Selecting The Correct Drill For The Correct Situation


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Buying a new cordless drill seems fairly easy until you realise how many diverse options you have available. Using the Milwaukee C18PD drill to illustrate, I take you step-by-step through the various factors of the drill and what each of the numbers and letters on the drill signify.

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Selecting The Correct Drill For The Correct Situation

  1. 1. Choosing a Cordless g Drill: Get the Right Tool for Your Situation
  2. 2. Picking out a new cordless drill seems relatively simple until you realize how many different options you have available. Choosing the right drill could g g make the difference between getting the task done quickly and struggling to complete it.
  3. 3. Home Vs. Commercial UseFirst think about whether you need aFirst, cordless drill for home use or on the job. Home models can usually get away with less power and a shorter battery life. Since home users will usually operate y p their tools less frequently, they can choose a drill with a lower durability rating and an accordingly l ti d di l lower price tag. i t
  4. 4. Commercial users, by comparison, cant afford to cut corners without risking the loss of a vital tool in the middle of a job. Many cordless drill manufacturers y actually split their tools into separate home and commercial lines to make the choice easier.
  5. 5. Power Vs. WeightWhile every buyer wants the most power and the least weight possible, its usually necessary to compromise on these two factors. Thats because a cordless drills p power depends on the size of its battery. p y A more powerful drill requires a heavier build and a larger battery. The usual power range varies between 6 volts and i b t lt d 18 volts.
  6. 6. While it may be tempting to buy the most powerful tool available, this can available result in a lot of hand and wrist fatigue in users who arent in top p y p physical condition. Stop and consider your probable use patterns, then choose a drill that matches. If you wont be drilling a f big hole in heavy lumber, pick a lower- power model model.
  7. 7. NiCad Battery Vs Lithium or NiMHIn addition to power and use concerns concerns, you should also pay attention to the battery. battery Older cordless models use nickel-cadmium, or NiCad, batteries, which are heavier and less powerful than p lithium-ion or nickel-metal-hydride (NiMH) types. Lithium-ion types are the newest and most costly, but also have t d t tl b t l h the best weight-to-energy ratio and lose charge very slowly when not in use use.
  8. 8. Reading a Model/Type/Serial NumberMost cordless drills include a string of numbers and letters that help identify them to the manufacturer but can be p puzzling to new users. For instance, g the Milwaukee C18PD32 is a compact cordless percussion, or hammer, drill with and 18 volt lithium-ion b tt ith d lt lithi i battery.
  9. 9. The C indicates the tools compact size, while the 18 tells you its voltage. The voltage other digits indicate things like torque and what other elements are sold with the drill. The C18PD32 offers 62 Nm torque, while the C18PD22 offers only 51. When sold with no battery or extras, Milwaukee lists this cordless drill as the C18PD0. C18PD0
  10. 10. These letters and numbers vary by manufacturer, manufacturer but they always have a pattern. Looking carefully at them can help y p you identify it and find the perfect y p cordless drill for you.This article was written byy, specialists in Milwaukee and Gedore Tools.