Power Drill Buying Guide
A big welcome to the Tool And Go website, which we hope you will find very useful. This is a site where we take our power drills of all kinds very seriously indeed. This buying guide should really help you out.
There are hundreds of choices available, and we want to try and help you through those, so as you can get, the best power drill for your exact needs.
What Is The Best Brand of Drill To Buy?
Like buying many tools these days, there is a lot of information to consider with so many tool brands all competing for the same space.
Just think of brands like Dewalt, Bosch, Makita etc and you will realise just how many of them are out there, and all wanting you to buy their products. The best brand, and the one used by professionals is Dewalt. However, that brand is also the most expensive, but they are known for their high quality tools, including power drills and drivers.
A close second is Makita who also make an excellent range of tools. However, if your budget doesn’t stretch to those, there are plenty of other drill brands such as Bosch, Black and Decker, Einhell and more.
This can at times become a bit overwhelming, and I know it certainly was for me, when I first got into buying my first few tools. The purpose of this website is to review the best power drills and accessories that are out there, and in the main I have reviewed these with the home improvement DIY person in mind.
As a semi-retired construction worker and Home Improvement person myself, I have a wealth of experience when it comes to using and buying these tools.
Now that I am semi-retired I have some time that I can devote to this website, and share all of that information with you. I sure hope that you find that useful.
Power Drill Buying Guide
I have put together this drill buying guide which I hope you find useful. When it comes to working on projects around the home, small or large, having the right tools to do the job is very important.
Knowing which drills in particular are the right ones to have, is key to making sure you can complete most jobs quickly and efficiently. If you have these, then you can complete around 90% of all jobs yourself, if you have a little know how.
Understanding The Types of Drills And Their Uses
There are basically four types of drills or drill/drivers to consider which are
These are drills that plug directly into an electrical socket. That means they will always have a constant source of power. You do not need to reply on batteries, and you don’t have to worry about them falling out.
Some people will also talk about hammer drills, but this is simply a feature rather than a specific type of drill. We will have a look at each of these below, but for now let’s also have a look at other things you should consider when buying your drill.
Many people consider these as a tool that simply can drill holes. Now this is clearly true but they can however be used for a variety of tasks, using different accessories such as:
- Driving in screws
- As a sander
- Mixing plaster or drywall
- Removing rust and paint
So as you can see when it comes to making your buying decision, there is more to think about than just drilling holes into the wall. Most drills can have a set of attachments added to them, which make them useful for a range of other jobs around the home.
That said, its prime purpose will always remain the same. Not every job needs a power drill or driver, but some jobs are almost impossible without them.
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The main use of these drills is though is to be able to take on bigger and more complex projects, and do them quickly and efficiently. Having the right type of drill will save you money as you won’t have to hire professionals to do the bigger jobs. Just think of projects like building a fence, a gate or decking and you will get my general drift.
Power drills are also very efficient and they just make light work of what would otherwise be pretty tough and cumbersome manual work. The first big question to answer is should you buy a corded drill or a cordless drill? Let’s quickly check that out and you can then follow the appropriate guide below.
What are The Best Corded Power Drills?
These are drills that will need to be plugged into a power source. If you don’t have a power source then these will simply not work. They can of course be using with extension cords or cables to add more flexibility. The main benefits are:
- Usually more powerful
- No need for batteries
- Great for drilling holes
- Great for long periods of use such as mixing paint, buffing, wire brushes etc
- Always need a power source
- Can not properly be used for driving in screws
What Are The Best Cordless Power Drills?
Cordless power drills are now being produced by many manufacturers and these are great for around the home and when out on the road or on a site. They are commonly sold as what are described as “bare tools.”
That means they are sold without the battery. You buy that separately and it can then be used on a variety of different power tools. Whatever way you decide to get these is fine as long as you know what to look for. In the buying guide
I have outlined some basics with links to different pages that have buying guides for the individual types of drills. The pros and cons of these are basically the opposite to those I have described above for the corded version so I will not repeat them and bore you do death with that.
Suffice to say, the cordless versions are a lot more portable, and can be used almost anywhere as long as they are charged up.
What Voltage Cordless Drill Should You Buy?
This is a commonly asked question and the answer is that the most popular choice is the 18 volt option. Many manufacturers are now moving this up to a 20 volt option, so either of those voltage sizes are a very good choice.
For lighter tasks around the home, anything from a 12 volt to a 14 volt drill/driver will do the job nicely.
The Many Drill Accessories & Uses
I will also look at the range of accessories that are available for drills such as drill presses, the various attachments and most importantly the drill bits that should be used for the best results.
On here I will be reviewing cordless drills, corded drills, power drills, batteries, battery packs and drill bits to name the main ones. There are literally hundreds of these drills and bits available. As you can imagine in my trade
I have used all of these many times over. I have also bought many of these for my own use and also for the use of my employees. Here we will go through which is best for you depending on what you want to use it for.
Masonry Drill Bits
These are used to get through the tougher type of concrete products such as brick and block. When used with a hammer drill, then you can with a little effort get through the hardest of materials.
Wood Drill Bits
By far the most common material that you will drill through will be wood. Now wood comes in many different types ranging from soft woods all the way through to the harder woods like walnut and mahogany.
You may also have to drill through decking boards, studs and range of other wooden materials.
To do this you need to use drill bits designed for that purpose. If you would like to read more about those, then please click here.
Metal Drill Bits
As you will know metal comes in many different types. It can be light such as aluminium and then all the way up to the cast irons and the hardened steels. These all require tougher drill bits and a powerful drill to get through them. We have covered all of those off for you.
If you would like an overview on the many types of drill bits available please click here. There you can see the full range of tile bits, auger styles etc.
How To Guides
I have also started to add some useful “How To Guides” for the many different drilling jobs you may come across. Hopefully you will find these really useful. The purpose of them is to save you a lot of time and make sure that you get the job done properly.
What Are The Best Power Drills For The Money?
If you are anything like me you want the best drill that you can afford. You can buy drills for under $50 and in the main, you will be able to do most drilling jobs with one of those. If your budget can stretch between $50-100 then you can get yourself an absolutely top quality product.
Check through this website as I have done table showing the best rated and reviewed drills for both corded and cordless. These are all good quality power drills and the information that I have provided here, will really help narrow down your choices.
Your first big choice is picking between the corded and cordless versions. Most people in 2016 will opt for a cordless as it is just a more flexible tool that you can use just about anywhere. These will pack enough power to get the job done, but there is the disadvantage of making sure you have a charged battery.
For those who have only the odd job to do the corded option is probably better as you can use a power source and a trailing lead to get to most jobs. So as you can see there is plenty to find out about when it comes to buying your drill. Hopefully this website can help you out and you will find the ideal drill for you.