Perhaps the most used and most needed tool for any tool kit, is the drill. Over the decades, this fact has necessitated the need for drills that had to be plugged into a wall socket to get the power and torque to handle even minor jobs. Thankfully, over the last decade.
The battery technology has advanced to the point of being able to cut the cord and still have the same power and torque that many drill could only have due to their connection to the wall socket.
Modern cordless drills are light weight, compact, portable and best of all powerful. Cordless drills can be found in homes and on constructions sites all across the world. They should be a part of every tool kit.
Cutting the Drill Cord
Basically a cordless drill is a shaft connected to an electric motor. The shaft is connected to a clutch gear and chuck, which holds the bit. This the same basic principle in a corded drill as well. The difference is primarily in the power source.
Modern cordless drills use lithium-ion battery technology to store an release the appropriate charge needed when the trigger is pulled. Other batteries such as NiCd and NiMh, would suffer from battery memory and a loss of power as the charge decreased. Li-ion batteries do not suffer these drawbacks, making for a better battery. Also the batteries can scale to hold larger amounts of power than the other battery types.
Larger li-ion batteries can be found in electric cars and in large commercial settings due to this reason. Of course, for use in a power tool, this battery technology makes it easier to use the tool as it can maneuver tighter spaces due to not having a cord.
Also the tools do not have to be as heavy as they do not have the need for a heavier motor, as a corded drill would require. Presented here are five top quality, high rated cordless drills.
Five Well Ranked Cordless Drills
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This is a drill that would be home in any residence. Using the 20 MAX Li-ion system, the Black & Decker Model #LDX120C Drill has the power to handle a range of applications from putting in a screw to taking down a bolt. It is compact and easy to use; it uses a variable trigger to adjust speed, allowing countersinking with out hurting the material.
It has an 11 position chuck for precise drilling and it is keyless as well. This is a very versatile drill for light to medium use. Perfect for the homeowner or crafter.
Top Rated Drill/Driver to Buy
This space age looking 1/2 drill uses the 18 Volt MAX li-ion system and produces over 400 foot pounds of torque. The Hitachi Model #DS18DSAL Drill is very lightweight and specifically designed as a general purpose drill.
It is backed by a limited lifetime warranty on the tool and a 2 year warranty on the battery. It has a variable speed trigger that allows the tool to produce up to 1,500 RPM.
More than enough to handle even tough jobs. This is an excellent general purpose drill and would be at home at a residence or in a contractor tool kit.
Best Compact Drill/Driver
Ultra lightweight and super compact, this 12 Volt MAX drill can handle even overhead applications. The PORTER-CABLE Model #PCL120DDC-2 Drill has a keyless chuck system and the chuck has 20 positions for precise and accurate drilling. It uses a high torque system to make sure that it doesn’t bog down and it accepts bits to 3/8 inch size.
This is a great drill for tasks around the home or even the office. This drill will provide years of great service and it has excellent battery life.
Best Compact Drill/Driver Kit for the Money
DeWalt is a leading manufacturer of power tools and equipment. This drill – DEWALT Mondel #DCD771C2 Drill is specially designed to reduce operator fatigue and vibratory stresses that lead to fatigue. It uses a keyless chuck system and the high drive transmission produces over 300 Watts out of torque energy.
The motor uses the 20 Volt MAX system for plenty of power and run time and the drill has two variable trigger settings for high and low operations. This is an excellent drill for the contractor or homeowner.
Best Rated Cordless Drill to Buy
This 18 Volt, 1/2 inch drill is not for the faint of heart. This is hammer driver/drill, that can take on a wide range of applications and even easily handle heavy duty tasks. The Makita Model #XPH07Z LXT Drill produces over a 1,000 foot pounds of torque and the high speed transmission has two operating modes producing low RPM and high RPM, up to 2,100 RPM. All controlled via the variable trigger.
It comes with a depth rod and a side handle attachment for precise control. One of the best features of this drill is the brushless motor.
While this drill could most certainly used in the home, it is perhaps better adept in the workshop or on the tool belt. Either way, this is a top class, cordless drill.
As with any power tool, always wear the appropriate safety gear during operation and always be aware of your surroundings. Be sure to read and follow the operators manual for safety and for proper operation of the tool. Always make sure the battery is clean and dry before using it in a tool.
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