Cordless Drills Features Comparison
Even if your budget for tools limits your options, a good cheap cordless drill should still have the staying power, speed, and oomph that you need to drill holes and drive screws for projects around the house and on the job. The first feature to look for is a cordless drill with a lithium-ion battery. Compared to older-style NiCAD batteries, lithium-ion batteries hold their charge longer, recharge faster, and are much lighter. Variable speed gives you more precise control, but cordless drills reviews for our picks say the models with high/low speeds do just fine. The torque, or twisting power, of a drill affects its efficacy and ease of use, as does the weight; most good cheap cordless drills are touted as lightweight and ergonomic. Clutch settings help ensure that you don't strip screws or burn out the motor; 20 and up is a good number for a cheap cordless drill.
|Battery Type; Charge Time||Max rpm (low/high)||Chuck Size||Max Torque||Weight||Clutch Positions||Warranty|
|Ryobi HJP002K estimated price $79||Lithium-ion; 45 minutes||Variable up to 600 rpm||3/8”||N/A||1.8 lbs||24||2 yr|
|Porter-Cable PCL120DDC-2 estimated price $90||Lithium-ion; 30 min.||Variable up to 315/1200 rpm||3/8”||220 in/lb||2.4 lbs||20||3 yr|
|Ryobi 18V P815 estimated price $150||Lithium-ion; 60 min. (dual chemistry)||Variable up to 1600 rpm||½”||N/A||2.9 lbs||24||2 yr|
|Craftsman 17310 estimated price $100||Lithium- Ion; 30 min. (multi-chemistry)||440/1600 rpm||½”||340 in/lb||6.1 lbs||24||1 yr|