Having a cordless drill especially if you are a handyman makes one’s life a lot easier. There is no need to ensure that you have with you an extension cord and in some parts of the world the correct plug requirements. The safety aspect of having a cordless drill is immense as there is no chance what so ever of being electrocuted due to an old or faulty cable. It does have some limitations especially the length of time it can be used until the battery power is finished. This is easily overcome though by carrying extra batteries. Overall the cordless drill is a good tool to have whether you are a handyman, hobbyist or just to do the occasional home repair.
When considering buying a cordless hand drill you need to take into account what purpose you would like to use it for. If it is for work around the home to do the odd repair or to hang a picture the cheaper light models would probably suffice but if you are a professional who needs a drill for daily use then probably the more expensive heavy duty models are for you.
- The type of work and durability go hand in hand with price and you need to buy what will serve your purpose.
- The battery life of the drill is important and even more so if it is required for long construction type work.
- The power of the battery if it is going to be used for heavy duty work.
- What features it has to suit the use that you would like to use the drill for. If you are going to use it for masonry drilling then the hammer feature is very useful.
- What other features it offers so that it will be a drill that you can use for multiple functions.
Genesis GCD18BK 18v Cordless Drill/Driver Kit
The chuck is 3/8″ (1cm/10mm) a relatively small drill and will be a good tool to keep the odd repairs and construction work around the home. It has a rubberized non-slip handle for ease of use with a fitted LED light. A great feature of the Genesis Cordless drill is that it has a variable speed capacity from 0-550 revs per minute. Inside the chuck, it has the three paw system to hold the bit and is powered by an 18-volt battery. The Drill is slightly top heavy and makes holding slightly difficult but it does have features that other drills do not have and can be used for the occasional heavy duty work.
The Genesis GCD18BK is not the best drill on the market but with the good battery life, the added features and with a cost of under $40,00 it is an excellent buy for general repair work around the home or for the student who needs it to do the odd work in their apartments.
BLACK+DECKER LI2000 3.6-Volt 3-Position Rechargeable Screwdriver
The Black & Decker LI2000 screwdriver which is powered by a 3,6 volt Lithium Ion battery is an excellent complimentary tool to have with a drill. This drill has amazing torque and will help extract the tightest screw and with its adjustable handle from straight to like a gun makes it easy to use in any position. The drill is supplied with both Philips and slotted bits and using the spindle lock function gives you a lot more control and versatility. It can easily be used to install and extract screws with the forward reverse and forward switch.
As a screwdriver on the lower end of the price range, it is perfect to do the odd job and it will handle most types of jobs with the high torque it produces. It is light weight but the on switch is awkward to use and at times you will need to use both hands. The battery holds a charge for up to 18 months and with its low price is well worth considering.
This Black + Decker BDC 20 volt drill and driver set are supplied with an assortment of accessories which makes it well worth the money. It has a 24 position clutch which prevents the screws from being over torqued and is reviewed as one of the best cordless drills for home use. The battery being Lithium Ion makes sure that your drill is always ready for use as it will hold it’s charge for up to 18 months. If the drill is being used on a daily basis it is worth to note that it needs to be charged up daily and the charging process takes about 2 – 3 hours.
The cordless drill reviews 2016 mention that it is only supplied with one battery which could hold up your work unless you have a spare drill to carry on working while you are waiting for the battery to charge. The Black + Decker drill kit is fantastic value for money with the 100 piece accessory kit and it is available at under $70,00.
Bosch DDB181-02 18-Volt Lithium-Ion 1/2-Inch Compact Tough Drill/Driver Kit
The Bosch DDB181 is designed for the professional and can be supplied with one or two 18 volt Lithium-Ion batteries. It produces a high torque of 350 pounds and with a two-speed gearbox will achieve 1300rpm. It is fitted with a 20-1 clutch setting for any job and ensuring that the screws are not over torqued. The drill is light weight at only 3,0lbs (1,4kg) and with its built-in light makes it the ideal tool for overhead drilling. Complimenting the light weight is the fact the drill is only 7,1″ long making drilling in tight corners effortless. When it is required to install or extract screws the variable speed trigger with the clutch settings gives the user the versatility required for day to day construction work.
Compared to the older Bosch models the chuck has been improved on the Bosch DDB18. It is supplied with a spare battery and with its good performance makes this one of the better buys as a craftsman’s cordless drill.
BLACK+DECKER LDX120C 20-Volt MAX
As a 20 volt drill, the Black+Decker LDX is the best 20-volt cordless drill to buy. It is well designed, small and light and with the 20-volt battery has enough power for you to work comfortably in tight spaces. The built in LED light is a waste most of the time but comes in very handy when you need to work in dark spaces. Unlike the older type of drills with the Ni-Cad batteries where care had to be taken when charging the units the Lithium-Ion battery pack, will hold a charge for 18 months or you can leave it plugged in without damaging the battery making sure the drill is ready to be used at any time.
It is the ideal home tool but not really for professional use due to its plastic body, lower torque and drill speed which is often required in professional drills. The drill is well balanced and will stand upright while it is being charged and for any light work the Black+Decker LDX120C is well worth considering
The Porter-Cable cordless drill is the best cordless drill under 100 that one can buy. It has a 20-volt Lithium-Ion battery which gives it ample power to do the toughest drilling whether it be wood or metal. It has a 2-speed gearbox which delivers 0-400 and 0-1600 rpm with a high output motor which delivers 330 watts. The non-slip chuck is a 1/2 inch metal ratcheting chuck and the drill is supplied with a double ended tip. According to the cordless drill driver reviews, this is a great compact, the lightweight drill that can be used in tight spaces and with its robust construction built to last a long time.
The drill is ergonomically designed with a thinner handle to reduce hand fatigue if it is being used for long periods and the built in LED light helps visibility in dark spaces. There are two rubber bumpers on either side reducing wear and tear and a belt clip which suits both left and right-hand people for greater accessibility. The Porter-Cable PCC606LA is a good buy.
Makita XPH102 18V LXT
The Makita is one of the best cordless impact drills on the market and has a drilling range from 0-1900 and 0-600 using the 2 variable speed motor. The hammering function beats at 0-9000 & 0-28500 BPM giving the Makita a wide variety of drilling and driving capabilities. One of the main features of the Makita is the extreme protection technology that is used allowing for it to be used where there are harsh conditions such as excessive dust and water. The battery life is very good and can last up to 40 hours of work with the added advantage that the battery does not take a long time charge back to full capacity.
It can be used with smaller batteries as well as the larger 4.0ah batteries but the weight of the product needs to be considered if a person chooses to use the bigger battery. The Makita XPH102 is robust and has excellent drilling and driving capabilities and with a price of under $150,00 is well worth it.
DEWALT DCK240C2 Drill / Driver Impact Kit
This is a very good cordless Drill/Driver which is supplied with an impact driver which can be loaded with one hand. The impact driver 1/4″ chuck accepts up to 1″ bit types. The Drill/Driver has a high-performance transmission which delivers 2 speeds 0-450 and 0-1500. Both these pieces of equipment are compact in design and light weight with both able to fit into small tight corners. The Impact Driver comes with 3 LED lights in a ring with a 20sec delay to light up dark areas. The Drill/Driver motor delivers 300 unit watts which make it powerful enough to be used for a wide range of drilling and fastening applications.
The Dewalt DCK240 Drill/Driver Impact kit is the ideal purchase for a workshop where both drilling and impact fastening are required such as a workshop. This is a good kit to have and the added advantage is that the batteries are interchangeable so there is no need to buy extra batteries or charges. This is a good buy for any workshop.
DEWALT DC970K-2 18-Volt Compact Drill/Driver
This is one of Dewalt’s better products. The drill/driver delivers 380 unit watts and has a dual speed of 0-450/0-1500. The product is designed to minimize user fatigue and is the best 18V cordless drill in the marketplace. It is compact in size with a 1/2 inch single sleeve keyless ratcheting chuck for a tighter grip. The batteries have an acceptable working life and do not take a long time to charge. Using 2 batteries will ensure that you do not lose any working time. Once you change batteries and the other one is charging by the time the battery life is exhausted the other battery being charged will already be back to full charge.
The Dewalt DC970 is definitely one of the better buys for the person who does a lot of moderate to light drilling work which is built to last. The price of under $110,00 makes it very good value for money.
Bosch CLPK232A-181 18V Lithium-Ion Cordless Drill Driver / Impact Combo Kit
This is the best cordless drill and impact kit on the market. The Bosch innovative 18V canned motor is more compact but delivers the same power as some of the bigger motors. The Drill/Driver has two-speed settings 0-500 rpm for high torque applications and 0-1700 rpm for high-speed drilling applications. The Bosch is compact and ergonomically designed to lessen hand fatigue and ideal for overhead drilling. It has a variable speed trigger for more control and flexibility for added user comfort. It comes with a LED light and a keyless auto lock chuck allowing convenient one-handed bit changes.
The Bosch 25618 impact wrench delivers 1500 ft lbs of torque and has a rotation of 2800 rpm and 3200 bpm. As a combination kit, it is perfect for any workshop and with both the tools having compact designs can be used in small spaces with ease. At under $300,00 the is the best kit to buy.