How to Buy a Power Drill

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You thought you'd just go out and buy a drill - and then you saw that there are a hundred different kinds! How do you choose?

Things You'll Need

  • Buffing Pads
  • Circle Cutters
  • Drill Bits
  • Drill Sanding Tools
  • Flexible Shafts
  • Variable-speed Drills
  • Think of a standard electric hand drill when talking about a drill. (Other types are close-quarters, drywall, hammer drill, drill-screwdriver, D-handle, and right-angle. If you need one of those other kinds, you'll know it!)

  • Decide whether you'll need a 1/4-, 3/8- or 1/2-inch chuck. This is the part of the drill that the bits fit into. Most household-use drills are 3/8-inch. The 1/4-inch type is great for boring small holes but has limited torque; the 1/2-inch model is not very good for sanding and grinding because it is typically slower.

  • Choose a drill with a reverse feature. This not only makes the drill handy as a power screwdriver, but is also very helpful in backing a bit out of a hole.

  • Pick a drill with variable speeds if you wish to use accessories with it, such as circle cutters, buffing pads, flexible shafts and sanding tools.

  • Keep an eye out for models with long cords - at least 8 feet - if you will be moving around a lot with the tool.

Tips & Warnings

  • Be sure that any accessories you get are made for the same-size chuck as your drill.

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