Drill Guide 101
Helps You Find the Right Drill

Power drills can be intimidating for beginners.

You question which type of drill to start with, and worry about using the tool correctly. You might be overwhelmed with too many concerns.

It is perfectly normal to have all these feelings because everyone was once a beginner. But we promise when you learn the basics and follow a simple introductory guide, you’ll find that it’s not so complex as you first thought.  

Here’s a simple how-to guide all about power drills: what they’re used for, what to consider before the purchase, which type of power drill you need.

 What is a power drill used for?

A drill is used for drilling and driving.   
1. You can drill a hole into a material (wood, stone, metal, etc.).
2. You can also drive a fastener (a screw) into a material. It’s basically a power screwdriver!
Most people think of both types of applications when refering to a drill. So in this guide, we’re going to group them together.

 What to consider before the purchase?

There is a wide range of drills available. Before making the purchase, here are a few things to consider when doing research before buying a drill:

  Which type of drill do you need?

Cordless Drill

Cordless drills are valued for their convenience and ability to tackle tough jobs. Voltage (V) is the primary indicator of power of a cordless drill, and can range anywhere from 4V to 36V, although models between 12V and 20V are commonly used for general tasks. These drills not only drill holes into wood and metal, they also act as drivers – this means they can loosen and tighten screws using different drill and screwdriver bits. Drill drivers are Ideal for putting up shelves, hanging pictures and assembling flat pack furniture. Look for a cordless drill with high-capacity lithium-ion batteries that will hold their charge four times as long as traditional nickel batteries.

Impact Drill

Impact drill is the tool you'll need when your work requires more power than the drill can provide. Impact drivers are best for drilling into concrete, stone, block and brick, and are designed specifically for fastening jobs associated with metal, pressure-treated wood and cabinetry. It’s less likely to strip your screws and is great for jobs that require you to drive long screws. However, you will find that it can be too powerful for softer materials like drywall, soft woods or veneers. It’s also not ideal for driving brass screws.

Hammer Drill

Hammer drills, also known as impact drills or percussion drills, are a powerful option suitable for drilling hard surfaces like concrete and masonry. A hammer drill is perfect for those more heavy-duty jobs around the home, from putting up shelves to securing gutters in place. Multiple torque settings allow you to adjust the power while keeping the RPM low, so it can power through hard materials whilst limiting damage to the surface area. Hammer drills do not always have a reverse screwdriving function, but impact drills do. Overall, hammer drills make driving holes into masonry much easier, so consider buying this type of drill if you work with concrete or stone frequently.

I hope this blog makes things clear for you and now you have a better knowledge of the drills. If you're looking for a drill now, please check out our online store and choose your drill!