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Drills & Screwdrivers buying guide

Here are the top 5 things to look at for when buying a new drill.

Drills and screwdrivers are motorised DIY tools that make light work of everything from assembling flatpack furniture and putting up TV wall brackets to dealing with tougher material like brick and masonry. If you’re struggling to pick one that’s right for you, we’ve got everything you need to make the right choice.

What types of drill are there?

  • Screwdrivers – Great for drilling in screws as well as taking them out, these models will help you tackle all that flatpack furniture.
  • Drill drivers – kind of like a souped-up screwdriver, you can use one of these to drill holes too so they’re great for hanging up pictures or mirrors.
  • Hammer drills – these are perfect for outdoor projects, as they can drill through brick. They’re also used for putting up TV wall brackets.
  • Combi drills – these models give you a drill driver and a hammer drill in one tool, so they’re ideal for all sorts of everyday DIY.
  • SDS drills – also called ‘self direct system’ drills, these models are geared towards heavy duty tasks like chiselling and chipping tiles and drilling through masonry.

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Should I get a corded or a cordless drill?

It’s also important to think about how your new drill is powered. You can take a cordless model anywhere – perfect for everyday DIY jobs. Corded drills are ideal for longer tasks like drilling brick or masonry, as they’re a lot more powerful.

At the end of the day, it’s all about what jobs you need to do around the house. If you’re hanging up pictures and building some furniture, a small cordless model could be the model for you. If you’ve got a DIY SOS job on your hands, a more powerful drill will help you get perfect results.

Can you change the drill speed?

Some of our drills will have different speed settings so they can handle a variety of jobs around the house. Models with multiple speed settings will let you tackle everything from hanging up Christmas photos to setting up shelves and TV brackets.

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What about all the different screw shapes?

Ever started your DIY when you realise the screws you have don’t fit the drill or screwdriver you’ve got? To save you from the impending heartbreak, a lot of our models come with a set of easily changeable bits, so you’re perfectly prepared for every job at hand.

Any other features?

There are loads of little features to look out for when buying drills and screwdrivers. Models with a reverse function are handy for loosening bolts and screws, while products that have higher speed and torque levels are more suited for heavy-duty jobs. Some drills are also specially designed to be super comfortable to hold. Perfect for long DIY days.

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