Buying power tools is hard work! There are too many companies out there making them. You walk into any home improvement cent and you see aisle after aisle of powered devices that all claims to cut time off the job and make you look like a pro.
The Internet is a thousand times worse as it grants you access to the world and you can get tools from countries that have names you need a dictionary to learn how to pronoun and they make the same claims.
Well today, we are going to look at a way you can beat the power tool merry-go-round.
We do this by focusing on just one power tool that is necessary for any professional, handyman, and DIY homeowner.
The tool we will look at today is the “Cordless Drill.”
In this guide, you’ll learn the whys, what to look for, and get some ideas about the type of cordless drill that will best complement the job, project, and all around use.
When you’ve finished you’ll be better able to decide which brand, make, and model is right for you.
This will take you off the Power Tool Merry-Go-Round forever.
Why go with cordless drills anyway?
Well, there are a number of reasons. Remember, however, a drill on a cord can still outmatch in power most cordless drills on the market.
Having said that we have to look at its disadvantages:
- Weight – To get this kind of power the motor is huge and weighs up to 5 Lbs. in some cases
Bulky – With the extra weight brings size and awkwardness in handling
Cord length – This can be a serious problem if you are a contractor working at a job site and power is not readily available or is located any distance from where the work has to be done
A cordless drill, on the other hand, has the following points in its favor:
- Lightweight – A cordless drill wouldn’t tire you out when using it.
Portability – It lets you go where the work is and fit into confined spaces.
Power – Today’s Cordless drill can do virtually any job a corded one can do. New motor technology, batteries, and reliability make them a different breed of cat from just a few years ago.
No cord – Cords are responsible for many work site accidents as a tripping hazard or it one is inadvertently cut/frayed becomes a shock hazard.
Versatility – There are today hundreds of different attachments and special purpose bit available for today’s cordless drills.
These facts alone show you the advantages of Cordless over corded.
What to look for in a cordless drill: Job & Power
The first thing you need to look at is the type of profession you are in. If you are in the building trades, you will want power and high energy.
For the at home handyman you might not require such power while other jobs might require cordless drill at either of these extremes.
That means you need to choose between two popular types of drill, the 24 Volt VDC, and the 18 Volt VDC types.
Each can get the work done but depending on the size of the workload, you may choose one over the other.
Get a Brand Name
An old adage says, “Nothing succeeds like Success.” What this means is that for a cordless drill you should go with what the men who use them for their livelihood use and you probably wouldn’t go wrong with your choice. Listed below are a few of the top Brands:
- Black and Decker
Of course, there are many more out there that are fine brands, but going with the above gets you the best in reliability and quality for your money.
Buy also for…
You need to look at a few other things as well:
NiCad vs. LION as you are now seeing high-energy LION batteries that offer lightweight and…
Run time – How much work in hours can you expect from your cordless drill?
Number of bits or attachments available for the cordless you’ve chosen.
Are there service centers in your area?
Can you buy off brand spare batteries? The manufactures often charge an arm and a leg for a spare battery. Many 3rd party suppliers offer replacement that meet or exceed the specs for your cordless.
By following these simple suggestions in this guide, you’ll get more life and use out of your cordless drill and be much happier using it as well.