So you want to get yourself a cordless drill? Or maybe your old one broke down? In this article I will show you what considerations you need to take on how to choose a cordless drill. There is actually a jungle out there. You have different battery types, different power (you can get a cordless drill from 3,6v and all the way up to 36v), different weight, some come with a LED working light and some not. In order to choose the best cordless drill for YOU, you have to identify your needs. Are you a handyman that do all of the work in and around the house yourself? Are you a woman that needs to drive a screw once a year? Below I will walk you through a step by step guide on how to choose a cordless drill.
Identify your needs for a cordless drill:
- The micro user: You live in a house where everything is ship shape. If something needs to be done, you call professionals. You use your cordless drill maybe a few times a year for hanging a picture to the wall or other small tasks.
- The small user: You live in a house where everything is done and ship shape. If you need to do a bigger project you call professionals. If you have smaller projects you are more than happy to do it yourself. You use your battery drill on average a few times a month.
- The medium user: You live in a house where things need to be done. You do most of the tasks yourself and always have projects going. You use your cordless drill at least once a week.
- The big user: You live in a house where you always have a lot of big projects going. You are the guy/girl that do everything yourself. You use your cordless drill almost every day.
1. Cordless drill for the micro user
For you, I would recommend a cordless drill with lithium-ion batteries. The cool thing about these batteries is that they hold the charge while the machine is not in use. Some of the lithium-ion batteries can actually hold the charge as long as 1.5 years. You probably don’t need the most powerful drill but I would at least go for a 12 volt drill just in case. My personal choice in this category would be the 12v Black & Decker LDX112C. This has a max speed of 600rpm which is more than enough for the micro user. The compact design and the light weight (2.3 lbs) make this machine a no brainer for the micro user.
2. Cordless drill for the small user
Again I recommend a machine with lithium-ion batteries. Actually I always recommend lithium cordless drills. The main reason is that it will save me (and you) money in the long run. They might be a little bit more expensive there and then, but with a longer life cycle, and that they in fact store the charge when the machine is not in use, makes this the winner, economically speaking. You probably need a little bit more power than the micro user. I would probably choose a 18v cordless drill for this category. My personal choice for you is the LDX120C from Black and Decker. This is in fact a 20v drill, maybe overkill for this category, but the price is awesome. With the 650 rpm and the compact design this is a winner for the small user.
3. Cordless drill for the medium user
You are a semi professional. You use your cordless tool for a lot of different tasks, and you need a good power tool with dual speed. My personal choice in this category would be the Dewalt DC970K-2 18-Volt. I know, I wrote earlier that I always recommend lithium-ion batteries, but this time I am going to do an exception. This cordless drill from Dewalt comes with ni-cad batteries, but when I can get a drill from a quality brand like Dewalt, with dual speed option (0-450 rpm/0-1500 rpm) and with that power (380 unit watts out), this is my choice for the medium user.
4. Cordless drill for the big user
You use your drill just as much as the professional construction worker or carpenter. You need to be picky and choose amongst the best drills, and preferably at least an 18v. But does it have to cost your shirt of? No, no, no… My personal pick for this category is the Dewalt DCD760KL 18-Volt with more stuff than you can imagine. It comes with 2 lithium-ion batteries which have a charging time of 30 min, a dual speed option (0-500/0-1700 rpm), LED working light and the best part is, it only weigh 4 pounds. This drill is a beast, in fact at that price; I consider it a crime not buying it if you are the big user.