What to Consider When Buying a Drill

Today a powerful and reliable drill isn’t the preserve of professional contractors but also homeowners and ordinary handymen. Drills are an essential tool at home and workshops. Choosing the best drill can be tasking. These drills come at varying sizes, shapes, and prices, making a choice complicated.

However, at the end of it all, you need to choose a drill that serves your needs. Let’s look at some essential aspects when buying a drill.

cordless drill

Corded or Non-Corded

It’s vital to choose between a corded and a non-corded drill. Although cordless drills are convenient and lightweight, they may not be ideal for large projects. The corded drills are usually more powerful than cordless ones. With the corded drills, you have to work near an electric power source.

On the other hand, you can use your cordless drill anywhere. Thus choose the drill based on your project and your convenience. If you purchase a cordless drill, it’s essential to have several extra batteries; the battery voltage ranges from 9.6-18. Typically a 12-15 volt drill is perfect for everyday work.

Comfort

In most cases, you’ll be holding your drill for long periods as you work; this calls for comfort and balance in your hands. If your hand is small or your wrist strength is compromised, you shouldn’t go for the largest or the most powerful drills. You should purchase a tool that is big enough for your tasks and comfortable to work with for long hours.

Clutch

The clutch allows you to preset the drill at different levels of resistance to the driving force. When the preset level of resistance is reached, the clutch will slip and make sudden a clicking sound; it will also apply additional rotational power to the fastener. This prevents you from overdriving, snapping, or stripping a screw. The clutch will also protect your motor from overheating in case of extreme resistance.

Chuck

The chuck is the part of the drill where we insert the bit. We have several options for the chucks ranging from ¼ inch to ½ inch. The ½ inch is the best for heavy-duty projects.

a person using a cordless drill

A ¾ inch chuck is ideal for homeowners since they can use it for both fine and heavy bits. The chucks can be keyless or operated with a key. Keyless chucks are the best if you are afraid of losing the keys.

Speed

Some models have multiple speed options whereby the lower speed is for driving screws while the higher speed is for drilling holes. If you are using the drill for drilling holes only, you can consider a single speed drill in the range of 1000rpm. Most cordless drills in the market have two-speed ranges, with the lower range been 300-400 RPM and the higher speeds ranging from 1,200 to 1,500 RPM.…

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