If you have been using old drilling technologies, it might be the right time to upgrade your drill. Do you want freedom or agility that is lacking in the battery-powered tools? Is power what you seek so that you may drill through stone and concrete? Whatever your needs, research all your options available and arrive at the best-suited type of drill. This brief guide provides some helpful tips when choosing the perfect drill.
How to use your drill
Before identifying a suitable drill, there are some questions to consider. First, what kind of a surface will you be drilling into. Secondly, will there be holding challenges due to the irregular angles demanded by the task occasionally? Moving around can affect you’re drilling especially when climbing ladders, is this one of the challenges? Finally, your drill choice should accommodate the time duration of the tasks being conducted. These questions help a great deal in deciding what you are looking for when drilling.
Select the best type of drill
When choosing a suitable drill pick those with a handle that best suits your needs. Most drills used today have T-handles which enhance balance, distribute loads while preventing your hands from slipping. This creates extra room for your battery. Listed below are some of the top types of drills.
This remains the most common drill type used when creating holes wherein screws are driven, tightened or loosened in wooden or metallic walls. Unfortunately, their functionality is limited when it comes to concrete, stone and masonry.
The hammer drill is capable of moving in and out using a hammer-like motion. The extra force generated bores holes into exceedingly strong surfaces, for instance, concrete and masonry. When working with wood surfaces, the hammer drill is not recommended as it might damage the timber. Those who work with the hammer drills use earplugs to safeguard their ears from the loud noise emitted.
The impact drivers have been specifically designed to drive in bits, screws, and nuts into wood and metal. Rather than the rectangular chuck, the impact drivers use hexagonal sockets. This prevents any user from swapping drill bits between the hammer drills and impact drivers. Like their hammer drill partners, workers need ear protection from the loud noise emitted.
The cordless are universally known for their versatility and ease of use. In addition, they are lighter in weight than their corded counterparts. For instance, the Dewalt dcd790d2 torque. When choosing the cordless drills here are some points to consider.
Power – The main points to consider here is voltage and torque. The higher the voltage, the more powerful the drill. Today, popular cordless drills run on 18V power though there are other high and low power options. The torque is defined as the twisting power and is measured in newton-meters (Nm). There are drill models that allow their users to adjust the torque settings for stronger or delicate materials.
Speed – measured in rotations per minute (rpm), drills run on the 300rpm when drilling holes or the 800rpm when driving in screws. However, identifying drills with variable speed settings offers more control.
Batteries – The most popular battery today is the Lithium-ion which charges quicker lasts longer and is lighter than the Nickel-Cadmium. The Lithium-ion batteries also maintain a constant power discharge.
They are heavier and deliver similar speed and torque as their cordless counterparts. However, the power transmission is measured in watts. They have the special direct systems that make them suitable for users performing tougher tasks.