A cordless drill is an absolute must for anyone who performs handy man projects either at home or at the office.
The ease and versatility of a cordless drill makes any minor project a breeze. There are, however, different models of cordless drills available, offering different designs, features and even functions.
It is important for anyone in the market to buy a cordless drill to know these variables ahead of time.
This article will present several factors to consider when shopping for a drill, helping you to choose the drill that is right for you.
Factor 1: Ergonomics
Using a tool can be a wonderful experience or a challenging experience, depending on the feel of the tool itself.
Cordless drills are no exception to this rule.
Many companies have spent time and money developing different types of handles on their cordless drill models. That said, before you get too caught up in reading the features of a particular model, pick it up and hold it in your hand to see how comfortable it is.
If a particular model is hard to hold, then it is of no use to you.
Factor 2: Power
Despite being battery powered, cordless drills can offer a wide range of maximum power levels.
The broad range starts at a maximum power of 6 volts, and tops out at a maximum power of 18 volts.
The higher the voltage, the greater the torque the cordless drill can deliver. This means that an 18 volt drill can easily perform jobs that its 6 volt cousin would struggle with.
Needless to say, high power cordless drills will come with a higher price tag. You need to decide the kind of jobs you need your drill for, and choose the appropriate power level accordingly.
Factor 3: Speed options
Less expensive cordless drill models have two speeds—on and off.
For the average handyman, who is performing simple tasks around the home or office, the single operating speed offered by these models is sufficient. However, if you will be doing different tasks, requiring different levels of performance, then a multi speed model will be a better choice.
A model offering a low speed of 300 rpm (ideal for driving screws) and a high speed of 800 rpm (ideal for drilling holes) will cost more, but it will help to preserve the battery life during light duty use, while still offering the high speed when needed.
Factor 4: Battery types
Battery technology has come a long way in recent years, providing various battery options at various costs.
High-end batteries will boast increased performance and durability, but they will cost considerably more than their more humble counterparts.
If all you need is a reliable drill that you can hang pictures with and tighten door hinges, then the cheaper battery options will be sufficient for you.
Factor 5: Extras
Different cordless drills will come with different accessories.
These accessories always sound amazing, especially when being described by a sales associate. However, make sure you are realistic in what you need.
For the average person, a basic set of accessories will be plenty for the tasks they will be tackling.
Only level up to more sophisticated accessories if you ABSOLUTELY know you will make good, regular use of them. Otherwise, it’s just a waste of money and space.
The most important thing to remember when buying a cordless drill is the type of tasks you need the drill for.
Basic handyman work will require nothing more than the most basic of models.
Knowing this can save you a considerable sum of money, as getting tricked into buying a high end model can cost hundreds more than what you actually need.