Tool Test: 12-Volt Drill/Drivers

12-Volt Drill/Drivers Tool Test

Compact drills, which were laughably small a few years back, can now perform drilling and driving tasks that used to be reserved for larger, more powerful tools. Sal Vaglica, an assistant editor at This Old House, put these drills through their paces in order to determine which drills have the most power, comfort, and running time.

Each drill was given a new battery at the beginning of each test.

All the clutches were set to 10 after the speed selector was set to HIGH. The clutches were set at 10. Each fastener was driven to the exact same depth with a drywall bit. The drill could not sink a single screw.

We bored holes through 3/4-inch-thick redwood using a brand new Irwin 3/4-inch spade bit with a speed selector set at LOW.

Each drill was equipped with a 3/8-inch socket to allow us to drive a 3-inch, 3/8-inch-diameter, lag bolt into a pressure treated pine 4×4 with a 2×4. We measured the amount of bolt that remained above the lumber’s surface when the tool stopped.

Milwaukee 2410-22

Test results: Sank 509 screws were used to drill 37 holes and then recharged in 33 seconds.

Torque test (driving with a lag screws): 4 stars

My take: Smooth, consistent power right up to the last fastener. The hole test didn’t show any signs of bogging down. To prevent motor or battery damage, the system shuts down when it is overloaded.

Tool stats: 2.5 pounds, 250 in.-lbs. of torque, 1,500 max. rpm, two speed settings, 22 clutch settings LED task light, battery-life meter, and two batteries

Warranty: 2 years for battery, 5 years for drill.

*All prices based on manufacturer-approved online distributors.

DeWalt DCD710s2

Test results: Sank 536 screws were used to drill 28 holes and then recharged in just 40 minutes.

Torque test (driving with a lag screws): 4 stars

My two cents: “Drove a lot more screws than anyone in this bunch, and nearly matched the Milwaukee in torque testing. It has a good grip and a handy belt clip.

Stats for the tool: 2.4 lbs (torque is not provided), 1,500 max. rpm. There are two speeds. There are 15 clutch settings. LED task light. Two batteries.

Warranty: 3 year on drill, 3 year on battery

Ridgid R82008

Test Results: Sank 350 screws were used to drill 34 holes. They were then recharged in just 35 minutes.

Torque test (driving with a lag screws): 3 stars

My two cents are: “Second best at drilling holes, and third best in torque testing. It felt very balanced.

Tool stats: 2.25 pounds, 240 in.-lbs. 1,300 max rpm. There are two speeds. Includes LED flashlight.

Warranty: 3 year on drill, 3 year on battery

Porter-Cable PCL120DDC-2

Test results: Sank 431 screws were used to drill 29 holes and recharged in 34 seconds.

Torque test (driving with a lag screws): 3 stars

My opinion: “A respectable mixture of battery life and torque. Fast recharge time.” The belt hook was not usable and heated up when the tool was in use.

Tool stats: 2.4 pounds, 220 in.-lbs. torque, 1,200 max. rpm, two speed, 21 clutch settings LED task light, and two batteries

Warranty: 3 year on drill, 3 year on battery

Craftsman Nextec 17586

Test Results: Sank 520 screws were used to drill 25 holes. They were then recharged in just 30 minutes.

Torque test (driving with a lag screws): 2 stars

My take: Very comfortable grip, quick charging time. The charger’s lights are dim and difficult to see.

Tool stats: 2.2 pounds, 195 in.-lbs. torque, 1,300 max. rpm, two speed, 18 clutch settings. LED task light and one battery.

Warranty: 1 Year on drill, 1 Year on battery

Bosch PS31-2A

Test Results: Sank 555 screws were used to drill 28 holes and then recharged in just 31 minutes.

Torque test (driving with a lag screws): 2 stars

My two cents: “Drove most screws. Smooth, consistent power. In the torque test, fell short.

Tool stats: 2.14 pounds, 265 in.-lbs. torque, 1,300 max. rpm, two speed, 21 clutch settings LED task light, and two batteries

Warranty: Drill for 3 years, battery for 2 years.

Hitachi DS10DFL

Test results: Sank403 screws were used to drill 20 holes and then recharged in just 40 minutes.

Torque test (driving with a lag screws): 2 stars

My two cents: “Very comfortable. Though I had to shift the clutch to 13 in order to sink the screws sufficiently.”

Tool stats: 2.2 pounds, 195 in.-lbs. torque, 1,300 max. rpm, two speeds.

Warranty: 2 years for battery, lifetime on drill.

Skil 2414-02

Test Results: Sank 515 screws were used to drill 28 holes and recharged in just 49 minutes.

Torque test (driving with a lag screws): 1 star

My opinion: “One of the weakest in the lag bolt test, but it drove a lot of screws. In that it died, the battery would then come back to life after about a minute of resting, it behaved much like an NiCad. The battery gauge on the tool was not accurate.”

Tool stats: 2.6 pounds, 284 in.-lbs. of torque, 1,500 max. rpm. There are 16 settings for clutch, two speeds and battery-life meter.

Warranty: 1 Year on drill, 1 Year on battery

Rockwell RK2510K2

Test results: Sank 467 screws were used to drill 34 holes. They were recharged in 27 minutes.

Torque test (driving with a lag screws): 3 stars

My two cents are: “Better than average power, comfortable and the charger has an USB port that charged iPhone.”

Tool stats: 2.2 pounds, 210 in.-lbs. torque, 1,300 max. rpm, two speed settings, 16 clutch settings LED task light, and two batteries

Warranty: Two years on the drill, life on the battery, no replacement.

Black & Decker LDX112C

Test results: Sank 433 screws were used to drill 29 holes. They were then recharged in just 3 hours.

Torque test (driving with a lag screws): 2 stars

My two cents are: “Longest charge time, only one battery. And the grip is uncomfortable for larger hand sizes.”

Tool stats: 2.2 pounds, 100 in.-lbs. torque, 650 max. rpm.

Warranty: 2 year on drill, 2 year on battery

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Hi, i am Darius. Woodworking is my another hobby for the last five years. I love to write woodworking project and also ideas.

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