The Milwaukee M 18 Fuel is regarded by many as the best cordless drill on the market today. We tested three other products that nearly made our elite list: the Chicago Electric 18 Volt 1/2 Cordless Vairable Speed Drill Driver (available from Harbor Freight), the Porter Cable PCC606LA, and the Bosch PS31-2A. The Dewalt package just happened to be on sale that day for $169.99 included the drill driver set two batteries and a carrying case, and I love it. Has met every challenge I have thrown at it so far with ease. In addition, a drill with a higher voltage will provide a longer battery life per charge, allowing you more time to work on a project. With an impact driver, you’ll never have to put your work on hold while you look for other tools to help you get the job done.
If I had to stick with one brand two years ago it would have been Milwaukee due to the absence of some tools in DeWalt’s 20V Max line, but now that the line has expanded (and meets my needs) I would choose DeWalt for their capable (but not best, IMO) 20V Max tools and the excellent ergonomics of the 12V Max line. For my small DIY projects, these tools have never let me down and I have never had a Ryobi tool of mine break. The Porter-Cable makes up for what it lacks in power with easy usability and excellent value. On the other end of the power spectrum, we have this PC 12 Volt drill/driver that really exceeded all my expectations.
I did use a Dewalt battery powered reciprocating saw some years ago for work, but it was only due to it being a very remote location — it was ok power-wise, but lugging the batteries was quite a chore. So now I’m stuck with 1 battery only, and the dilemma of what to buy; another Makita battery that may fail prematurely, or swap brands and buy a whole new drill. This handle is designed to stop rotation and to provide stability for the user, and is only found on heavier duty cordless drills. Founded in 1910, the company produces high-quality goods for virtually every sector, including electronics, construction materials, and tools.
Note that even the best power drills will heat up if you work them for extended periods of time. Coming in as our number 10 for handheld power drills to buy, is SKIL 2240-01 12V Drill/Driver Set. This is apparent holding the tools side by side, but we doubt that anyone picking up the PS31 is going to call it uncomfortable. As our number 7 12v cordless drill, we picked the Makita FD02W Lithium-Ion Drill/Driver Kit. Don’t be scared off by 18V and 19.2V tools as being less powerful than the 20V tools.
Cordless drills have really progressed over the years to include the use of lithium-ion batteries that last significantly longer than others, LED lights for improved vision and even rapid battery chargers so your downtime is reduced. My only complaint is the magnetic bit holder that holds the phillips/flat head attachments etc is not precisely centered, but could probably be easily fixed by purchasing another one of those, as it’s fine when using other drill bits in it. Since writing this feature in late September of 2014 there have been many changes to the chainsaw market and new models have been introduced.
That type of power makes it versatile enough to use as a handyman that does random jobs or as a professional that uses an impact drill for a variety of tasks. It is able to drill holes through just about any type of surface, and each accessory that the unit comes with is highly capable. The Makita XCU02Z 18V X2 LXT is an impressive chainsaw that comes with an impressive 3 year warranty for peace of mind. The designers of the Black and Decker made an excellent choice in the battery department.
The drivers can provide huge amounts of force or torque, which makes jobs such as taking nuts and deck building easier. Sarcasm aside, if you are worried about keeping up the batteries, charger, and other accessories involved with a cordless drill, consider that most of the options presented here include an incredible choice of cases that eliminates the burden of managing all these accessories.