DEWALT 20V MAX Cordless Drill and Impact Driver, Power Tool Combo Kit with 2 Batteries and Charger (DCK240C2)
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Drill driver: If you want a no-frills drill you can use for a variety of tasks around the home, consider a drill driver. The most common type of drill, these can be used to drill holes in everything from walls to wood to masonry, and drive screws, too. They’re lighter than the more powerful drills below, which makes them more manoeuvrable for awkward-to-reach jobs. They will struggle with tougher jobs, however, as they don’t have the powerful motors or high-torque designs of the other tools below. And while it seems a little on the pricey side, it comes complete with two 20V batteries and a charger, with the latter charging the battery within an hour, or to 75% in half an hour with fast charging. You can also share your batteries with other tools in the Worx range. If you’re looking for a combi drill with a little extra firepower, this one is an excellent choice. Whether you’re a trade professional or home DIYer, a cordless combi drill is an essential tool. With a choice of drill bits available to suit a variety of materials, they’re incredibly versatile. Whether you prefer a Makita drill or a DeWalt drill, we have a wide selection to choose from, so you can easily find what you need to complete your project with ease. If you’ll be using your new drill fairly regularly and are able to cough up a little more, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better tool than the DeWalt hammer drill. It isn’t one for the occasional DIY-er, but regular users will appreciate the drill’s low vibration levels, which will make long drilling sessions easier on the arm. It also comes with a handy hammer-only mode – a feature you won’t find on cheaper models.
They normally use hex-shank driver bits, and while you can theoretically use specific impact-ready drill bits (standard drill bits may break due to the combination of rotation and concussive force), this isn’t what they’re designed for, and they’re not as suited to millimetre-precise jobs. Driving screws is their forte. Where you might need to drill a hole for screws with a traditional drill, then swap between drill and driver bits, you can get away with a smaller pilot hole then use the impact driver to drive the screw in. On softer wood or where there’s less precision needed, you might even be able to get away without the pilot hole. This can seriously save you time and effort when you’re working on a major project. Combi drill: If you need to drill into tougher materials such as metal or concrete, and also drive screws, your first port of call should be a combi drill. These cope with basic everyday drilling and screwdriving tasks, but often offer improved torque for more demanding jobs and also add a basic hammer function that can break through harder materials. They’re pricier than standard drill drivers and not as powerful as a high-end hammer or SDS rotary hammer, though.The one downside with all this power is that, once fitted with a 2.5mAh, 18V battery, you’re looking at a weight of 1.54kg, so it’s going to be tougher on an outstretched arm than the lighter combi drills or Makita’s T110D. Just bear in mind, too, that you’ll need to budget for a battery and charger if you haven’t already invested in Ryobi’s One+ system. The R18IDBL is more of a specialist than the other cordless drills on test, but it’s streets ahead for driving screws. You’ll generally find that a full charge takes between one and three hours, with some batteries and chargers having a fast charge feature that gets you 80% within an hour. Once charged, you should be good to go for a couple of hours of drilling. However, that depends on how many holes you drill, the speed and torque settings you use, the size of the bit and the material you’re drilling into – as well as whether you use a hammer or impact action, as this runs down the battery faster than straight rotary use. A cordless drill is a DIY essential, allowing you to work in any space without having to rely on a power source. Find something to suit any job or budget from our range of cordless drills from brands including Makita, DeWalt and Bosch.