Well, today I am helping to install some wiring in a small home studio. I needed to drill some pilot holes. He had no drill and I brought in my cordless makita and found both batteries dead. I forgot to recharge them after the last job. I can't complain too much since the batteries usually stay charged till the job is done. But the drill don't work too good without a charged battery.
So I needed an eggbeater drill. I found a modern, plastic covered version at the Ace Hardware down the street. I thought it looked ugly and I wouldn't have bought it unless I needed it today.
I just didn't feel right holding a pistol grip eggbeater drill. But it holds up to a 1/4' drilll in in its chuck. It is a little awkward to tighten the chuck. But amazingly, it worked like a champ. It made all my pilot holes quickly and easily. It drilled through both soft and hard material without any problem. In fact the biggest problem I had was that it worked a little too good and I could easliy punch through the material. I needed to drill slowly and carefully to stay in the material.
So I got a new cordless drill today. And I never have to worry about batteries with this thing. I am going to keep it in the house for odd jobs.
And both batteries are charged now.