Since you seem to be talking to me here is my reply: I am familiar
with reduced shank drills, so what? It does not elminate the need for
a 1/2" chuck. Some drills and attachments will not fit a 3/8" chuck.
That is a fact.
In general that is true. What it also true is that the exact same
drill is often available with both sized chucks. I owned a 3/8" drill
when I started but discovered it's limitation right away. I will not
buy another and do not reccomend them. Most who buy a 3/8" drill are
simply not aware of it's limited capacity.
To call is needless overkill is a needless exaggeration. The maximum
opening of the chuck does not affect it's usefulness to a beginner in
any way except that if you buy a 3/8" drill you almost always
eventually regret it and have to buy another to replace it.
I'd say for most "beginner" uses, the higher rpm and lighter/smaller
form factor far outweigh the advantage of the larger chuck capacity.
I'd also say the other, if determined to be needed, doesn't "replace"
the original but "augments" it...
IMO, ymmv, $0.02, etc., etc., ... :)
A clutch is probably most used for driving screws and tightening nuts
so you don't overtighten (after you get familiar with the
Cordless drills are the only way to go. I think they all have a
clutch. A clutch is great IMO.
You bypass the clutch when you drill. You don't want the drill bit to
stop. Keeping the drill bit from binding is what the specific drill
setting that bypasses the clutch is for.
Good luck and have fun.
By the way!
Avoid two-piece keyless chucks like the plague.
They probably cost less to manufacture than a keyed chuck, and they
are just plain horrible.
Make sure it has a single sleeve keyless chuck, preferably ratcheting.
If for some reason you get stuck with a two-piece keyless chuck, you
might want to buy a quickchange chuck and keep that installed most of
Also. If I'm not mistaken, besides quickchange drill bits, they are
making tri or hex shank drill bits nowadays. Round shank drill bits
are a thing of the past to me (there might be exceptions of course).
Only way to go?? Cordless drills are fun and useful and I have
They are toys compared to a good corded drill. It is a mistake to buy
one if you don't yet have a corded.
Long after our cordless drills are trash, my Milwaukee corded will
still be running, have more power, be more reliable, and will have
cost less to purchase than a cordless drill. It will also cost less
to operate when replacement costs are included.
I'm guessing that you and a lot of people out there have invested in
the cordless without ever owning a corded one. That's too bad. The
most important drill anyone should buy will have a cord, IMHO.
More do than don't now, I'd agree. "All" I think is not likely to be
the case--while I've not gone shopping lately, can't imagine there
aren't clutchless cordless drills still being manufactured. Just a
point of reinforcing Edwin's mantra of earlier -- "generalizations
generally are wrong"... :)
For lots of applications I'll certainly grant clutches are useful and
desirable--for one primary reason it allows the use of a drill as a
dual-purpose tool of a driver with much more ease and reliability than
the old ploy of trying to manipulate the VS trigger...
Having chastised John, I'll repeat: "generalizations generally are
wrong"... :) It depends on what you compare to what. You can find
cordless that are stouter than some wimpy corded and vice versa.
And, it may well make sense for a casual homeowner to have a cordless
first. Convenience for small jobs and outside things that come up like
the pop rivet on the downspout strap or similar are the kind of routine
maintenance that _most_ homeowners run into. Dragging out the extension
cord for such is a real pita compared to grabbing the cordless.
There is some truth there, granted. But, that comes at the price of
convenience and most are willing to make the tradeoff. There certainly
is a place for both.
"generalizations generally are overly general"... :)
im(ns)ho, ymmv, $0.02, etc., etc., etc., ... :)
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