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8 Feb

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I want a Cordless Drill Or Driver, But What type is the best for Me

8 Feb

A cordless drill/driver is vital in completing most home-improvement projects around the home. Whether you’re hanging curtain rods, building a deck or fence, running electrical wires, or installing shelves in the closet, you will need to drill holes and drive screws. You’ve visited Sears, Wal-Mart, Home Depot, and Lowes. Every one has at least 20 different cordless drills hanging on display. How will you decide which one is most effective for you?

Cordless drills have changed dramatically in the last 2 yrs and the newest generation features small size, powerful motors and fast charging lithium-ion batteries. Many of today’s drills are half the body weight and size the same power drill 2 years back. Do not let your husband or father tell you otherwise, these new cordless drills can do the work you will need these phones do. Today’s drill/drivers put enough muscle into your hand to tame even the largest jobs without wearing you out from handling them day. Five important measures of a quality cordless drill/driver are size, torque, speed, batteries, and clutch.

Expect to pay $80 to $100 to get a quality 180 inch/lb sub compact cordless drill/driver. $150 to $220 for a quality 320 -400 inch/lb compact drill/driver and $250 and much more to get a quality 500 inch/lb full-sized cordless drill.

SIZE – The physical sized the latest cordless drills is a lot small compared to the drills of only a last year. The newest sub-compact lithium drill/drivers weigh in at 2 lbs. Comparable nicad powered cordless drill of just 2 yrs ago is 5.2 lbs. These new drills are easier to hold and permit one to enter tight places. All of the new drills have lights to help you see within closets and operate in normal household lighting situations. In fact most of the newest drills will easily fit in your kitchen area drawer.

TORQUE – When I speak about a cordless drill’s power, I’m really discussing simply how much rotational force, or torque, it produces. I am not referring to the battery voltage. This rating, in inch-pounds will allow you to compare one drill for the other and judge when the drill is big enough for the tasks you would like it to do. 180 inch/lbs is enough power for many drilling, screwing and repair tasks at home, 320 inch/lbs is enough for many home construction and remodeling tasks. Only look at a higher torque full-sized drill when you have plenty of lag bolts to create when building a deck, holes to drill in concrete, or utilizing a large specialty attachment like a bulb auger (for planting tulip bulbs) When you’re looking for a cordless drill, read the box or visit the manufacturer’s web site to check out the torque numbers around the specification page.

SPEED – Today’s new lithium powered drills could have several variable speed settings. Normally a 0-600 rpm (revolutions for each minute) and 1-1600 rpm. The low speed is utilized for drilling large holes, driving large screws and precision tasks. The higher speed can be used for drilling small holes, countersinking, and setting more and more smaller screws. When utilizing your drill always begin on the low speed setting and only switch the signal from the bigger speed when you are getting utilized to the work and find it is possible to work accurately using the faster. Do not buy a cordless drill/driver with only one speed. Usually the one speed is usually too slow for many tasks and many times is an indication of a cheap, poor drill.


BATTERIES AND CHARGERS – Not too long ago, green nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) batteries began replacing the most popular nickel-cadmium (NiCd) cells that powered most cordless tools. Those batteries have now been replaced with the same form of battery present in your mobile phone, the lithium-ion (LiIon) battery. The newest lithium-ion batteries have equal or better run time, half the load, no memory issues, and also the power to hold an entire charge for more than a year while using your kitchen drawer. Prices have dropped on the lithium powered tools a great deal that purchasing a NiCad is no longer worthwhile choice. It’s simple to purchase a good, lightweight homeowner drill having a lithium-ion battery for as low as $79.00.

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Today’s latest chargers are energy-star rated and so are extremely powerful. The newest chargers will even charge the batteries faster than before. The most recent chargers will charge an electric battery in 30-50 minutes. In most home repair projects one battery is perhaps all you need. Using the new lithium batteries and chargers you can it fully charged and will also always be prepared to meet your needs. For larger tasks, if you start a project with two fully-charged batteries, and constantly keep one about the charger, you’ll be able to work constantly because the new chargers can “fill up” a depleted battery as fast as it is possible to drain usually the one about the drill. You are probably not planning to have wait for battery unless you’re driving screws nonstop. In my opinion, when building garden furniture I use one drill for that pilot holes and something for setting up screws. The newest chargers bills you batteries fast enough which i only have to keep one extra battery on charge and that i can work constantly without having to wait about the charger.

The cordless drill manufactures haven’t yet figure out which it could be good to have the battery hook up to the drill much the same way which means you can use the batteries on more than one brand, but a few retailers allow us lines of cordless tools that most work from the same battery. One manufacture has over 35 home repair and lawn and garden tools designed to use exactly the same lithium battery. I know would not even consider investing in a NiMH or NiCd battery powered cordless drill anymore. Ensure you can take away the battery from your drill. There are several cordless drills available that have the batteries permanently attached to drill. This doesn’t allow you to charge battery power with all the drill. This can be another sign of a cheap drill.

CLUTCH CONSISTENCY – All the quality cordless drill/drivers could have a variable clutch (A set of numbers between your chuck and the body of the drill.) A clutch stops the chuck from turning if this encounters a set fee of resistance. Jetski from the drill/driver from destroying the screw-head, breaking the screw, or driving it too deeply into wood. Most quality drills today have from 16 to 25 clutch settings so you can fine-tune it and set your screws for the proper depth.