We Know: How to Buy an Electric Drill
About Electric Drills
Even with the advancement in battery pack technology, electric drills generally provide more
battery operated models. They are also more convenient in terms of not having to charge the
batteries for use. The main downside to electric drills is that they require a power outlet,
which in some situations is not available.
Electric Drill Features and Options
Most models offer a variety of features and options from which to choose. Before purchasing
your drill, decide which of the following are most important to you:
- Ergonomic handle. An ergonomic grip handle makes it easier to hold the drill and makes
it more comfortable for extended use.
- Angled chuck. This allows you to work close in, when space is tight.
- Variable-speed. Variable speeds offer more flexibility than one or two speed drills.
- Chuck size. What size drill bits will you most likely be using? A maximum chuck size
of 3/8 is most common. For bigger jobs, consider getting an electric grill that can handle drill
bits of up to 1/2".
- Keyless chuck. This eliminates the need to keep track of the key when changing drill
bits. It also tends to be faster.
- Multi-position clutches. These disengage the motor from the chuck to prevent the screw
from going in too deep.
Who makes electric drills?
Several companies manufacture electric drills, and they include:
- Black & Decker.