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Choosing A Cordless Drill -- A Quick Guide

Updated on February 27, 2013

What To Consider ?

I understand. When it comes to choosing a cordless drill, the choice is many. And it doesn't help when the manufacturers pack words like torque, voltage rating, chuck, electric brake and clutch into their flier.

What to do now?

Okay. Assuming that you're an average home owner who needs a drill for your occasional drilling work, here are some things you need to look at :-

1. Power

While it is tempting to pack as much power as possible, most home owners would be okay with 12 Volt drill. But if money is not a problem, you won't be disappointed with an 18 volt drill with variable speed.

2. Speed & Torque

The speed determines how fast your drill could work while the torque tells you how strong the twisting action will be. In short, they are opposite of each other. The faster you drill is, the less powerful each twist will be.

If your work involves unscrewing stuck screws, you need one with high torque and less speed.

3.Electronic Brake

As the name suggest, the electronic brake puts an immediate stop to the chuck when you release the trigger. This way, you do not need to wait for the bits to stop rotating before you move on to your next screw.

Pretty handy for saving your time, or during a situation where speed is critical (think the pit stop of an INDY car racing)

4. Adjustable Clutch

Some drills have adjustable clutches that could let you select how much torque should be applied for your job. This helps reduce the chances of your drill from damaging your screw or the surface.

Some Useful Addon for Your Drill

1. Extra Battery
If your cordless drill comes with only 1 battery, this is the first thing you need to buy. If not, you'll end up wasting time waiting for your battery to recharge. Believe me, drilling puts a huge toll on your tool and the amount of time it takes to drain the battery in your drill is usually short.

Having a spare battery charged while you work on your project is crucial for those with cordless drill.

2. Carrying Case
A drill carrying case is another wise investment to secure your drill and make sure that you bring the drill, bits and charger in one go.

3. Drill Holster
Useful when you need to take your drill on to the roof or places where you need to be hands free.


Some Popular Cordless Drills To Consider

Because the choice can be bewildering, here are 3 cordless drills that you might want to consider

1. Makita LXT 211

The Makita drill might not be a household name in America like it is in the rest of the world, but it is gaining foothold fast.

One of the best one we recommend is the Makita LXT 211 -- an 18 Volt cordless drill with drill and drive mode as well as variable speed.

The 30 minutes charging time is also short, meaning that you don't waste time waiting for the charging to finish. And like most modern drills, the set comes with 2 batteries.

2. Dewalt DCD780C2

This is a cordless driver for those who means business. It is a 20 Volt drill which packs more power for the job, but might not be suitable for an average home owner due to its weight and price.

But if power, reliability and speed are what you look for, buy this drill.

3. Milwaukee 22601-22

If cost is a factor, try this Chinese made Milwaukee. It has all the features you need in a cordless drill -- like power, fast charging and good ergonomics, but it is cheaper and lighter than the branded rivals.

It also has LED lights to illuminate the space you are supposed to drill, 2 batteries and a battery charge level indicator.

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