How did we ever get by without cordless power tools? Many younger DIY enthusiasts never had to try. However, most “veteran DIYs” can tell you stories about the problems of dealing with power cords especially when one is still struggling to master all the various DIY skills. In addition to mobility, today’s cordless tools are safer to use because they reduce tripping and shock hazards.
Even for commercial use, Cordless tools can also provide cost savings t by eliminating the need for compressors, electric cords and additional tool maintenance.
But perhaps the biggest reason for the surge of cordless tools is improved technology. Today’s cordless tools are stronger and more durable than ever before, providing more power and significantly longer run times. And new battery technology is one of the biggest reasons for the increase in cordless tool use.
With advances in technology in recent years, Cordless Drills are a popular and viable choice for nearly all hand held drilling tasks on almost any DIY or home improvement project. Cordless Drills come in various sizes and with a number of different features.
So how do we go about choosing the most ideal model of cordless power drills.
What to look for when considering the batteries. When looking for a cordless drill, the first thing to consider is the battery. Cordless drills are presently available in voltages from 9.6 volts all the way up to 24 volts. The advantage of a more powerful battery translates to additional torque. It also likely means longer battery life per charge. The flip side is that these “stronger batteries” are usually heavier. A 24volt cordless drill therefore will be considerably heavier than a 12volt one. Some manufacturers also now produce chargers with “renew” capabilities, as well. These chargers force the battery to completely discharge and recharge every time, giving the battery a deep cycle refresh and restoring it to like-new condition. The charger also calibrates battery electronics. For nickel-cadmium batteries, this feature eliminates memory effect, significantly extending usable battery life and decreasing the number of replacement batteries over the life of the tool.
You should consider a number of basic features that the Cordless Drill must have. For DIY work around the home, the type cordless drill kit should include cordless power hammers, cordless screwdrivers and cordless flashlights in case of emergencies. Whether you are doing carpentry work or you would like to build things around the house, you will need nails or screw for almost every home DIY project. Therefore the cordless drill should have a reversible motor that will allow you to back out any screws that you have drilled in inadvertently. Another feature would be a dual-speed motor (with a high and low switch) and an adjustable clutch, that, when adjusted properly, will help keep you from driving screws too deeply into your wood stock. Many cordless drills use a 3/8″ chuck to hold your bits. However, some larger models have a 1/2″ chuck that will allow one to use drill bits of up to 1/2″ in diameter. These 1/2″ models often include a “hammer drill” feature which is great for drilling holes in masonry.
With the right cordless power tools, you can mount, hang and install any item inside and outside of your house. Use cordless handheld power tools to improve your mobility as you work.
So how do we actually decide?
A great many of the cordless drills available on the market have all of the features we’ve already discussed above. What, then, should you look for to differentiate between these models?
I think there are two major factors are worth considering.
First, look at the batteries and look beyond the voltage. For instance, all 12-volt batteries are not the same. When comparing batteries of the same voltage, the battery with a higher mAh rating (which stands for milliamp-hours) will hold a charge for a longer period of time.
The other factor to consider is how you feel when you pick up the drill with the battery installed. Hold the drill in a number of positions, including over your head, as if you were drilling screws into your ceiling. Ask yourself questions like, “How does this drill feel?” “Is it balanced?” “How long could I use this drill holding it over my head?”
If the drill is simply too heavy to comfortably use over your head for at least 30 seconds at a time, then you likely need to look at a drill with a lower battery voltage (and hence, a smaller size). The drill should be strong, but comfortable to use.
So how do you decide when you are buying online? Well, check out the specs and find out what does the drill weigh. Then find any small item in your home which weighs about the same weight and try to check how comfortable you “feel” holding that item over your heard for 30 seconds. If you think you feel fine with it that you probably will also feel fine with the choice of the similar weight of drill.
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