Back in the day, people had to make use of the wired drilling machine to complete repair tasks which was difficult to bring around the house or from one place to another. Today, we have cordless drills that have eliminated the task of carrying long extension cords attached to the machine; hence taking away the fear of tripping over wires and generally making home repairing a whole lot easier and safer.
Cordless drills are now available in lighter weight and powerful forms, enabling us to perform different repairing tasks, such installing new door handles, drilling holes to hang pictures or painting and replacing broken hinges, on our own. Indeed, the cordless drill have come to be necessary tools that every household must have. By this statement, if you happen to live in a house without this handy power tool, I would strongly suggest that you get yourself one asap and bask in the glow of the wonders it can do to make house repair a piece of cake.
But before you get fully convinced at what I just told you and get all excited to rush out and buy your very own cordless drill, it would be wise to first of all, read this tip of top brands of cordless drills out in the market today to help you decide which would be the best product to go for. After which, read on and check out our Buying Guide which will help you know the factors to consider before flashing your money and making your first purchase.
Best Cordless Drill Products
- Bosch DDS181-02 18-Volt Compact Tough Drill Driver (Hot item!)
- Bosch 36618-02 18-Volt 1/2-Inch Compact-Tough Litheon Drill/Driver (Hot item!)
- Bosch DDH181-01 18V Brute Tough Drill Driver (Hot item!)
- DEWALT DC725KA 18-Volt Cordless Compact Hammer Drill/Driver
- DEWALT DCD760KL 18-Volt 1/2-Inch Cordless Compact Lithium-Ion (Hot item!)
- DEWALT DW920K-2 1/4-Inch 7.2-Volt Cordless Two-Position Screwdriver Kit
- DEWALT DCD950KX 18-Volt XRP 1/2-Inch Drill/Driver/Hammerdrill Kit (Hot item!)
Black & Decker
- Black & Decker LDX112C 12-Volt Max Lithium-Ion Drill/Driver
- Black & Decker HPD18AK-2 18-Volt High Performance Drill
- Makita LXFD01CW 18-Volt Compact Lithium-Ion Cordless 1/2-Inch Driver-Drill Kit
- Makita LCT200W 18-Volt Compact Lithium-Ion Cordless 2-Piece Combo Kit
- Makita LCT300W 18-Volt Compact Lithium-Ion Cordless 3-Piece Combo Kit (Hot item!)
Buying Guide for Cordless Drills
The cordless drill is indeed one of the most used tools in our toolboxes. Aside from being used to drill holes in materials like wood, tile, ceramic, concrete and drywall, it can also be used to easily sink and remove screws. If you are planning to get a cordless drill, you are making the right decision because indeed, house repairing has become more convenient and much safer and easier with the invention of the cordless drill. Now, all you need to do is read this buying guide and your quest to making your life easier with a cordless drill purchase will be complete.
a. Standard – For general purpose drilling, this type of cordless drill is ideal for sinking screw and drilling through wood and thin metal.
b. Hammer – Ideal for drilling into concrete and brick, these are cordless drills with a kick that comes with a switch which allows the user to turn on and off the hammer effect. This hammer effect will then vibrate the chuck and drill bit perpendicular to the rotation, driving the bit into the material.
c. Impact Driver – For driving in screws, this type is a little of both standard and hammer drill with a twist. Like standard drills, they are used for driving in screws but they differ in the sense that they use a quick change chuck that only connects with a standard quick change screw bit. Both chuck and bit spin to drive in a screw until the force hits a preset threshold; after which, an internal hammer kicks in and boosts the rotational power up to three times that of the motor.
2. Voltage and Battery
The higher the voltage, the more powerful the drill. Voltages can range from 7.2v to 24v. Basically, a drill with higher voltage delivers more power so you’ll finish the job faster. A higher voltage also means heavier battery. Take note however that a heavier battery doesn’t mean that the drill operates longer as a 9.6v battery may operate as long as an 18v battery can.
Powerful batteries translate to additional torque for driving long screws into stronger hardwoods and means longer battery life per charge but take note that stronger batteries also mean a heavier drill. When comparing batteries with the same voltage, check the milliamp hours (mAh) rating. The battery with higher mAh rating holds a charge for a long time.
- Reversible motor that allows you to back out any screws that you drill in
- Dual-speed motor with a high and low switch
- An adjustable clutch that when adjusted properly, will keep you from driving screws too deeply into the wood stock.
b. To Consider
- Cordless drills usually use a ⅜” chuck to hold bits but there are larger models with a ½” chuck that allows one to use drill bits of up to ½” in diameter. Such types include a “hammer drill” which although has little application for woodworking, but is ideal for drilling holes in masonry.
- Newer cordless drill models come with a “smart charger” that helps extend battery life by optimizing how they are charged. With these chargers, once the battery approaches “full charge the charger switches to trickle charge mode until battery is maxed.
- There are models which include 2 batteries with the drill and charger. With 2 batteries, you can be using one and charging the other at the same time so you need not stop working once one battery is drained.
Try picking up a drill with the battery installed and hold it in a number of positions. Hold it in your head just like you would if you were drilling screws into the ceiling and evaluate on how the drill feels and how long you could use it while drilling it over your head. If you find the drill too heavy and can’t comfortably use it over your head for at least 3 seconds at a time, opt for a drill that’s smaller in size with lower battery voltage. Remember that above all, a drill should be comfortable so you will enjoy using it in all your woodworking projects in the first place.