How many hand held power drills in your shop?

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05-23-2010 01:16 AM

I was delighted with the response I got to my question, “How many routers in your shop”. It was very interesting and informative.

So I decided to try another, “How many hand held power drills in your shop?” I would like to include both corded and cordless but I want to exclude drill presses, impact drivers, and power screwdrivers. I’m only talking about tools you can hold in your hand and drill a hole.

I have 3: a lightweight (12 volt) Hitachi cordless that is my favorite, a corded heavy duty Black and Decker hammer drill, and a cordless semi-heavy duty drill Festool with the 4 different heads. As an FYI, I would never have purchased the Festool if I had not found a used one at a very reasonable price.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#1 posted 05-23-2010 01:51 AM

1: Dewalt 18v cordless hammerdrill – used for masonry work, and drilling (high torque)
2: Dewalt 18v cordless impact driver – used for driving ANYTHING (this thing is a beast). can actually drive a 3” lag bolt into a 2×4 without pre drilling (the 2×4 WILL split though)
3: Dewalt 9.6 lightweight driver – used for driving in woodworking projects as it has very precise control and will not overdrive anything.

my problem is that as of late I haven’t been having much shop time, and all batteries have gave up completely – won’t charge, and won’t keep charge… but that would happen to every cordless with batteries and seldom use.

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#2 posted 05-23-2010 01:52 AM

Hello, Rich. I have an ancient (35 years old) Craftsman 110V 3/8 drill and a Ryobi 18V drill that came with a set. I use the Ryobi 20 times more than the C’man.

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#3 posted 05-23-2010 01:54 AM

Rich I have 5 hand drill, 2 cordless, 2 with cord 3/8, and a large 1/2 I would have 2 more but they let go on me.
I have a crank one too that I don’t use it is a souvenir.

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#4 posted 05-23-2010 02:57 AM

Only 2! A cheap cordless from a plastic toolkit (from Target or Walmart) and a Dewalt corded. It’s all I need, but one of these days I’ll invest in a better cordless drill/impact driver set from Ridgid or Makita.

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#5 posted 05-23-2010 03:03 AM

I own 6….All Milwaukee lithium ion.

2- M12 Screw gun
1- M12 Impact
1- 1/2” 18V Drill/Driver
1- 1/2” 18V Hammer Drill
1- 18V Impact.

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#6 posted 05-23-2010 03:07 AM

If i count the ones in my truck that travel in and out of my shop I have 9 18 volt dewalts four 1/2” four 3/8” one of witch is a right angle plus four corded drills one 3/8 one 1/2” and one close quarter drill and one hammer drill I guess that makes 13 all together.

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#7 posted 05-23-2010 03:13 AM

2 makita drills, 1 impact and one corded drill I keep setup with a pocket hole bit

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#8 posted 05-23-2010 03:14 AM

I have three, two battery Makita’s, and an ancient corded Skil, about 30 years old, which is the ultimate power driver if I need it. Nothing stops the Skil, except your ability to hold it steady against the torque. The latest Makita is my power drill, 18Volt, not much stops it. The other is a 9.6 volt, replaced an even older one. Still used a lot because it is light weight. The Skil is not used much any more. The Makitas do the job just fine. I also have a Dewalt screwdriver, heavy duty thing, so I use it for most of the driver jobs.

Right now, don’t need another drill…..........

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#9 posted 05-23-2010 03:22 AM

have 6.
3cordless….2 bosch …. 1 P.C.

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#10 posted 05-23-2010 03:35 AM

4 hand held drills. Err….I mean 5!

2 corded drills. A 3/8” variable speed with forward/reverse Milwaukee and the same with Craftsman brand. The Milwaukee is the superior drill as many will already know.

2 cordless drills. A 19 volt Craftsman that has given me good service for the past several years but is showing the wear and tear of hard work. And a new Makita 18 volt ion drill, I am enjoying the compact size, lightweight comfortable grip and excellent torque of this drill very much. I want a second Makita ION drill and a cordless skillsaw to go with it.

Oops, I also have a Harbor Freight hammer drill still in the box. So that makes 5 hand held drills.

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#11 posted 05-23-2010 03:37 AM

In response to thatwoodworkingguy – - Interesting. My only corded drill is also my only hammer drill. Every once in a while I need a hammer drill. 99% of the time I have it set up with a Kreg pocket hole drill bit and I use it quite a bit in that mode.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#12 posted 05-23-2010 03:39 AM

My Skil is a hammer drill, and I have used that feature, but not for many years…..........

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#13 posted 05-23-2010 03:42 AM

I have 1 corded dewalt. I had two craftsman battery powered ones but they finally gave up the ghost last summer…thus the dewalt. I’m kinda of off battery powered tools right now, I’m having a hard time reconciling the environmental impact of all these exotic metals (and there disposal) against the convenience they provide. Not that I am a raving tree hugger or anything, just wondering if it is good stewardship to use these, that and I seem to be getting more into hand tools (manual not just hand held ;-)

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#14 posted 05-23-2010 03:53 AM

I guess I have 7
2 14.4 cordless
1 12 dewalt impact
1 1/2” hammer drill
1 craftsman pro 3/8
1 old old B&d 1/4” drive
1 elcheapo that runs my old belt sander

-- Jim in Cushing Oklahoma

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#15 posted 05-23-2010 04:13 AM

2 good cordless
2 cheapo cordless
1 big a—corded monster.

And they all get used for various things.

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