How to choose the right cordless drill

Cordless drills are a toolbox essential for home improvers and trade professionals alike. Used for boring holes in different materials and loosening or tightening screws, cordless drills are available in a variety of types. Choosing the right cordless drill depends on your intended use of the tool, and your budget. What are you going to drill into?

Cordless drills are divided in three sub categories: drill drivers, drill drivers with hammer function, and rotary hammer drills. Drill drivers are what you need for wood and metal working; if you plan to deal with masonry, a drill-driver with hammer function is what you need. Both tools will provide excellent performance with driving screws in and out. If your business is about drilling holes in concrete, you need a rotary hammer.

How to choose the right cordless drill

Cordless drills are a toolbox essential for home improvers and trade professionals alike. Used for boring holes in different materials and loosening or tightening screws, cordless drills are available in a variety of types. Choosing the right cordless drill depends on your intended use of the tool, and your budget. What are you going to drill into?

Cordless drills are divided in three sub categories: drill drivers, drill drivers with hammer function, and rotary hammer drills. Drill drivers are what you need for wood and metal working; if you plan to deal with masonry, a drill-driver with hammer function is what you need. Both tools will provide excellent performance with driving screws in and out. If your business is about drilling holes in concrete, you need a rotary hammer.

What are you going to drill into?

Cordless drills are divided in three sub categories: drill drivers, drill drivers with hammer function, and rotary hammer drills. Drill drivers are what you need for wood and metal working; if you plan to deal with masonry, a drill-driver with hammer function is what you need. Both tools will provide excellent performance with driving screws in and out. If your business is about drilling holes in concrete, you need a rotary hammer.

Hammer function

Drill drivers with hammer function, also known as percussion drills, exploit a cam-action: two gears rub against each other to vibrate the rotating drill bit back and forth. They are good on bricks and plaster, but if you have to drill through concrete you have to plan small diameter drill bits and a lot of patience.
Unless you opt for a Worx SlammerDrill.

Hammer function

Drill drivers with hammer function, also known as percussion drills, exploit a cam-action: two gears rub against each other to vibrate the rotating drill bit back and forth. They are good on bricks and plaster, but if you have to drill through concrete you have to plan small diameter drill bits and a lot of patience.
Unless you opt for a Worx SlammerDrill.

Slammer force

Worx’s SlammerDrill is the first and only cordless drill driver that goes into hard concrete with ease. Instead of using cam gears, the proprietary Active Hammer technology delivers shot energy to the drilling bit, someway like rotary hammers do, but with the same form factor and flexibility of cordless drill drivers.

Brushed or brushless?

Unlike conventional drill motors, brushless motors don’t have brushes. That means less friction that turns into less heat, higher output power, longer runtime of the battery and much greater durability of the tool. Cordless drills with brushed motors are budget-friendly, while brushless motors equip the top-of-the-line models.

Other features to look up for

Cordless drill drivers with two mechanical speed settings are more versatile. The low-speed gear delivers higher torque for driving large screws into hard materials, while high speed is needed for drilling and increased productivity with driving small screws.

Beware of tightening torque

Overdriving screws can damage the workpiece and make the fastening weaker. Excessive tightening of an anchor can destroy the plug. Too much fastening of a bolt will end up with a damaged thread, or broken screwhead. Conventional cordless drill drivers have a clutch collar to limit the torque to the task. However, you can only set it with the trial-and-error method. The electronically-advanced Worx AI drill will set the right torque for you. Just right, first time, every time.

Beware of tightening torque

The angle grinder is probably one of the simplest power tools from an operational perspective. A motor drives a gear head and spindle, that is set at a right angle to the tool’s body and handle, at a very high rate of speed. Angle grinders use a wide range of bonded abrasive

Size does matter

With the adoption of brushless motors and the advancement of electronic miniaturization, cordless drill drivers have become lighter and very compact, offering users more flexibility in tight spots.

We’ve gone even further

Not only have we reduced the overall size of the tools, we have also created the most compact battery on the market. With the same stored energy, Worx PowerShare batteries are smaller and lighter.

Repetitive tasks

Some applications, such as putting a wood deck in place, require drilling several pilot holes and driving a ton of screws through them. With traditional drill drivers you need to change the bit every time. This is where the unique Worx SwitchDrive becomes a must-have. The drill bit and the drive bit are always on the tool, all you need to do is rotate the tool head 180°.

Repetitive tasks

Some applications, such as putting a wood deck in place, require drilling several pilot holes and driving a ton of screws through them. With traditional drill drivers you need to change the bit every time. This is where the unique Worx SwitchDrive becomes a must-have. The drill bit and the drive bit are always on the tool, all you need to do is rotate the tool head 180°.

When the getting gets tough

As it comes to serious drilling through concrete slabs or stone, nothing can beat a rotary hammer drill. Rotary hammers exploit an electro-pneumatic mechanism in which the drive piston and flying piston have an air pocket in between each other. The system delivers strong shot energy. Rotary hammers only work with SDS bits.

Life hanging by a thread

Lisa Messner is a professional alpine guide. In winter time, when the climbing activity is reduced, she sets and services climbing routes in the Dolomites by fastening anchor systems to the rock. “When I was first shown the Worx H3 by a colleague, I could hardly believe such a small package could deliver the power I needed. But it didn’t take long to fall in love with it. Today, when I see colleagues climbing with huge heavy rotary hammers, I just laugh.”

Life hanging by a thread

Lisa Messner is a professional alpine guide. In winter time, when the climbing activity is reduced, she sets and services climbing routes in the Dolomites by fastening anchor systems to the rock. “When I was first shown the Worx H3 by a colleague, I could hardly believe such a small package could deliver the power I needed. But it didn’t take long to fall in love with it. Today, when I see colleagues climbing with huge heavy rotary hammers, I just laugh.”

Same battery, expandable power

Worx PowerShare is a unique 20 V modular system that allows you to combine the same battery to multiply voltage to 40 V and even 80 V. PowerShare batteries are available in a choice of capacities so that you can choose what you need.

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If you spend more time in your shed than your living room, you’re probably wondering what can we possibly teach you about tools that you don’t already know, right? Challenge accepted.