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Best Power Drills

Different Types of Drills

Cordless


Battery-powered tools are good for some purposes, but they lack power and consistency. The lack of power can be overlooked because these units are not foreseen for demanding tasks. However, the inconsistency is quite a burden, especially if you’re a frequent user of these machines. On the other hand, with the right set of high-quality batteries, one should be able to minimize the consistency struggles. The biggest advantage of these tools is their portability. As you can assume, due to the lack of wires, cables, ports, and etcetera, cordless drills are considered to be the most portable of all types. The overall weight of these units varies, depending on the battery type. More often than not, cheaper versions struggle with excess weight due to the battery being bulky and heavy. On the other hand, well-known brands usually include lightweight batteries which significantly increase the value of a particular model. Speaking of value, cordless drills are probably the ones with the best price-to-value ratio. In other words, one can find an affordable cordless unit that offers similar features as a corded one but comes with the benefits of a cordless drill. It’s usually a win-win situation, but it’s quite hard to find the best deal due to immense saturation of the market. When it comes to the shortcomings, the primary one is related to the battery quality. Therefore, we strongly recommend getting a high-quality one or else you’ll run into issues frequently.

Hammer


As the name suggests, hammer (also known as roto) drills feature a hammering action which provides a short thrust to both pulverize and drill through particularly dense and hard materials. These units are best used for drilling through concrete, bricks, blocks, and other materials used in construction. They feature a lot of power and torque which allows them to handle demanding projects with ease. As far as the complexity goes, they aren’t too different from other types. The only notable difference is the fact that they feature a hammering option. Truth be told, most roto drills are significantly heavier than their corded or cordless competitors, but that’s for a good reason. Each strike of the hammer is relatively low force, but because there are thousands of them per minute, the sheer impulse of the bit is more than enough to go through hard materials such as concrete. As you can tell, while these machines can be used for woodworking purposes, they thrive in projects that include particularly tough materials. Most models feature an oil filled gearbox that guarantees durability and consistency. The prices are okay and acceptable. It isn’t a tool for everyone, but it can be quite useful for people who are in the construction business.

Hammer Drills by Type


Corded


Electric drills are probably the most wide-spread type of them all. They are usually quite easy to use and come with a pretty straightforward design. As far as the suitable applications go, there are plenty. First of all, these tools can drill through a vast array of materials as long as you have the appropriate bit. On top of that, corded units have the best power output in this category. The consistency is acceptable, but the best consistency ratios are reserved for pneumatic models. They are ideal for small repairs around the house, but a vast majority of them can also cope with bigger projects, as long as you use them properly. Most modern corded units are lightweight and compact meaning you don’t have to worry about exhaustion and fatigue is you use this tool frequently. That’s why it’s of utmost importance that you conduct thorough research before investing in one of these. As far as the advantages go, the biggest ones are definitely – balance and versatility. Everyone should own at least one drill; there’s no question about that. The good thing about corded units is that you can opt to invest in them if you aren’t looking for a tool with specific purposes as these are regarded as a somewhat universal go-to solution.

Right Angle Drills


Regular drills aren’t capable of reaching corners and tough spaces due to their design. However, right angle drills are specifically designed to allow you to access tough-to-reach spots without going through hours of hassles. On the other hand, due to the fact that these are designed for a specific purpose, the versatility is almost non-existent. In simpler words, they are great for drilling in corners, but that’s about it. The design differs greatly from the other types. The most notable element is the angled chuck. On top of that, instead of resembling a gun, these machines have a cylindrical shape. The reason behind the design difference is pretty clear – the more compact they are, the easier it is to utilize them. When it comes to power, they output similar values as other types. Truth be told, you probably won’t have much success with massive projects as most available models aren’t foreseen for demanding projects. However, as with every other type, there are a few models out there that can cope with massive tasks without breaking a sweat. It all comes down to how much money you’re willing to invest in a particular tool. When it comes to money, the price of these units is acceptable and budget-friendly. Naturally, it all depends on many factors such as build quality, brand, power, and etcetera.

Right Angle Drills by Type


Magnetic


Magnetic drills are specialized tools used for drilling through a vast variety of materials. However, they yield best results when drilling through steel. These machines combine the versatility of a drill press with a magnetic base and allow you to put them on a metal surface for easy drilling. Most modern models consist of four main components – drill stand, motor, magnetic base, and a chuck. When it comes to advantages, there are many. The most notable one is – compactness. The three most common types of core drills are – electric, cordless, and pneumatic. The corded type is known to output consistent power thus allowing for smooth operation. Most electric mag drills are lightweight and compact, even though they are available in various sizes. When it comes to cordless units, they offer an easier way of drilling through dense materials, but they also come with a few limitations. Pneumatic mag drills use compressed air as a source of power. They are well-known for being among the most precise and consistent of them all. However, the cost of quality air compressors usually averts people from investing in air-powered units.

Drill Press


Every serious woodworker should own at least one drill press. The reasons behind this are simple – accuracy, power, speed, functionality, and consistency. These five elements are the main reason why most professionals have at least one of these units in their workshop. The drill press is capable of meeting the toughest woodworking challenges without breaking a sweat. That includes drilling at an exact height, width, and angle. Drilling holes with handheld tools requires a lot of effort. On the other hand, a drill press eliminates the need for labor and allows the user to focus on precision and accuracy instead of thinking about fatigue and exhaustion. The immense power of these drills allows the user to utilize large drill bits without putting any effort into it. On top of that, these tools generate power through leverage. That’s also another method of reducing labor and letting the unit do all the work. Great functionality is also an important part of every drill press. Drilling at an angle can be a challenging endeavor with handheld tools, and most people give up on it as it usually doesn’t yield good results. However, a drill press is designed to drill at various angles, and on top of that, it’s quite easy to set it up.

Drill Presses by Type