Choose the best drill for your toolbox. Whether you're a novice do-it-yourselfer or a seasoned pro, a reliable drill is one of the most versatile and practical tools to have in your home, garage or workshop. Today's drills offer multifunctional power in both lightweight and compact designs. With a drill by your side, you can perform a variety of drilling tasks quickly, with both power and ease.
Types of Drills
Selecting the Right Drill
First and foremost, choose a drill that is comfortable to hold and use. If you have small hands or expect to perform only light tasks, you may not want to purchase the biggest, most powerful drill on the market. Power is an important quality to look for in a drill, but it is possible to have too much of a good thing. Examine the different types of available drills to determine which ones best suit your needs.
Drill Speed and Torque
Another important factor to consider when buying a drill is rotations per minute (rpm), which measures how fast the drill turns. Drills that allow you to switch between lower speeds (around 300-500 rpm) and higher speeds (1,200-1,500 rpm) will allow you to take on a wider range of drilling tasks. Generally, the harder the material you are drilling, the lower the rpm should be. Torque, on the other hand, is the force the drill produces to turn an object, rather than how fast an object will turn. Torque is often measured in inch-per-pound (in./lbs.), and refers to the twisting force at the chuck when the drill is being used to make a hole. The greater the torque, the easier it will bore through the material.
||The chuck holds the drill bit in place, and keyless chucks allow you to conveniently change bits without having to use a separate tool.
|Variable Speed and Reverse
||Many drills offer multiple speed settings, which allow you to choose the right one for the job at hand, and have a reverse feature that allows you to remove screws and other fasteners.
||Drills with side handles provide greater control and two-handed operation. They also rotate, enabling you to find the ideal angle and position from which to work.
|Multiple Clutch Settings
||Cordless drills often feature a clutch adjustment ring, which allows you to adjust the amount of power delivered to the bit. Once you know the depth and torque needed, set the clutch accordingly to ensure consistent results and reduce instances of wrist snap.
|Electronic Brake||This feature causes the drill to stop immediately when you stop squeezing the trigger, preventing you from overdriving or stripping screws.