Affordable Magnetic Drill Optimizes Power-to-Weight Ratio

Priced at $699, the “Short Slugger” from FEIN Power Tools weighs only 22 lb and stands at 11 in with a 430 W motor that is ideal for repetitive drilling in close quarters or as a first-time user’s magnetic drill.

FEIN Power Tools, Inc. (Pittsburgh, PA), has introduced the Slugger® JHM Short Slugger portable magnetic drill. The drill is lightweight, carries a low profile plus low cost and is ideal for portable holemaking in fabricating, construction and specialty metalworking applications.

At 22 lb, the JHM Short Slugger is the lightest portable magnetic drill in its class yet has the power to make 1 in to 3/16 in diameter 2 in DOC holes quickly with its 430W, 680 RPM motor, plus features such as an arbor for 3/4 in Weldon shank annular cutters, spring slug ejection and gravity-fed coolant. Its low 11 in height makes it easy to fit in tight places found at construction sites. The Short Slugger’s low price makes it very attractive for first-time magnetic drill users.

The Short Slugger is an ideal magnetic drill for use in overhead and upside down drilling because the gravity fed coolant bottle can be easily removed while its 22 lb weight provides better ergonomics compared to other portable magnetic drills in its class.

Feed handles can be easily moved to either side for working in confined spaces. Its light weight is attributable to an aluminum frame with high-impact plastic inserts built to take the rigors of high production holemaking.

For safety, all motor wiring is contained to prevent snagging or getting caught in tight places. It also has FEIN “Smart Magnet®” circuitry for detecting both inadequate surfaces and inadequate holding power while a self-start lock prevents drill motor self-start in the event of a power loss. Other safety equipment includes: A safety strap to prevent the drill form falling in the event of a power failure; a safety guard to protect the operator from accidentally touching the cutter during operation.

Standard equipment provided with the Short Slugger drill includes a high-impact plastic storage/carrying case, coolant tank, safety strap, chip guard, chip hook, two centering pins, 5 mm hex wrench and carrying handle.

FEIN, founded in 1867, invented the first power tool — the electric hand drill — in 1895.Today the long-established company is a power tool manufacturer with international renown that holds more than 800 active property rights, including approximately 500 patents and patent applications. FEIN products are distributed worldwide through 19 international subsidiaries and more than 50 agents.

FEIN Power Tools, Inc., 1030 Alcon Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15220, 412-922-8886,