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Cordless Drills Buying Guide
There is a do it yourself handyman in almost all of us. Of course there are those of us who want to simply sit back and pay someone else to do the job for them and thats fine for them. For me personally, however, there is something in the satisfaction that you get when you do the job yourself.
The feeling of accomplishment and victory when you have grafted away at anything in your home is unparalleled and quite simply cannot be beat!
One of the most important tools you will want to have in your tool box is a drill.
Shopping for a good quality drill can be a difficult task to say the least. There are many drills out there for you to choose from, each with more features than the last.
I have created this website to help you make the right decision in which drill is best for you. By following the reviews and recommendations on this website, you will be able to make a good decision on the perfect drill for your needs.
A drill has always been and will always be a staple in your arsenal of DIY. Ideally you should have a regular drill and a hammer drill.
What is the difference between a drill and a hammer drill?
The regular drill is fine for 90% of the jobs that you will do around the house. It will easily punch holes through most things without any hassle. It is easy to use and self explanatory.
The hammer drill, this is where it gets exciting, the hammer drill, to say the least is a very powerful beast. As you are drilling, there is a hammer-like action that works in conjunction with the spinning drill to make difficult tasks easier and impossible tasks possible.
For example you would not be able to drill a hole through a concrete wall with a regular drill. It just wouldn’t be possible. If you tried for long enough, you would undoubtedly burn the drill piece as a result of all the friction you have cause when trying.
With a hammer drill, you could drill through the concrete wall. The hammer action inside the device works with the drill to create the hole. Its almost as if you are drilling while hammering the back of the drill which helps penetrate whatever it is that you are drilling.
Another point to note with the hammer drill is it is very loud! So, be advised, you will need to get a paid of ear plugs especially if you have a lot of drilling to do.
Cordless is the day and age we are in. From cordless telephones to cordless mouse and keyboards to cordless vacuum cleaners, we enjoy our material possessions not to be corded.
Having our appliances cordless is not even considered a novelty or a luxury nowadays but something we take for granted.
Like the vacuum cleaners as well as other house hold appliances, a cordless drill is also very convenient by making our life and the tasks we do much easier because we are not bound by the cord.
Cordless drills in the market still give us the power and the quality we need, as well as the obvious added bonus, no cords holding us back!
Shopping For A Drill – Features To Consider
Weight & Battery
The drill needs power to drive it.
A cordless drill relies on a battery pack for its power. The higher the wattage (or voltage) you have, the heavier the drill is going to be. The juicier your battery is, the longer the drill will last in terms of runtime and the more power it will give you (dependant on the number of settings for power your drill has).
A lot of the weight for the drill will be from its battery.
The chuck is the part of the drill where the drill bit goes into.
Most drills nowadays will have a keyless chuck. Older drills will have a key to tighten and un-tighten to attach or release a bit. Having a keyless chuck makes attaching the drill bit into the chuck much easier by simply twisting the chuck until its tightly fastened.
Most drills will usually have 3 settings. A drill setting, a screwdriver setting and a hammer setting.
The drill setting is basically when you want to drill is a standard rotation for when you want to drill. This setting gives you the full torque of the drill.
The screwdriver setting is for driving screw drivers. In this setting you would invariably get variable clutch control. With the first screw you will have to experiment with this to find the optimal setting for that certain screw going into the certain surface. Once you have determined this, you can simply keep the drill on this setting for the remaining screws.
You can control the torque for the screwdriver setting so you get the best drill action. The higher the number, the more torque you will get when drilling.
The hammer setting as explained above is for the tough surfaces the standard settings have no joy with. The regular drilling action accompanied with a hammer or a vibration pushing the bit in and out of the surface.
Speed Settings / Power
On top of most drills you will see a speed setting. This will be as a numerical digit, 1, 2 (and in some drills) 3. This is the RPM of the drill.
Most people think that the higher the number the more power they will get because it gives you more speed. This is simply not the case. Yes, you do get more speed but the power goes down as the speed goes up.
If you have any questions on anything, please do not hesitate to contact us here.
Here is a good video on the topics I have covered.