We Know: How to Buy an Electric Drill

About Electric Drills

Even with the advancement in battery pack technology, electric drills generally provide more torque than 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:

  1. Milwaukee.
  2. Black & Decker.
  3. Makita.
  4. DeWalt.


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