The best cordless drills on the market are great for all skill levels including beginning woodworkers, DIYers, and professionals. Here are our top 5 cordless drills of 2017 at a glance. Continue reading for details on each cordless drill.
BEST CORDLESS DRILLS 2017 REVIEWS
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Best Cordless Drills Reviews
- Bosch DDS181A-02 18V Compact Tough 1/2″ Drill/Driver
- Dewalt DCD771C2 20V MAX Cordless Lithium-Ion 1/2 inch Compact Drill Driver
- Makita XFD10R 18V Compact Lithium-Ion Cordless 1/2″ Driver-Drill
- Hitachi DS18DSAL 18-Volt Lithium Ion Compact Pro Driver Drill
- Milwaukee M18 18V Lithium-Ion 1/2 Inch Cordless Drill Driver Compact Kit
5 Tips For Buying Cordless Drills – Buying Guide
- TIP 1: Check the Hand Grip
- TIP 2 CORDLESS DRILL BUYING GUIDE: Look for Variable Speeds
- TIP 3: Consider the Power Level of the Drill
- TIP 4: Check the Clutch Settings
- TIP 5 OF THE CORDLESS DRILL BUYING GUIDE: Consider the Battery
Bosch is a solid, reliable brand, and this is an amazing drill for the professional for for the DIYer who needs to make home repairs or build a deck.
This is the lightest, most compact and most comfortable heavy duty drill in it’s class.
Bosch DDS181A-02 Pros
- Changing bits is easy and one-handed with the 1/2″ ratcheting chuck.
- The powerful and highly efficient 4-pole motor delivers top performance with strong power and long runtime.
- Soft-grip ergonomic handle.
- This drill/driver works will all of Bosch 18-Volt Lithium-Ion batteries and chargers for maximum versatility.
Bosch DDS181A-02 Cons
- Slow charge time (around 45 minutes) for such a small battery.
Dewalt DCD771C2 Pros
- Lightweight at 3.6 pounds.
- Ergonomic and comfortable.
- Light can be turned on independently of the drill turning.
- Batteries charge quickly and deliver power all the way to the end the battery life
Dewalt DCD771C2 Cons
- Both the battery and charger should be between 65 and 75 F.
Makita XFD10R Pros
- Lightweight: 3.3 lbs.
- Extreme protection technology for improved water and dust resistance.
- Batteries have a fuel gauge.
- Charges in just 25 minutes.
- Ergonomic design: comfortable in your hand.
- 21 clutch settings.
Makita XFD10R Cons
- Does not have a brushless motor.
Hitachi DS18DSAL Pros
- 22 clutch settings.
- Compact and lightweight: 3.3 lbs.
- Led light.
- Lifetime warranty.
- Batteries charge in 40 minutes.
Hitachi DS18DSAL Cons
- Some users report that this drill doesn’t have enough power.
Whether you’re just starting a hobby as a woodworker or if you’re a professional woodworker who is looking for a new drill/driver combo, this is the kit for you.
Milwaukee 2606-21CT Pros
- Powerful yet Compact– This drill is lightweight but packs a punch. It possesses superior power and torque compared to other 18V cordless drill drivers.
- Accurate– Maneuverable design has a variable speed trigger and LED lights.
- Comfortable– Ergonomic design feels good in the hand.
- Smart– Battery indicator lets you know when you need to recharge before the battery dies. Battery charging is super fast: 30 minutes to charge.
- Warranty– Comes with a five-year warranty.
Milwaukee 2606-21CT Cons
- Battery Housing– The battery is hard to remove from the housing.
- Carrying Case– The kit comes in a soft case and lacks the protection and durability of a hard carrying case.
- Stops Immediately– Pay attention to the battery indicator. The drill will stop instantly when the battery is depleted.
5 Tips For Buying Cordless Drills – Buying Guide
Regardless of the model you choose, make sure it’s comfortable in your hand. Try several in the store to find one that fits you best. A few different hand grips are available and only by trying them will you know which you prefer.
Most cordless drills have a T-handle with the battery at the end of the handle. In these models, the battery serves as a counterweight for the drill and makes it more comfortable to handle. Look at the position of the controls to find one that will be easy to operate.
Continue reading this cordless drill buying guide for more tips for purchasing a cordless drill.
Softer materials require lower speeds. Harder materials require higher speeds. Some cordless drills have one fixed speed, but many have two settings: 300 and 800 rpm. Use the low speed for screws and the high speed for boring holes. Some cordless drills even have top speeds of 1,000 rpm.
Cordless drills are rated by battery voltage. Voltage ranges are 6, 7.2, 9.6, 12, 14.4, and 18V. Higher voltage drills will weigh more than lower voltage.
Consider your needs when buying a cordless drill. How much power do you need?
Higher volts are needed for drilling heavier materials. Always choose a woodworking drill with slightly higher voltage than you think you’ll need to be sure you will have enough power.
The clutch on cordless drills is what makes the drill bit stop turning when a certain level of resistance is reached. It keeps you from over-tightening screws and also protects the motor.
The best cordless drills have 24 clutch settings.
Lower numbers are for driving smaller screws and higher settings are for large screws. They also usually have a drill setting so your bit doesn’t stop when you’re trying to bore a hole.
The battery is another important consideration. The battery life varies widely among drills. Look for a model with two batteries when buying a cordless drill. With this feature, you can be using one battery while the other is charging. You won’t need to stop working to charge the battery, as you would with only one. Change the battery as soon as you notice the power level drop.