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harlyalice
Oct-01-2017 @ 5:52 PM                           Permalink
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What is best cordless Drill

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Much will depend on how much you want to pay, and what exactly you need it for! There be drills for all pockets and jobs and sometimes, but not always, you get what you pay for!

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Trade wise we use makita and dewalt mostly, edgiing towards makita more lateley, they are pricey but very good! We use lithion batteries now which charge really quick and the 4ah batteries will last a long time! There are other makes but i put these up as the best in answer to your question! ??

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The main difference between the plethora of cordless drill is battery life - how long a charge lasts.

Cheap drills have cheap batteries and expensive drills have expensive batteries.

As Mr Marshman commented, you do need to determine which of your tasks jobs requires a cordless drill.

For heavy work such as core drilling or drilling large holes, or hammer drilling into concrete - or even just driving large screws, a powerful drill will be required, perhaps with an SDS chuck.

If you merely want to drill a few small holes on your boat - or perhaps drive a number of ordinary wood screws, then a smaller, cheaper drill will suffice.

Another consideration - are you bringing a fully charged drill so that you can work on your boat away from mains power? If so, battery life should be considered - and buy a drill that comes with a spare battery as well.

I have had a great number of cordless drills. From experience, I can tell you that for regular usage you can save money by buying an expensive, well known and trusted make. Their batteries last longer than the "cheapies" and also don't seem to suddenly give out after a year of use.

However, If you only intend doing a few small DIY jobs, and then perhaps not use the drill over the winter months, you will probably be better off buying a "cheapie" and taking a gamble that the battery will still take a charge 6 to 9 months later (despite keeping it charged through the winter).

One trouble is that a number of the "less expensive" manufacturers often change their battery design each year, so that buying a replacement battery is not an option. And in any case, buying a new battery is often nearly as costly as buying a completely new drill.

Higher voltages drills tend to hold a charge longer than the lower voltage units (obviously), and have more power from the motor - but will cost more money than a lower voltage. Personally, I would not bother with less than 12 volts,

I have various brands of hammer drill, drill and screwdriver from Bosch down though Black & Decker to the odd brands sold as 'Loss-Leaders' at supermarkets. As a 'middle range' the standard B & D drills are fine for DIY use, and spare batteries and additional chargers can be bought inexpensively from a well known Auction Site (Just hope that they are genuine!).

One of the supermarkets (Lidle, I believe) was selling a very nice Australian cordless drill earlier in the year. Its quite light and has a spare battery which holds a surprising good charge. I've been using it regularly along with two other brands (drilling, countersinking and screw driving), and it has been performing surprisingly well.

Hope this helps you and makes you a little less confused.



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I am currently using three different makes of Cordless drills. All are lithium sets that have impact drivers too. The advantage of those sets is that the batteries are interchangeable on both products. Hence they can be swapped when one or other needs charging.
The brush-less Milwaukee set are in my opinion the best, albeit horribly expensive. Followed by the Bosch professional, with the De Walt last (but still pretty damn good).
But as others have said, a cheap, non lithium, non brand dill is perfectly good enough for most DIY boat jobs. It all depends what you need the drill for.



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I use Milwaukee and Makita nowadays, both are very good but I'd say the Milwaukee gear has the edge overall.
However my old man has a small 10.8v Li-Ion job bought from Lidl and to be honest for the DIYer it does a cracking job and cost buttons compared to the other makes.
I also have a Draper branded thing bought from Asda in an emergency and it is utter rubbish and wasnt even that cheap!

Rob

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I have used Bosch cordless drills for many years they have always been good. Check out Bosch GSB 18 volt drills on Screwfix. They have two on offer one has two 2.0 AH batteries for £99. There is also the same drill on offer for the same price with one 4.0 AH battery

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A great tip I got from this site quite some years back, was to get a cheap - ish 12v cordless drill. Once the batteries give up, dig them out of the battery pack (dispose of responsibly), then solder in some wire heavy enough to take the load and pop a 12v plug on the end. Ok it may not be cordless any more but you will always have a drill to hand. Of course if you have one an inverter and 240v drill will always get you out of trouble. I just thought what a great way of reusing an old 12v cordless drill.

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Paul



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My apologies to 'harlyalice '

Very remiss of me! - I've only just noticed you joined this forum today and this was your first Post..

Let me extend a warm 'Welcome to this Forum' to you. You will have already seen from the many prompt replies to your Post that there are a great many members here willing to offer the benefit of their experience and knowledge to help others.

There are very few "boaty" questions that cannot be fully answered by members of this Forum.

Welcome again,

Malc.

Carol & Malcolm wish you
Blue Skies, Fair Winds and Favourable Tides


Life-jackets -Useless unless worn!!!
Carbon Monoxide Alarms - Useless unless installed and tested!!!


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The batteries usually give out before the drill as was the case with my old faithful Bosch 12v drill so I did the same as Paul and leave it on the boat. Now its  always there if I need it, never goes flat and as I live 220 miles away I don't have to take it on the off chance that I may need it or worse forget to take it when I know I will (yes it has happened)  

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Bob

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