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Last updated: 24 June 2022


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A cordless drill is a must for any DIY-er or tradie. But how do you know which ones can really perform? We put them to the test, drilling hundreds of screws and holes into treated pine, to find the ones that:

  • have the best drilling and screw-driving performance
  • are easy and comfortable to use
  • have the features to suit your needs.
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We also highlight any useful features, performance specifications, additional items that come in the box and other tools that you can power with the drill's battery. These are products sold by the same manufacturer. Our CHOICE Expert Rating makes it easy to see at a glance which products our experts think are the best of the bunch.

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    This made up of performance (70%) and ease of use (30%). 

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    Drilling score

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    Drilling score is based on the time taken to drill 10 holes with a 13mm spade bit through 45mm hardwood (spotted gum). The faster the time, the better the score.

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    Torque score

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    The torque test score is based on screwing TEK screws of two different sizes (14G 50mm and 14G 75mm, 25 of each) into treated pine. The more screws screwed in (fully flush with the wood), the higher the score.

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    • Number of batteries supplied
    • Charging cradle
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