Corded drills have a lot of advantages over cordless drills if you don’t need to be mobile. They are cheaper, more powerful and don’t need to be charged, and that’s before we even talk about batteries degrading over time. But as a DIYer, which is the best corded drill for home use? Well luckily for you, I have done the research and have three options for you, one budget, one mid-range and one more expensive corded drill. And as a full-time joiner, when it comes to drills I know what I’m talking about!
So with no further ado, let’s get into the best corded drills for home use.
Best Overall Corded Drill For Home Use
This is a great DIYer drill from Bosch. This thing is designed for home use and comes with tons of great features that make it really easy to use.
So let’s get into the stats on this bad boy:
- Machine weight: 1.5 kg
- Max. drilling diameter in concrete: 10 mm
- Max. drilling diameter in steel: 8 mm
- Max. drilling diameter in wood: 25 mm
As you can see, this drill is lightweight, this is ideal for allowing you to line up your holes and keep the drill in the right place. This corded drill also comes with a front handle which greatly improves your stability while drilling, even novices can get perfectly drilled holes with this drill.
Three Separate Modes
The bosch comes with three separate modes, driving, drilling and hammer drilling. Let me break these modes down for you really quickly for those of you that are unfamiliar with the terminology. Driving is screw driving, drilling is your regular drilling with most materials such as wood, plastic and metal, and finally, hammer drilling is for masonry. In hammer drilling mode the drill bit has a hammering action applied to it to help it force its way through tough masonry.
The chuck of a drill is what holds the drill in place, on many older drills you needed a special chuck key to get your drill bit out and then fasten it up again. Thankfully this drill comes with a keyless chuck. All you need to do is twist it to either loosen or tighten the chuck. What this means is that you can swap between bits so much faster than a traditional keyed chuck.
Best Budget Corded Drill For Home Use
If you are on a really tight budget then this corded drill from Draper is the one I would recommend. It doesn’t have all the features of the more expensive drills in this list but it is more than capable of performing DIY jobs around the home.
Here are the specs:
- Wattage: 600W
- Variable speed control
- Ergonomic design with soft-grip handle
- Adjustable side handle with depth stop
Draper is a known name in the tool market and is known for creating great value tools. This corded drill is a great price and still packs a punch. It is more than capable of performing pretty much any job around the home.
3 Metre Power Cord
While you may be surprised to see this mentioned in a list of features it is more important than you think. One thing I have noticed about lots of the cheaper corded drills is that the cords that come with them are tiny, often only 1 metre! This means you need an extension cable to be able to use them. With the 3 metre cable on this drill, this is less likely, although you may still need an extension for some jobs.
Hammer action is a great feature for any drill, allowing you to drill through masonry with ease, and thankful, this drill comes with a selectable hammer mode. What this means is that you can use this drill for pretty much any material!
A great feature of this drill is the built-in depth gauge. This is normally a feature you would only find on more expensive drills.
The gauge is essentially a metal rod attached to the side of the drill. You can adjust how far this sticks out of the front of the drill. This then works as a stop when you reach the depth of the marker the drill will not go any deeper. This is a great way to make sure you don’t get carried away and drill either too deep or all of the way through your material.
Best High-End Corded Drill For Home Use
So if budget isn’t that much of a constraint for you and you just want a really good drill for home use then this Makita drill is the one I would recommend. If you have read any of my other tool review articles then you will know that I use Makita tools every day in my day job as a joined. Makita makes great quality professional tools that have never let me down, so I always recommend them without hesitation.
This powerful drill really will perform any DIY job in the home. And it will last and last, in fact, I still have and use my first Makita drill I bought 10 years ago, and that drill has been used and abused every day!
Some quick stats on this drill:
- Maximum hole in steel 13mm
- Maximum hole in wood 30mm
- Maximum hole in masonry 16mm
- Depth gauge for increased drilling consistency
- In-line positive grip design maximises power thrust
- Recessed lock-on button for continuous use
- Variable speed control dial
This Makita drill features a keyless quick-change bit system. making changing drill and driver bits a breeze, something that you forget about until you go back to using a drill with a keyed chuck, then you will realise how much you miss it!
New Reversing System
This drill comes with a brand new reversing system. This new system allows for no power reduction when the drill is used in reverse mode. Beyond that, it also massively increases the life of the carbon brushes in the motor. Meaning you will have to replace them less often or possibly never, depending on your usage.
Large Variable Speed Trigger
This drill has a really nice, large, two-finger trigger. What’s more, this is a variable speed trigger, meaning the harder you push down on the trigger the quicker the drill what goes. When these two features are combined like they are on this drill you get incredible control over the speed of your drill. It really allows for precise speed adjustments.
If you still haven’t made your mind up on which is the best cordless drill for you then feel free to drop me an email at email@example.com and I will do my best to answer any questions you may have!