Cordless Drills are becoming a must have tool for both homeowners and professional craftsmen alike. There are so many brands competing for your money that the prospect of buying one can be daunting. This article will touch on the major points of interest to help you buy the best cordless drill that meets your needs.
How do you use it?
Are you taking it out to a job site each day? Or, is it for general use
around the house? The first choice requires a heavy duty unit. If you
are taking it to a job site will it be heavy drilling? If so, then make
sure that you purchase a nineteen volt model with a keyless chuck that
will take up to a half-inch bit.
What features do you need? Most
units will also double as a Cordless Screwdriver which can save some
money. On the other end there are some that are compact enough to work
in very tight spaces. They average four to nine volts and are cordless
drills in name only.
If you are looking for long battery life,
then Lithium Ion batteries are the way to go. Also, you want to check
to see how much the battery costs. The Sears EX 12volt cordless drill
was only forty dollars. The battery was twenty. When the EX was
discontinued, they also discontinued the battery. When the one battery
that came with the cordless drill went out you were stuck with a
How much do you want to spend? A Cordless Drill can
range in price from under ten dollars to over two hundred. Generally
speaking, a high end Cordless Drill will have variable speeds, a more
robust transmission, a lithium ion battery with a quick charge feature,
and a keyless chuck. Look at a Makita Cordless Drill for examples of
what a good quality mid range cordless drill should cost. I personally
own and use one every day and it will drill, drive screws, run down
bolts, and the battery lasts all day.
Also, more cordless drills
are starting to come with a built in work light as well. Until you use
it, you won't realize how handy this feature is. Make sure the light is
made up of LED's instead of a traditional bulb.