When it comes to odd jobs around the home, it turns out that millions of us aren’t as quick to tackle DIY as you may have once thought.
In fact, it turns out that one in six Brits has never tackled a DIY job in their own home. While this may seem shocking to some, it’s important to remember that not everyone owns the right tools – and the biggest part of getting a DIY job done right is getting the tools right.
One tool this is particularly true of is a drilling machine. With lots to think about, it’s not as simple as you may think. From whether it’s handheld, to the speed and how reliable they are (suppliers like RS Components can help if they break), there are lots of things to consider.
Below, we’ve outlined how to choose the best drilling machine for your home.
Type of Drill
This is the first thing you need to consider. But, there are two primary choices to look at, corded and cordless. But, what’s the difference?
Corded: These are the type of drills that only run when plugged into the wall. It’s that simple. While there’s no chance of running out of power with one of these, one let down can be the length of the cord, as it may not always reach where you need it to.
Cordless: While these were once less popular, a common misconception that still exists, is that cordless drills don’t have the power of corded ones. However, this isn’t true anymore. The one disadvantage is the battery could run flat, but with advancements in technology, these now last longer. The battery in the handle also helps them to remain balanced when being held.
What Else to Look For
Once you’ve decided on the type you want, there are other things to take into consideration when picking your drill. These are:
Battery: opt for cordless drills that run on Li-ion batteries. These rechargeable batteries can last for hundreds of uses, and provide hours of continuous battery use.
Amps: when drilling at home, you’ll want a drill with between six and eight amps.
Light: you don’t need a light, but some come with one, and they’re a great extra to have, especially if you’re working in a darker area.
Chuck: this is what holds the drill bits in place, so make sure they can be adapted for a number of pieces.
Speed: Faster speeds are great for making holes, whiles slower speeds are better for driving screws. Make sure you find one with a wide variety of speeds.
Volts: The higher the voltage, the better the delivery of the drill. This is helpful if you’re drilling harder materials. Most cordless drills come with between 12 and 18-volts, but you can buy 20 – 24-volt drills if you know you’ll require more power.