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Choosing a Cordless Drill Driver: Design and Weight

Choosing a cordless drill driver:
design and weight

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If possible, hold the drill driver before you purchase it, so you can get an idea of how it feels in your hand. Consider the following when handling the tool:

Do you have a firm grip on the handle?

Hand holding a green cordless drill driver with a firm grip It’s important that you have a firm grip when using the cordless drill driver. Some models will have a rubber grip, others will just have contours in the tool’s casing.

Can you reach the controls comfortably?

A hand holding the cordless drill driver and being able to reach the speed control trigger comfortably It’s important that you are able to reach the speed control trigger and pull it all the way in easily. The reverse button is usually located just above the trigger, so check that you can reach it with your thumb or forefinger.

Does the tool feel well balanced?

Red cordless drill driver drilling a hole with the user holding it with two hands A well balanced tool is essential if you are going to be using it for a long time, and could prevent excess strain on your arm and wrist. Ensure the front part of the tool does not feel too weighty.

How heavy is it?

gold weighing scales with a red cordless drill driver on one side and a yellow one on the other A cordless drill driver’s weight shouldn’t necessarily be the reason you do or don’t buy it. A tool can be lightweight and compact but it’s no good if it doesn’t have enough power to complete the task at hand!

Likewise, a tool may have the required power but it’s no good if it’s so heavy you can only use it for a very short period of time.

Holding a cordless drill driver by two hands to drill a hold in wood Generally, the more torque and speed a cordless drill driver can deliver, the heavier it will be. This is because a larger battery and motor is needed to power the tool.
1 litre bottle of milk with green labels The heavier the tool is, the more strain your arm and wrist will be under when working.

Most cordless drill drivers weight around 1kg. That’s about the weight of a 1 litre carton of milk.

 Wonkee Donkee says "If you’re planning on using the cordless drill driver for long periods of time, you should look for a model that provides the required torque and speed, with the lightest weight"

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