Cordless Drill Recommendations: High and Low

Cordless Drill Recommendations: High and Low

Sarah Coffey
May 28, 2008

While our friend - and super-handyman - Dave was over to help us install our IKEA credenza, we asked him for a few cordless drill recommendations, from light usage to heavy-duty high end. Click below for his picks...

The Basics: Corded drills won't run out of juice on you, but many people prefer the flexibility of using a cordless model. Higher voltage means higher prices. For a quality cordless drill, look for a minimum of 12 volts.

Light Usage: Ryobi offers decent drills for affordable prices. These are perfect for homeowners that need a drill for picture-hanging and the occasional lightweight installation. Prices come in under $100. This is the Ryobi 12V Lithium Ion Drill, available at hardware stores for around $80.

Mid-Range: Dave recommends DeWalt Drills for heavier usage. They work well for people who do a lot of DIY projects at home. For a quality, heavy-duty drill with 14-18 volts of power, expect to pay around $200. The drill shown is the DeWALT Heavy-Duty 14.4 Xrp Drill/Driver Kit, available at hardware stores for $200.

High-End: For professionals and people who need a really good drill, Hilti makes power tools with high torque and voltage, as well as long-term warranties. The Cordless Universal Hammer Drill (shown above) comes with a whopping 24 volts of power and drills through metal, masonry, and wood. At $460, it costs more than twice the mid-range model.

Thanks for the tips, Dave!

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