THE TOP 10 CORDLESS DRILL DRIVER DRILLS
Cordless rechargeable battery tools have completely revolutionised all aspects of the Building industry. The drill driver has virtually banished the old Yankee pump screwdriver, and hand screwdrivers are only used on sufferance when there is no alternative. Rechargeable Drill drivers are mainly used for drilling purposes, and for screw driving, and the extensive range of drills available are able to cope with most situations that that present themselves to the tradesman or even the serious do-it-yourself enthusiast With such a huge choice available, here we look at the top 10 cordless drill driver drills available today.
When purchasing a cordless drill driver, there are many options, and care is needed to ensure you select the best one for your requirements. The days of the old nickel cadmium batteries are now numbered, and lithium ion replacements are rapidly taking their place.
The advantages of Li-ion are many, and include quicker charging, have no memory effect, and do more work on a single charge. Voltages vary from around 10.8v up to 24v or on bigger machines, even 36v, and obviously the greater the voltage, the greater the power, but also the greater the weight and size of the battery. The other very important point to take notice of is the battery amp hours. The amp hours govern the amount of charge that the battery holds, but the higher the amp hour rating, the bigger and heavier the battery will be, and the longer it takes to charge. However, even considering all this, the Li-ion batteries are a big improvement on the old nickel cadmium versions.
The amp hours govern the amount of charge that the battery holds, but the higher the amp hour rating, the bigger and heavier the battery will be, and the longer it takes to charge. However, even considering all this, the Li-ion batteries are a big improvement on the old nickel cadmium versions.
The advantages of thie brushless motor is that having no carbon brushes running on the armature, there is virtually no friction to overcome.
The other consideration to take into account is the purpose for which the drill is to be used. For kitchen fitters, for example, a small compact drill is very useful and is ideal for getting into tight spaces. For a carpenter, however, who may be using longer and heavier screws, a larger machine would have more capacity, and for this type of work, an 18v machine would be better, and indeed, many tradesmen would have at least two machines, to cover all the different kinds of work he may be doing. So the choice is yours, and it is well worth the time to consider the type and size of the machine, or machines that will meet your requirements.
So the choice is yours, and it is well worth the time to consider the type and size of the machine, or machines that will meet your requirements.
Below are examples of machines of different voltages and sizes which are considered to be worth the top 10 cordless drill driver drills available today. Bear in mind, however, that there is a wide range of specialist machines for more specific applications, such as dry walling, drill screws, coach screws and other situations.
DeWalt DEWDCD790D2 18v Drill Driver
This is an ideal screwdriving machine comparatively lightweight, but with plenty of power. It has a two-speed gearbox, with variable speed trigger and reverse, and comes complete in a kit box complete with two 18v li-ion batteries and charger. This is a very compact machine, and being lightweight, is ideal for using for long periods of time. It has fully adjustable clutch settings to enable screw setting to the correct depth, metal gearbox and chuck, and is ideal for all types of
This is a very compact machine, and being lightweight, is ideal for using for long periods of time. It has fully adjustable clutch settings to enable screw setting to the correct depth, metal gearbox and chuck, and is ideal for all types of screwdriving and drilling. Dewalt is a very popular make and is well respected in the industry so it is no suprise this drill has made it into our top 10 cordless drill driver drills.
Bosch GSR L-Boxx 12v-15 Compact Drill Driver
This professional machine is an ideal compact drill driver, especially suitable for furniture and kitchen fitters with its’ very small and short body, and light weight. This makes it ideal for assembling kitchen bedroom and flatpack furniture, and for working in confined areas. Being 12 volt, gives it plenty of power, and variable torque gives full control, and protection from over tightening. The whole kit, which includes two 12volt
The whole kit, which includes two 12volt Li-i batteries and charger, comes in one of Bosch’s L-Boxx’s carrying cases, part of a stackable system, which is unique to Bosch. The drill is equipped with an LED light, very useful when drilling or screwdriving in dark corners, and also LED indicators showing battery charge level. It has a 2-speed gearbox, and forward and reverse, which means that it can be used for taking screws out, as well as putting them in. All in all, this is an ideal tool for assembly work.
Bosch GSR 18 VLI.
This professional tool is a much more powerful machine, with 18volt 4 amp hour batteries giving an amazing run time between charges. The very up to the minute design makes for a very compact, and comparatively light weight drill with a maximum torque of 67Nm and the capacity to put in 826 6×60 wood screws into softwood on a single charge.
With a new design 2 speed gearbox, and Bosch’s latest 4 pole motor, you will be pleasantly surprised at how infrequently you have to use the charger. The Kit comes in a plastic case with a charger and two 18v 4ah batteries. These coolPack batteries, are very powerful and are manufactured with Bosch Electronic Cell Protection to protect against overloading and overheating. If it is a powerful screwdriver you are looking for, with continuous hard work in mind, then this drill is definitely worth a consideration.
Makita DF331D & TD110C 10.8 compact drill driver/impact drill kit
Makita is another well-known and respected power tool manufacturer, with a very extensive range of cordless machines and certainly one of the brands you would expect to see in our top 10 cordless drill driver drills. This 10.8v model is a new design, with a very compact shape and is also very lightweight to handle. The drill has a 2-speed gearbox, and a variable speed trigger, incorporating forward and reverse. This is a very useful little machine, with a surprising amount of power for its size.
This drill, however, comes in a kit complete with a 10.8v impact driver, two 10.8v 2ah batteries and charger, all in one of Makita’s new Makpac connector case. The batteries are interchangeable with both machines. The impact driver is specifically designed to take the hard work out of screwdriving, and it is amazing the size of screws it can put into hardwood, despite its small size. The secret is in the impact mechanism, which increases the power, both in inserting and in unscrewing difficult screws. This machine, instead of being fitted with a chuck, has instead, a ¼” hex drive fitting to take any type of hex screwdriver bits. The batteries are fully compatible with both machines. Both are also fitted with
The secret is in the impact mechanism, which increases the power, both in inserting and in unscrewing difficult screws. This machine, instead of being fitted with a chuck, has instead, a ¼” hex drive fitting to take any type of hex screwdriver bits. The batteries are fully compatible with both machines. Both are also fitted with an LED light, very useful when working in dark areas. This 10.8v kit, which is very reasonably priced, is a very useful addition to any tradesman’s kit, and would also prove very handy for the do-it-yourself enthusiast.
Makita DHP480RMJ 18v Drill Driver
This Makita cordless drill driver Is a larger and more powerful screwdriver, and is very popular with professional carpenters. Again this has the latest 18volt 4 amp hour lithium ion batteries, but the difference with this machine is that it is fitted with a brushless motor.
The advantages of this type of motor are that having no carbon brushes running on the armature, there is virtually no friction to overcome. This, in turn, means that the motor does not need to draw so much energy from the batteries, and in this way, a longer runtime is obtained from each charge. With two 4ah lithium ion batteries included in the kit, downtime for recharging batteries is greatly reduced.
Another plus point is that the drill is manufactured with Makita’s XPT or extreme protection technology, which gives a higher level of protection from dust and moisture. This is definitely an advantage when working outside in all weather conditions. Again, as with most cordless tools, variable speed and forward/reverse is provided by the trigger. The 18v Li-I batteries are compatible with all other Li-I machines in Makitas’ range.
Metabo BS18LTX Impulse 18v Drill Driver
Metabo is a well-known supplier from Germany of quality and hardworking power tools, and this cordless drill driver is no exception. With two 18v Li-ion 4ah batteries, and a die cast 2-speed gearbox, this machine has got plenty plus points. One unique feature from Metabo, is their “Impulse” function. When in impulse mode, the drill operates in short bursts, giving much more control on smooth surfaces, such as tiles, and in reverse position, it is very useful in extracting stubborn screws.
This is a very versatile machine, with a range of torque settings, and variable speed trigger, it can undertake most tasks it is given to do. Supplied with two batteries and a charger in a kit box, it makes a useful addition to any tradesman’s’ kit. Metabo also supplies a wide range of accessories to work with their tools, and one very useful accessory is a very robust angle drill attachment which is fully compatible with this drill. This greatly simplifies drilling and screwdriving into awkward corners.
Milwaukee M12CDD-402C 12v Compact Drill Driver
Milwaukee tools are famed for their robust and heavy duty construction, and this 12v compact drill driver is certainly no exception. Built to give a first class performance with tradesman’s durability, it comes bristling with the latest technology, and the performance for its size is outstanding. With two 12v 4ah batteries and a quick charger, it packs a punch greater than many tools of greater capacity.
It is fitted with Milwaukee’s ‘Powerstate’ brushless motor, and this, together with the 4ah batteries, unusual for a drill of this size, gives it exceptional run time. The two-speed gearbox is of all metal construction, and an LED light shows the way in dark corners. Also included is a fuel gauge showing the amount of charge, and state of the art electronics, giving variable speed, with forward and reverse. Whilst there are less costly drills of this type on the market, and this is not the lightest of the selection if it is a drill you want that will take a lot of hard work, and will not falter when the going gets tough, then certainly give the Milwaukee very serious consideration. Certainly worthy of its place here on our list of top 10 cordless drill driver drills
Festool CSXLi 2.6 10.8v Compact Drill Driver
The name Festool is synonymous with quality power tools, all tools being manufactured in Europe to exacting standards. Festool was one of the pioneers of the three-year guarantee and is always honoured with fairness. This little drill driver is the smallest of Festool’s range and is ideal for furniture assembly light drilling, and other similar tasks.
The drill is supplied as a set with an angle attachment, two 10.8v Li ion batteries and charger, complete in one of Festool’s clever stackable boxes. The chuck is easily removed, and the chuck spindle has a socket to receive screwdriver bits, thus making the overall length, already short, even more compact. The removable chuck can also be used in conjunction with the angle attachment.
The drill comes with a two-speed gearbox, variable speed trigger, and LED light, and is a very versatile drill indeed. No surprises here that this machine made its way onto our list of top 10 cordless drill driver drills. Despite its high quality, the drill weighs under one kilo, and its shape makes it very comfortable to hold and use. Festool tends to be addictive, and once a Festool is purchased, users usually remain loyal to Festool in their further tool purchases. Festool produces a number of cordless drills including an 18v model which has a four-speed gearbox, the PDC18/4Li, and is probably one of the most powerful cordless drills available on the market today. If it is quality you are looking for, you will not be disappointed with Festool.
Panasonic EY7450LS2S31 18v Drill Driver.
Panasonic is unusual in that they only manufacture a limited range of battery tools, although they are one of the largest manufacturers of batteries in the world today. They have a small range of drill drivers, which are very popular with their regular users. This 18v machine is ideal for screwdriving, and drilling, and with a maximum torque of 57Nm, has plenty power for heavy work.
It is also very controllable with its variable trigger and 18 different torque clutch settings. The batteries, of which two are supplied with a charger, are 18v and 4.2ah. The standard of manufacture is high, and their gearboxes are always very smooth running. For a straight forward drill driver with plenty of power, this is one that is well worth looking at.
Makita DFR550Z 18v Auto-Feed Screwdriver.
And now for something a little different. This auto-feed, or collated screwdriver, is not actually a drill, but it is a screwdriver with a difference. Screws are supplied in strips of one hundred, and can be inserted just by putting pressure on the nose, and pulling the trigger! Thus, it is possible for repetitive screw driving to be carried out quickly and positively.
This machine comes into its’ own when laying timber and chipboard floors, fitting dry walling, or even decking. It saves a lot of hard work and time for any job requiring the insertion of the similar size screws. The machine, which has a capacity to take screws from 25mm long up to 55mm, comes with two 18v 5ah Li- ion batteries with charger and is supplied in a Makita Mac-Pac case.
The driver is fitted with forward and reverse rotation, and also has an automatic clutch to prevent overtightening. This may not be the type of screwdriver you are looking for, but in the right application it can save an amazing amount of time
Cordless technology for power tools has advanced very rapidly in the last few year. With Li-ion batteries and ever increasing amp hour ratings, together with significant improvements in motor technology, considerable improved run time and greater power, are advancing all the time and it wasn’t easy to come up with a list of the top 10 cordless drill driver drills. However, we have had some experience with these machines and after a lot of research we believe that these machines are the top 10 cordless drill driver drills
With the old nickel cadmium batteries now being considered environmentally unfriendly, and the dangers of long leads for corded power tools even with 110v supply, causing hazards on building sites, it is hardly surprising the cordless tools are becoming much more popular amongst tradesmen. There are even some companies that are now insisting that all power tools used on their sites must be cordless!
More and varied tools are coming on to the market, and with interchangeable batteries now being the norm, it is not difficult to build up a full kit of machines to suit your requirement and to just have one charger and one set of batteries to suit all machines.
This list of drill drivers gives a good overview of machines that are available, that are good value for money, and proven reliability, to suit whatever your requirement may be. It is well worth giving time to think carefully about the kind of work it will be required to do, and to consider what power you may have a requirement for.
All the machines listed in the top 10 cordless drill driver drills are available through Amazon. Happy drilling and happy screwdriving!