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Drill Buying Guide

Choose the right drill for the job with our
drill buying guide.

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What is the best drill for me?

It's important to find the best drill for the task at hand. Different drills are suitable
for different jobs and surfaces.

What is a drill driver?

  • A drill driver is ideal for basic jobs around your home, like putting up shelves or assembling flat pack furniture.
  • They have two main functions: loosening or tightening screws and drilling holes.
  • With the correct drill and screwdriver bits you can use a drill driver on a range of materials, including wood, metal or masonry.
  • Generally cordless.

What is an impact driver?

  • Impact drivers are essentially powerful screwdrivers that are best suited for driving screws and bolts into tough materials.
  • They use a powerful rotational force and are generally lightweight, making them great for assembling furniture or garden decking.
  • Generally cordless.

What is a hammer drill?

  • Hammer drills are specifically designed to drill into dense materials, like masonry or cement.
  • They use a powerful hammering action to make light work of drilling holes and driving fasteners.
  • They aren't as suitable as SDS drills for chiselling and the added power means they can be heavier than standard drills.
  • Cordless and corded options are available.

What is a combi drill?

  • A combi drill is a versatile choice, as it can function as a drill driver and a hammer drill.
  • They are suitable for a wide range of everyday DIY tasks and essentially give you two tools in one.
  • You can add more functions with various drill bits and the hammer action can tackle tougher materials like masonry.
  • Generally cordless.

What is an SDS drill?

  • SDS (self direct system) drills, or rotary hammer drills, are a powerful option, geared towards drilling through masonry.
  • Although they can be used for lighter surfaces, the rotation motion makes them more suitable for dense drilling, chiselling or chipping tiles.
  • As they are more powerful than standard drills, they can be heavier too, meaning they are less suited to basic DIY jobs.
  • Generally corded.

Drill bits

Drill bits are attachments that fit into the keyless chuck of your drill. Sets of drill bits include various attachments that can make your drill suitable for a range of different functions.

Corded or cordless?

We offer three types of drill; corded, cordless with a battery and cordless without a battery.

  • Corded drills plug in at the mains and can often provide more power and torque than cordless options. This makes them better for longer or more heavy duty tasks.
  • The main benefit of a cordless drill is that you can take them anywhere. Ideal for everyday DIY, they have a rechargeable battery. If you have two rechargeable batteries, you can simply swap them over when one runs out.
  • Cordless drills without a battery are a great option if you already own a battery and just need a new drill.
  • Power for cordless drills is measured in volts and power for corded drills is measured in watts. The higher the number of volts or watts, the more power a drill has.

What is a pillar drill?

  • Fixed to a floor or workbench.
  • Drills up and down vertically to create precise holes.
  • Different drill bits can be used to drill into different materials, such as wood, masonry, metal and plastic.


Drills - key features explained


Torque is the force that causes rotation and more torque means faster rotation. For tough materials, like brick work, a high torque setting is best, while for more delicate materials like wood a lower torque setting reduces the amount of damage.


Speed is measured in RPM (revolutions per minute). Less speed is needed for driving screws or drilling into softer material and high speed is needed for drilling into harder materials.

Keyless chuck

The chuck is the part of the drill that holds the drill bits in. In general, a keyless chuck will take bits with diameters between 0.5mm and 10mm or 13mm for drills with larger chucks.

Drilling capacity

Drilling capacity is not the depth of the hole that can be drilled, but the maximum diameter of drill bit that can be used. It's always worth checking that drill bits are compatible with the drill you are using.

Reverse function

Drills with a reverse function can change the direction of drill and bits. This is for loosening bolts and screws.


Drills with more than one gear let you select different speed ranges. You can control the speed of single gear drills with the speed control trigger.

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