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Cordless Drills: Some Helpful Tips To Know Before Buying
Cordless drills are popular with both professional and home users as they allow unhindered movement around a workspace and the ability to go out of range of a fixed electrical supply. Modern cordless drills perform as well as corded models for all but the heaviest of tasks.
Choosing a Drill
Choosing which drill to buy will depend on the type of work you will use it for:
Drill drivers are ideal for light home use such as putting up shelves or assembling flat-pack furniture. They are lightweight and good for working in confined spaces but relatively low powered.
Hammer drills are designed to cope with hard materials such as brick and concrete and are more powerful.
Combination (combi) drills are good all-rounders and have a variety of features. Most have variable speed and torque, and a hammer setting, making them suitable for the majority of tasks. Price, quality, power and battery size vary considerably but a well-made medium powered model should be adequate for home use.
Cordless Drill Features
Modern cordless drills use Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries. These vary in size and power with more powerful drills requiring more powerful and heavier batteries. Two batteries, one on the drill and one charging, allow for continuous working without having to wait for a recharge. A built-in charge indicator is very useful to see if you are likely to need to switch batteries before you complete your task.
Some manufacturers produce a range of tools that use the same batteries so, if you already have other battery powered tools, it’s worth considering products from the same manufacturer to save the cost of more batteries.
Sizes vary so you will need check that the drill you buy will accommodate the bits you want to use. Combi drills usually have a 13mm chuck and 10mm is common on DIY models.
The ability to adjust torque helps prevent damage to delicate materials and over-tightening of screws, while enabling effective drilling of hard materials. Some drills utilise a clutch to limit the maximum torque and prevent stripping of screw heads or bits when too much resistance is encountered.
Fast drill speeds are necessary for drilling harder materials, but slower speeds are required for drilling softer materials or driving screws. Dual speed drills allow you to switch to a lower gear without reducing torque so giving you more control. This can be very useful when working with materials that are prone to splitting or cracking. Variable speed drills get faster the harder you squeeze the trigger and allow very slow speeds.
Forward/reverse – This switch changes the direction of power and can be used for loosening or removing screws and bolts.
Integrated LED Light – Many cordless drills have a light which illuminates the work area when you squeeze the trigger. If you are working in a dark corner this can be invaluable.
Other features which are not essential but can be useful are: belt clips, wrist straps, detachable/moveable handles, spirit levels and magnetic holders for spare drill bits.