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Buying Cordless Drill? Learn the 3 Different Cordless Drill Types First

by Iskandar Suhaimi Traveller

A drill is probably one of the most important or popular power tools that many woodworkers store in their garage.

These versatile tools are light enough to be used anywhere, have no power cord to tangle and have the ability to drive screws without breaking them – so no wonder it is a favorite among home owners and DIY enthusiasts.

But there are a few different types of cordless drills in the market today. Knowing the difference between them is critical in ensuring that you get the right tool to do the task in hand.

A court reporter, a lawyer and a judge – are 3 all involved in law matters but they do different jobs. Similarly, the driver drill, the impact and combi drills, while all share same functions have their own specialized use.

 Here’s a short guide to help you differentiate them.

Drill Drivers

This is your everyday drill. If the job in hand involves mainly boring holes in wooden block, this is what you should get.

Most of the cordless drill drivers in the market come with plastic chuck and 2 speed settings – the lower one for drawing screws and the higher ones for drilling actions.

If you are a home owner and uses a cordless drill once or twice a month for your wooden DIY projects, a 12 Volt drill drivers should do the trick.

Impact Drill

This kind of drills are relatively new but can be differentiated by looking at the chuck. It is shorter than the rest of the family members and accepts screw drivers bits like Phillips or Pozi.

This high torque tool is used generally not for drilling, but for drawing in screws or getting a stuck screw out of its surface. Speed, while important, is not the main strength of the impact, but the torque is. In fact, this kind of drill gives several times the torque of a normal impact in short, loud multiple bursts.

If you need a good drill mainly for use for your automobile use (like for changing wheels etc.), this is probably the one you should buy.

Combi Drill

Think of this as a super drill. The main difference here is in addition to normal drill, you have a hammer mode to not only bore holes but also to give an impact force to the surface you are drilling.

If you guessed that this is mainly for heavy duty jobs, you are right. The combi drill is mainly used for hard surfaces like concrete wall, and because of the sheer power it delivers; this type of drill usually bore holes faster than to your everyday drill.

And apart from having 3 speed settings, from low one for driving screws and the highest one for boring holes on hard surfaces, it also comes with specially made drill bit for masonry.

This kind of drills are heavier, feels more sturdy and have chuck made of solid metals instead of plastic like the rest of the less powerful drill.

Of course, when it comes to drills, there are a few more drills that we do not cover here, but for newbies, the 3 we mentioned above should be enough as an introduction to the world of power tools.

If you are looking for a driver drill, we suggest you read a comparison between the available drills in the market today. But all things being equal get the Makita’s cordless drills. They are considered one of the better ones in the market today.


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