Compact 18-volt Cordless Drills
As small as old 14-volt models, this is the new go-to drill for woodworkers
Synopsis: Thanks to lithium-ion batteries and smaller bodies, this new class of compact, 18v cordless drills is easier to handle yet just as powerful as its larger relatives. Given the improvements in these drills, we’re now calling them the new “go-to” drill for woodworkers. Tom Begnal put 10 of these drills through their paces, testing them for power, battery life, and control. Models tested include the Bosch 36618-02, Craftsman 11910, DeWalt DCD760KL, Hitachi DS18DSAL, Makita BDF452HW, Milwaukee 2601-22, Porter-Cable PCL180DK-2, Ridgid R86007, Ryobi P815, and Skil 2895LI-02.
From Fine Woodworking #207
Cordless drills and salad dressing have something in common. When you go shopping for them, the choices seem endless. Indeed, you can find more than 100 cordless-drill models on the market, and while some are me-too products, many have a unique place in the food chain.
With a host of features and power levels to consider, it’s challenging…