blow the grit off the back door welcome mat, I use it to blow the dry grass off the patio after I’ve trimmed the grass. But, this blower is not a true leaf blower. It does not do a very good job of blowing maple leaves out of rocks, moving wet grass and leaves or blowing a tree’s worth of leaves over into the neighbor’s lawn.  It’s very lightweight and I pick it up instead of a broom every time. Buy Here:  Craftsman C3 19.2V Lithium Blower

Craftsman C3 19.2V Lithium Chainsaw 

C3 19.2V Lithium Chainsaw

C3 19.2V Lithium Chainsaw

It’s a trim saw. Great for cutting up branches that have fallen into your yard. Pruning limbs and whacking off that 4X4 that’s sticking too far out of your deck project. It uses car oil for a chain lube so you don’t need an extra bottle of bar oil lying around. It’s simple, it works. Buy an extra chain right away. Buy the saw Here:  Craftsman C3 19.2V Lithium Chainsaw Buy the chain here: Oregon Chain, 3/8 Micro Lite 90 Chamfer Chisel

Craftsman C3 19.2 volt 7-1/4″ Circular Saw with Laser 5/8 in.

 C3 19.2 volt 7-1/4" Circular Saw

C3 19.2 volt 7-1/4″ Circular Saw

Five years ago when this saw was introduced it got a lot of bad reviews. The bad reviews were because a NiCad battery would only cut about 4 2X4’s before it ran out. Today though with the high capacity lithium and high capacity XCP batteries this saw will make dozens of cut on one charge. I just used one to build a raised garden bed and it easily powered through wet treated 2X6 landscape wood. It also cut through a couple of old dry oak 4X4’s with no problem. I will tell you that it cuts differently though than a 110 volt circular saw. The blade does not spin as fast so it takes a little longer to make the cut. It never runs out of power it just takes longer. I also felt it didn’t bind up as easily as my old Skil-Saw.  I do recommend you go out and spend $15 or more on a very sharp carbide combination blade.  The sharp blade will make the battery last a lot long than using the cheap blade that coems with the saw. I use an Irwin extra sharp blade that cuts any wood like soft butter. Buy Here:  Craftsman C3 19.2 volt 7-1/4″ Circular Saw with Laser 5/8 in.

Craftsman C3 19.2 volt DieHard Cordless Trim Saw

This is the 5 3/8 inch saw that comes in the combo kits. It will cut a standard 2X4 and less so it is great for general work around the house. Replacement blade for it is listed below. Buy Here:  Craftsman C3 19.2 volt DieHard Cordless Trim Saw 3/8 in.

Blade for Trim Saw:Craftsman CM 5 3/8IN-18T CARBIDE 5/8 in.

Craftsman C3 19.2-volt 3/8″ Right Angle Drill/Driver 3/8 in.

This is not the same right angle drill you got in your kit 5 years ago. This one is variable speed and is a lot faster (1050 rpm)  Click the buy here link to see a picture. Buy Here:  Craftsman C3 19.2-volt 3/8″ Right Angle Drill/Driver 3/8 in.

Craftsman C3 19.2 volt AM/FM/Weather Radio

Craftsman C3 19.2 volt AM/FM/Weather Radio

Craftsman C3 19.2 volt AM/FM/Weather Radio

I call this the “ice shack” radio. It small, lightweight, but has plenty of volume for a room or your 2 car garage. It will run on one NiCad battery all weekend. Beside AM/FM it features the NOAA Weather radio.  Buy Here:  Craftsman C3 19.2 volt AM/FM/Weather Radio Removable/rechargeable battery pack
Craftsman C3 19.2 volt Cordless Inflator 

Craftsman C3 19.2 volt Cordless Inflator

Craftsman C3 19.2 volt Cordless Inflator

If you have kids, you have kids toys and one of those toys has a flat tire. This cordless Inflator is perfect because you can carry it anywhere and pump up a tire to the exact pressure. So whether you’re topping up your tires for a road trip, are pumping up inflatables for a day at the beach, or need to make air mattresses comfy for visitors, it delivers. Featuring an ergonomic pistol design, it’s comfortable in the hand, while the flexible hose gives you just the right angle to connect.  One little feature that the description does not tell you. You set the pressure and hook it up to your flat tire. When the inflator gets to amount you specify, it shuts itself off. No more blown bycycle tires!  Buy Here:  Craftsman C3 19.2 volt Cordless Inflator

Craftsman C3 19.2-volt Cordless LED Light 17601 

Craftsman C3 19.2-volt Cordless LED Light 17601

C3 19.2-volt LED Light

I like this light a lot. A compact lithium will power it for 12 hours and a high capacity lithium will power it for over 48 hours. It’s bright enough that I can see all of my one acre backyard from the back garage door. The head swivels so you can use it inside cabinets etc.  There is a hook that pops out of the handle so you can hang it in your tent. This and the C3 Radio and a couple of batteries make the perfect camping duo. Mine stays right next to my 4 place charger by the back door of the garage. Buy Here:  Craftsman C3 19.2-volt Cordless LED Light 17601 Black

C3 Add-On Tools – A Bunch More

Craftsman C3 19.2 volt Fluorescent Light Black

Nice wide-area light. Replacement bulb is below. Buy Here:  Craftsman C3 19.2 volt Fluorescent Light Black
Replacement Fluorescent Tube for Craftsman 19.2 volt Worklight #11407 Buy Here:  Replacement Fluorescent Tube for Craftsman 19.2 volt Worklight #11407

Craftsman 19.2-Volt Light Black Nickel Cadmium

The standard light that comes in the combo kits. It’s cheap, but if you bump it, you get to replace the bulb. Spare bulbs are below. Be sure to order 3 or 4 extras.  Buy Here:  Craftsman 19.2-Volt Light Black Nickel Cadmium
Craftsman Replacement Krypton Bulb for Craftsman 19.2-volt Worklights. ( I don’t have a link for you. Search this number on sears.com and it will come up 00911213000P)

Craftsman C3 19.2 volt Hand Vac

Like a dust buster. Buy Here:  Craftsman C3 19.2 volt Hand Vac
Craftsman C3 Hand Vac filter Buy Here:  Craftsman C3 Vac filter

Craftsman C3 19.2 volt Jig Saw with Laser Trac

This is a really nice Jig Saw. Heavy duty with all the features and options of an expensive corded model. Buy Here:  Craftsman C3 19.2 volt Jig Saw with Laser Trac (TM) ; Bare Tool

Craftsman C3 19.2 volt Pad Sander

Anvil style sander. It has enough power and seed to do a good job for you. Buy Here:  Craftsman C3 19.2 volt Pad Sander
Craftsman Assorted Grit C3 Detail Sander Sheets Buy Here:  Craftsman Assorted Grit C3 Detail Sander Sheets

Craftsman C3 19.2-volt Cordless Impact Driver 17080 1/4 in

The 1500 in lb impact driver without battery and charger. This is a great deal if you already have batteries. Buy Here:  Craftsman C3 19.2-volt Cordless Impact Driver 17080 1/4 in.

Craftsman C3 19.2-volt Cordless Impact Wrench 17090 1/2 in

The 200 ft lb impact wrench without battery and charger. This is a great deal if you already have batteries. Buy Here:  Craftsman C3 19.2-volt Cordless Impact Wrench 17090 1/2 in.

Craftsman  19.2-Volt C3 3/8-In Impact Wrench Add-On Tool 3/8 in

The 125 ft lb impact wrench without battery and charger. This is a great deal if you already have batteries.. Buy Here:  Craftsman C3 3/8-In Impact Wrench Add-On Tool 3/8 in.

Craftsman 19.2-Volt C3  4 1/2-In Angle Grinder 

C3  4 1/2-In Angle Grinder

C3 4 1/2-In Angle Grinder

A cordless angle grinder! I don’t have one yet, but I’ve played with one and I like the power. It will be my next C3 tool.  Buy Here:  Craftsman C3 4 1/2-In Angle Grinder 4-1/2 in.

Craftsman 19.2-Volt C3 Wet/Dry Vac

I bought one of these two years ago, showed it to my wife and I haven’t seen it since. But I hear it being used all the time. A very strong, compact 2 gallon vac. Great for every day clean-up in the workshop, stairs and kids messes. I like it but it does go through a NiCad battery every 20 minutes or so.  Buy Here:  Craftsman C3 Wet/Dry Vac
Craftsman 19.2-Volt C3  Replacement Filter 3 Pack Buy Here:  Craftsman Replacement Filter

Combo Kits

Combo kits can be a great value, especially during the Christmas holidays and Craftsman Club sales.

XCP Performance!

Craftsman 19.2-Volt C3 Mechanics Drill and Impact Wrench Combo Kit Powered by two XCP Compact Lithium Batteries:  Buy Here:  Craftsman C3 Mechanics Drill and Impact Wrench Combo Kit Powered by XCP

New Compact Lithium Kits

Craftsman 19.2-Volt C3 4PC Lithium Combo Kit New Compact Lithium Batteries: Buy Here:  Craftsman C3 4PC Lithium Combo Kit
Craftsman 19.2-Volt C3 Lithium-Ion 3-Piece Combo Kit New Compact Lithium Batteries: Buy Here:  Craftsman C3 Lithium-Ion 3-Piece Combo Kit

Nicad Combo Kits

Craftsman 19.2-Volt C3 5 pc. C3 Combo Kit Nicad: Buy Here:  Craftsman 19.2 Volt 5 pc. C3 Combo Kit
Craftsman 19.2 Volt C3 Cordless Combo Kit with RA Drill Nicad:  Buy Here:  Craftsman 19.2 Volt C3 Cordless Combo Kit with RA Drill

Craftsman 19.2-Volt C3  4 pc. C3 Combo Kit Nicad:  Buy Here:  Craftsman 19.2 Volt 4 pc. C3 Combo Kit

Craftsman 19.2-Volt C3 4-Piece Combo Kit Nicad:  I do not recommed this kit. It has the worthless drill/driver, one nicad battery and a 24 hour charger! The only person I would buy this for is the son-in-law I couldn’t stand.  Buy Here:  Craftsman C3 4-Piece Combo Kit

Discontinued C3 Tools

I covered the discontinued  19.2-Volt C3 tools here: Craftsman 19.2 volt C3 Discontinued Tools

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