Your drill is probably one of the power tools you will use most often. You need to ensure that your drill is suited to the particular task at hand. Power drills are available in a range of sizes and power ratings. The size is measured by the size of the shank that fits the chuck. The larger sized drills will generate a higher drilling speed.
Typically drills are classified as being suited for light, medium and heavy duty work. The power rating usually ranges from 2 to 5 amps. Ideally your drill should be capable of more than one speed. Variable speed gives you more control over your drilling speeds. Sometimes if the speed is too fast for a delicate job you may end up damaging the item.
Obviously, some jobs may benefit from using a bigger drill. The type of material you are working with will also play a role, it could be concrete, metal, wood or even plastic. Harder materials will naturally require a larger more powerful drill. Some tasks may require a drill with more speed than torque and vice versa. Sometimes both are what is needed for a heavy duty job. Before investing in a drill you should sit down and evaluate what type of jobs you will be doing.
An angle drill will help you get into small tight places. Preferably a model that facilitates more than one drill position. Lightweight is another important feature to consider. Often you won’t be able to use it with both hands and will need to comfortably handle it with one hand.
Most manufacturers have models with and without a power cord. The standard models typically have an electrical cord , however the cordless models are more convenient and also less likely to cause accidents due to people tripping over the cord. You need to be careful of the battery going dead and should always keep a spare battery handy.
You should never force a drill in rather let the drill do all the work. If you are battling ease off a bit and then try again. You can end up damaging the drill or even causing damage or an injury by forcing it. Safety gear is a must these include safety glasses, gloves and protective clothing. Never change the drill bit while it is still plugged in you could end up losing a finger or worse.
Drills are extremely versatile and may be used for a variety of projects. You will get the best results if you ensure that the drill and drill bit you are using is suited to the material you are working with. Using a drill bit chart will make this a whole lot easier. It details the types of drill bits and their optimum uses.