I'm looking for a small cordless drill mainly for drilling pilot holes and
driving screws. My 18v DeWalt is too large for small work and I keep that
for grunt work. I notice that Nahm has a small P-C and it doesn't look bad.
But since I already have the small Bosch 10.8v Litheon right angle driver,
I'd like to get the companion Pocket Driver (I've noticed that Bosch sells
some of their battery powered tools without the battery and charger, in case
you already have them). My concern is whether the speed is high enough for
drilling. My right angle driver speed is a little slow for the kind of
drilling I plan on doing. Anyone have a Pocket Driver out there? Does it
work as a drill? If all else fails, I'll go with the P-C and just collect
another charger, battery, etc.... Many thanks as always, Mark
There are several choices but the small pocket drivers typically do not have
a regular drill bit chuck and you really need a higher speed for regular
drilling. Impact drivers are a nice complement to a set of drills but are
not great for putting screws in with much finesse. I would steer clear of a
PC drill. At one time they were OK, Norm uses them because PC sponsors his
show. Better choices would be, DeWalt, Makita, Milwaukee, or Bosch, in no
particular order. Additionally I would look for something in the 9.6-12
At the risk of getting flamed look at the Black and Decker Firestorm
FS1202D or a similar model. Comes in a bright orange, has the wrong
name, its only 12V, the charger is a two piece design. BUT it has a
keyless chuck that is removable with just a click to reveal a hex
driver socket, so drill and drive happens very quickly. It has plenty
of power to drill and then driver pocket hole screws into oak and
comes with two batteries. Its lighter than my 18V drill, and well
balanced. Oh and its two speed, reversible and variable speed. And
when the batteries die a new one costs less than a rebuild.
Years ago, there was a display of small hand tools developed for the
avaiation indusdtry at a boat show.
From memory, think there was a small drill in the package.
Don't have a clue if they are still in business or how to find them,
but might want to start with your local airport for some help in
finding a source.
Since it is avaiation based, don't expect low cost, but will be
Since nobody has mentioned it, do you have an impact driver now (not a
hammer drill)? If not, you might want to look at them carefully.
They tend to be smaller than drills, and turn at higher RPM under no
load (they'll be effectively under "no load" turning a pilot drill)
and for driving screws they're marvelous as long as you pay attention
to what you're doing. You can get a chuck that fits right into the
1/4" hex mount or you can get drill bits that are already hex-mounted
or you can get adapters that take regular hex bits. For pilot holes
you can get hex mount drill/countersink assemblies.
Impact drivers are different that a hammer drill in the sense that the
impact motion is pure rotary, and not linear.
I bought a 'small' impact driver a few weeks ago to be used to drive screws,
but I was looking for one that had a typical clutch with settings, rather
than the typical impact driver that just relies on how long you pull the
I found a nice 12V Milwaulkie ($125 at the local Borg), that fits the hand
nicely, the battery (comes with two and the charger) is a cylinder type that
fits in the handle so there's no big square heavy battery at the end of the
The only small downside to the battery fitting in the handle, is that you
can't stand it upright on the bench when you set it down.
Impact drivers come with a 1/4" hex quick-release chuck but you should be
able to find small drills made to fit such a chuck.
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