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Our Drill Buying Guide

A power drill is now one of the most essential home improvement tools, it can be used to bare holes, loosen or tighten screws and chisel away at other material. You can use a power drill on a variety of different materials and surfaces, all you need is the right type of drill!

What are you using the drill for?

Before you decide what type of drill you want you need to consider the different types of drills that are on the market. Will you be using the drill for everyday household tasks or will it be used for a bigger project like drilling holes through bricks? A lot of drills have multiple functions that can be used for any tasks but knowing what you are using the drill for will help narrow it down.

The size and weight of a drill will also affect how long you can spend working on a project, if the drill is heavy and bulky then it will make your arms ache when you are holding it. you need to pick a drill that is comfortable for you to handle, meaning you will be able to work


Types of drills

There are 4 different types of drills you can choose from. We have looked at all the key features for each drill and what kind of job they are most suited for.

Drill Drivers

This drill is perfect for small jobs around the house as it is the most versatile option. This drill will allow you to drill holes into any material, as well as loosening and tightening screws. By using a different drill and screwdriver bits you will be able to use it on materials like wood, masonry or metal as well as doing little DIY jobs like putting up shelves.

Combi Drills

This drill is similar to a drill driver, but it has an additional feature that allows it to drill into harder materials. Behind the rotating drill bit there are two metal disks that click in and out against each other which makes the drill bit pound forward. This extra function makes the combi drill an excellent choice for your home as it is two tools in one!

SDS Drills

This is also known as the rotary hammer drill, an SDS (Self Direct System) drill is person to drill through concrete and masonry. It has a hammer function that beats through the drill bit as it rotates which helps you move through denser materials. You are also able to take out this hammer function to drill through lighter materials. This tool is helpful if you are looking to create a channel in a wall to hide wires.

Hammer Drill

This is very similar to the SDS drill, but a hammer drill is more powerful. They work by delivering a rapid succession of blows that are designed to drill through rock or masonry. The difference between a SDS drill and hammer drill is that hammer drills do not allow you to use the hammering action without rotation so they can’t be used for chiselling.

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