If your thinking of buying a cordless drill for some of your projects around the home, then I hope the information here will help you out.
Choosing a Drill
Cordless drills are probably a must for the home owner. When buying one go for the lithium ion battery type as they provide more power and are much easier to work with.
I prefer the lighter drills if you happen to be using one for any length of time, and its always better to have two batteries. Just no fun when your screwing on a sheet of drywall and the battery dies, then having to wait half an hour for a recharge.
Some of the better drills are Makita, Dewalt, Milwaukee,Porter Cable, Hitachi, Ryobi, and there is many more.
Having used a Makita eighteen volt lithium ion during the syrup season for tapping I can say this is one drill I would highly recommend. I found it very easy and comfortable to handle and not to heavy.
The newer brushless model eighteen volt LXT Makita is designed to run longer , with more power and speed plus a longer life before maintenance.
I have not tried out any of the newer model drills yet, but from my experience with the older drills I would rate Makita as my number one choice to use around the home for repairs and most jobs.
The dewalt line of cordless drills are also excellent quality as I have had the opportunity to use them a few times.
With the dewalt if the last three numbers for the model end in a zero then the model is a drill driver, and if it ends in a five then it is a combination drill with the hammer function to use for drilling concrete.
As an example DCD780 and DCD995. The seven eighty just being drill driver on the low end of dewalt drills, and the nine ninety five being both hammer and drill on the top end.
The seven ninety five is the first of dewalts brushless motors and id designed to last longer and have less heat.
The seven eighty, seven eighty five, and seven ninety five are for general purpose work, like putting screws in and lighter drilling.
And the nine eighty, nine eighty five, and nine ninety five are dewalts heavy duty drills for harder drilling jobs.
Milwaukee Cordless Drills
The Milwaukee cordless eighteen volt drills are also good quality if your looking for one to buy.
There four pole motor features rare earth magnets instead of brushes providing more power, cooler running, and a longer life span, plus lighter to handle.
There M eighteen brushless combo drill weights in at three point nine pounds with the battery installed, so is light enough for overhead work and tight places.
Porter Cable Cordless Drills
Another model you might consider for around the home is Porter Cable. There twenty volt PCC601 lithium ion half inch drill sells for around a hundred dollars. So if your searching for a less expensive model give it a try.
The makers of Hitachi cordless also make a brushless drill. There DS18DBL eighteen volt lithium ion which has fifty percent more running time, increased power and durability and essentially no maintenance.
If interested in a cordless drill for around the home you might wont to check one of these out.
Shopping For Drills
There are many excellent cordless drills on the market today, so is best to shop around to find one that suits your liking.
Listed above are just a few , there is also Bosch, Ryobi, Craftsman, Rockwell, Mastercraft and many more. The price will vary depending on size and quality, so best to do some home work before purchasing.
At the moment I have two twenty volt lithium ion mastercraft drills, and have been using them for about three years now. Reason I purchased them was the price, on sale for about eighty dollars at Canadian Tire.
I figured for the price that if they didn’t last then I would not be losing very much. But after three years they are still running perfect, and I have put them through a lot of work from drywall to roofs.
Also having one strapped to your belt all day on a roof makes you appreciate the weight of one pound twelve ounces without the battery.
Many of the different brands of cordless drills also offer the ability for there batteries to fit other cordless tools in that same brand, an example being Makita. Other makes also do the same.
Speed and Clutches
with the older corded drills they usually had only one speed and no clutch. You would get full torque with each press of the trigger.
These days most brands provide a clutch on there cordless drills, which is used to prevent to much torque when driving screws or other smaller things.
There is almost always a two speed setting, a low and high range. The slower for driving larger bits, as when your drilling to install a door knob, or even mixing paint. The higher speed for drilling smaller holes and other things. The chuck on most of these drills is tightened and loosened by hand.
The Lithium ion battery pack can be charged at any time for the mastercraft drills, so there is no waiting for it to totally run out of juice.
A fully discharged battery will take about sixty to one hundred twenty minutes for a recharge depending on the battery. If the battery is left on the charger it will not overcharge, so that’s something handy also.
The Better Cordless Drills
I hope the above information will give you some ideas on cordless drills, and which will the best for your needs.
With so many on the market today it might even be helpful to try out a few of your neighbours before making a purchase.
I wish you the best of luck on your drill shopping and any comments are appreciated.