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Best Cordless Drill

There are many advantages of cordless drills over conventional corded drills.  They are more portable and much easier to use in tight spots or remote areas.  You don’t need an AC outlet to use a cordless drill, which gives you much more flexibility.  With the newer 18 volt cordless drills and 24 volt cordless drills, you get a lot more battery life than with 6V, 9.6V or 12V drills.  They also make 28 volt and 36 Volt cordless drills.  If you don’t use a drill very often, the best cordless drill for you may be a Black & Decker, Craftsman, or a Skil drill, due to the lower cost.  The trade off is a shorter tool life.  If you are a professional, or an accomplished DIY person, it may give you a better return to buy a superior product, such as a Makita, Milwaukee, or Bosch cordless drill.  The trade off here is a higher price, but the tool will last a lot longer.  Some would rather spend more money on the front end, and not have to replace the tool after a few years.

18v Cordless Drill

18 Volt cordless drills are probably the best choice for the “casual woodworker,” hobbyist, or even serious Do-It-Yourselfers, because they get more operating time from an 18v cordless drill than they would from a lower voltage battery.  Newer technology has replaced the older Ni-Cad (Nickel-Cadmium) batteries with the Li-ion (Lithium-ion) batteries.  One advantage of this battery is a quicker charge time.  Rather than taking a couple of hours to charge, with a quick charger, the Li-ion batteries can be charged in as little as 15 to 20 minutes.  The 18v cordless drill will give good operation time if you start with a fully charged battery.  If you have two 18 volt batteries, you can keep rotating them through the charger and not loose use of the cordless drill.

24v Cordless Drill

Professional construction workers may prefer a 24v cordless drill over an 18v cordless drill if working on heaver projects.  The reason for this is the 24 volt cordless drill provides a lot more power, or torque.  One who is drilling through thicker surfaces or into concrete would be a good candidate for buying a 24v cordless drill.

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