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?
What is an impact driver?
What is a hammer drill?
What is a combi drill?
What is an SDS drill?
Corded or cordless?
What is a pillar drill?
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.
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 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.
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.