Are you just starting to build your toolkit or simply don’t need a heavy-duty drill? Then a cordless drill might be a good fit for you.
The good news is, their quality seriously improved over recent years, so you might be surprised to even find a worthy cordless contender to your trusty corded power drill.
Corded And Cordless Drills
Corded drills have to be plugged into an electrical outlet to work. With cordless drill models developing rapidly over recent years and coming very close in quality to their corded companions, that is becoming a considerable limitation.
Why Go Cordless?
First things first, let’s see the pros of going cordless:
- Lightweight: if you’re looking for a general-use drill that will do the job, you’ll be pleased to know many basic cordless drills weigh around 2 pounds, making them very easy to carry and store.
- Convenient: no cords, no mess, no worries. You don’t have to worry about electricity, just charge your drill at home and you’re ready to go.
- Faster: if right now you only have a set of screwdrivers, you’ll be amazed at how much faster you can get the work done with a drill.
- Easy to maintain: you don’t have to worry about replacing or recycling old batteries because yours should last you a long time (cordless drills use lithium-ion batteries that also improved greatly in recent years).
What To Look For In A Great Drill
Just like for any other product, there are tons of tests and reviews out there so you can easily find out the best drill for you.
How to test cordless drills?
Most people want to know how strong a drill is before deciding if they want to buy it or not. You want to know about torque – the rotational strength a drill has. Torque will vary under different loads, which also affects the drill’s speed and effectiveness.
In general, we can categorize cordless drills into three categories: general-use, light-duty, and heavy-duty:
- General-use: if you don’t use a drill every day and just want an upgrade from doing everything by hand, this category is for you. These drills will be small, easy to handle, surprisingly powerful, and quick to charge (some models charge in under an hour).
- Light-duty: these models have stronger motors and may even come with some fancy features (like LED lights).
- Heavy-duty: the most powerful of the three, in this category you’ll find models that come with different drilling speeds (this allows you to work with different materials, such as wood and even thin metal) and clutch settings, which makes it easier to do precision drilling.
Heavy-duty drills have a stronger battery, but that also makes them heavier and unstable when left to stand upright. This probably won’t be your main concern if what you need is power and precision, though.
Take your time to explore all options.
Don’t forget to check out:
- Does the drill come with extra batteries?
- How long is the warranty?
- Is it comfortable to hold and work with?