Things to consider when buying a cordless drill?
There is many a cordless drill out there that look great to go with your portable workbench but not that many that actually are great. As such you’ll want to keep some things in mind when shopping for a new cordless drill to make sure you get your money’s worth and not the power tool version of a lemon. Here are some of those considerations.
Weight- this is right up front because if you cordless frill weights in at 4 or 5 pounds you are going to spend as much time with it laying on the floor while you massage your forearms as you are working with it. Fortunately as the technology has progressed, the weight of these power tools has steadily decreased, a phenomenon that can largely be attributed to advances in battery development. You should be able to get an excellent cordless drill today that weight 3 ibs or even a bit less.
Torque- the torque is essentially the measure of the drill’s power. The greater the torque, the greater the amount of force the drill can bring to bear on the task. If you regularly drill into tough materials like concrete or plan to do so with your new drill, you will want to a drill with plenty of torque. most every cordless drill on our list maxes out at about 400 in- ibs. And in most cases that will be fine. However if you really need your drill to have maximum muscle behind it you may want as much as 600 or ever 1000 in-ibs.
Versatility - in the days of old a drill was a drill and that was that. Today, however a cordless drill is a blissfully versatile machine. Today they will do everything from drill that simple hole or drive that wood screw to producing horizontal or rotary shocks or pulses that help propel screws and drill bits into the toughest materials. Some have right angle chucks that literally let you screw or drill around corners, while other have rotating heads that let you switch between bits at will.
2 speeds- most every cordless drill today comes with a variable speed transmission. Higher speeds are typically used to drill smaller holes while slower speeds are used to drill larger holes. Lower speeds of 350 to 400 rpm are also typically used to drive screws. In addition, speed can typically be controlled by the amount of pressure paced on the trigger with more pressure equaling faster rotation. The bottom line is that settling for a single speed motor today would be like settling for rabbit ears on your TN instead of satellite or cable.
Comfort - there are some cordless power drills that look great and are from reputable manufacturers but which have handles that seem left over from the ice age. If you are going to use your cordless drill a lot it is important that the handle be ergonomically designed to aid in the proper holding of the tool and also that it is comfortable even when you are using it for long day on the job.
The cordless drill of today is incredibly versatile, energy efficient, lightweight and built to withstand anything the job site can dish out. They are a must-have item in your power tools arsenal and that goes for whether you are a busy contractor or a weekend do it yourself.