BEST DRILL FOR HOME USE -guide


Writing our THE BEST POWER TOOL BRAND review, we got a feeling someone might want to know the drill that is actually the best for home use. If this is you, then here is a BCDP review on this.

A GUIDE ON WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

There are just about a gazillion reasons a homeowner would need a cordless drill. And your own reason for needing a drill is what you should focus on as you read through this BCDP best drill for home use review.

The choice you make as the best drill for your home use should be based primarily on what you need a drill for.  i.e The category(s) of tasks the drill would handle more when you finally make the purchase. No one would go for a heavy duty drill when all he would be needing to do is fix things around the house and a few light DIY projects. For this category, ideally, you would want a High torque cordless drill that features a variable speed and a great power.

I would advise you patiently go through this post as every paragraph sheds great light on how you can make the best decision of the best drill for your home use. You do not want to waste your money on a junk drill. Trust me.


BEST DRILLS FOR HOME USE – Types

MANUFACTURERS DESIGN SPECIFIC DRILLS FOR SPECIFIC PURPOSES
What type of drilling are you planning to do?

BEST DRILL FOR HOME USE

After understanding clearly what categories of tasks you would be needing a drill for. I.e your intended purpose(s), it is best you understand the exact type of drills that would fit your intended purpose(s). This would definitely go a long way in helping you make an informed purchase decision.

So let’s guide you…

TIP 1: Our judgment of the best drill for our home use should not be based solely on the amount of power supplied by a drill we probably tried out once or twice. It’s not just about those common features. There is actually a lot more to identifying a good drill for home use than these.

SIMPLE APPROACH TO GET THE BEST DRILL FOR HOME USE -Guide

TOUGH TASKS?
If the actual tasks would involve frequent drilling on a metal surface, drilling in a very strong concrete surface, drilling in other various hard surfaces,  then your ideal Best Drill For Home Use is an 18Volt  – 20Volt cordless hammer drill that has strong features like:

  1. A keyless chuck for firm bit grip.
  2. It should be a Hammer drill & Impact driver built into one tool. (With this, it can run as a driver-drill or a hammer-drill. This saves you the cost of purchasing the 2nd tool. Of course, you may eventually end up having to purchase the other tool the future, if you do not purchase the two features in one. )
  3. The drill’s torque would be a minimum of 450 inches-lbs. (Torque is more like a mechanical name for Power. Bear this in mind as we would be using the word more often in this post)
  4. The drill must feature a brushless motor. (In a brushless motor power tool, subjecting the drill to tough task /drilling will NEVER wears out or break drill. The need for you to replaced an engine part never comes up throughout the lifetime of the drill. This is unlike the brushed type where the engine fails more often)see the drill -BEST DRILL FOR HOME USE

 

NOT TOO TOUGH?
If you want the best drill for home use and the actual tasks would involve more of overhead level operations like roof level drilling, overhead shelves hanging, vent drilling, ceiling repairs, boring new holes for overhead lamp holders or any other similar tasks, then your ideal drill is a high RPM, light-weight, 12Volts  – 18Volts cordless drill with the below features:

  1. ½ inch chuck for very easy tightening and release.
  2. A variable speed of 350 & 1500 RPM respectively, at a minimum. (RPM refers to ROUND PER MINUTES. Bear this in mind as we would be using the word more often in this post)
  3. The drill must weigh below 4lbs. (Generally, the best drill for home use even for the toughest category of tasks should weigh no more than 9lbs)
  4. The drill’s torque would be a minimum of 400 inches-lbs
  5. The drill should feature a belt hook as overhead drilling tasks, at some points, demand the use of both hands. With a belt hook, you would not encounter any problem when the need to use both hands arises. This is because you can hang the drill on your belt while you use both hands for something else.
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DIY PROJECTS?
If you are looking for the best drill for home use and the actual tasks would involve DIY projects (Light or Professional), your ideal drill is a High torque, 18volts – 20volts cordless drill that has some highly required technical features like:

  1. It must feature a variable speed trigger. This allows you control the amount of power supplied by the drill at every point in time.
  2. Must come with a spare battery and a charger. Note that almost all drills come with a battery, however, what we are talking about here is a spare battery. This would give you an unlimited work time. While you work with one battery, the other is sitting in the charger.
  3. Multiple torque settings for better operation.
  4. Forward and Reverse drilling motions.
  5. It should feature a stand-alone LED Light. Almost all cordless drills come with an inbuilt LED light. However, what we are talking about here is a stand-alone light. Some drills feature a stand alone light for free, while others have this stand-alone light up for sale. Look out for the drill who would give you this great light for free. You never know how long till the need to work into the night would come up.
  6. Belt Hook for safe keeping in case you need both hands on something else at a point.
  7. The drill should not weigh anything more than 4.5 lbs. (For DIY projects, you could use power drills more often than other tools. I am quite sure you do not want to go through the stress of balancing the weight in your hand and the level of concentration in your work)seed rill-BEST DRILL FOR HOME USE

Now that you have a clearer picture of what you really need, let’s take you to the part of the iceberg laying beneath the sea.

THE BEST DRILLS FOR HOME USE AND WHY

Are you at the power tools store or planning to visit one soon? The below are BCDP‘s recommend brands and models of the best drills for home use.

MATIKA XPH012 18volt HAMMER/ DRIVER DRILLmakita - BEST DRILL FOR HOME USE

DESIGNED SPECIFICALLY FOR RESISTANCE FREE DRILLING ON HARD SURFACES

-BUILT TO LAST-

If you are a budget-conscious kind of person that loves maximizing the use of finance and getting more while spending less money then this is definitely your drill.    

The drill is designed to deliver utmost perfection when put to work. You can easily switch modes from Hammer drilling to Driver drilling. No need to purchase an Impact driver and a Hammer drill differently. This is because the two tools have been built into one here.

With this drill, you can not get bothered when the surface becomes resistant, you just switch modes.

You would also love that this drill delivers a great torque on both modes. Most Hammer/Driver drills tend to only deliver high torque when the Hammer mode is switched on. Then loose the high torque when the Driver mode is switched on. This is not the case in this drill. The torque remains the same in both modes. This is one of the reasons I recommend this drill as the best drill for home use in this category.

Makita boasts of efficient innovations in their power tools. We were amazed to find out this is true. This drill features the Makita 18Volts Lithium-Ion battery which is part of their vastly expanding 18V Li-Ion series, one of the planet’s largest cordless power tools line-up. These 18V Li-Ion batteries are built to have a very quick charge time. This makes them last more while working and spend less time charging.

This tool also features an ergonomic handle for best grip comfort, and a belt hook to keep the drill close. It also has a LED light for a brighter work space, a variable speed trigger, and a multiple clutch setting.

Finding all these important accessories on this drill has made it the best-selling drill on Amazon till date.

THE BAD-

We wouldn’t be doing our job well if we didn’t do enough checks on this drill to see its limit. Though it’s the best drill for home use in this category, we are afraid there is a bad side. During our checks, we noticed something significant about this drill. The light stays on for a long period after you take your finger off the trigger. This bothered us and we had to find the reason it happens.

NO PROBLEM: We discovered the drill was intentionally designed this way, to allow for a longer light-on time so operators can use the light longer even when the trigger has been released. We checked how long the over-lapping lit time takes, and found it’s 10 seconds. Some people may not like this feature, but it is generally fine.

    see price-m2-BEST DRILL FOR HOME USE   


DEWALT DCD771C2 20volt COMPACT DRILL

BEST DRILL FOR HOME USE- dewalt

DESIGNED SPECIFICALLY FOR LIGHT DRILLING AND MAJOR TASKS THAT MAY NOT REQUIRE VERY HIGH POWER
-FOR TIGHT WORK SPACES-

If you are a regular homeowner that just needs a drill for some tough but not-too-tough purposes, and you feel concerned about the weight and portability of a drill, then this is what you seek.

This drill is very light-weight and the manufacturer specifically designed it to fit into tiny spaces. DeWalt has a lot of high-end power tools. However, they design a drill that is different from what they had always produced and sold resulted to this drill. The drill is typical of a regular home. Hence, it has earned our recommendation as the best drill for home use in this category.

The DeWalt DCD771C2 features a gear selector that you would see on top of the drill. This lets you select the level of power you want for a particular task.

It also features a multiple-selection clutch that you would see right before the keyless chuck. And a soft handle for best grip experience, comfort, and control. For this reason, it is reputed for simplicity and ease of use.

Every homeowner would love the high-speed transmission built in this drill. It delivers 2-Speed variations (450 & 1,500 rpm) allowing you to choose the level of performance needed for various applications.

It also features a 1/2″ single sleeve ratcheting chuck that provides tight bit gripping strength. 

This drill is so well designed technically. You have all the necessary features to be in full control of the operation.

THE BAD-

At the early stage of our check, something about this drill gave us a shock. The chuck of this drill loosens up often! This makes the bit to fall off while an operation is going on. This was so bad that we almost lost faith in the drill.

NO PROBLEM: We discovered this happens when you fail to tighten the chuck firmly.  You should tighten the chuck very firmly as it should be. This resolves the problem. With this remedy, the drill remains the best drill for home use in this category.

    see price-m2-BEST DRILL FOR HOME USE 


HITACHI DS18DSAL 18VBEST DRILL FOR HOME USE- hitachi

DESIGNED SPECIFICALLY FOR HIGH-END DRILLING AND TOUGH TASKS THAT MAY NOT REQUIRE VERY HIGH POWER
-DIY HOME PROJECTS KING-

If you are interested in a drill that would competently handle tough DIY home projects, and all high-end drilling, but same time be fit for major around the house tasks that need good power (not light tasks), then this is your drill. 

This HITACHI drill features a standalone flashlight, 2 rechargeable batteries, and comes with a carrying case.

Its manufacturer built it with industrial grade two-piece motor, that makes it able to run any task efficiently.

It also produces over 450 inch-lbs of strong torque, as a result, handles high-end tough jobs flawlessly. This makes it one of the easiest and most stress-free high-end drills to use. 

It features a Single sleeve ratcheting 1/2″ keyless chuck (metal) for user-friendly operation, very firm bit grip, plus convenient & smooth swap-outs, accepting a wide range of bits that can be changed quickly and easily. 

You would also find a convenient belt hook (metal) to keep your tool close. (Remember what we said about these belt-hooks? They are very essential)

Another thing you would love about this drill is that in as much as it provides the power and performance of a pro-grade 18-volt tool, and serves a wide range of purposes, it measures just 7.7 inches in length and weighs 3.5 pounds, making it easy to hold and use all day without stress or strain. 

You may wonder how HITACHI managed to build such a great power in such a tiny & light drill. That got us thinking too. We just could not recommend another drill as the best drill for home use in this category.

THE BAD-

The downside we noticed on this drill is about the design. The manufacturer has not designed this drill’s battery in the best way.  A small plastic tab holds the battery in place. The plastic tab seems like something that could possibly break off someday, even though the tab is hard.

NO PROBLEM: No user has sent a complaint on this yet. This is just a downside we feel could have been better.

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ROCKWELL RK2852K2 20V Brushless Drill/Driver

- hitachi DRILL FOR HOME USE

DESIGNED SPECIFICALLY FOR HIGH-END DRILLING AND TOUGH TASKS THAT MAY NOT REQUIRE VERY HIGH POWER
DIY HOME PROJECTS KING

If you’re a tough tasks day-in-day-out person and you want one of the most powerful cordless drills available. What you seek is just right here.

The Rockwell RK2852K2 20v Li-ion Brushless Drill/Driver is a heavy-duty drill that puts together power, battery life, and durability to give maximized satisfaction when operated.

The drill has some really great features like the Brushless Motor. With a Brushless Motor, you don’t have to worry about your drill breaking down due to excessive high-end applications.

Manufacturers have specifically designed Brushless Motors to handle such high-end powerful tasks. They also reduce friction and heat that restrain power from a tool, allowing full energy to go into your work. When you add this to the 20volts of this tool,  you would realize the unending satisfaction derived from this tool.

Another feature I found interesting about this drill is the 1/2″ metal keyless chuck. This chuck allows you to use round and hex shank bits (Not all 1/2″ metal keyless chuck can do this). It also grips whatever bit (round and hex shank) you placed in it firmly while drilling. This ROCKWELL drill (Model No: RK2852K2) also features a built-in LED light. The LED light brightens the work area in case you ever have to drill in a low lit area.

The drill has 18 + 1 torque settings, no-load speed of up to 2,000 RPM.  It supplies 531 in.lbs. of torque. It is also very lightweight, weighing just 7 pounds. The weight is very fine when compared to other drills in its category. (I personally find this factor to be a great advantage over other drills in its category)

Rockwell Cordless Tools come with a Free Batteries for Life program. This means that if your battery ever dies or develops a problem, you can contact Rockwell Tools for a replacement. And they will replace the battery at zero cost. Yes, for free.

This Rockwell 20V Brushless Drill also comes with a 10-year motor warranty. With these warranties, you literally have no need to worry.

This is definitely the best drill for home use in this category.

    see price-m2-BEST DRILL FOR HOME USE 


NOW COMPARE THESE DRILLS MORE CLOSELY 

MODEL: MATIKA XPH012 18V
Hammer/Driver Drill
DEWALT DCD771C2 20V
Compact Drill
HITACHI DS18DSAL 18V
Driver drill
ROCKWELL RK2852K2 20V Brushless Drill/Driver
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BEST DRILL FOR HOME USE - hitachi
WEIGHT:4.0 lbs3.6 lbs 7.0 lbs 3.5 lbs
SPEED:Variable speedVariable speedVariable speedVariable speed
IMPACT
DRIVING
SPEED:
6,000 &
22,500 BPM

X

X

X
HAMMER
DRILLING
SPEED:
400 &
1,500 RPM

X
350 &
1,500 RPM
350 &
1,500 RPM
COMPACT
DRILLING
SPEED:

X
450 &
1,500

X

X
TORQUE: 480 in.lbs.450 in.lbs.450 in.lbs.531 in.lbs.
CHUCK:Half inch Half inchHalf inch
ratcheting chuck
Half inch
ratcheting chuck
LED
LIGHT:
Inbuilt
LED light

X
Stand
alone light
Inbuilt
LED light
BELT HOOK:YES

X
YESX
BATTERY GUAGE:YES

X
YESX
NO. OF
BATTERIES
INCLUDED:
1121
WARRANTY:3 years3 years5 years1 year
BCDP RATE:9.6/108.0/108.5/108.1/10

SPECIFICS TO CONSIDER BEFORE PURCHASING YOUR DRILL

Few factors to consider closely to confirm our choice of the best drill for home use is actually the best.

With our long experience in drills, we can tell you that lots of junk drills are on sale today. There is even one claiming to have an automated self-run feature that enables you lock-in the run mode and let the tool just run while you hold your hand steady on the point the tool is to drill. Please note that in the US Code of Federal Regulations, Section 75.1724, The Law has clearly stated the expectation of any power tool, drills inclusive.
I quote…
“Hand-held power tools shall be equipped with controls requiring constant hand or finger pressure to operate the tools or shall be equipped with friction or other equivalent safety devices”
This makes any drill that claims to have an automated self-run feature 100% “not the drill for you”.

 

Now to the specifics to consider before purchasing your drill.

What is my purpose?
If you are reading this, then you are probably looking to buy a good drill that would suit your needs. Have you asked yourself what those needs are and what the major tasks would be? Would it be Light surface drilling?  Would it be hard surface drilling? or would it be constant DIY projects?
Manufacturers mostly design their drills for one or two task types, like the Hammer/Impact drill (single drill) mentioned above. Although industrial drills perform almost all tasks, good manufacturers adapt their best-produced home use drills for one/two primary task. This is because primarily nobody expects home drills to be very high-end. Manufacturers adding high-end features to home drill would only make the drill complicated to use. Keeping this in mind would help you to narrow down your search from many.

What is my budget?
We need to be realistic. Can we actually afford the commodity we are considering? This is the first step in making a final determination to buy. Check your finances and decide on how much you can invest in purchasing this drill without straining your budget. Let your budgetary constraints guide you in the types of drills you have to choose from. Find the best drill for home use available within your budget.

How powerful should the motor be?
The motor is a great factor to consider when choosing a drill. Nobody expects you to be an engineer before you can rate the motor of your intended drill. The motor generates the Torque-power a drill supplies. Basically, for power tools, the greater the torque, the better the drill. So you see how inter-connected these 3 features are.

power, motor, torque

To get an idea of how good the motors is, just check the torque supplied by the drill.  If you’re planning to use it a lot, then you would want to pay attention to the motor. Tough tasks such as a very hard wood drilling, concrete drilling, metal drilling etc. This would help you confirm if the drill is actually your best drill for home use.

What sort of noise level should I expect?
During our attempt to finding the best power tool brand, we rounded up a large number of power drills and what we specifically looked out for in this particular case was the brand & model that has the least noise. The result was actually what we expected. All drills make noise, however, the noise is distinctive.

The noise level is generally not something that most people give much consideration to before purchasing a drill. You can only bother about the noise if you plan using the drill only in the evening. That is after the normal day’s work or after the kids are in bed. Asides that, the noise shouldn’t bother you or make you alter your choice of your best drill for home use. Just take into consideration whether or not you will be disturbing the family with this drill. Also, the neighbors. Would making use the drill at odd hours disturb the neighbors?.

Would accessories come with the drill?
Some drills come with attachments while some do not even come with a battery. It is best you consider this before you purchase any drill.  Most of the drill’s attachments would require an additional cost for you to obtain them. Here are the major attachments to check out for before purchasing the drill.

  • If you are going to be drilling on a not-too-hard surface. The basic attachments to look out for is a battery, a charger, and a belt hook.
  • If however, you are going to be drilling on a hard surface. The basic attachments to look out for is a battery, a charger, a belt hook.
  • And If you are going to be drilling for DIY projects. The basic attachments to look out for is a charger, 2 batteries, a belt hook and a stand-alone LED light. The stand alone light and the extra battery is a must.

To confirm specifically which attachments the manufacturer includes for free. Also which attachment will cost you extra, you need to look at our quick comparison table above.

How backed-up is the warranty?
If this had come to your mind before now, permit me to call you “smart”. We see every brand putting stickers on their product proclaiming warranty. But how many of these brands actually back up their promises? Big question.

We carried out a tough check during our quest for the best power tool brand. In this check, we tried to get the brand with the best warranty-backup. This proved that Makita gives the greatest post-purchase tool support/ warranty backup, with Dewalt following on the list. If you are picking a drill from any of these two, you have absolutely need not worry about warranty backup.

Hitachi and Bosch are also good but it took them days to even respond to a mail.

Is any risk involved?
The risk I would consider is the Domestic Hazard involved in every power tool. The fact that you would be using this drill at home, around the kids! Kids always want to try out something they saw Daddy or Mummy doing. Sooner or later, they may end up grabbing this power tool. This should bother us and should make us always keep all power tools out of reach of children.

What if I run into a problem with this tool?
This is actually not something that happens very often. Though it is not impossible. If this happens, the first step is to drop a report to the manufacturer’s support team. Adding the product’s serial number would be a good idea. Then contact the sales shop, whether it is a physical power tool shop or an online retail shop. This is the main reason purchase from Amazon is strictly advised.

Customers’ reports receive a great attention at Amazon. Amazon would definitely follow up with the manufacturer till the manufacturer replaces the tool. This process, with Amazon, takes no more than 2 weeks.

I hope this our best drill for home use review helps you make a better purchase decision.

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