which cordless drill do i buy?

i want to buy my husband a cordless drill, to tell you the truth i dont know one from the other, i want it to be a good make, and around £100ish, i also want a case of bits to go with it, i have been looking, but im just more confused, what is the difference with a cordless drill and a hamer drill.

23 Answers

  • Dick s
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    Look on the "screwfix" site Dawn. For home use 14.4 volt is ample, with 13mm keyless chuck. get either a De Walt, Makita, or a "blue" bosch (not the green). At around £100 - £140 any of them will be fine. A drill driver is the most useful overall, it does what it says on the box, :-) Can drill, or with a screwdriver bit, drive screws home, has the benefit of not being as heavy as a combination drill, which has "hammer" action as well, for use with masonary bits and drilling into walls etc. A mains operated hammer/percussion or sds drill is the best when you're going into brickwork/masonary, battery operated drills make quite hard work of it unless the material is relatively soft. The combo drills are uncomfortable to use for any length of time for normal drilling/screwdriving due to the heavier weight, I much prefer to use a drilldriver. Be warned that cheaper makes of drill can be rubbish. Even though they may be 18volt say, they have no "oomph", no torque. The makes I suggested will have. My own Bosch has 50nm of torque, ample. You might look that figure up if it's available for the drills you look at.

  • 1 decade ago

    When buying a cordless drill, make sure it comes with a spare battery, they run out at the most inconvenient times, so having a spare ready charged is essential. If you buy a spare separately you will be charged a fortune. I am not very happy with my Bosch cordless. The battery failed after 2 years and a replacement would have cost two thirds the cost of a complete new drill, so I junked the Bosch and bought a decent Ryobi with spare battery which has been going for about five years now. If you think your husband is likely to drill a lot of holes in brickwork, a hammer drill is a big advantage. Cordless hammer drills do not give such good results as mains powered hammer drills.

  • 1 decade ago

    If he's just gonna use it around the house, and not comercial, then a regular 3/8 drill will surfice. Hammer drills are mainly for drilling holes through concrete, and not always needed as such. A good DeWalt or Milwalkie is probably yer best bet, but prepare to spend about $200-$300 depending on a 14 or 18 volt. A cheaper option is a Craftsman or Ryobi....not as tough or powerful, but good drills at a lower price. With most brands, you can get good deals on a nice set of bits and such.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The number of volts is as important as make get a 14 or 18v. It's the difference between a drill and a hammer drill. A hammer drill is for making holes in concrete and generally has a selector switch so you can also just drill with out the jackhammer type action. Unless he's a contractor or works in construction full time a 3/8 variable speed drill would be best.

    Source(s): Carpenter full time.
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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Cordless Drill: Just a cordless drill.

    Hammer Drill: it vibrates the drill bit to help drill into concrete.

    Which drill?

    Here it goes:

    Get he highest voltage for the best price. Period.

    The brand doesn't matter because chances are he won't be using it every day.

    Some extras to consider:

    <> Get a 1/2 in drill chuck. Not a 3/8 inch drill chuck.

    <> Try to get a reversable drill.

    <> Try to get a drill with a Lithium Ion battery.

    <> Drill bits: get titanium bits because they will last nearly forever.

  • Brenda
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    The 12v is more than enough for what you are doing. Also get a second battery so you can keep working once you start on a project. I've used Delta for years, but any brand at Home Depot or Lowes is just fine. Get a quick-change for countersinks while you are at it. When you install decking, use a quality 9X3 1/8" screw with a torx #25 drive head that is (a) only threaded on 1/2 the shaft and (b) has a cutting edge on the first 1/2 inch. These screws are available under different names such as Trex or Gold Star. You pay a bit more for the screw, but it goes in with great ease. So easy, you can drive the screw through the deck board and beyond. Quality screws with torx drive heads all drive easy, last twice as long and the heads never snap off.. That's why you don't need 14v or 18v.

  • 1 decade ago

    I have had Sears (junk), Black and Decker of several different types (very good depending on the usage), a DeWalt 18v., and some others. One to definitely stay away from is Buffalo--real junk from the get go, problem is the battery and charger.

    For home use, I would get a 12v or 14v Black and Decker. One type uses two tube type batteries and I have had really good luck with it. The other is larger, 14v and has a slip off battery for the charger. I use this one for heavier jobs.

    DeWalt and Ryobi 18V are mainly for the professionals.

    And, don't forget to get one of those $10 quick release drill sets. Wow how they reduce the time you take releasing the chuck and resetting either the bit or the screw drive head.

    Craftsman makes a good one, as does I think Black and Decker. Others have explained the difference between hammer drills and drivers.

    Source(s): Experience.
  • Paddy
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    When you buy a cordless drill most of the cost is down to the battery, don't buy anything lower than 14v and its a good idea to buy a spare battery then one can be charging while using the other

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    $100.00 will buy a sears 19.2 volt cordless drill and a cordless right angle drill with case. These are excellent drills and many accessories are available. I've been using mine for years with no problems. Check Sears website for information. You can order on line.

  • 1 decade ago

    I work for an electrical contractor. We use only Dewalt 18v cordless drills. They also make bit sets. I doubt that he wants a hammer drill unless he is planning on using it to drill into concrete, bricks, etc.

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