Buyer’s Guide – Best Cordless Drill 2018

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There are a variety of leading tool brands who make the best cordless drills. These range from the very high end and well-known manufacturers, and all the way through to those who provide basic cordless drills at cheaper prices. In this article we’ll take a look at which of these will suit you the best.

The manufacturers of drills these days, now include many features as standard. However once they have all the basic features in place, then nearly any drill will perform your job. With cordless drills however, the key feature that you have to have is a battery that delivers power which last for a long period.

Nowadays that will almost always be a Lithium Ion battery. This is often known as a Li-Ion. The days of the older NiCad batteries are coming to an end though they’re still in circulation. My advice though is to go with a Li-Ion battery and as such I will examine the brands and manufacturers who offer these as their main core-drilling products.

Understand Bare Tools before Buying

Many brands now offer what is called a-bare-tool. That is they sell you the tool without having the battery. “Now clearly with a cordless drill, you need both the drill and the battery to make it work.” The great news is that when you purchase a battery, then that can be used with a range of other tools from the same brand.

The only other main consideration for you is to consider what other tools you may wish to buy. For example you can get cordless screwdrivers, impact drivers and various other cordless tools.

The good thing is, that if you stay with one brand, you’ll be able to use the same battery for all of these items. If for example you decided that you liked Dewalt as a brand, then the battery you would get with your cordless-drill, will also usually fit their impact drivers, saws, and  screwdrivers etc.

This will help you save money as you simply have to buy the actual tool rather than always have to buy both the tool & another battery. The disadvantage of doing this is that you are then almost stuck with that brand for all of your tools. (assuming you want to avoid buying another battery). Some people are Comfortable with doing this, whereas some others like to pick a different brand for each particular tool.

Whatever decision you take, if this is your decision, will come down to which brand you prefer and like the best. Let’s take a look at which brands are available for cordless-drills and which one is the best.

Top List of Cordless Drills

This list has been put-together using two main criteria. Those are the highest rated by actual buyers and in addition value for money. Underneath you will see a quick snapshot of all of them. Underneath those quick look features, you will see a more detailed review on every one. Every one of the ones on my preferred list are wonderful cordless drills. They’ve all got excellent ratings. They differ usually by price, the brand and features such as the battery power?

Let’s have a look at them in more detail.​

DEWALT DCK283D2 20V MAX

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As you can imagine the Dewalt- Brand will almost always top the list if you’re considering picking the best brands. This is the brand that the majority professionals and contractors will use. Their products are very excellent quality, built to stand the rigours of hard work and abuse and yet deliver great results.

This brand also the most expensive one and the decision is are you willing to invest the money to get the very best drills in the marketplace? Unless you plan on doing  lots of work with a drill, there is basically no need to buy this brand. However if you’re looking for something that will last for a very long-term and work every single time, then this brand won’t let you down.

“With reference to this one, you’re receiving both a cordless drill,driver and an Impact Driver. So two tools, two batteries, and a charger combined with the kit bag. That is a lot of product, and high quality product that will last you for years”.

  • ​You get the DCK283D2 20v Max; 1/2″ Drill/driver
  • The DCB112 12v/20v battery charger
  • The DCF886 20v Max Impact Driver
  • Two 20 volt Lithium Ion 2.0Ah batteries
  • A contractor bag to hold all of it

Milwaukee 2691-22 18-Volt Drill

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The Milwaukee, with their distinctive red branding are also one of the very best manufacturers of tools, both corded and cordless. Like the one above, this is both a cordless drill, and an impact driver. We think that the combination is really good value as it comes in at just under $150. For two tools of this quality, that’s a good enough deal.

This is not a brand we’ve used a lot. Those that do buy this kit, and there have been plenty of them, do seem to like it a lot. Hence the very high rating for this combination set.

The Milwaukee combination kit is covered with a 5-years  warranty. It is certainly a very powerful cordless-drill & cordless impact driver set. They are both light-weight, and both tools have LED work space lighting.

  • ​You get the Milwaukee M18 lithium-ion 1/2-inch compact drill/driver
  • The M18 lithium-ion 1/4-inch hex compact impact driver
  • Two 18 volt Lithium Ion batteries
  • The battery charger
  • A contractor bag, and belt clip

Makita LCT209W 12-Volt Max Lithium-Ion

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Makita are without doubt a serious challenger to Dewalt. Their products are aimed at the professional and general contractor market and they’re certainly proving to be a very popular choice for lots of people.

They’re currently sold in Lowes & also at the Home Depot and I have noticed them appearing in many other stores, both online and off.

This is an interesting brand for me as I have always been a huge Dewalt user and I find it interesting when a brand decides to take on something like Dewalt. There is little doubt though that they  made a huge impression in the marketplace.

This is a 12 volt set and that also allows Makita to keep both products really compact. They still deliver a lot of energy, so don’t  put off by the smaller battery size. You get a 2 speed driver/drill that weighs only 2.2 pounds and delivers 200 inch/pounds of torque.

The variable speed impact driver also weighs only 2 pounds and delivers 800 inch/pounds of torque for driving & fastening.

These come with a 3-year warranty.

  • ​You get a 3/8″ Drill/driver
  • The Impact Driver
  • Two 12 volt Lithium Ion batteries
  • A battery charger
  • A case to hold both tools

Black + Decker BDCDMT120C 20-Volt

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Black and Decker are all about making quality tools at reasonable prices. We include a number of their cordless-drills on this list, for that very reason. This is another manufacturer that has been around for a very long time.

Their drills are designed and produced for the general consumer, and the person who likes to do their own DIY. You can purchase their drills in many stores up and down the country and as such are widely available.

I have used these drills myself and I do like personally. There’re certainly still very popular for many people and they’re also very good priced. For many years these have been in tool boxes up and down the land. They’re of excellent quality and they are certainly always decent value for money.

This is a 20 volt drill and for most people use this drill will do an excellent job around the household work. It is also very inexpensive and that will suit most budgets. This drill uses the lithium- ion battery, and that makes it always ready. It can hold a charge up to 18 months.

This cordless drill is part of the Matrix Quick Connect System. If you aren’t familiar with that system which allows easy tool free changes of suitable attachments.

It has a 3 to 8 inch chuck size and 10 clutch settings

  • ​You get a 20 volt drill/driver
  • One 20 volt Lithium Ion battery
  • A battery charger

Bosch DDB181-02 18-Volt Lithium-Ion

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Like Dewalt, the cordless drill range from Bosch has been created mostly for the contractor and professional building industry. I like Bosch for gardening tools but I have also used their drills and they’re really a top quality products.

What I did find interesting about this brand is that customers who buy Bosch tools are very faithful to that brand and have a tendency to stay with them when buying other products. It is a little like car drivers, in that they really seem to like a brand and will usually stick to using their products.

This is an 18 volt cordless drill from Bosch. This has been designed to be both compact and light-weight. Therefore it makes it ideal for jobs around the house, and particularly if doing work in tight spaces.

It can also help avoid user fatigue. It’s still powerful though and can generate 350 in pounds of torque. Additionally it includes a very useful LED Light.

This is usually a 2-speed drill that weighs around 6.7 lbs

It has a 3/8-inch chuck size & 10 clutch settings

  • ​You get a DDB181 18 volt drill/driver
  • A contractor bag and a screwdriver bit
  • A battery charger
  • Two 18 volt Lithium Ion batteries

PORTER-CABLE PCC606LA

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Most of the people knows the Porter Cable brand. Priced at around $70 this is at the lower end of the price-point for a cordless drill. I would class this specific one as a excellent basic model, that’ll be able to handle 90% of the jobs in the home and in the garden.

The 20 volt Li-Ion battery-packs a lot of power.

This is a drill/driver with a 1/2″ chuck. The chuck is very high quality as it is an all metal ratcheting chuck. That ensures that drill bits and screwdriver bits will not slip, thank to the superior gripping jaws of the chuck.

Like many of the newer best cordless drills, it has an LED work light. Something that is particularly useful on this one is the handy battery fuel gauge which lets you know at a glance, how much charge is left in your battery.

  • ​You get a PORTER-CABLE PCC606 drill/driver
  • One PCC690L lithium-ion charger
  • One PCC680L lithium-ion compact battery

Black & Decker LD120VA 20-Volt

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One other popular buyer choice from the Black and Decker brand. This one goes down well with clients who are planning to own a complete drilling and driving kit. So instead of have to go out and buy a range of accessories, these 30 pieces turn your drill/driver into a tool that’s instantly read to use. That is obviously once you charge the 20 voltage battery

For around $60 of value, you’re getting an excellent set of bits and drill bits, including a quality drill.

Like most of the Black and decker  range, this one is ideal for drilling through or screwing in wood, metal, and plastic. It can possibly handle the lighter metals. The 20 voltage Li-ion battery holds an electric power charge for up to 18 months.

The nice feature of this drill/driver is that it is included with 30 accessories. It’s really a good range of accessories along with it includes. drill and screw driving bits &  nut drivers.

There is strong power with the LD120 model with 300 inches-per-pound in torque. Additionally, it has variable speed along with a 24 position clutch. The chuck is 3/8 inch.

  • ​You get the LD120 20-volt max lithium drill/driver
  • One LB20 20-volt lithium-ion battery
  • One LCS20 charger
  • Ten 1-inch screwdriving bits
  • One magnetic bit tip holder
  • 6 brad-point drill bits
  • Nine 2-inch screwdriving bits
  • 4 nut drivers

BLACK+DECKER BDC120VA100 20-Volt

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Another popular buyer choice from the B & D brand. Therefore 30 accessories isn’t sufficient, then how about 100 of them? This powerful 20 volt drill/driver comes with the widest range of useful home use accessories.

For approximately $65 of value, you’re getting well looked after for accessories.

Like the majority of of the Black and decker  range, this one includes a standard 2 year guarantee. Almost all the buyers like the drill and rate it highly. The additional value is in the accessories though.

You receive a small hand-held screw-driver, some nut and socket drivers. The rest of the accessories are made up of drill bits and driver bits. All the common sizes are included.

  • ​You get the LD120 20-volt max lithium drill/driver
  • One LCS20 charger
  • One LB20 20-volt lithium-ion battery
  • 100 piece accessory set

BLACK+DECKER LDX120PK 20-Volt MAX

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Not only the drill here for around $75, but it also comes with 66 useful hand tools and accessories, for the many jobs you will need to get done, around the home. There is quite a lot of value offered here, a trademark of what B&D are all about.

As the name of this product would suggest, this package, such as the excellent 20 volt cordless drill, is to help you do a range of projects around the house. The drill has an 11 position clutch, uses a good 20 voltage Li-Ion battery and works very well.

The remaining hand tools are all useful, and they can all be held in the contractor bag, which you also get. They include

  • 5 spade bits (1/4, 1/2, 5/8, 3/4 and 1)
  • 10 metal drill bits (1/16, 5/64, 3/32, 7/64, 1/8, 9/64, 5/32, 11/64, 3/16 and 1/4)
  • 4 hole saw drill bit (1-1/4, 1-1/2, 1-3/4 and 2-1/8) & arbor
  • 32 screwdriver bits (flat head, Phillips, square, nut, slotted, Torx)
  • 1 flat head screwdriver
  • 1 tape measure
  • 4 nut driver bits (3/16, 1/4, 3/8 and 1/2)
  • 1 high torque screwdriver, 1 knife, 1 hammer, 1 Phillips screwdriver, 1 needle nose plier, 1 slip joint plier, 1 adjustable wrench
  • ​You 20-volt max lithium drill/driver
  • One 20-volt lithium-ion battery>
  • One LCS20 charger
  • 66 piece tool kit

Makita XPH12Z 18V LXT Lithium-Ion

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And last on the list is this model from the higher end Makita brand. If you’re searching for a drill/driver, that simply has power in abundance, this one will make a perfect choice. It uses a 4 pole motor to generate a lot of current to the motor, for excellent drilling & driving results.

This one is aimed at the professional market and also has variable 2 speed design. Additionally, it includes what Makita term  extreme protection technology (XPT). That can help to counteract the typical dust and water resistance in harsh job site conditions.

This is a hammer drill & remains compact. It measures 7-3/4″ long & weighs 3.9 lbs.

The 18 volt Li-Ion battery produces a large amount of power though the 4 pole motor. It reaches a full charge in only 30 mins. The hammer action means it can drill not only wood & metal, but also masonry &  concrete.

  • 18V LXT 1/2″ Hammer Driver-Drill (XPH12Z)
  • 18V LXT Lithium-Ion 3.0Ah Battery (BL1830)
  • Tool Case

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