As the weather moves into spring, and with it Father’s Day, (don’t forget), the jobs that were put off while you hibernated are starting to prick the conscience. If some of the projects you have lined up are not a lot bigger than hanging a few pictures, or putting up some shelves, then the chances are you’ll just need a budget-priced drill driver. If you have your favourite brand, Milwaukee, Makita, DeWalt, for example, then perhaps a 12v model with a couple of spare batteries and a charger will do the trick.
However, if you’re a person who enjoys taking on more ambitious tasks, then you will be looking for a cordless drill driver with a bit more grunt. When we talk ‘grunt’, we mean torque. Hence, a tool with a bit more sophistication.
Choosing the best cordless drill driver for home use becomes a little more challenging and it’s time to start looking at features such as torque and battery power. Just to clarify, torque is a measure of the rotational force applied by the drill to turn the screw. The more torque settings then better the performance. And you want the driver to stop turning when the screw head is tightly in position. Being able to adjust the torque is important when you are selecting the drill. It’s common sense that will tell you that a drill driver with 22 torque settings is going to be a little more versatile than one with 10 or 12.
Battery technology has come a long way in the past few years, and a Lithium-ion (L-ion) battery is pretty well standard in cordless tools these days. They are certainly an improvement on the Nickel-Cadmium (NiCad)style cells. The thing is the Li-ion batteries provide more power as well as retain the charge for a longer time. All the latest 18V cordless drill driver feature this type of battery today.
Their popularity as a powered screwdriver has made the drill driver an enormous success. The difference to using a fast-turning electric drill bit is that the drill driver is a slow turning screw driver and it can generate a lot more torque. In this cordless drill driver buying guide, check for other features.
Reverse switch - the tool should have a slide switch that you can use to reverse the direction enabling you to remove screws as well.
Styling – ergonomic design makes for easier handling and less tiring to hold for any length of time because they are light weight.
Robust – The tools are good enough to use by professional tradies as well as weekend DIY amateurs
Performance – About 22 clutch positions, up to 2000rpm, LED work light, touch sensitive trigger which allows for better control. Two batteries, one charger, quick charging time.
Drill drivers are very handy tools to have around the house. If you have a fair bit of work to do, they are a great investment and certainly will make the job easier. Selection can be through price, brand, features and extras. Just make sure that what you buy is suitable for the jobs you have planned. Don’t buy a tool that will not stand up to the requirements of the job.