Dewalt cordless drills
When it comes to working on renovations, one of the tools that I classified as an essential tool is my dewalt cordless drills. I never leave home without them. I have had corded drills in the past, but the convenience of battery operated is worth its weight in gold.
About ten years ago I purchased two dewalt cordless drills in a kit of six tools. One of these drills was a Dewalt DCD950KX 18V XRP Cordless 1/2 inch. Hammer Drill. During the time, I had the drill, two batteries that came with the kit of six tools and a battery charger all in a hard case. I also had two other chargers one being the charger/radio and three other 18V XRP batteries.
During the time I owned this drill I’ve put it to the test by practical means:
· Drop test
· Hours of use
· Purpose of use
When I first started my renovation business, my plan was to specialize in floors and custom bathrooms where I would lay hardwood, floating floors, lay tile, stone and custom showers mainly. Well, when you first start off it takes some time to get your business developed, so to fill in the gap until I was able to specialize, I was doing decks and metal roofing.
While I was doing one particular roof 30 ft up at the lowest point, my hammer drill decided to fall out of the holster and start sliding down the roof. By the time, I turned around it was well on its way to taking off as the roof was a 6/12 pitch and each panel has a lightly vegetable oiled treatment on them. I had time to yell out “heads up!” and one of the co-workers watched it come down for the big bounce the way it hit the ground. My friend passed the drill back up to me where it worked great for most of the day till it decided to embark on parachuting out of the drill holster one more time from the top of the building to the concrete floor below. This time, I could see the drill tumbling down through the air hit the concrete go for the bounce and cartwheel a little bit across the floor. It was at that time I knew the holster was not working very well, and I’d be better off laying the drill down when it was possible by wedging it or hook it somewhere from sliding down or falling off the roof when I needed two hands for the panels.
Through the years, the drill took some more dumps from falling from 24 foot and 32-foot ladders, off of 2-3 heights of staging when helping one of my sons with his roofing and exterior business.
So other than some gashes and scratches the drill works great.
Hours of use
The drill has had its fair share of hours put packed on it, how many exactly I couldn’t tell you, but I can say this. While we were working on the metal roofs, we were screwing down hundreds of 3-inch screws to fasten the roof in place. While we were pumping in all the fasteners, I would require a second battery by middle afternoon and my buddy using an 18V Ridgid screwing in fewer screws went through 4 batteries a day just to try and keep up. The drill spent many days draining down batteries time and again driving hundreds of fasteners a day into metal roofs, decking to even using tap con screws into the concrete. Even my buddy wouldn’t even attempt to use his cordless for tap cons he would use mine if I were busy elsewhere.
Purpose of use
I use this drill constantly to drill whatever needs to be done even for drilling out holes in tile and stone, mixing grout with its speed control this little puppy is ready. When I purchase a tool, it needs to do what I require. I buy a drill then it needs to drive whatever I put in front of it. If the bit fits the chuck, then the tool needs to perform. I have broken drills from gripping and holding them tightly while keeping the pressure on them to drill the material in front of them but not the dewalt. I have smoked, and cooked drills from overheating but not the dewalt I just put on heavier gloves keep drilling until I’m done.
Now I don’t want you to think I do not take care of my tools I do, I just have no place for junk in the workplace. When your there to do a job you need to know your tools are capable of doing the work you require of them. While you’re working, tools can fall or get bumped and they need to take a hit without it affecting its use that is why I use Dewalt cordless drills. There are other great drills as well that I use for different purposes and will discuss each of them in another post. I will also list alternative comparables to each of my tools that are just as good and some are better. When you need a lot of tools you’ll spend your money according to your tool usage and life expectancy. As far as a cordless drill goes I highly recommend the Dewalt DCD950KX 18V XRP cordless 1/2 in. Hammer Drill