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How to choose the best cordless drill? I’ve got the answer!

What is a cordless drill?

A cordless drill is an absolute staple to complete almost all DIY jobs. Whatever you will be doing, you will need to be drilling in screws. Depending on how complex the job is, you may need a heavy duty bit of kit, or a totally beginner, basics cordless drill. Regardless of what you’re looking for, this article will provide a comprehensive review of all types and price points of drills.

Advantages of a cordless drill:

There is no doubt, that when drilling you need to be mobile. Whether you’re getting into small gaps, going up ladders or in a general sticky spot in general. The last thing you need is wire following you around everywhere. It can be dangerous, easy to damage and most importantly – annoying! The benefits of having a drill that you can simply just move around freely and place anywhere you want will save you copious amounts of time and effort.

Types of Drills:

Depending on your level of expertise in the DIY field, you may or may not be aware of the different types of drills out there. The last thing you want to do is go out and get bamboozled by someone at your local hardware store and end up coming out with something you don’t need. So below I will break down a few types of drills for you.

Drill Driver – If you are looking for a drill which does one job and one job only, then this is the type of drill you should be looking for. It’s the most common type of drill and is the perfect drill for beginners, those looking for a drill for basic DIY, and a great all around multi-purpose drill for everyone. In this category you can find a plethora of choices, starting with very cheap up to very very high end and expensive. Later on the in the article I will lay out my favourite choices at each price point and then you can decide which one would fit best for you!

Impact Driver – Often confused with  bog standard drill driver, the impact driver are specifically designed to drive in screws – not to drill holes into objects. An easier way to tell the difference between the two is their size. Often, impact driver cordless drills will be a lot more compact than regular drills. They pack a lot of extra power than a regular drill and therefore should not be considered when undertaking a more precision orientated DIY job. There have their time and place and would not do the average Joe anything more than a regular drill driver would for a few jobs.

Combi Drill – More of a specialized tool, these cordless drills are more suited to drill into materials which a normal drill wouldn’t stand a chance. Although they will be able to handle the easy and basic jobs a regular drill would, I would only recommend purchasing one if you want to drill into metal, concretem, bricks or any other hard material. They’ll also set you back a bit more in terms of price.

The BEST cordless drills at the lower price points

1) BLACK+DECKER LDX120C 20V MAX Lithium Ion Drill / Driver

The Black and Decker LDX Lithium Ion Drill/Driver (UK link) is the best cordless drill you can get in this price range. For $49 or £31 , depending on which amazon you are buying from, you are getting an insanely good drill for the price point.

One of the main selling points of this tool is undoubtedly it’s price, combined with the well established Black and Decker name and a compact size, it’s sure to make a welcome addition to any toolkit. It’s 650rpm is more than enough to get the majority of DIY jobs done. And being so light and portable it means it can be taken around easily and used by ALL people.

Final thoughts: I think this drill is well suited to the once-in-a-while DIY’er. I would not recommend this tool for someone who makes their living with drill in hand, it doesn’t seem like it would be suited to big jobs and constant use of many weeks and months. Anyone would get on well with the drill and for it’s price, shouldn’t be too costly and investment for the average Joe.

2) Bosch 18-Volt Compact Tough Drill/Driver Kit DDB181-02 with 2 Lithium Ion Batteries, 18V Charger, and Soft Carry Contractor Bag

This Bosch cordless drill package is a little pricier than the Black and decker one earlier, but with good reason. Just in terms of what you are getting – without getting into specs – you get an additional battery and a carry case. An extra battery can be worth its weight in gold (If you remember to charge it).

At 1300 RPM it’s doubling the Black and deckers power. Only weighing 3lb too, it’s essentially packing a much bigger punch without compromising on it’s size. The 2 speed transmission allows for both heavy duty projects and quick fix projects to be completed with ease. The LED light that comes attached can be a lifesaver it having to drill small spaces, areas without electricity, or even in an emergency.

Final thoughts:

A brilliant drill for the price point. It’s an investment that will see you good for a few years and will be able to tackle most jobs you will attempt.

High End Drills:

1) Milwaukee 2897-22 M18 Fuel 2-tool Combo Kit

The Milwaukee drill set has been raising a lot of eyebrows recently. As far as cordless drills go, this could be one of the best you could pick up online. Amazing RPM, comfortable grip that you could use all day and an amazing battery life!

The power and quality with this drill and incomparable in this price point. You will not be let down or even need another drill for many years to come, whether it be for home DIY work or professional work. This Milwuakee drill set will keep you a happy customer.

2) Dewalt DCD771C2 20V MAX Cordless Lithium-Ion 1/2 inch Compact Drill Driver Kit with 20V MAX XR Li-Ion Brushless 0.25″ 3-Speed Impact Driver and 14-Piece Titanium Drill Bit Set

What can I say about this cordless drill. It has an incredible amount of torque and speed. 20v battery that will keep you drilling for hours. Lightweight and durable steel  construction. And to top it off an LED light for practicality. With a 14 piece drill bit set, battery, charger and carry case. At this price point, you cannot beat this package on price. It provides absolutely everything you would ever need to use your cordless drill. It will get you through any DIY project with ease and last for year. Highly recommended.

The DCD771C2 20V offers solid and reliable performance if you’re going to use it within the confines of your house. It’s lightweight, compact and has a powerful configuration that makes using this drill a comfortable and enjoyable affair.

Final recommendations:

There are MANY cordless drills out there and finding the best one can be daunting. I hope you took onboard some of the things I had to say. As an average drill users, I cannot provide the most indepth look into drills, but I certainly know my way around them and can pick out a good one when I see one.

Top recommendation:

Black and Decker LDX Lithium Ion Drill/Driver

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