There are quite a number of accessories that you can get for using with your drill. We shall be having a look at those here and where appropriate I have included links to other pages where you will be able to read more about them, but in a lot more detail.
The principle behind buying accessories is simply to extend the number of uses that you can get out of your drill.
There are things like sanding attachments, wire brush attachments and various other items that can turn your drill into something else. This is ideal and will save you money as you will not have to buy another tool.
There are however some attachments that will be ok for the odd job, but if that is something that you will be doing regularly, then you are better off buying the right tool for the job.
An example of this would be a car polisher. If you are someone who loves your car, then I would use a tool designed to do a really good job, rather than buy an attachment for your drill.
That said, there are some accessories and attachments that are really useful and can certainly cover a whole range of jobs. Below we have created a long list of all the various drill accessories available in the market place.
These are probably the most important accessories that you will want to consider. Bits come in different shapes and sizes, and in essence, it simply comes down to the types of materials that you will be drilling through. The types of bits include:
- Brad Points
- Hole Saws
- Masonry and Concrete
That is a long list for certain but it is important to get the right bit, to drill through the right material and that will make all your tasks a great deal easier. You can read more about these by clicking here.
These are really useful if you are working in a workshop or garage. I know when I started out these would not have been at the top of my list. I also assumed that they would be an expensive option, but in reality they are actually reasonable enough to buy.
The main benefits of these is that they stop any material moving around as it can be clamped into position.
They also help to keep your hands free as well, and just make your life a great deal easier. For me this is an accessory that many people could get a great deal of use out of, but many people tend to think, you only need a vice.
You can read more detail about them here.
These are now probably the most common addition to your drill. As you know drills are primarily for making holes. However with the introduction of variable speeds many drills are now sold and advertised as drill/drivers. The manufacturers have then brought out sets of screw driving bits which can turn your drill into a multi-purpose power screwdriver.
Many manufacturers now produce what is called a combination or “Combo” set of drill attachments. These are basically kits that come with various drill bits and accessories suitable for a whole range of uses. These are popular for some people and are handy to have around the house or when out on a job.
The problem is that you may get some pieces that you will hardly ever use or maybe never use. In the main though they come with the most common use parts and can be a really good buy, especially if you can grab them on a sale.
Polishers & Sanders
These days it is pretty simple to add an attachment and instantly turn your drill into a sander which you can use for doing many projects. There are any number of these available.
You can read more about them by clicking here. You can also get attachments that can turn your drill into a polisher. In addition to this you can also buy sets that include both sanding and polishing attachments. There is plenty of variety in these types of kits.
We all know how hard it can be to remove things like rust or paint. Using a wire brush remains the most effective way of doing this, so why not let your drill to the work.
Simply add one of these attachments and allow the power and speed of your drill to do the work. They come in different shapes and sizes which you can find out about by clicking here.
These can easily and quickly convert a standard key chuck to a cordless chuck which makes the changing of bits and accessories a great deal quicker. Stick with a fixed key chuck though if you plan on doing any heavy torque work or a lot of drilling.
Rapid Load Holders
These are probably one of my favourite accessories that you can buy for a drill. If you are someone who needs to change drills/bits a lot when working, then you should just get one of these. You can read more about them right here.
There are often times when you need to get access to screws or even into holes that are deep. With these you can easily increase the depth of your bits and get access to these difficult areas. In reality you will not use these a lot, but they are really handy when you need them.
With some drills you can easily turn them into both screwdrivers and impact drivers by placing different bits in the chuck. These will not work on every drill, and you will need a variable speed for these to work properly.
Magnetic Bit Holders
These are very useful and if you work in closed and restricted spaces, they can be a great little asset to have in your tool box. If you have suffered from screws slipping when you are trying to drill, then a magnetic holder could well be the answer yo your prayers.
This is one that I am not that sure about. I had a friend who used one of these but to be honest I thought it was rubbish.
As far as I am concerned these are one of the greatest inventions of all time. If like me you are someone who loses chuck keys, then this is the chuck for you.
Grinders and Grinding Stones
These are another useful drill accessory for doing many odd jobs around the home. They also come in many shapes and sizes and you can read more about them by clicking here.
Most people throw out old bits and simply buy new ones. However if you have old bits that simply need sharpened then there are some great tools on the market for doing just that.
Flip Drive Sets
These are great and I do love them. If you are someone who need to drill and then screw having one of these sets will make your life just so much easier. I am always surprised that more people do not use these.
As the name would suggest there are a few attachments available that can quickly turn your drill into a cutting tool and are in many ways like an angle grinder.
These drill guides are in my opinion a very useful thing to consider if you do a fair amount of drilling. This is especially true if you have to do a lot of repetitive drilling. Having one of these will really speed up the process a lot.
These could sit in the polishing and sanding category of drill accessories. I have however put them in on their own as a buffer attachment is slightly different to a polisher. There is not a lot of difference but enough if you are someone who loves their car.
Right Angle Adapter Drilling
There will be times when you may need to drill at a right angle in awkward places. These clever little adapters are just the ticket for achieving those type of difficult or awkward jobs.