3 Tips To Remember While Choosing The Right Drill

Are you planning to set up a workshop but do not know what drill to buy for your home improvement projects? If you have never considered buying your own drill before, it will be hard for you to know what type to buy since buying a drill means that you have to know what you need it for, and if you are going to use it regularly.

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The real struggle for any first timer, is deciding on whether or not to buy a corded drill or a cordless drill. Before you make any kind of decision, it is important to ask yourself what you will need it for.

Are you looking to buy a drill that you can plug into a socket for continuous power? Or are you looking for something that can give you more freedom while you work, without tripping on any kind of wire?

There are only two types of drills, its either you buy a corded or a cordless one, but you have to decide which kind because there are several – like a drill driver, hammer drill, or an impact drill.

Researching is worth every second of your time, and after, you will start to wonder what life was like before you ever got a drill to help you with your home improvement projects.

If you are having a hard time deciding, here are some tips to help you choose the right drill that is best suited for your home improvement needs.

Tips Choose The Right Drill

Tip-1

Drill Lingo

Before you start comparing all the information that you can gather with regards to a corded or a cordless drill, it will be an added benefit if you know all the terms and phrases related to power drills that people will often mention to you when you first try to purchase from your local hardware store.

This will be hard to understand if you know nothing about power tools, which is why the first of all things that you have to know are these pieces of information:

1. Difference between Voltage and wattage:

​First and foremost, you will need to know the difference of these two if you are considering buying a corded or a cordless drill.

These two terms are different from one another, if you are buying a cordless drill, VOLTAGE is the term used, and this usually means that if you were to decide buying a cordless drill – the higher the voltage, the higher chances that you will get the most power.

But the only downside will be that the drill will be heavier compared to a normal corded drill, because this drill has batteries.

If you are leaning more on a corded drill, WATTAGE is the term used, and this usually means – the higher the wattage, the more power you will get for more complex tasks. The advantage of this drill is it doesn’t over heat, because it is connected to a power source.​

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2. BPM (Blows per minute)​:

​When some one in a hardware store asks you about this, they will usually be referring to the amount of blows you will need the drill to make in a minute.

3. RPM (Revolution per minute)​:

This refers to the amount of revs your drill can make in a minute.

4. Chuck​:

​This part of the drill holds the drill bit. If you may have noticed, most drill chucks are now keyless compared to how they were made before. It will now be easier for you to attach the bits and remove them by simply twisting the chuck.

5. ​Torque:

Torque ​is usually a term used to refer to the measurement of twisting power (NM). The higher the twisting power, the higher the torque power that the drill can produce.

6. AH​:

AH or often called AMP HOURS – This is a term used for cordless drills. Since cordless drills are supplied with batteries, it just means that the higher the AH, the higher the battery life.​

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Corded Or Cordless?

The second thing that you will need to know is the difference between a corded drill and a cordless drill along with the functions of each. This will give you a more outlined description on where to use these power tools, and how you can use them at home:

This will be hard to understand if you know nothing about power tools, which is why the first of all things that you have to know are these pieces of information:

1. Corded Drills:

If you are looking for something that can last longer, and give you more efficient power for most of your home improvement projects, then you should lean more into a corded drill. Obviously, the corded drill is plugged into a power source, which means that it can give you hours of productive drilling time. It is more reliable and can drill into everything that is heavy duty, especially concrete.

Corded Drill

The only downside is that it can be difficult to use around the house since there may be a need for you to switch sockets if in case you cannot reach what you need to drill into.

2. Cordless Drills:

if you are looking for less heavy-duty jobs around your house, like drilling holes or driving screws into plaster walls and wood, then you should consider buying a cordless drill. The cordless drill is a pretty popular choice most people make, because it is portable and can be brought anywhere without having to trip on any wires.

The only downside of this, is the fact that you have to check so many things before you can use it properly, which will make it more of a hassle compared to using a corded one.

These usually includes, making sure if the package is included with batteries, making sure that your batteries are always fully charged before you use it again, & making sure if it will last long enough in case that you do not get to charge it.​

cordless drill

It is important to remember that if you are deciding to buy a cordless drill, you have to make sure that the package is included with all the necessary accessories for it to work properly.

Most cordless drills will not include a spare battery, so it will mean that you have to buy these separately so that you do not end up running out of juice while you are doing your job at home.​

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Different Kinds of Drills

Aside from the corded and the cordless drill, there are other drills you can choose from, that can be used for a specific task around your house, and these usually include:

1. Hammer Drill

This kind of drill is comparable to a jackhammer. If you do not want to use a hammer, this can be the best alternative to do the job quicker. It is best used for making holes in concrete, stone or masonry.

hammer drill

The only downside is that it can be difficult to use around the house since there may be a need for you to switch sockets if in case you cannot reach what you need to drill into.

2. Impact Drills:

If you like to do work mostly on your cabinets or anything that involves screwing, then this will be the best choice of drill for you. If you do not want to use a screwdriver, this can be your best alternative, as its main job is only to drive screws. It is very powerful and it is very easy to use.

impact drill

3. Drill drivers:

If your job at home requires that you make holes or loosen screws, then this can be another good choice for you to make. This kind of drill is great if you do not like the feeling of having to unscrew anything in your house.

It can help you prevent over screwing into material, and it has several power settings that you can choose from for great control.

Final Verdict:

There are different drills that you can choose from, which can serve a number of specific tasks, but if you are looking for something in general, you can always choose from a cordless or a corded drill. Always remember that you need to know what you will need it for, so that you can make the right decision.

Julius Swift
 

Julius Swift, is the Editor of Protoolslab.com. Who is a tools enthusiast and love to share what he know about this field. In personal life he is a father of two cute kids and loving husband of a beautiful wife. He love foods and nothing is more important than reading book in his spare time.

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