The Ultimate Drill Guide
Drills are a toolbox essential for home improvers and trade professionals alike from a power tool centre. The right drill can be used to bore holes, loosen or tighten screws and even chisel away materials. Combine this with the ability to use on a variety of different surfaces and materials and you’ll easily be able to undertake a variety of DIY tasks and projects. There is a wide range of drills available.
Corded drills are often lighter than their cordless cousins as there is no heavy battery pack. If you opt for a mains powered, corded drill, you will also need to use an extension lead. A cordless drill will give greater mobility as you can take it anywhere without having to tow an extension cable behind you. However, the most powerful cordless tools are usually more expensive than their corded equivalents.
There are several types of drill you can choose from which can make it difficult to pick the right one for the task. If all you want to do is drill small holes in wood and plasterboard and occasionally masonry, the best choice is a drill with hammer action. Pick one with an 18V battery or at least 550 watts for a corded model. A chuck size of 13mm should be adequate; this means it will take a good range of drill bits up to 13mm in diameter. If you want a bit more from your drill, you need to know what they can offer.
Depth stop: Fitted to the side of the drill, a depth stop can be adjusted to ensure that the hole being drilled does not exceed the desired depth. This feature can also give you a consistent depth when making multiple holes.
Trigger-activated LED: A handy feature to have, especially in dark conditions, is a trigger-activated LED light that automatically lights up when the speed trigger is pulled. The light will automatically switch off a few seconds after the trigger is released.
Auxiliary handle: An auxiliary handle improves both safety and accuracy when drilling. The extra handle can be positioned on either the left of right side of the drill and helps to increase the users force and control compared to just using the pistol grip handle.
Forward and reverse function: Drill drivers have a reverse function, which which allows you to turn the drill bit or screwdriver bit forwards, as well as backwards. Simply push the forward / reverse switch on the side of the drill. Reverse mode is also convenient when backing out the drill bit after boring holes.
Keyless chuck: The chuck is at the front of the drill and holds the drill bit or screw bit. A keyless chuck means you can change bits quickly and easily, without the need for additional tools.
Gears: Drills with more than one gear let you select different speed ranges. If the drill is a single gear drill, you can control the speed with the speed control trigger. The gear control switch is usually located on the top of the drill.
Integrated belt clip: Free your hands quickly and easily with an integrated belt clip, attached to the drill.
These are all the features that can led you to choose a best ever Drill for you!