3 Points to Remember Before Buying a Cordless Drill

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With such a wide variety of options available these days, buying a new cordless drill can be quite a daunting . Very often, the drill is one of the first power tools we purchase and it is certainly one of the most versatile and useful. Drills have a variety of uses and applications so it is vitally important that you get one that is suited to your requirements. No one wants to spend their hard earned money on something that is not suitable to the job it is needed for.

There is great convenience that comes with owning a cordless drill but they do come with new challenges. It is important to be aware of these so that you will get the best value for your money and buy something that will do the job required.

Read on and we will share a few useful points to consider before making your choice and enable you to get the best option for your requirements.

1. Power

To avoid disappointment, ensure you purchase a cordless drill that has sufficient power for your needs. Not all drills are created equal and while a perfectly suitable drill for one person maybe completely wrong for someone with different requirements.

Cordless drill power is in volts (V) normally ranging from 2V to 24V, 24 obviously being the most powerful. If you are already familiar with corded drills, their power is measured in Watts (W).

When deciding on the power requirements for your needs you need to consider the types of jobs you intend to do, as well as what types of material you will be drilling. Wood, for example, is relatively soft and requires less power than metal or masonry. There are also different metals of different hardness so this must also be taken into consideration.

It is also important to remember that the more powerful the drill, the heavier it will be. As much as power is important for certain applications, if it is not necessary for you, go for a lighter drill.

Another feature to look for is a variable speed option. Drill speed is measured in rpms or revolutions minute. As Drills and Drivers points out “Unless you’re going to be doing only the most basic of home repairs or do it yourself projects, you really will want a drill to have a multiple speed (or “dual gear”) transmission”.  Different materials require different speeds, for example, metal needs to be drilled at a slower speed than wood. Variable speed is especially important if you intend to use your cordless drill as screw driver. This is an extremely convenient feature and something you will use often.

2. Battery choice

There are two main types of batteries available for cordless drills, namely Nickel Cadmium (NiCd) and Lithium (Li-Ion). Everything have advantages and disadvantages and also need to be looked after in different ways. It is important to understand this in order to get the best performance from them as well as extend their useful life.

Nickel Cadmium is less expensive and has a longer lifespan. Lithium Ion, while more expensive, is lighter and packs twice the amount of energy size for size.

Many cordless drills come with two batteries so look out for this option. It can save you a lot of time and frustration if you are in the middle of a job and a battery runs flat. Remember that all batteries have a limited life and are expensive to replace so take the time to think about the choices.

3. Chuck Size

The chuck is the part of the drill that tightens around the drill bit. As drill bits come in various sizes, if your chuck is too small it will not be able to accommodate the larger drill bits. If you intend doing some heavy duty work, ensure you purchase a cordless drill with a sufficient size chuck.

So there you have it. I trust that this information will make your purchase less daunting. Remember to give some thought to what you want from your cordless drill and do some homework before making your choice.

Happy DIYíng!

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