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Tyronclarke84 04-12-2012 06:30 AM

NEW to DIY need a little help.
Im looking to buy a cordless drill that will cover all jobs encountered around the house. I live in a relatively new build home so only exterior walls may pose a problem. Looking for a jack of all trades drill capable of screw driving and minimal masonry drilling but not looking to spend a fortune as I won't be using it that often. Any help appreciated.

dwcopple 04-12-2012 07:25 AM

Rigid Lithium Ion. Lifetime warranty on drill and battery.

Tyronclarke84 04-12-2012 08:04 AM

Thx but do you know of a model with hammer settings that's still cheap?

Nick1011 04-16-2012 09:03 PM

If you didnt have to do masonary drilling i would recomend the dewalt 12V impact and drill combo. But with having to do masonary Ridgid 18V. Lots of power.

Fix'n it 04-16-2012 10:13 PM

imo. get a nice, but inexpensive cordless drill. and get a descent corded hammer drill.

Jay 78 04-16-2012 10:43 PM

(Insert absurd "this brand is great" and "this brand sucks" rhetoric here.)


user1007 04-17-2012 07:46 AM


Originally Posted by Fix'n it (Post 900660)
imo. get a nice, but inexpensive cordless drill. and get a descent corded hammer drill.

I agree. You don't want to be running out of power when you really want a hammer drill to be working. If you go with batteries, make sure you have an extra or two to rotate through the charger.

As has been mentioned in other posts, consider buying tools that will all work on the same battery packs.

I would also shop at a real tool shop to at least explore your options. You might get by with plastic parts in a general purpose, light use, drill. You really want some substance to a hammer drill. Shop for inexpensive if you must in tools but never for cheap ones. Among other things, cheap tools can be dangerous ones.

It is sad, but the economy has put some decent high end tools in pawn shops. Hard to know whether to trust them some times though. Keep an eye on Craig's List or eBay too.

Fix'n it 04-17-2012 09:39 PM

about 15 years ago, my dad gave me a B&D 12v cordless drill, nothing expensive. it has worked just fine for me up until a week ago. and i bet that is because i left the battery in the charger, plugged in.
and, about 15 years ago, i bought a B&D corded 1/2" hammer drill. while i don't use it a lot, it still works just fine.

michaelcherr 04-17-2012 09:55 PM

Get one with lithium-ion batteries

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