Which power drill?

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    I want to build a chisel till, which means I need to make some round holes in a piece of wood to insert the chisels inside. I don’t have a power drill yet, and I noticed that Paul uses a Makita, although I am having a hard time distinguishing the model he is using. I heard good things about Makita’s. They are 18v, powerful and long lasting. Most come with three batteries, which I think it’s a plus.
    Can anyone recommend a good Makita model that works well with auger bits and is, at the same time, a good powerful tool to do things at home? I like it to be cordless, although it might be nice if it was possible to mount it on a drill stand to make perfectly vertical holes, so that would be a plus as well.
    // FG

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    peter joyceroofusson


    cheak out drills sold By Aldi’s. Excellent quality and battery life. cheers Peter

    Peter GeorgePeter George


    What ever you get, make sure it has lithium ion batteries rather than ni-cads. The ni-cads will stop holding a charge and replacement batteries will run close to the cost of a new drill.

    Peter in
    Biggar SK
    "New York is big, but this is Biggar"

    Eddy FlynnEddy Flynn


    I use dewalt and Ryobi and pound for pound Ryobi wins hands down IMHO I wouldn’t get anything less than 18v and i’d go for a 3ah battery if you can afford it, although a bit of a luxury and not really needed but nice to have as they last a lot longer between charges.

    Eddy .. Liverpool, Merseyside, UK



    I second the Lithium Ion over Ni-cad. Ni-cad’s will always be flat when you want to use them and die quickly.

    I have a tiny 10.8v Bosch and it’s great for most tasks. I like it because it’s very small and light but still packs enough punch for most tasks. It won’t do the big stuff but then I have a brace and bit for those or a chorded drill (Although that has not been out since I got this one.) Being light weight it’s easy to control and encourages a more accurate approach to things.
    If you are going to be doing lot’s of masonry or large jobs then you may want to get an 18v but for hobby woodworking it’s a great little tool.

    Derek LongDerek Long


    You may be able to pick up a clearance NiCad for cheaper that will also be able to accept backward-compatible Lithium batteries for the long run. I know Dewalts in the States are backwards compatible. I think I saw an 18v Dewalt nicad drill kit at a big box last year for $90, whereas the LiIon seem to go for about $150-200.

    Derek Long
    Denver, Colorado

    Peter GeorgePeter George


    I have a Milwaukee 12 volt 3/8 inch that I picked up at my local hardware store, on sale for $99. It’s small and light, but has excellent torque, 2 speed ranges for drilling or screw driving. Also it came with 2 batteries.

    I looked at replacing the ni-cads on my last drill with lithium batteries, but although the batteries are compatible, the charger isn’t. By the time I was done, I’d be paying more than for a new drill with the same batteries and charger. Isn’t capitalism wonderful?

    Peter in
    Biggar SK
    "New York is big, but this is Biggar"

    Scott ChensodaScott Chensoda


    Here are a couple of links you may find handy FG.


    Do I Really Need an Impact Driver?

    You may also consider buying a bench/pillar drill for not a lot more than what you would pay for a separate drill stand. This would then negate having to keep unclamping the drill from the stand each time you wanted for bench or house duties.
    Also, you will need to buy a drill with a chuck size that will match the drill stand if you do go down that route. Here in the UK drill stands generally take a 43mm chuck, this maybe different in Italy of course. They probably have a slim waist, look sexy and pinch your bum as you pass by!

    Best of luck in your search FG.



    i really like the dewalt 20v brushless lightweight high power with a clip to put on your pocket to get your piece set level ready with the screw and then pop it out and put it in. feels really good in the hand durable and the brushless motors run so much smoother and cleaner than the brushed motors takes less battery life and less likely to burn out. i wouldnt trade it for any drill on the market. you can get the impact/drill combo for way cheaper than buying both seperate if your interested in that its nice for drilling holes and popping in the screws without changing your bit over and over and over. the impact is just better for putting in any screw i use the drill only for drilling holes.

    the milwaukee makes good heavy duty tools but because of their batteries i wouldnt recommend them for their price.


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