Cordless Hammer Drill Review
Cordless hammer drills are now pretty much an essential requirement in the tool bag of any home improvement enthusiast and professional user, and over the years they have become more reliable, lighter in weight and cheaper. Although more expensive than corded drills, they are far more versatile and can reach those awkward places and tight spaces that corded drills find difficult! If you are undertaking small repair jobs around the home, then a basic corded drill will do the job and be inexpensive. However if you are scaling up for some major home projects, or work on site where access to the power supply and manoeuvrability around the work area may be an issue, then cordless hammer drills come into their own. So what do you need to consider when buying a cordless hammer drill? Firstly, what will you be using the cordless hammer drill for? The amount of power you need and the speed of the drill depends on whether you are undertaking a major refurb of your property or using the cordless hammer drill everyday onsite.You may also need to consider what materials you will be drilling into, from wood and masonery and perhaps up to concrete, stone and light structured steel. Secondly, it would be worthwhile considering the weight/power ratio, the balance and drill handling. Is the drill grip comfortable enough and does it fit snuggly into your hand.There is no point in buying a very powerful drill if it is uncomfortable to hold and your arm is aching at the end of the day. Operator fatigue is a real problem if using the tool constantly. Thirdly, battery life and the time it takes to recharge a battery are vital considerations if you are in the middle of a project. Lithium-ion batteries provide longer service and hold the charge far longer than the less expensive NiCad and NiMH batteries. The size of the bit chuck is also relevant, from the small 1/4 inch least versatile, to 3/8 inch which accommodates most attachments to 1/2 inch which is generally for the heavy duty pro-user. Next,it is also advisable to check out what warranties are given on the drill itself and the batteries and charger. Although not wishing to anticipate any problems, even the most reliable brands can have faults occassionally. Lastly, but by no means least is your budget. Resist the temptation to buy the cheapest hammer drill you can, but instead choose from the best brands and select the best cordless hammer drill within your budget range, as it will last longer and serve you better than the cheapest option!