Like all industrial tools, getting the perfect electric drill can prove to be a real task. While there are reputable companies such as Inno Manufacturing Company; an OEM manufacturing based in Shenzhen, China; where you are guaranteed to get the best quality of products, there are also some rip offs who seek to take advantage of your naivety and sell you inferior electric drills for discounted, or even inflated prices. However, with the tips I am about to give you, you don’t have to worry about being ripped off as after reading this article, you won’t be a naïve mind ripe for the taking anymore.
What to Look Out For When Buying an Electric Drill
If you go to a website that sells electric drills, before you proceed to purchase the drill of your choice, be sure to consider and check for the following:
Speed Of The Drill
Before purchasing a drill, you should have in the back of your mind the purpose for purchasing it. Do you need it to drive in screws, or you need it to drill in holes? Which of them are you going to be doing more? The answers to these questions will largely determine the speed of your ideal drill.
Most electric drills come with two speed settings: 300 rpm and 800 rpm, with a switch that lets you alternate between both speeds. If you’re going to screwing in more nails than drilling holes, this should be ideal for you. However, if you are going to be carrying out a lot of hole drilling compared to screws driving, you might want to opt for an electric drill with a higher speed range.
Capacity Of The Battery
As it is with any gadget, the battery capacity of an electric drill is of utmost importance. Your drill’s battery’s capacity has the power to make or break or your work as you might need extra days to complete a job that would have taken you a day if your electric drill had a powerful battery.
Ensure that the battery has a high Ah (Amp hours) power and a powerful charger capable of charging the battery effectively without damaging it.
- NiMH (Nickel-metal-hydride) batteries are better than NiCad (Nickel-Cadmium) batteries.
- The fact that your battery has a fast charge time doesn’t mean it is going to last longer. Only the Ah can guarantee that.
- Ensure to get quality and smart chargers. Subpar chargers may end up damaging the battery of the electric drill
- It doesn’t hurt to have an extra battery.
The perfect drill to carry out your work also depends on the type of job you wish to carry out and the power required to get it done. Are you going to driving in screws only? Then an electric drill with 6V or 7.2V should be perfect for you. Are you going to be carrying out heavy duty jobs? You should totally get a drill of say 14.4V or 18V.
If you’re going to be carrying out both light and heavy duty jobs simultaneously, you should go for a drill with an average voltage i.e. 9.6V or 12V
N.B. The higher the voltage, the higher the weight of the electric drill.
Getting the perfect industrial electric drill can be real hard, but with the help of the above tips, it should be a cake walk.