Chicago Pneumatic CP879 Review
Chicago Pneumatic CP879 Review
Reviewed by: Timothy Henderson
Published on: March 6, 2018
Last updated: March 28, 2018 at 10:11 am
Chicago Pneumatic CP879 Review Summary:
- Weight – 2.25lbs
- Dimensions – 24″ x 12″ x 12″
- Chuck Size – 3/8″
- Maximum Pressure – 175 PSI
- Warranty – 1-year
Chicago Pneumatic CP879 – The Basics
The Chicago Pneumatic CP879 sports a compact angle head that allows users to drill at places which they can’t reach with a regular drill. It features a slim profile with a low weight, and handling it is more than easy – fatigue and hand cramps are not something to worry about with this model. The drill sports a reverse valve that allows easy directional change, a standard 3/8″ chuck, and is capable of achieving the maximum speed of 1800 rotations per minute. It has a rear exhaust valve which, fortunately, directs the air away from the surface you’re currently working on. Even though it’s intended for drilling in confined areas, the CP879 can also be used for general maintenance, as long as you avoid heavy-duty jobs. Let’s check out the features:
Sporting a pretty attractive combination of burgundy and black colors, the Chicago Pneumatic CP879 weighs just a little bit above 2 pounds. This, in turn, makes the device highly maneuverable and easy to operate – long drilling sessions won’t tire you and leave you with painful cramps in hands. The top part of the device sports a compact, low profile head whose purpose is to let you drill or drive in places you can’t reach with your regular drill. During our testing period, we found that this works pretty well – plumbers and HVAC installers will be more than grateful for it. Due to the fact that this is a pneumatic drill, one has to deal with air coming from an exhaust valve. Fortunately, the exhaust valve on this unit will direct the air away from the surface you’re working on, which is pretty convenient and deserves special praise.
The motor of this drill is quite a powerful one, as it easily achieves the speed of 1,800 RPM. This is quite impressive for an air right angle drill and a big plus in our book as it will help you deal with a plethora of different drilling/driving jobs. We liked that the machine comes with a reverse valve (it allows quick directional change) and the teasing throttle that provides complete control from the startup through the rundown. The CP879 comes with a standard 3/8″ chuck and a 1-year warranty, which isn’t that impressive but it’s something we expected at this price.
Things we liked about it
Things we didn’t like
What Users Say About The Chicago Pneumatic CP879
The user reception for this pneumatic drill has been mostly positive, with consumers praising its affordable price, ease of use, speedy motor, low weight, and the ability to work with it in the tightest of spaces. They’re saying that it makes quick work of any material, calling it fast and efficient.
However, they do have a few complaints about it, with the most frequent one being its loudness. We tend to agree with the consumers – during our testing, we’ve also noticed that operating the CP879 isn’t a great experience if you’re not wearing hearing protection.