Cordless Drills: Ratings of Sources
Total of 11 Sources
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Cordless Drills & Tool Kits
by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentConsumerReports.org tests, rates and ranks 61 cordless drills, eight impact drivers, 11 cordless screwdrivers and 10 cordless tool kits in this review. Owners also rate and review specific models on this site.
Tool Tests: 12-Volt Cordless Drills
by Editors of Taunton's 2012 Tool Guide
Our AssessmentThis excellent comparison of compact Lithium-ion (Li-ion) cordless drills is based on objective tests conducted by reviewers at Fine Woodworking and Fine Homebuilding. This issue of the tool guide adds the results of a survey of readers of both publications. Editors also recommend other compact drills and kits elsewhere in this issue.
12-Volt Cordless Drills: We Test 13 of the Best
by Roy Berendsohn
Our AssessmentThis review compares light-duty cordless drills, rating each on a 5-point scale, based on hole-boring, screw-driving and battery-draining tests. Top choice goes to the Milwaukee 2410-22, with the cheaper Porter-Cable PCL120DDC-2 earning a Best Value pick.
Compact 12v Drill-Drivers
by Glen Huey
Our AssessmentThis review compares six 12-volt subcompact drills with conventional 3/8-inch chucks, and the Milwaukee 2410-22 earns the top ranking. Tests include drilling 1-inch holes to test run time and driving lag screws to test power.
2012 Cordless Drill Satisfaction Report
by Editors of J.D. Power and Associates
Our AssessmentJ.D. Power and Associates survey more than 1,000 customers about brand satisfaction. Factors include "battery performance. drill performance, ease of use, price competitiveness, warranty and variety of features, editors say.
Tool Test: 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Impact Drivers
by Greg DiBernardo
Our AssessmentFor real-world testing, Greg DiBernardo and his team at Tools of the Trade take a variety of 18-volt Li-ion impact drivers to their jobsites. Results show Milwaukee's 2650-21 and 2650-22 to be the leaders, with DiBernardo calling them the "brute of the bunch."
Choosing the Best Impact Driver
by Editors of TheFamilyHandyman.com
Our AssessmentStaff and field editors at TheFamilyHandyman.com put 12-volt and 18-volt impact drivers through several weeks of testing before selecting six favorites. The Milwaukee 2650-22 takes home the top award, with eight out of 10 editors calling it the best driver. They like its speed and power, but they criticize its price and lack of bit storage.
Cordless Drills Deliver Builder Brawn in Nimble Packages
by Grayson Schaffer
Our AssessmentWired magazine rounds up four 18-volt drills and puts them through a few tests, including "driving a finger-thick half-inch lag bolt to the hilt in a solid slab of cedar." The Milwaukee drill wins easily, lasting more than an hour on a single charge (almost twice as long as the runner-up).
Cordless Tools: Drills
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentAmazon.com sells cordless drills and drivers from several major brands and makes the owner ratings and reviews easy to browse. When you sort the list by average rating, you can see the number of reviews on which the average rating is based -- important for judging its significance. You can also sort the list to see the best-selling tools.
by Contributors to HomeDepot.com
Our AssessmentHomeDepot.com publishes owner ratings and reviews of the cordless drills and impact drivers it sells, but it doesn't show the average rating until you click on a specific product. Some of the higher-priced models haven't accumulated enough reviews to make their average ratings significant, but several cordless drills, drivers and combo kits stand out for high ratings from many owners.
by Contributors to NorthernTool.com
Our AssessmentRetailer site NorthernTool.com is a good place to see owners' ratings and reviews of pro-level cordless drills, impact drivers and combo kits across a wide range of prices and sizes, including subcompact models. The site also asks owners whether they would recommend the model to a friend. DeWalt and Milwaukee are the favorite brands here.