Cordless drills are quite prevalent today, compared to just 10 years ago. The power and longevity of today’s cordless tools make them a must have in both the professional and novice’s toolbox.Your typical cordless drill consists of a removable, rechargeable battery, battery charger, the drill chuck; which secures the drill bit, and the drill motor itself. Many options and packages are now offered, including flashlights, reciprocating saws, circular saws, and countless other tools which share the same battery.
Generally, the higher the voltage of the battery, the longer the drill last between charges. A 12 volt drill battery is acceptable for occasional homeowner, or sporadic contractor use. Those in need of a drill all day long, such as the professional contractor, would be best served with an 18 volt or better system. Look for packages with at least two batteries – you can always have one on standby in the charger.
These days, the drill chuck is most often a hand-tightened, tool-less affair. This simply allows you to change the drill bit or screwdriver bit by twisting the chuck end by hand. Some models may be ‘old school’ requiring a chuck key to be handy.
The drill motor has lightened considerably, especially compared to the plug-in behemoths of the 1970s. Look for one that’s comfortable in your hand, and has the ability to carry whatever screwdriver bits you may need as well. On the go? Make sure a holster is available for your model…
Package options are endless, but an even the most basic package should include at least two batteries, one charger, and a case to carry the drill and the aforementioned stuff.
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