The 5 Best Power Drills for Household Projects & Repairs


Tim the Tool Man Taylor said it best when he asked for more power!” (Arr-arr-arr!) Make your home and workshop projects a breeze by selecting the best power drill. It’s best to know your available options in power, mobility and weight when seeking the best drill for the work you’re needing to accomplish.

No matter what tool you’re using, it should always feel comfortable during use. A specific drill may feel pretty good when you first pick it up but begin to consider how it will feel after hours of use. Again, it’s best to keep in the mind the work that needs accomplished and balance the power desired against the size and weight that can be comfortably handled. Below are five of the best power drills that belong on every workbench.

Power Drill #1: Makita

Makita is known as one of the best power drills in the industry.

A few talented engineers designed its high-torque motor and drive train to squeeze every ounce of performance from the battery. It also exhibits excellent industrial design.

For a large and heavy drill, it is very well balanced and handles easily due to a nicely shaped handle with lots of rubber over-mold.

Power Drill #2: Milwaukee

This drill is lightweight, easy to use, and it drives fasteners with no problem! Its battery charges incredibly fast, too.

It also has great torque thanks to Milwaukees “XC effect”. It is a powerful drill and is reasonably compact.

The Milwaukee power drill is very common in commercial construction, and is perhaps the most recommendable for anyone looking for top-notch performance.

Power Drill #3: Bosch

This compact drill performs admirably as a driver with a pressure-treated beam. The drill’s extremely lightweight and versatile 3-jawed chuck make it an easy choice for any quick work or afternoon projects.

Though strong for its size, the limit of the small battery mean that you may need additional batteries handy if you have a long project ahead.

The Bosch power drill is the perfect tool if you only need to drill small holes and drive bolts and screws. This drill can work through smaller jobs for a reasonable amount of time, putting in our top five choices for power drills.

Power Drill #4: Ryobi

Ryobi was once the runt of the power tool litter.

What has given Ryobi the opportunity to shine and stand out? Their Autoshift clutch, which lets the drill decide whether to speed up or kick on the torque to drive a bolt.

You can adjust the clutch settings from torque numbers up to a drill icon, but once you pull the trigger, you cannot override the automatic gearshift. Locked in the high-speed setting, the drill becomes comfortable when driving lag bolts and screws.

Power Drill #5: DeWalt

DeWalt is a great choice in drills for its brute strength and speed.

It has 22 clutch settings and three-speed settings. Its ½ inch chuck is equipped with carbide jaws that resist wear.

This is an easy-to-handle, pro-grade product. It has the smoothest-turning clutch ring and a cool three-speed transmission with graphics that match speed to the task.

The DeWalt drill has all the makings of a great drill – a comfortable and ergonomic grip, and a great power to size to weight ratio, making for a solid performance model.

Don’t forget to check out the DeWalt Combo Kits, which is the best deal when it comes to buying power tools.

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