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What is the difference between a
hand drill and a brace?

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Braces

Carpenters brace A carpenter’s brace has a ‘U’ shaped crank/frame that is used to turn the chuck and drill into wood.
The sweep handle of a brace provides more leverage which helps the brace generate more torque than a hand drill. The sweep handle of a brace helps it to generate more torque than a hand drill, due to it having a greater distance from the centre of rotation so providing more leverage than the turning handle of a hand drill.
Auger bits can be used with a brace to drill large diameter holes. The greater torque applied to the bit in the chuck makes braces better suited than hand drills for use with an auger bit for drilling large diameter holes in wood.
Selection of screwdriver bits that can be used with a brace to drive screws into or remove them from a workpiece. When used with a screwdriver bit, the additional torque that a brace can exert makes driving long screws into hard wood easier than it would be with a hand drill.
Advantages and disadvantages of ADVANTAGES   DISADVANTAGES
  • Can generate more torque
  • Better for drilling larger diameter holes
  • Better for driving long screws into hard material
  • Slower turning speed means jobs can take longer
  • Not as well suited to drilling materials such as metal which require a high cutting speed

Hand drills

Hand drill A hand drill has a turning handle connected to a drive wheel, which turns a pinion gear that rotates the drill bit.
The drive wheel of a hand drill is much larger than the pinion gear which therefore increases the turning speed of the drill. As the drive wheel of the hand drill is much larger than the pinion gear, it increases the speed at which the drill bit is turned.
This increased speed of the drill bit makes hand drills better suited than a brace would be for drilling small holes in hard material such as metal, which require a higher cutting speed.
Hand drills turn faster than braces which can save you time on some jobs As the chuck and bit held within it is rotated faster than with a brace, hand drills can drive small screws into soft material quicker, saving you time.
Advantages and disadvantages of ADVANTAGES   DISADVANTAGES
  • Higher turning speed means some jobs take less time
  • Better at drilling metal and other materials that require a higher cutting speed
  • Generates less torque
  • Not as well suited to drilling large diameter holes
  • Not as well suited to driving long screws into hard material