How To Choose A Drill, Drill Type Comparisons

The Handyguys discuss and test drills

Drills - From left to right - Milwalkee #1630, Makita HP1621FK, old Craftsman, Makita LXT BHP451, Milwalkee Magnum 0234, Bosch LIon PS20, Porter Cable 9966In this episode, the Handyguys discuss the basic variety of drills. They also answer a couple questions about the best drill to use for difficult jobs like putting large holes in joists and drilling holes in concrete.

There is an amazing variety of drills on the market today so it is difficult to know where to begin — cordless, corded, or lithium ion — contractor grade or low-end. Hopefully you can build a solid, standardized drill arsenal by listening to this podcast.

Aftermath of drill testsIn response to these questions, the Handyguys test out a table full of drills in the garage. For their tool challenge, they see which of the seven different drills can handle putting a large auger bit through a piece of tough oak. In addition, they set a cordless hammer drill against a corded hammer drill in a concrete hole contest.

Results of the 3/4″ auger bit through 5/4 Red Oak:

Corded vs cordless hammer drill test in concrete (2″ deep hole with 3/16″ tapcon):

5 thoughts on “How To Choose A Drill, Drill Type Comparisons

  1. Great show guys. Love the comparison information.
    I think it would be really valuable to include the amperage or amperage equivalent information for the cordless drills so we can make an ‘apples to apples’ comparison of the data. That may require either tech specs on the drill or website.

    I would like to know what my drill time vs. amps chart looks like here and whether the trend line is the same for battery compared to corded.

    What I have typically experienced with my cordless drills when trying to drill into joists or thicker material is that the power output is not consistent throughout the drilling. It starts off with great power, but fades as I drill deeper and deeper. This is not the same when drilling with a corded drill.

    Anyhow, love the stuff, keep buying more tools for yourselves.

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