18V Lithium-Ion Cordless Drill/Drivers

Lithium-IonIf you’re looking for a place to start your tool kit or have been on job sites for years, arguably the most important tool in the bag of any handyman is the cordless drill. Some key features to look for when you’re in the market for a cordless drill are power – who says more isn’t better? Size for fitting into tight spaces, weight – lighter means you can use it longer without tiring out, and torque – more torque means more turning force for heavy duty jobs.

The PORTER-CABLE PCCK600LB offers a 20v Lithium-Ion battery for all the power you need for any job large or small. The PCCK600LB is only 7 ?” long and weighs only 3.5 pounds but the dual speed motor offers flexibility; use the lower speeds for fastening and the higher for drilling. There is a built-in LED for lighting up those dark work areas and an incorporated battery gauge so you don’t have to change batteries in the middle of a big job. Speaking of batteries, the package comes with two compact 20v batteries and charger.

The MAKITA LCT300W 18v cordless kit includes the LXFD01CW, a 1/2″ driver providing 450 inch pounds of max torque, ensuring every attachment is tight and secure. The LXFD01CW also delivers a built-in light and two speed transmission in a package weighing in at only 3.3 pounds. The LCT300W also comes with a high power variable-speed impact driver, flashlight, two 18v compact Lithium-Ion batteries and Makita’s optimum charger capable of charging the compact batteries in just 15 minutes for minimal downtime.

The MAKITA LCT200W 18v cordless kit is identical to the LCT300W, minus the flashlight.

Bosch’s DDS181-02 includes a two-speed gear box for both high torque and high speed applications, 600 pounds of max torque for the toughest jobs, and an auto-locking chuck for one handed bit changes. The DDS181-02 is also capable of using any 18v battery that Bosch makes, so you can choose the one that’s right for you.

The DeWalt DCD760KL also boasts a two-speed gear box, LED worklight, 4 pound weight and can accept any 18v Lithium-Ion battery produced by DeWalt since 1996.

All of these drills are a good choice, they offer many of the same or similar features and come in at varying price points; the key is to determine what type of jobs you’ll be doing so you can cater your choice to fit your situation. Happy building.

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