So, you’re looking to do a bit of drill work huh?
Whether you’re the ordinary DIY backyard warrior looking to carry out some serious house improvements or a professional contractor searching for the ultimate powerhouse, you just can’t go wrong with a corded drill.
So, you’re looking to do a bit of drill work huh?
Look, not all of us here can afford the luxury of stopping work to recharge our tools. And don’t even get me started on how these cordless models can barely get through certain thicknesses.
If you need the maximum power possible without having to carry around a tank of compressed air, then one of these corded drills will be your go-to option. Not only are they powerful, but they’re also more than versatile enough to drill through metal, wood, concrete and even mix your mortar for you.
Here are the top 10 best corded drills on the planet.
|Product Name||Image||Motor||Speed||Overall Rating||Details|
|DEWALT DWD112 8.0 Amp VSR Pistol-Grip Drill||8.0 Amp||2 500 RPM||9||Check price|
|DEWALT DWD210G 10-Amp 1/2-Inch Pistol-Grip Drill||10.0 Amp||1 200 RPM||9.5||Check price|
|Black & Decker DR670 6.0-Amp 1/2-Inch Hammer Drill||6.0 Amp||2 800 RPM||10||Check price|
|Hitachi D13VF 1/2-Inch 9-Amp Drill, EVS Reversible||9 Amp||850 RPM||7||Check price|
|Makita DA3010F 4 Amp 3/8-Inch Right Angle Drill||4.0 Amp||2 400 RPM||8.5||Check price|
|Hitachi D10VF 9 Amp 3/8-Inch Drill||9 Amp||3 000 RPM||8||Check price|
|PORTER-CABLE PC70THD VSR 2-Speed Hammer Drill||7.0 Amp||3 100 RPM||8||Check price|
|Bosch 1006VSR 3/8-Inch Keyless Chuck Drill||6.3 Amp||2 600 RPM||7||Check price|
|Milwaukee 0299 20 Magnum 8 Amp 1/2-Inch Drill||8.0 Amp||850 RPM||8.5||Check price|
|Makita 6302H 1/2-Inch Drill||6.5 Amp||550 RPM||7||Check price|
DEWALT DWD112 8.0 Amp VSR Pistol-Grip Drill
Do you know why professionals and contractors always want to buy a heavy-duty product? Simple, because they need something that will not only withstand a ton of daily abuse by ruffians, but that will also guarantee a return on their investment.
But you know what else professional contractors have that the ordinary homeowner doesn’t? That’s right, a lot of money to buy expensive power tools.
If you’re working on a budget, just need something for the occasional job, and certainly, don’t consider yourself a ruffian, then consider the DWD112 8.0 Amp VSR from Dewalt your new best friend. This affordable little fellow combines a robust, 8 amp motor with ball bearing construction for some of the most efficient operation you’ll ever see.
This is definitely the best corded drill for home use due to its simple design, moderate features and slightly more than average performance.
Want to find out more about the DWD112’s top features? What am I saying, of course, you do!
- 3/8-inch all-metal ratcheting chuck for greater bit retention
- Simple design with easy to use features
- Made in China
- Heavy duty variable speed drill
- Weighs in at 4.1 pounds
Powerful, durable, user-friendly and quite frankly one of the cheapest corded drills on the market, the DEWALT DWD112 8.0 Amp VSR Pistol-Grip Drill is more than a perfect match for home use.
It’s no surprise that this is one of the most popular power tools in most sheds across America. But can I be totally honest with you guys for a bit?
This product is ultimately manufactured and assembled in China. Sure, that’s what makes it so damn cheap, but it’s also what makes it just as likely to break down. Fortunately, Dewalt is confident enough to give its customers a limited three-year warranty coupled with a 90-day money back guarantee if you’re not satisfied.
That aside, the DWD112 VSR Pistol-Grip Drill does go above and beyond the call of duty to please. This is clearly evident in its single gear reduction system and enough torque to hit an inch in wood, add an eight to that with the hole saw and 3/8 inches in steel with the twist bit.
Lastly, the soft grip handle provides ample surface and comfort to use without any strain on the wrists.
- One of the most affordable corded drills
- Ideal for home use
- All metal keyless chuck provides better bit retention and productivity
- The trigger has been faulted as overly sensitive, so do be careful
DEWALT DWD210G 10-Amp 1/2-Inch Pistol-Grip Drill
Here’s another incredibly advanced and versatile power tool worth more power than our previous model. And since Dewalt has already given us two drills, I think it’s only fair we get to drill them back (get your mind out of the gutter you!).
Dewalt is globally renowned for their massive contribution to the woodwork industry, and their products come highly recommended. However, none more so than the contractor’s top choice- the Dewalt DWD210G 10-Amp 1/2-Inch Pistol-Grip Drill.
As the name suggests, the DWD210G packs an incredible punch thanks to its robust 10 Amp motor that is more than capable of delivering speeds of 1200 rpm. That’s right, at the very heart of this drill is Dewalt’s built in motor that actually generates more than 50 percent more power than a standard drill of the same size.
And that’s barely half of it; This model comes with a versatile 360-degree handle with two finger trigger control for more maneuverability and control.
Before we go any further, how about a sneak peek of the DWD210G’s most desirable features?
- Patented Dewalt built in motor that packs 10 Amps of power
- Hits speeds of up to 1200 revolutions per minute
- Variable speed reversing switch for more versatile
- 360-degree locking side handle
- Soft grip handle
Versatile, easy to handle, safer, and definitely more powerful than its predecessor, the DWD210G 10-Amp 1/2-Inch Pistol-Grip Drill from Dewalt is definitely worth every penny.
Since we’re all about being honest here, this power drill is more suited for people looking to meet as many drilling needs as they do fastening requirements. This is the top reason why experts are willing to meet its price tag.
Thanks to 50 percent more power to size ratio motor, users are guaranteed more performance/ When working with an auger bit or spade in wood, it offers a 1-1/2-inch capacity that jumps to 2-9/16 inches when used with a self-feed unit.
The 210 drill can also handle a 1/2-inch twist bit when working with steel and can be used with a hole saw to hit a 3-5/8-inch capacity in wood and a 2-inch capacity in steel. This performance is only matched by the comfort offered by the ergonomic soft grip that rotates for more hand positioning options.
- Incredibly powerful performance thanks to 10 amp motor
- Superior craftsmanship
- Versatile and easy to handle with more control
- At 6.9 pounds, this corded drill is quite the heavy power tool
Black & Decker DR670 6.0-Amp 1/2-Inch Hammer Drill
Okay, I’m going to take a quick survey here (and be honest guys, we really appreciate that here). So, just how many hours have you really put into your search for a great corded drill? If you’ve put in hundreds of hours like us, then you no doubt came across a few great options from Black and Decker.
Now, seeing as how the brand makes all their drills look the same, it’s totally understandable if you got confused during your search. We’re here today to demystify and shed some light on the Black & Decker DR670 6.0-Amp 1/2-Inch Hammer Drill.
Looking at the price range, the DR670 is quite affordable, but as always, we have to wonder what that translates to in terms of features and performance. But once we saw what this compact little powerhouse could do, all our secret doubts were immediately cast aside.
Here’s what we found out about the DR670’s most desirable features.
- 1/2-Inch metal keyless chuck for easy bit changes
- Pistol grip design offers better control and balance
- Variable speed trigger for several drilling applications
- Side handle and depth rod
- Powerful enough to drill through brick and concrete
- Hammer action for more power delivery
Powerful, compact, low priced and with all the features you would naturally expect from a high-end drill, the Black & Decker DR670 6.0-Amp Hammer Drill works great as both a home tool or professional contractor’s tool. Thanks to the low weight range and small, compact size, this drill is built to handle tough tasks in tight and confined spaces.
But that’s just the half of it.
Your biggest error would be to mistake the small size of the DR670 for weakness. We were thoroughly surprised to find out that the 6 amp motor spins out a whopping 2800 revolutions per minute with an even more impressive 48,000 BPM on the hammer function.
Like both of the models above, the DR670 from Black and Decker also features an all metal keyless chuck that offers users easier bit exchanges and a firmer grip. As if that wasn’t enough the manufacturer went ahead and incorporated a depth rod and handle on the side for more maneuverability and optimal power for getting you through that brick and concrete.
- Incredibly affordable price range
- Comes with a hammer function for more power
- Lightweight, compact, user-friendly design that is great for tight spaces
- Careful not to push the drill too hard or it might overheat
Hitachi D13VF 1/2-Inch 9-Amp Drill, EVS Reversible
The Hitachi D13VF Drill might not be as popular or have as many rabid fans as some of the other drills on this segment, but that doesn’t mean that it is any less powerful or effective. On the contrary, the D13VF has far more features that you would find in a regular model of its class.
The only problem is that it also carries a price tag that is higher than what you would normally find in its class.
So, what exactly is all the hype about?
Wee for starts, the drill comes with an incredibly powerful, high performance, 9 amp motor that offers unrivaled performance throughout all the drilling speeds. Combined with the max no-load speed of 850 rpm and a max torque of 416-3/5 inch/pound this bad boy actually tackles those high torque jobs like a pro.
Here are the Hitachi D13VF’s most desirable features at a glance.
- Powerful 9 amp motor
- Max torque of 416.6 that’s ideal for high torque applications
- Designed to comfortably fit in hand for improved control with minimal vibration
- Contractor-grade cast aluminum gear housing for durability and heat dissipation
- Double gear reduction that provides higher torque while reducing gear strain
Compact, versatile, high torqued and with more than its fair share of great features, the Hitachi D13VF 1/2-Inch 9-Amp Drill is worth a second and even third glance. But if we’re being honest, the manufacturer may have been a bit too ambitious with the pricing. But I guess every brand has their own unique price point.
That aside, the D13 definitely stands on its own two feet when it comes to a revolutionary design and unique features. Check this out; this drill boasts a highly advanced gear design with double reduction. What this simply means in layman terms is that you get more torque for more efficiency without any strain on your gear train.
Plus, the gear is made of all metal, so you don’t even have to worry about any cracks when dealing with hard surfaces such as concrete. The icing on the cake comes in the form of an ergonomic form-fit palm grip handle that gives you all the comfort and maneuverability you need.
- Great capacity
- Double reduction gear makes working a whole lot easier
- Optional angle attachment for hitting tight corners
- High price for an average ranking corded drill
Makita DA3010F 4 Amp 3/8-Inch Right Angle Drill
You know something, a wise shopper once said that before you buy any product, it helps if you hear what other consumers are saying about it. And that’s why you’re here today to hear what people have to say about the Makita DA3010F 4 Amp 3/8-Inch Right Angle Drill with LED Light. Lucky for you, we’re the only consumers whose opinions are unbiased and as honest as it comes.
Looking at the DA3010F from Makita, you simply can’t mistake it for anything else. It’s unique shape and innovative design makes this bad boy stand out in a crowd of corded drills. The drill, only weighs in at only 3 pounds; making it hands down the lightest unit on our entire list.
With a 4 amps motor whose speeds ranges from 0-2,4000 rpm, users get more controlled drilling in both metals or in wood. And what’s more, you only need one free hand to operate this corded drill.
Want to know more about the DA3010F’s top features? After you;
- Robust 4 amp motor
- Lightweight construction of only 3 pounds
- Built-in L.E.D. light that illuminates the work area
- Compact design for use in close quarter applications
- Paddle switch with speed limiting dial to prevent over-fastening
- All ball bearing construction for longer life span
Superb quality craftsmanship, top shelf components, unmatched, driving accuracy, and quite the inimitable design, the Makita DA3010F 4 Amp right angle drill is a wonder to behold. This model breaks about a dozen barriers when it comes to what drills can do.
For starters, the Makita DA3010F is the only corded drill on our list (at least currently) that weighs only 3 pounds with an unconventional shape.
As if the powerful 4 amp motor that hits 2400 rpm wasn’t enough, the corded drill incorporates quite the clever feature that most drills don’ even think to. You guessed it; I’m talking about the remarkably durable white LED bulb that illuminates your drilling area like a charm.
And what’s more, the bulb will never need replacing for as long as the DA3010F from Makita is operational. The manufacturer also included a speed limiter on the paddle switch so you don’t end up overtightening your fasteners. That’s quite the useful feature if you ask me.
- Easy, one-handed operation
- One of the lightest corded drills on the market
- Comes with LED lighting to illuminate working area
- Other than the high price tag, the large paddle makes it easy to accidentally turn on the drill
Hitachi D10VF 9 Amp 3/8-Inch Drill
Whoever it was, top marks for your ranting; because the brand went ahead and created something worth its weight in gold. You guessed it; I’m talking about the Hitachi D10VF 9 Amp 3/8-Inch Drill that’s been making rounds in construction sites recently. Today, we’re going to be putting the D10VF under a microscope to find out just why.
Are you ready to hear about the drill’s most desirable characteristics?
- Ultra powerful 9-amp high-performance motor
- Higher speed of 3000 revolutions per minute
- New ergonomic form fit design
- Delivers an astounding 139 inches per pound of torque
- Comes with a full 5-year warranty
You heard it here first folks, the Hitachi D10VF 9 Amp 3/8-Inch Drill is as powerful a drill bit as you can get for the price range. The mere fact that it houses a 9 Amp motor that is perfectly built to sustain a maximum speed of 3000 revolutions per minute makes it more than ideal for practically any job.
That’s right; from our favorite backyard warrior all the way to expert contractors looking for something to fulfill some tough demands, this could be the only model you will ever need.
You want to hear something cool?
Hitachi really went above the call of duty to deliver excellence. The D10VF 9 Amp Drill incorporates the widely preferred three-jawed keyed chuck that guarantees power is delivered directly to the workpiece; no fuss, no muss.
The unit is also equipped with a handy electronic variable speed trigger that makes it perfect for a wide range of applications as well as hours of continues use.
- Great value for your money
- High speed and performance is great for heavy, professional application
- Full 5-year limited warranty really shows some confidence
- Year after year, would it be too much to ask for a discount from Hitachi
Hitachi D10VF 9 Amp 3/8-Inch Drill
PORTER-CABLE PC70THD VSR 2-Speed Hammer Drill
Now, when Porter Cable came out and announced the much-awaited launch of their new 7-amp, there was a 7 level hurricane storm in the power tool industry. I swear to God; some of our construction boys were so excited that they literally passed out like teenage girls in a Beiber concert.
But what on earth does old man Porter put in these drills? Well, let’s have at it, shall we?
C’mon, if you even have to ask what this Godsend can do, then you clearly haven’t laid your eyes on the PORTER-CABLE PC70THD VSR 2-Speed Hammer Drill. I’m not ashamed to admit it, I’ve had dreams about the tight curves and futuristic design of this 2-speed hammer drill. Just by looking at it, you can tell that this piece of workman’s art as built for perfection.
Why don’t you have a gander at the top features while I play with my tools for a bit?
- 7 Amp motor for those tough drilling applications
- Powerful hammer action for when you need extra power
- Dual speed transmission with up to 3,100 rpm
- Side handle for more control and maneuverability
- Two finger lock trigger for convenient operability
So where were we? Ah yes, piece of art… Now that you’ve seen the drill, the highly aesthetical and simply breath-taking design cannot be denied. We’ll give it up to Porter; they sure know how to make their tools sexy. But we all know that good looks don’t get the work done, so what is it that really makes this unit stand out?
Well, you’ve already seen the powerful 7 Amp motor that delivers all the power and durability you need to get through those pesky drilling applications.
Don’t believe me?
Then how does a maximum power torque setting and speed of 3,100 revs per minute sound? And if you thought that was impressive, Porter Cable went ahead and incorporated an incredibly powerful hammer action that delivers an astounding 52,700 blows per minute or what the pros call 878 anvils.
This means that drilling through tile, concrete, block, and brick, is literally a breeze.
- Hands down one of the sexiest looking corded drills on the planet
- Unrivaled bit retention thanks to unique chuck
- Cast metal gear offers industry leading ground dissipation
- You might want to hold on tight when mixing heavy concrete in case it takes off on you
PORTER-CABLE PC70THD VSR 2-Speed Hammer Drill
Bosch 1006VSR 3/8-Inch Keyless Chuck Drill
How many of you here have never heard of Bosch? Good, because practically everyone and their grandma knows who Bosch is. These guys still continue to dominate virtually every home appliance industry there is.
From power tools to health appliances, is there anything these guys can’t do? Today, we’ll be looking at their newest release going by the name Bosch 1006VSR 3/8-Inch Keyless Chuck Drill.
This bad boy not only comes with one of the lowest price points you’ll ever see, but it also has way more than the average share of features for something in its price range.
We’ll start off our review at the heart of the drill where a 6.3 amp is housed. Thanks to this bad boy, users can squeeze an impressive 2,600 revolutions from the drill for great drilling performance. But that’s not all; on no, we’re just getting started.
Let’s cast our camera lenses on the Bosch 1006VSR Drill’s most desirable features.
- Jacobs ratcheting keyless chuck holds accessory with minimal slipping
- Improved lock-on switch designed to prevent accidental lock-on
- Best in class power to weight ratio
- Oversized 2 finger trigger for more safety and comfort
- Sturdy belt clip for holstering
Thanks to the 6.3 amp variable speed motor that delivers up to 2,600 rpm, the Bosch 1006VSR Keyless Chuck Drill is actually ideal for both backyard DIY projects and some professional gigs here and there. But I’m still a bit concerned about something.
Can I share my worries with you?
Even with all the advanced features and relatively powerful motor, the 1006VSR Keyless Chuck Drill is still as basic as they come. After all, what did you expect from a budget model? It’s because of these very same features that make this drill suitable for home improvements and simple, professional drilling.
What I’m trying to say is that if you’re looking for a heavy duty drill bit for all day use, then is definitely not it. But if you just need something for the occasional project, then meet your new best friend.
- Great performance at 2600 revs per minute
- Very high ratings from previous users
- Reasonably priced for budget-conscious users
- The minimum speed has been faulted as too high for sensitive jobs
Milwaukee 0299 20 Magnum 8 Amp 1/2-Inch Drill
Okay, you can put your hands down now, it’s good to see everyone has a little eastern influence in their homes. C’mon, from our phones and TVs to car and tools, the East really gives us affordable stuff. Now, are they always durable? Definitely not. But do they work? Perfectly. One evidence of this is the Milwaukee 0299 20 Magnum 8 Amp 1/2-Inch Drill that is made in China.
This mean kid is built for one thing and one thing only – power. Boasting of an extremely powerful 8 amp motor that chalks up an amazing 850 revs per minute, the Milwaukee 0299-20 is ideal for most home improvements and some serious expert drilling and fastening.
But apart from a relatively affordable price range and a powerful motor that can hold its own in a battlefield, what else does Milwaukee have to offer?
Hopefully, a look at the 0299-20 Magnum’s top features will give us a better idea of what to expect.
- Basic design with user-friendly features
- Powerful 8 Amp motor with 850 revs per minute speed
- Variable control settings
- Keyed, heavy duty chuck
- Manufactured in China
- 8 foot, 3 wire rubber cord
Power, power, more power at half the cost. If this sounds like something you want in your corded drill, then look no further than the Milwaukee 0299-20 Magnum 8 Amp Drill. Very few drills in the Magnum’s class can truly afford to say that they offer features that come remotely close to what this bad boy can do.
We’re not through yet.
Thanks to the all metal gear casing with its very own diaphragm which gives the Milwaukee drill its signature heft. Sure, it might be a bit heavy at 5.8 pounds, but you did see the name Magnum when you were buying, right?
But no worries, for something that almost tips the scales at 6 pounds, it sits and fits quite nicely in your hand. And speaking of hands, Kudos to the manufacturer for placing the reverse right at your fingertips for quick reversing.
- Cheaper price tag than other models in its class
- Built in metal chuck for long work life
- Long and flexible cord for better reach
- Extremely heavy and rigid construction
Makita 6302H 1/2-Inch Drill
I know, I know; sadly, we’ve come to the last and final product on our list of top 10 best-corded drills on the market. It’s going to be sad to see you go, but we hope you’ve found your perfect drill. If not, then the Makita 6302H 1/2-Inch Drill might just be the one for you.
Now, don’t think for a second that this unit is inferior to the other 9. On the contrary, the 6302H might just be among the most popular and expensive models yet.
Built around a 6.5 Amp motor with a variable speed of 550 revolutions per minute, you can clearly tell that the Makita 6302H 1/2-Inch Drill is not such a powerhouse.
So, why on earth do both professional builders and DIY heroes adore it so much? Simple, because its strongest selling point is based on combining an incredibly powerful unit with light, compact, practical and versatile construction.
Here’s what Makita’s most desirable features look like from where I’m standing.
- Ultra weight and compact construction at above 4 pounds
- Heavy duty drill chuck
- Powerful 6.5 Amp motor for continuous work
- Variable speed with max 550 rpm
- Convenient belt clip for freeing your hands
- Large, easy to reach reverse switch
Like I’ve said, there are times when you just need something light and compact to get the job done. Most corded drills in this class would weight a ton, but this handy little helper barely makes it out of the 4-pound mark.
Its smaller size and more compact design make it the best choice for working in tightly confined spaces as well as situations where you’ll be holding the drill for quite a while.
But not to worry, the 6.5 Amp motor ensures that you don’t linger at the worksite for long. The 550 rpm make it more suited towards drilling materials like wood, ceramic tiles, and softer brick.
However, tougher surfaces may pose a challenge to the relatively slow rpm. But it’s the accessories on this bad boy that really take center stage. The Makita 6302H Drill comes with an extra-large side handle that shifts through two different positions to give you more operational comfort and control.
- Top tier craftsmanship and durability
- Powerful 6.5 Amp motor in a compact design
- Convenient side handle that rotates
- Not really effective when drilling through steel
How We Tested
Like all our other reviews, we always look forward to sharing our testing process. After all, how else will our readers know about the mountain of research, dedication, and work that went into testing hundreds of corded drills?
Our reviewers had to invest thousands of man hours of total testing to find the best corded drill out of dozens of options. And while some of our best guys might have just become certified handymen in the process, it’s safe to say that we found out everything there was to find out about corded drills.
So please feel free to put your trust in us because when it comes to corded drills, you’re in the safest hands possible.
What you Need to Know Before You Buy a Corded Drill
It’s hard to imagine a construction site or any modern home without a drill. This practical, versatile and multifunctional tool is indeed a real-life saver and a necessity in any handyman’s kit.
A great drill will help loosen or tighten an array of screws, bore different sized holes and even chisel away undesired materials. But as all experienced DIY heroes know, there a lot that goes into deciding whether to get a corded or cordless drill. It’s obvious that a cordless drill allows you to be more flexible and work far away from the grid with ease, but what exactly drives (pun intended) people to get corded drills?
Well, before you make that all-important decision, here’s what you need to know before you spend your hard-earned money on a corded tool.
What will you use the drill for?
The drill's purpose is one of the main questions you have to answer before you buy a drill.
For example, maybe you just need a drill for everyday tasks like hanging pictures and putting up shelves. Or perhaps it’s going to be used to be used all day long as part of a big renovation to drill holes through masonry. In this case, you’ll need a corded drill that is not only cheaper than cordless models but also provides more driving power.
Length of Tasks
Another factor you’ll have to consider is the length of the task. The size and weight of a drill can really affect how long you work as well as how tired you get.
Will you need to move freely?
It’s obvious that corded drills have to be plugged into the mains. As a result, this can severely limit your movement, especially if you have only a few feet of power cord to work with. If your project takes you far from the grid without any hope of electricity, then you may want to consider a cordless option.
However, a corded drill used with a long extension will also work just fine.
Types of Corded Drills
If you’ve done your fair share of shopping, then chances are that you’ve come across a stifling range of different types of corded drills. In truth, there are dozens of types of drills, and a new one coming out every other day. That’s why we’ll be giving you the best-selling types that are popular for contractor use, common home projects and other specific applications.
- Drill Drivers
If you rummaged through the average US household (don’t do that, it would be illegal), you’ll find that most laborers and homeowners own at least one standard drill driver. They typically come with a T-handle or pistol grip where the user pulls a trigger like a pistol. This drill is ideal for light duty tasks such screwing cabinet hinges and the occasional commercial applications.
- Hammer Drill
As the name suggests, a hammer drill provides extra pushing power by pulsing the bit as it rotates a screw into place or bores a hole through a surface. These types of drills are most often used to install things like shelves, electrical boxes, and other units into concrete, brick, and rock. However, this function can be turned off for rotation only.
- Angle Drill
Also known as a right-angle drill or a 90-degree drill, angle drills provide a convenient solution to drilling in tight and compact spaces. These types are extremely popular with electricians and plumbers who often use them for working in smaller bays between floor joints, working around corners and boring holes in cabinets.
- Rotary Hammer Drill
When construction workers need heavy duty, solid and powerful performance, they turn to rotary hammer drills. These pneumatic hammer drills produce far less vibrations and a superior pulverizing effect than any other type on this list. Professionals use them to install lag bolts or concrete anchors. Like hammer drills, users can turn off the hammer function for just rotation.
Corded Vs Cordless Drills
When it comes to professional contractors and handymen, these experts utilize both cordless and cordless power drills. While each more or less does the same thing, each also tends to excel at certain aspects more than its counterpart. In terms of power, everyone undoubtedly agrees that corded drills are the ultimate choice.
However, cordless drills win the convenience debate hands down. Let’s look at both elements in greater detail, shall we?
As far as power is concerned, corded drills provide far more power and consistency in torque than any other type. While superior cordless drills are available, corded drills offer a more reliable means of driving and drilling. Thanks to the direct mains connection, the twisting force is powered by a steady flow of electricity without any voltage limitations.
Like I said, cordless drills beat corded models by a mile when it comes to convenience. Apart from the usual ability to move with you everywhere you need to go, cordless models don’t pose any trip hazard.
However, corded drills have a one up on cordless models when it comes to weight. Since they don’t need any batteries, corded models are much lighter. The average cordless model is quite cumbersome and bulky, and you have to watch out in case the battery runs out mid-job.
Designs and Styles
There is a plethora of corded drill designs and styles; all engineered to fit unique purposes and applications. Looking at the shape and positioning of the handle, we’ve found four of the most common styles in the country. Have a look at the different designs and styles for corded drills available.
- Pistol Grip Drills
This is probably the most common design for most drills. Typically, the drill is shaped like a pistol with the handle below and the motor right above it. This style allows your drill to be easily maneuverable, light and affordable.
- D-Handle Drills
This style is pretty much the same as the pistol, except this one is more heavy duty with a handle that looks like a D. The trigger is on the same line as the drill’s body. The D handle is widely preferred by masons for its extra strength, power, support, and control in stone and brick.
- T Handle
Here’s another design that is very similar to the pistol grip. However, the handle is located towards the middle of the motor; kind of like handling an Uzi with a secondary grip. The centrally located handle gives the user more accuracy, precision, and control while working.
- Spade Handle Drills
This design has a shape that is similar to that of a T-handle. However, this model has a secondary handle attached to the back of the motor; similar to what you would find on top of a spade. This handle allows for hitting tight angles and working around corners. The handle also rotates to allow for an array of hand positions.
How to Choose the Best Corded Drill
Without a doubt, the corded drill is a highly essential power tool for handymen, avid hobbyists, and the occasional DIY backyard warrior. For some people, using power tools just comes naturally and is second nature. But for others, the prospect can be daunting.
With so many types, styles, designs, accessories and features, it’s easy to get things wrong. Lucky for you, you made it to the best place you could possibly be for corded drills, because we’ll be showing you how to choose the best corded drill.
This is without question the number one aspect that you have to consider when choosing a corded drill. The power capacity will tell you a lot about what your potential drill can and can’t do.
While cordless models are measured in volts, corded drill power is measured in amps. Generally, the more amps on the motor, the more performance you will get from your drill. Get low amperage for the occasional job while heavy duty construction will require higher amperage.
- Drill Speed
While going about your drilling tasks, the last thing you want is to either overdo it or not take things all the way. Mismatching the drill speed on your tool could lead to you overtightening your screws or failing to tighten them at all.
Basically, some drills have more than one speed option, with the lower speed for driving screws in soft surfaces and the higher speed being for drilling holes in hard surfaces. The average homeowner should be well satisfied with a drill speed of anywhere between 500 to 1000 rpm.
However, professional contractors and handymen may want to go above the 3,000 revolutions per minute mark.
- Weight and Grip
Did you know that these are the two most overlooked factors when choosing a corded drill? As negligible as a few pounds may be, you’ll be feeling a whole lot differently after a few continuous hours of drilling.
A heavy drill will fatigue your hand far much quicker and cause you wrist pain if the grip is not firm. Similarly, a model that is too light will require a lot of your effort to get through some surfaces. As such, try to find the perfect balance that is neither too light or too heavy.
Just like all other products, it’s more preferable to buy from a renowned brand than one that you barely recognize. As you have no doubt found out, there are plenty of power tool manufacturers that all claim their corded drills are the best.
However, a few months of drilling and things start breaking apart. For the safest bet, stick to trusted and globally recognized brands such as any of the ones mentioned in the review section above.
- Main Features
For some shoppers, getting the ultimate corded drill all comes down to the main features offered. Sure, all drills perform basic functions, but some features can really make work easier, faster and simpler to manage. We’ve compiled some of the main features to look out for when buying a corded drill.
- Variable Speeds
This allows users to customize the speed of their drill rotation for super-fast drilling or painstakingly slow rotation. That’s because while softer materials can accommodate fast speeds, trying that on brick or hard materials will only damage your bits.
When you’re looking to keep the depths of your holes consistent, nothing works better than a clutch. IT reacts to resistance, and helps protect against driving screws too deep. Sure, not every drill will have an adjustable clutch, but it's a great feature to have if you will be frequently using your drill as a driver.
- Reverse Switch
This function simply allows the user to unscrew and remove any screws for cleaner holes. Hitting this switch also helps when you come upon a dense pocket of wood and get stuck.
- Cord Length
The longer your power cord, the more flexibility and reach you have around the workplace. Proper cord length lets you get your work done quickly without having to move the plug through every outlet in the house. However, it can also be a tripping hazard if you don’t watch out.
- Side Handles and Built-In Lights
Not only do side handles provide the user with a much steadier grip, but some of them can rotate through 360 degrees for even more customizable working angles. Similarly, built in LEDs also help provide light in dimly lit working areas.
Did you know like all other power tools, corded drills are continually getting modified and evolved? This is precisely why forecasting the quality of fabrication, assembly, and shelf life of a specific drill becomes a headache. Fortunately, the length and extent of the manufacturer warranty is always a sure determinant of what to expect.
The warranty indicates the accurately calculated level of trust and confidence that the brand itself has placed in their own product. Which is why we always advise our shoppers to go through their drill warranties and terms with a fine tooth comb. Typically, manufacturer warranties for corded drills typically range anywhere between 1 to 3 years.
However, some globally recognized and well-established brands may even between 5 to 10 years on their warranty. So make sure you get all your terms and warranties right as well as keep an eye peeled about what previous buyers are saving about the drill.
Frequently Asked Questions on Corded Drills
There are very many things that could go wrong when using a corded drill. Apart from the tripping hazard posed by the cord itself, you should make sure that you also watch out for other hazards.
For starters, always make sure your hair is tied back or that you have a hat unless you want your head to become part of the project.
Secondly, make sure you remove any jewelry, loose clothing, flaps or zips on your clothes. And lastly, always ensure you have safety gloves and goggles to protect your hands and eyes from flying debris. Remember, you don’t have to be a professional to use safety gear; even the occasional DIY project requires all the safety gear you can get your hands on.
Apart from the usual drilling, driving, and boring holes, there are a lot of other things that you can do with your drill. These include
- Using your drill as a paint mixer by attaching a paint mixing attachment. This will really save your arms from having to strain while manually mixing your paints.
- Anyone who fancies themselves as a novice furniture designer can use attachments such as plug cutters with their drill to hide screws inconspicuously in furniture.
- Similarly, you could also attach a Forstner drill bit for making smooth-sided holes in furniture and woodwork.
This is the main function of the reversing function. Without it, it’s going to be very hard to remove stripped or stick screws. If you’re working on tough material, chances are that you will have a lot of broken, stripped and damaged screws. As such, try to look for a corded drill with a convenient reverse switch for when this happens.
Well, that depends on what you intend to use your corded drill for. Much like a vehicle, the gears in a drill transmit power from the motor all the way to the drill bit via the chuck. Different gears serve different tasks better.
Generally, the simplest and cheapest drills usually come with a single gear. If you’re looking to use your power drill as a screwdriver, then it's worth paying a little extra for a drill with a second gear. While first gear offers greater torque at lower speeds, the second lets you drill with a lower torque but at much higher speeds.
There you have it; the top 10 best drills and all the information you need to choose the best corded drill for the job right at your fingertips. The ball is now in your court guys. But before we go in search of the next best product, we have to give you our verdict and recommendations.
For those of you working on a budget and just need something for the occasional task, then the Black & Decker DR670 6.0-Amp Hammer Drill will serve you just fine. It’s powerful, compact, low priced and with all the features you would naturally expect from a high-end drill. Definitely a winner no matter which way you look at it.