Cordless driver drills are women’s most popular power tool, but how do you use one correctly and what in the heck do all those buttons and switches actually do?
- Rechargeable batteries instead of a power cord, so you can use them anywhere – inside or out.
- Traditionally, a drill is used to create various-sized holes. These days, most drills are also ‘drivers’ – ie they drive screws and nuts into various materials, rather than using a screwdriver.
- Some modern drills have a hammer-like tapping function for easy drilling into masonry, such as tiles, concrete and bricks. Others have integrated lights and spirit levels.
- The numbered dial on the drill is the clutch – used when screwing. It prevents overdriving and threading of screws. Generally, lower numbers are used for small screws and higher numbers for larger screws. Note: Always set the clutch at the ‘drill’ setting when drilling holes.
- Keyless chucks make changing the bit super easy. Simply twist the body of the chuck to open or close the chuck jaws around the bit.
- With the right attachments, your cordless drill can also be used for sanding, buffing, mixing, grinding and sharpening.
She I.Y. LOVES…
- I love my Hitachi DS 12DM 12-Volt Cordless Driver Drill (pictured). It has all the power and features I need, including a 22-stage clutch for fine torque adjustment. At only 1.7kg, it is light and comfy, with a slip-resistant handle. It comes in a carry case with two batteries, fast charger and bonus lantern.
- Black & Decker Firestorm 12-Volt Cordless Drill Driver with its ‘Quick Connect’ detachable metal chuck saves time and effort.
- You’ll never short of the perfect drill or driver bit with the GMC 204 Piece Drill & Bit set, which comes with a heavy-duty carry case.
a) Keyless chucks make changing the bit super-easy.
b) Clutch, with numbered settings regulates the power.
c) Variable speed button – low speed for heavy work/high speed for drilling holes.
d) The forward/reverse switch. Use reverse when removing a screw.
e) Soft-grip slipresistant handle dampens vibration.
f) Belt-hanging clip stores an extra driver bit.
g) Rechargeable battery – most take less than an hour to recharge.
h) Pressure-sensitive variable-speed trigger – the tighter you squeeze, the faster the chuck will spin.
This article is courtesy of : www.handymanmagazine.com.au