Cordless drill reviews

These cordless drills are for the serious DIY enthusiast.
 
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  • Updated:17 Aug 2009
 

03.Product profiles

Profiles - what to buy

Bosch Blue GSR 18V

Price $369 Bosch Blue GSR 18v

Good points

  • Very good torque.
  • Good battery life.
  • Good overall performance.
  • Very good ease of use.

Bad points

  • None to mention.

AEG BSB 18

Price $459 AEG BSB 18

Good points

  • Excellent torque.
  • Very good overall performance.
  • Good ease of use.
  • Drill/hammer/driver lever accessible on both sides of the drill (good for left-handers).
  • Side handle.
  • Work light.

Bad points

  • Heavy.

Ryobi CLK18/2-001 (LDD1802)

Price $299Ryobi CLK18/2-001

Good points

  • Excellent battery life.
  • Good overall performance.
  • Good ease of use.
  • Spirit level.
  • Magnetic holder (for screws etc) on base of drill.
  • Torch supplied as accessory.

Bad points

  • Stiff gear selector.
  • Soft carry bag rather than hard carry case.
  • Note: Model number CLK18/2001 refers to the kit including drill, charger and torch; the drill’s model number is LDD1802.

Dewalt DC725KA-XE

Price $459 Dewalt DC725KA-XE

Good points

  • Very good torque.
  • Good overall performance.
  • Very good ease of use.
  • Drill/hammer/driver lever accessible on both sides of the drill (good for left-handers)
  • Work light.

Bad points

  • Battery life not as good as the other recommended models, although still better than the rest.

 

 

Profiles - the rest

Makita BHP452SHE

Price $510Makita BHP452SHE

Good points

  • Very good torque.
  • Comfortable and easy to use.
  • Work light.

Bad points

  • Poor battery life.

Hitachi DS18DFL

Price $299Hitachi DS18DFL

Good points

  • Excellent ease of use; lightweight and comfortable.

Bad points

  • Borderline battery score.

Worx WX165

Price $229 Worx WX165

Good points

  • Good ease of use.
  • Multi-position side handle.
  • Work light.

Bad points

  • Poor battery life.

Bosch Green PSR 18VE

Price $229Bosch green PSR 18VE

Good points

  • Easy and comfortable to use.
  • Work light.

Bad points

  • Poor battery life.

Black & Decker FS188F4-XE Firestorm

Price $210 Black and Decker Firestorm

Good points

  • Multi-position side handle.
  • Three-speed gear box.

Bad points

  • Fairly bulky and heavy.
  • Poor battery life.
  • Clutch doesn’t work as expected; it slips in drilling mode (when it shouldn’t) but not in screwdriving mode (when it should). When we queried this, the manufacturer told us this drill has had very few product quality issues and is used by tradesmen despite not having a trade warranty.

Ozito OZCD18V2A

Price $89Ozito OZCD18V2A

Good points

  • Lightweight.
  • Work light.
  • Spirit level on top of drill.
  • Inexpensive.

Bad points

  • Poor torque.
  • Poor battery life.
  • Charger is slow, has no status indicator light, and is tedious to attach to the battery.
  • Battery level monitor is not accurate.
  • Low build quality compared with the other models.
 

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