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07-20-2014 5:57 pm

This week it is hammer drill review time. Bosch's new HDS182 cordless hammer drill comes with the promises of brushless technology. Having reviewed tools by the hundreds I know that there is more to a tool than a well-built motor. Let's take a look, if all the features of the HDS182 are as advanced as its motor, and how all that tech translates into making dust on the job site.

The Bosch HDS182 Cordless Hammer Drill

The HDS182 is a p


06-21-2014 10:01 pm

A friend of mine loaned me his Craftsman BoltOn Cordless Drill/Driver for review. At first I thought it was identical to the Black&Decker Matrix, a tool I reviewed six months ago. Turns out the BoltOn has a few features that make it the better tool. Let's take a look at how the Craftsman BoltOn managed to improve on the Black&Decker Matrix.

The Craftsman BoltOn System

The Craftsman BoltOn system combines a handle that hou


02-23-2014 1:59 pm

The new line of Porter Cable tools tries to impress on the home center shelves with its angular looks. When I first saw the PCCK600LB, Porter Cable's new cordless drill/driver, I was worried the designers chose form over function. Never allowing an uninformed opinion to stand, I had to get this drill/driver into my shop. Let's take a look at what the Porter Cable PCCK600LB can do besides look good.

The Porter Cable PCCK600LB



02-08-2014 4:23 pm

It was inevitable that the Bostitch BTC400LB would find its way into our shop. The promise of a well-priced power tool sold at Walmart that also offers good performance was too good to pass up. Destined to be a high volume item I feel that I can help a lot of people by reviewing the BTC400LB. Let's take a look, if this drill/driver is the great deal it is supposed to be, or if the marketing got ahead of the tool's performance.

The Bostitch BTC400LB


02-01-2014 9:58 pm

Another week, another L-Boxx to play with. This time the treasure contained within turned out to be the PS31, a small 12V cordless drill/driver from Bosch. Designed for installers, product assemblers, and trade professionals the PS31 comes with some very promising specs. Let's take look at what the PS31 can do in the Hingmy workshop.

The Bosch PS31 Cordless Drill

The build quality of the PS31 is up to the high standard we have come t


Cordless Drill Guide
DeWalt DCD780 drill/driver


A cordless drill spins a drill bit at high speeds. The tip of the drill bit shaves away the material in many small bites.

Drills can be used to drive screws, but will not perform as well as a dedicated impact driver. The continuous torque a drill produces will twist the tool out of the hands of the operator as soon as the screw stars to bind.


Drilling into Concrete: Hammer mode

A hammer gear is required for drilling into concrete, stone, and other porous materials. In this mode the drill adds many thousands of little blows to the drilling motion per second. These blows shatter the aggregate in the concrete when the drill bit encounters it. Without this feature drilling into concrete not only slows down, but can outright stop when the drill bit encounters a stone.

Driving Screws: The Drill/Driver

If you want to use your drill to drive screws, you should consider a drill/driver. These tool slow down the motor and increase its torque, which greatly improves the tool's driving performance. The tradeoff is a slower drill. Drill/Drivers are listed in the Impact Driver section.

Makita LXFD01 Cordless Drill

Shopping Guide

1) Choose a type of chuck

The friction chuck is the default choice. It works best for drilling small holes into wood or plastic. This type of chuck makes changing bits fast and easy. Most importantly, drill bits are cheap and available in every hardware store.

The other types of chucks are used for specialty applications. The SDS chuck, for example, secures large, high torque bits. Review the chuck property for more details.

2) Choose a battery voltage

All drills have sufficient power to drive drill bits smaller than 1/2" through any type of wood (some will take longer than others). If you require larger holes, look for a model with a higher battery voltage.

The voltage of the battery limits how much energy is available to the motor at any given time. Higher battery voltage allows the motor to put more energy into the drill bit. Tools with higher voltage generally drill holes faster.

3) Choose a drill with a hammer mode

If you plan on drilling concrete, a model with hammer mode is required.

4) Choose a Battery Interface

Cordless Power tools share their battery with other tools in the same series. Sharing batteries between tools is an economical thing to do. When you purchase your drill consider the other tools in the series. Should you ever need a different tool, it would be best if a tool that matches your drill's battery is on your short list.

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