What do look for when purchasing a cordless drill?

You don’t need to be a carpenter or a contractor to need a cordless drill. Anytime there is a project around the house that requires screwing or unscrewing or drilling, you need a cordless drill.

And once you get one you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it. With a cordless drill, the home DIY world is your oyster; installing shelves, hanging pictures, building furniture, installing drywall and many more home improvement projects are now totally doable all by yourself. If we’ve learned anything from the plethora of DIY blogs out there, a cordless drill is a must have.

The power behind a cordless drill is everything. Most cordless drills are at least 18V and are powered by rechargeable Lithium Ion batteries. When fully charged, the drill should be able to last through any big project. But the real power comes from the drill’s torque. For a standard project you don’t need much, but just in case a project comes up where you need something heavy duty, look for a drill that offers 400 in/lbs torque. That way you will always be covered. Torque is the amount of force exerted to rotate something around an axis. The larger the force in inches per pound, the better the drill.

Back in the day when all drills were corded, you had to have a key to open the drill’s chuck to allow different drill bits in. Now, the best cordless drills have a keyless chuck. You can simply twist the chuck open and closed with your hand to fit different sizes of bits. The best cordless drills come with at least one, double-sided, bit. We’d suggest buying a drill in a kit if you need multiple sizes of drill bits (which you will).

Ease of Use
When drilling into heavy-duty tile or the like, you’ll want an auxiliary handle to attach to either side of the drill. The handles will give you additional control over the cordless drill and add a little bit of power behind it. We also like those brands that include online video tutorials, showing you the best ways to handle the cordless drill.

Home improvement is a necessity. It doesn’t matter if you live in an apartment or a sprawling home, a cordless drill makes every home DIY project easier. Just think how impressed your significant other will be if you finally install that ceiling fan sitting in the box on your bedroom floor! So go out there and find the perfect Makita cordless - Hitachi cordless or Dewalt cordless drill with gear4dad.

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