Most people, even if they don’t do a lot of woodworking or construction work, have a need for a good power drill. They are practically indispensible for do-it-yourself home projects, as well as for many types of mechanical and maintenance tasks. Most people also prefer to have one available for simple household tasks, or even hobbies and craft projects. In fact, many households have more than one power drill, often a corded one as well as a cordless power drill model for convenience doing certain types of tasks.
Although cordless power drills are extremely portable and handy for a variety of tasks, they are limited by their battery time. However, their battery pack is rechargeable, by placing it in the recharger and plugging it into an electrical outlet. In fact, many people get around the limitation of the battery time by simply purchasing a second battery pack. That way, one battery is always charging, even when you are using the drill. Cordless drills are lighter as well as easy to use, and for the most part can handle the same types of jobs and tasks that one uses a corded power drill for. They come in a variety of voltage sizes, but if you want a good all-purpose cordless power drill that is equal to a standard corded drill, you want to choose one that is in the range of 18 volts. This will give you plenty of power for most types of tasks.
You’ll want to choose a power drill that has a reverse drive option, so that you can remove screws and bolts with it in addition to driving them. When choosing a cordless power drill, you’ll also want to pay attention to the type of motor. Make sure the drill you buy has a variable speed motor, because these allow you the versatility to vary your drilling speed. This can be important, because not all materials can be adequately drilled into if you only have one drilling speed. Generally, these two features are included together, and you will hear the drill referred to as being a “variable speed reversible” drill, and in fact, almost all modern power drill have this feature. Power drills have what is called a “chuck”, which is what the bits and attachments fit into. One of the most common size chucks for home use is 3/8-inch, although some people prefer the smaller 1/4-inch or larger 1/2-inch chuck sizes. You can even get attachments for many power drills that give you sanding, buffing and cutting functionality.
Although cordless power drills are very handy and versatile, many people still prefer a corded drill. They are suitable for almost every task, and of course never run out of power. Of course, you are limited by the length of the cord, so choose one that has a longer cord if possible, especially if the type of work you plan to use it for requires you to move around quite a bit. Of course, you can always use an extension cord if you have to, but if you do, always make sure to use it safely.