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Drills 1/20/12

Got a few loose screws? A cordless drill can easily take care of those. Consumer Reports tested 89 cordless drills costing as little as 40 dollars all the way up to 400. Peter Sawchuk helped drive more than 26-hundred screws during testing. He also performed a torque test. Each drill is secured in a vice, and then the twisting force is measured. Many of the drills tested now use lithium-ion batteries. They weigh less, which makes them easier to handle. Consumer Reports also sizes up how many screws a drill can drive per battery charge and how long it takes to recharge.


Peter Sawchuk "We're seeing a trend. There are more lightweight, compact drills out there today. They're meant for smaller jobs." Like this Craftsman 17586. It holds a standard, three-eighths inch drill bit. Although it's not as powerful as larger drills, it scored excellent for handling. It's a Consumer Reports Best Buy at 70 dollars.
Peter Sawchuk "You need to be aware of charge time. It can be a real dividing line. The Craftsman recharges in just 30 minutes, but most inexpensive drills take much longer, often more than four hours." For not a lot more money, you can get a lot more drill. This one-hundred dollar Craftsman, model number 17310, is another Consumer Reports Best Buy. It scored very good for speed, power, and handling. And it recharges in 30 minutes! ."

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