Truth is, there is no ONE drill that does everything. Ergo, a person NEEDS
a battery operated drill, a 3/8" electric drill, a 1/2" electric drill, a
1/2" hammer drill, an SDS rotohammer drill, etc.
The OP requested info on a general bracket of drill. I would suggest to him
a DeWalt 12v., around $125.
From there, it all depends on what you are going to use it for. I have
multiple drills, some of which only come out of hiding once or twice a year,
but when they do, they do their work quickly and easily, then go back into
their hiding places.
I like to take my Ferrari Enzo on long drives. But, the old '69 VW Beetle
is just fine for a 7-11 run for beer and cigarettes. They both have their
areas of expertise. One size don't fit all, and each is better than the
other in special regards.
So it is with tools.
I am going to assume that after you deal with your palsy or your
keyboard problems you will be able to use one.
Google up CPO Bosch they do all the factory recons cheap (most are
store returns where someone opened it and changed their mind)
Been updating my own tools from there and so far I am happy.
John Lynch wrote:
I would suggest less repeats and maybe some additional information.
What will you be using it for. If you want to build decks, that would be
one thing. Using it to put up the occasional curtain rod, that would be
I would not suggest buying on any one factor (Volts amps etc.) they
don't tell the whole story.
Assuming typical home use, not professional, I suggest going to the
library and see what Consumer Reports magazine had to say about them the
last time they did some test.
I have one of the DeWalt 14V jobs, I bought when the 14V was just out.
I have been happy with it. But I don't use it every day as some
professionals do. If you need professional use, stand by and one of the
professionals around here will come in and make suggestions for that kind of
use. Consumer Reports does not judge them for that kind of use.
I quite agree- unless you expect to be working far from an outlet on a
regular basis, or use the drill to make a living, cordless tend to die
before they pay for themselves. (Not to mention, they all look like ray-guns
lately, probably done by the same stylists that make trucks look like
gigantic Hot Wheels cars.) I have a cordless, a 24v B&D that I
impulse-bought off the closeout table at the Borg for $25. For the
occasional small job, it is great. But when replacing the rotted stairs on
the deck smoked my 30 year old B&D corded, I went out and bought a makita
corded to replace it. That cordless just didn't have the torque or energy
depth to even think about doing 100 deck screws with, in this old hard wood.
Are you looking for a salesman?
Assuming an ordinary person who does things around the house, yard,
or car, the time/effort savings will make up for that many times
over. Then there's the safety factor of not having a live cord get
in the way when you are working. A cordless drill is a must-have for
most drill users.
I have a cheap Skil 12 V cordless drill that has lasted for five
Let's see, you need to take a drill up on the roof. You take your corded
drill up. All you have is a round extension cord because you cut your
flat cord with the corded saw when using it. You step on the round cord.
Whoops.! 32ft/sec/sec. Hey you on the ground with your tibia at 45
degrees. Is that a round pencil impaled in your chest? Shame on you!
Don't you know you're suppose to use flat carpenters pencils on a roof?!
Which may be longer than the exclusive corded drill owner.
Let's see, you need to take a drill up on the roof. You take your
cordless drill up. The battery dies. Your spare battery is over by the
ladder, and you can't quite reach it. Trying, you injure your shoulder
(and actually push the spare battery off the roof, where it falls on
your wife's head. She yells and leaves to complain to a neighbor), and
are not able to finish the job or climb down. You wish you hadn't
forgotten your wireless phone, that could have been used to call for
Let's see. You are going up on the roof. You need two minutes, tops, three
minutes of drill time. Which drill do you use?
Let's see. You are going up on the roof. You will need two hours, maybe
four of drill time. Which drill do you use?
Wait. Wait. I know this one.
Never had to fix any of the tin on the chimney stack, or remount a TV mast,
huh? Small jobs like that are what cordless drills are great for. On the
other hand, if you are replacing all the shutters on the second floor,
working from the porch roof, mebbe that cordless won't have the staying
power to drill out those rusty anchors, or drill 8-per-window new ones in
that 60-year-old mortar. Cordless and corded are both useful tools- the
trick is in knowing when to use which one.
On Fri, 08 Sep 2006 22:42:52 -0500, with neither quill nor qualm, Mark
Hehehe. In that case, the person should stay on the ground and use
their cell phone to call a REAL contractor or handyman.
Also, he should heed these timeless words of wisdom:
If at first you don't succeed, forget skydiving.
Never attempt to leap a chasm in two jumps.
Vidi, Vici, Veni
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Does your definition of "portable" mean that the drill is cordless?
Corded drills are fairly portable. Can be carried in one hand.
Unless running a cord to the nearest receptacle is an issue, go corded.
John Lynch wrote:
I'm really sorry about all the repeat post! I didn't think it was working,
so I kept trying until I finally gave up. Now I'm very surprised to see
that it was working after all. I'm an old guy and not very computer savy.
I bought a rental house for something to keep me busy in retirement and I've
had situations where a portable would have been real handy. Like when the
renters aren't home, and I want to drill or screw outside. Another time was
when I built a deer blind a quarter mile from the house.
So I probably don't need a heavy duty one. I checked out the Bosch site
that bamboo recommended and I was very tempted to buy one, because I like a
bargain, but the one from Sears might be more sensible, considering my
Thanks to all of you! You all had good points that gave me something to
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