The Best Rated Cordless Drills


Whether you are working on a large construction job or small projects around the house, having the right tools is essential. In evaluating cordless drills, you need to consider the kind of projects you have in mind. Some of the key features to weigh as you compare brands include weight, battery life, charging time and drill speed. Consumer Search ranked the top five power drills in August 2009 to aid you in making the right choice.

Heavy Duty Drills

  • If you are using your cordless drill for large construction projects, you want to spend the extra money for a heavy duty drill. The 18 volt lithium-ion (Li-ion) Makita BDF452HW drill/driver receives some of the best reviews from consumer organizations and users alike. It has a short charging time (15 minutes) and while powerful, at 3 1/2 lbs. is lightweight enough for regular use. It is also described as having good balance and is comfortable to use. As of 2010, this drill costs on average just over $200.

Subcompact Drills

  • If you are using your cordless drill for smaller jobs around the house, a 10.8 volt drill will likely give you all the power you need. Makita comes in tops in the ranking again with their subcompact DF030DW model. This drill weighs only 2.2 lbs. and has two speeds, which makes it particularly useful as both a drill and a driver. Reviewers noted that the Makita had a decent battery life, but a long charging time. This drill can be found for around $120.

Budget Drills

  • For the budget conscious buyer, there are some good drills to be found for around $80. One of the top reviewed is the Hitachi DS12DVF3 drill. The Hitachi weighs in at 3 1/2 lbs., mainly due to the heavier nickel-cadmium battery. It charges in about 30 minutes, but reportedly does not hold the charge well between uses. This model does come with a 5-year warranty, a plus for the do-it-yourself-er. The Li-ion Ryobi 12 volt HJP001K model was a close second in the budget drill reviews. At 2.3 lbs., it is lighter weight than the Hitachi thanks to the lithium-ion battery. Charging the battery can take up to an hour, and there were concerns about how well the Ryobi model held the charge. Both of these drills are adequate for basic drilling and driving tasks.

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