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What is this Best Power Drill To Buy For You

Updated on February 11, 2012

With so many drills out there, with so many different specs, capabilities and at different price ranges its hard to find which drill is best for you. Manufacturers have to provide many different specs and models to their ranges to cater for everyone. To make sure you spend your money on the right drill for you, here is a breakdown of what different drills there are and what they have to offer and whether you need them to get your jobs done.

  • Portable (Cordless) and Mains powered: Cordless drills have their obvious benefits over mains powered, mains powered drills are only really needed if you need huge power for masonry drilling other than that a cordless drill will do everything you need. Cordless drills come in different power outputs so you need to know what each power outputs pro's and con's are.

  • Power Outputs: Cordless drills com in 12volt,14.4v,18v and 24volt. Why so many different power outputs? Manufacturers have to make affordable drills so different power outputs can bring the costs down. Here you can see what each has to offer and which is best for your needs.

  • 12volt: This is as low as you want to go when buying a drill, They are limited though, with the reduced power means reduced torque so they're unable to take regular hard use. These are cheaper than the other power ranges (but not by much) and are more than capable dealing with DIY tasks around the home or use on your hobby.

  • 14.4volt: As you'll expect with the higher power they will produce more torque, giving them a wider range of tasks that they're capable of. These are little redundant as you get much for your money if you buy an 18volt drill.

18volt: The best of the bunch and the most commonly used on site. These have come along as battery quality has been improved extensively over the years. They have the torque output that will handle many, many jobs at home or on site and are also versatile enough to do small jobs at home. 24.4Volt: The biggest of the bunch but although they crank more power they also need more juice to power them meaning that the batteries are larger making them heavier harder to use. They're also expensive, so if you need to use a drill for light to moderate work this would be no good. Combi Drill: Combi Drills are ones that can do normal drilling and also masonry work ( drilling in to brick ) So if you want something will put up pictures and you want to have something capable of all jobs then a combi drill is a must.18volt: The best of the bunch and the most commonly used on site. These have come along as battery quality has been improved extensively over the years. They have the torque output that will handle many, many jobs at home or on site and are also versatile enough to do small jobs at home.24.4Volt: The biggest of the bunch but although they crank more power they also need more juice to power them meaning that the batteries are larger making them heavier harder to use. They're also expensive, so if you need to use a drill for light to moderate work this would be no good. Combi Drill: Combi Drills are ones that can do normal drilling and also masonry work ( drilling in to brick ) So if you want something will put up pictures and you want to have

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    • JP993 profile imageAUTHOR

      JP993 

      6 years ago from England

      Thank you for your response Carcro! Mains powered drills provide real juice but are a pain in the butt when trying to put up plasterboard etc because of the lead always managing to wrap round something or being too short. They're also heavier. Drill batteries have come a long way and now last longer than ever. Most even come with 2 batteries.

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      Paul Cronin 

      6 years ago from Winnipeg

      I personally like the cord drills, just because I don't use them often enough and the batteries would always drain on me before I could finish a job. But good info here, thanks!

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