Tool Tip Basics: Power Drills

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Before picking out a power drill, you need to carefully consider what you plan on using it for. Get tool tips on power drills with help from a foreman for Lighty Contractors in this free video clip.

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Good day, everyone. I'm Joshua Clement. Today, I'm going to talk to you about power drills. Now, there's a couple of things to keep in mind when you're going to pick out a power drill. First of all, what are you going to be using it for? Is it going to be construction use or is it just going to be a residential use? Now, these are the main three drills. You have a hammer drill, a regular drill and an impact driver. Now, these are all batter-powered but they come with a cord so you can plug it into a wall as well. I like the battery powered because that way I can take anywhere when I'm on the job. Here we have a regular or standard drill. Most commonly this is use in your residential and commercial, so it's a versatile drill. You can use it in both places. If you do want to use it in commercial use, you want to make sure that you get a very high voltage or one that has a lot of power, because you're going to be using it a lot and and have to torque a lot of stuff down. For your residential use, you don't have to go with a high voltage because you're not doing a lot of tough stuff trying to get that torque in there to stride. With the regular standard drill, you have a reverse and a forward located on the side. You also have a locking function that's in the middle, so that way you can't pull the trigger, if you put it in a bag or something, it's not going to off and waste your battery. On the top, we have the torque. This tells you how deep you're going to sink that screw in there or how much force you're going to tighten that up with. The lower the number, the easier it is for it to tighten down. If you go ahead, you go to the highest number, it's going to put a lot of force on there and if you're not using a very strong screw or bolt, it might snap it. On the top of this drill, we have two different speeds, a one and a two. Now, all drills don't come with this, a lot of your quarter drills don't have this function. I like to have it 'cause sometimes I need to torque something down in there really hard, so I drop it into first gear which will allow a lot more torque and force going in there with not as much speed. Now, if you're trying to zip some screws in there really fast, you want to leave it in second gear. That's going to push them in there a lot faster and keep them from breaking especially if you're using something like drywall. Now, let's say I'm putting in some drywall screws. I'm not going to leave this all the way up because that's going to rip me right through my drywall and on into the stud. So, I'm going to turn it way down, as you can see, it stops it from spinning when there's just a little bit of tension on there. Now, if you're going into metal, you want to throw in the highest gear and make sure that your number two. That way, you're going to blow right through that metal without burning out the tip of your bit. This drill is a little bit more powerful. This is called the hammer drill. The functions on it are basically the same here; you have your first gear and your second gear here. Then, you have your forward and reverse lock. Your chuck is the same, but the one thing that it's different with this one is you can turn it into a hammer drill, which means that your drill bit is still going to spin, but it's going to reciprocate back and forth to help blow through that concrete or something that you're trying to get through that takes a little bit more force. This last drill is called an impact driver. What this does is as you try to drive something in, it's going to reciprocate it back and forth, kind of like the hammer drill, but with not as much force. It's going to help you torque stuff in there with a lot less time and force on it. With impact drivers, they all have a quick release chuck, so you have to make sure that your bit will fit inside and then it's locked in. There is no different settings on the top of this, it's either all on or all off. A lot of times I use this when I'm installing metal roofs or gathers because I don't need as much force to try to push it in there, it's a little bit lighter so it's easier to handle. I also use this around the house in my residential use because it's small, it fits inside a drawer or a small bag under the sink. So, we're going to break these down according to what they're going to be used for. Regular or your standard will work great in your construction or your residential use; it's a versatile drill, you can use it anywhere. Your hammer drill is mainly for your heavy construction through block and heavy materials. Your impact driver is mainly for smaller jobs, like gathering or your small residential work. It's important to make sure that you get the drill that fits your need for the jobs that you're doing. You don't want to go ahead and look around a big hammer drill if you're only doing small residential use. And you don't want to take an impact driver onto a heavy construction site because it just won't hold up to the use. Thank you all for watching and good luck with this project.


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