Year after year drills undergo evolutions. Just when we think we have the best drills ever and that things could not get any better, leading brands in the industry shock us once again. With the tech advancements every year including long lasting batteries, better motor designs, and reduced weight, one has to wonder, which brand makes the best cordless drill?
The question looks and seems simple, but after further consideration, the question is not what it seems. It is quite complex and lacks a simple a direct answer. You see, drills are popular woodworking tools that most DIY homeowners would love to own as do professionals in the industry. But while they do a great job, they are rarely used alone. They most often than not are part of a power toolkit which is used to deliver exceptional quality in projects it is applied in. Being part of a team means that the drill has to play nice and in this case, complement other tools. So to answer the question, we shall rephrase the question to; ‘which brand provides the best power tools?’
That said, it is true that all power tool brands are unique bearing their own set of weaknesses and strengths. Comparing power tool brands is not as straightforward as comparing other product brands. The best analogy to help explain this is choosing high-end cameras. These cameras vary with lens technology, camera bodies, and other tech features. As such you are not getting a product but instead, purchasing a system. Buying a system is an investment which you can always resell. Bear in mind however that this will mean you take a loss, especially if your products are not current. To help determine which brand is the best, let’s look at some of the popular brands in detail.
Generally, Bosch offers solid tools which undergo updates every so often. There are times that they release innovations some of which are more impressive than others. They, however, seem to have lost their touch. Either that or for some reason or they have forgotten they are in a competition for an unfaithful market.
The benefits of this brand are that the tools, (drills included), are reliable and have great performance. On the downside, Bosch has not been as active as other brands on the market.
In the recent years, DeWalt has stepped up its game in more ways than one. There are times it swings and misses and others it hits massive home runs, and users fall in love with the products and technology used. Looking back at DeWalt a couple of years back and comparing it to what it is today, one can tell that something has changed within the company. They no longer are okay with broadening their product selection but are into pushing boundaries and raising the bar even higher.
The benefits of DeWalt is that the tools are of a higher ergonomic than most especially drills while the downside is that they all come in the trademark black and yellow color.
The cordless tools (including drills) from Makita are highly competitive. They feature a steady production of new tools that have the users happy.
Makita aims to expand and broaden their product selection as well as add to their innovations. On the downside, however, the brand may be slow at times to catch up with the industry trends.
Overall, Milwaukee’s tools are extremely appealing. The products from this brand are basic though highly specialized. The brand is seeking to be the leading solution provider. The brand is pushing bounds with some of its tools reassuring users that they cannot go wrong with their tools.
Milwaukee is reliable and has great quality and has an unmatched LED worklight technology on its units. It is also notable that the brand is an active innovator.
When this brand kicked off, they started with an impressive drill. They however with time changed their approach and begun producing lower featured tools for lower pricing. Porter Cable, truth be told, is considered by many to be a professional brand. They, however, seem confused about who they are when they produce tools competing with Ryobi products designed for DIY homeowners.
The benefit of this brand is that the drills have a great performance at great prices while the downside is that the brand seems confused.
Simply put, this brand is considered to be a DIY brand. It appeals to users with lightweight applications. These users include homeowners. You should note that they are not perfect for heavy duty job site conditions.
Going with the above list, you should be in a position to make an informed decision on which brand is perfect to buy your drill from.