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How to Operate a Drill

by The Handyguys

in Tools, Video Podcasts

I know it seems like a basic thing but we have been asked how to use all the settings on a basic power drill. Check out what the Handyguys have to say about how to operate a drill. Speed, torque, clutch and gears are discussed.

Drill Speed

Generally, the larger the bit the slower you want to set the speed.

Drill Torgue

Many drills this is related to speed. The slower the speed, the higher the torque. Higher torque is sometimes good when using your drill for driving screws.

Drill Clutch

The clutch is used when you are driving screws with your drill. You can set the clutch to disengage the rotation of the drill when a certain resistance is encountered. This can be useful to prevent over driving of screws or over tightening.

Drill Gears

These will set the torque and or speed. The term Drill Gears is sometimes used to refer to the modes like drill, drive screws or hammer drill.

Operate a drill

Hopefully this video answered some questions people have had about their drills. Please always refer to your owners manual for specifics regarding your particular drill and observe all safety precautions.

Check out The Handyguys Store – Now that you know how to operate a drill you can purchase your drill through our store and everything is handled by Amazon. Making your purchases this way helps us out quite a bit! Thanks – The Handyguys Brian and Paul.

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Amelia November 3, 2014 at 10:37 pm

This is a great post! It’s something that everyone assumes that either they themselves, or anyone working with them, already knows…but many people do not fully understand how to properly operate a drill. Thanks for sharing!

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JANE GROSS May 20, 2015 at 12:14 pm

I HAVE FINALY FOUND A POST THAT CAN HELP ME,I’M A WIDOW,68 yrs old,HAVE NO ONE TO HELP ME,REALY,THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH,FOR THINKING ABOUT PEOPLE WHO NEED HELP,I WILL BE WATCHING ALL YOUR VIDEOS.

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Marie October 13, 2017 at 8:37 am

I bought the extended drill bit to dig holes in tree stumps but it only went down 1 inch. What do I need . I am a female and I want an electric drill or whatever tool that will do this for me. I have 4 palm tree stumps and I cannot burn them. Help!

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The Handyguys October 17, 2017 at 6:47 pm

I assume you are trying to use some stump remover like this. http://amzn.to/2xNiZYk

You would need a regular drill. One with a cord would be the most powerful. Also, one with a side handle can be useful for someone who may need a bit more leverage. My guess though is your drill may not be the issue. My guess is that either the bit is not sharp or you are not applying decent forward pressure. A self feeding bit may be helpful, like these http://amzn.to/2zi5a0a good luck

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