Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Equipment & Safety > Tools

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 04-14-2013, 06:20 PM   #1
Newbie
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Posts: 17
Rewards Points: 0
Share |
Default

Quick question about drills...


When buying a drill, what's the difference between 1/2", 1/4", 3/8", etc.? Based on the question, I guess I don't need to say that it would be used for basic projects around the house. I'm looking for something good though, that will last a long time, be powerful, and easy to use. Thanks!

jeremy511 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-14-2013, 06:34 PM   #2
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Hartfield VA
Posts: 26,426
Rewards Points: 192
Default

Quick question about drills...


That's the chuck size and tells you what size bit the chuck will hold.
The smaller the chuck size as a rule the faster it will spin and the less torque it will have.
For simple around the house light use a cheap Black and Deaker 1/2" drill will do all you need to do.
Yes there's better brands but at far less then 1/2 the price why not?
Someone stole my Millwaulkee so I bought one thinking I'd replace it later but it's been working fine for 5 years.

__________________
When posting in forums, letting us know your location will help others give better feedback/advice/solutions to your questions
joecaption is online now   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to joecaption For This Useful Post:
jeremy511 (04-14-2013)
Old 04-14-2013, 06:35 PM   #3
Insatiable Learner
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 152
Rewards Points: 0
Smile

Quick question about drills...


As a general rule the bigger the size the more heavy duty it is. You might also want to make sure it's reversible and has variable speed. If you're on a budget then harbor freight usually has nice drills on sale. If you want something that will last long then Makita and Ryobi are my two favorites.
AngelArs is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to AngelArs For This Useful Post:
jeremy511 (04-14-2013)
Old 04-14-2013, 06:44 PM   #4
Newbie
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Posts: 17
Rewards Points: 0
Default

Quick question about drills...


Thanks guys. I'm actually looking to replace my craftsman 14.4v niCad with an 18+v and lithium ion. Makita is a little more than I wanted to spend. I was looking at the ryobi one+ and dewalt. I just had no idea what the different sizes meant. So, I guess 1/2" will be just fine. My current drill is a 3/8". I've actually never been happy with it. Anyway, thanks for the responses!
jeremy511 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-14-2013, 07:21 PM   #5
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 80
Rewards Points: 0
Default

Quick question about drills...


All of my cordless tools are dewalt and they get used and abused daily. My newest drill is about 6years old and I've just recently replaced the brushes. That's it. It's been rained on, dropped off the roof, used to paddle mix mortar, and just about everything else. It has a ton of power and can easily drive 8" x 3/8 lags into treated lumber without even predrilling (just hang on!!). The 18v nicad is heavy though so if you're gonna splurge definitely get the lithium!
Justgaff is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Justgaff For This Useful Post:
jeremy511 (04-14-2013)
Old 04-14-2013, 08:22 PM   #6
journeyman carpenter
 
woodworkbykirk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: nova scotia canada
Posts: 2,690
Rewards Points: 12
Default

Quick question about drills...


nicad models are still available??????
woodworkbykirk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-14-2013, 11:03 PM   #7
Newbie
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Posts: 17
Rewards Points: 0
Default

Quick question about drills...


Hahaha. Yes, they are.
jeremy511 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-15-2013, 09:36 AM   #8
Too Short? Cut it Again!
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 9,635
Rewards Points: 0
Default

Quick question about drills...


1/2" (4/8 expressed in another way) drill is a pretty hefty tool for routine drilling and setting screws. IMO. And it will be heavy.

I think you would find a 1/4 or 3/8 chuck just fine for hanging blinds and routine home stuff. If you need something to hold larger bits than 1/2 for sure but make sure you do not also need the capabilities of something like a hammer drill.
user1007 is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to user1007 For This Useful Post:
jeremy511 (04-15-2013)
Old 04-15-2013, 09:59 AM   #9
Newbie
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Posts: 17
Rewards Points: 0
Default

Quick question about drills...


I think I am gonna go for a 1/2" because you never know what the future holds. I am also planning to make a recessed tv enclosure in my basement so I'm going to get a combo kit with the appropriate saws.
jeremy511 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-15-2013, 10:05 AM   #10
Insatiable Learner
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 152
Rewards Points: 0
Smile

Quick question about drills...


If you're going to be drilling into brick or masonry in the basement then finding a drill with 'hammer' action would help you a lot. They don't cost that much more and come in handy many times. I picked one up from harbor freight 3 or 4 years ago and it has paid for itself many times over. You can turn the hammer feature on/off but I usually just leave it on except when I'm using spade drill bits.
AngelArs is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to AngelArs For This Useful Post:
jeremy511 (04-15-2013)
Old 04-15-2013, 10:31 AM   #11
Newbie
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Posts: 17
Rewards Points: 0
Default

Quick question about drills...


Thanks for the tip! Fortunately, the house we purchased has a 3/4 finished basement with space to walk behind 3 of the walls. This should make my project much easier! Whoever finished the basement used aluminum studs though. I'm not sure what tool to use to cut through them. The combo kits I'm looking at have a circular and reciprocating saw. I'm guessing the recip saw should be able to cut aluminum studs? I might have to get a "special" blade though right?
jeremy511 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-15-2013, 11:01 AM   #12
Too Short? Cut it Again!
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 9,635
Rewards Points: 0
Default

Quick question about drills...


You can get blades to cut the aluminum studs for either the circular saw or the reciprocating saw.

I am not a major fan yet of cordless saws. They can be especially dangerous when they loose torque as the battery wears down.
user1007 is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to user1007 For This Useful Post:
jeremy511 (04-15-2013)
Old 04-15-2013, 12:54 PM   #13
Newbie
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Posts: 17
Rewards Points: 0
Default

Quick question about drills...


Good to know, thanks! I will keep that in mind and make sure I keep fresh batteries.
jeremy511 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-16-2013, 11:15 PM   #14
Newbie
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Posts: 17
Rewards Points: 0
Default

Quick question about drills...


Well, I ended up getting the Makita drill/driver combo. I got the entry level (black and white) pair. $200 at Home Depot. I use drills pretty frequently and after handling all the different brands at the store, I decided to splurge on the Makita set. I figure I will go with a less expensive brand like ryobi one+ for the saws, sanders, etc since they won't get as much use.
Anyone have experience with the entry level Makita? I hope I didn't make a mistake and should have purchased the upper model for $100 more...
jeremy511 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-16-2013, 11:33 PM   #15
Insatiable Learner
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 152
Rewards Points: 0
Smile

Quick question about drills...


Makita makes good stuff. I'm sure you'll be very happy with it

AngelArs is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to AngelArs For This Useful Post:
jeremy511 (04-16-2013)
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Quick question with cement board and underlayment supastar1568 Flooring 7 01-05-2012 05:03 AM
Quick Wire Size Question leeave96 Electrical 5 08-22-2011 05:33 PM
Quick outlet question RodBarney Electrical 5 08-20-2011 12:06 AM
New here! Quick question. tmichelsons Building & Construction 5 06-15-2011 12:18 AM
Quick Bathroom Plug and switch Question mclemenc Electrical 5 01-30-2011 10:02 PM




Top of Page | View New Posts

Copyright © 2003-2014 Escalate Media. All Rights Reserved.