The Cordless Drill

The best cordless drills may not have the relentless power and maximum torque of an AC-powered, wired electric drill but for most DIY purposes they are far more convenient, and easily powerful enough. 

Today’s cordless drills pack more punch than ever, due in no small part to the advent of the lithium ion battery. Li-ion batteries are not only lighter than the old nickel cadmium (Ni-Cd) packs – a great weight saving on the wrist and forearm – they also hold their charge when not in use and don’t mind being topped up from half empty.

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How to use a cordless drill

Here I demonstrate all the features of a Dewalt 18v combi drill and also a Milwaukee 12v drill/driver. Every feature of the drill is demonstrated including torque control, gears, using the chuck and using hammer action.

Cordless Drill Top Picks

Best Overall: Hitachi DS18DSAL Compact Pro Driver Drill at Amazon
“Light and compact enough to easily tote around the house or yard.”
Runner-Up, Best Overall: Porter-Cable PCC601LB Drill/Driver at Amazon
“Sturdy and well-balanced, with enough torque for most common jobs.”
Best Budget: Black + Decker GC01200C at Amazon
“For those new to using a cordless drill, [it’s] forgiving and easy to handle.”
Best for Home DIY: Black + Decker LDX120C 20-Volt Max at Amazon
“It’s reliable, powerful, and perfect for any size job around the house.”
Best Compact: Bosch PS31-2A 2-Speed Drill/Driver Kit at Amazon
“Cordless drill that packs as much power as possible into a small package.”
Best Cordless Tool Combo Kit: DeWalt DCK590L2 5-Tool Kit at Amazon
“A cordless drill with the added convenience of a few extra tools.”
Best Heavy Duty: DeWalt DCD950KX Drill/Driver/Hammerdrill Kit at Amazon
“A professional-grade cordless drill that can handle heavy-duty demands.”

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How Does a Cordless Drill Work?

Cordless drills are pretty straightforward, even a total newbie can operate them without a lot of trouble. If you decide on purchasing one of these devices, make sure you check the power of the battery and the motor first.

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How to Use a Drill

Here we’ve put together the basic info you need to understand drill features and dive into your next project with confidence.

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