A drill driver is a fairly versatile tool that has been designed to help in drilling holes as well as driving screws. The unit has a keyless chuck that can accept a wide variety of hex shank, round drill bits and screw driving bits in addition to rotary sanders, hole saws, wire wheel brushes and multiple other accessories. All of the drill drivers feature a slip clutch that will allow you to adjust the torque for a precise setting and have consistent screw driving.
If you are looking to embark on a project that has lots of screws to drive into surfaces or have long and large screws, then you should consider an impact driver. These are perfect for building decks, installing backer boards and screwing down plywoods onto subfloors. Given their power and torque, they are perfect for these projects. If you will not be carrying out such projects, it is important that you stick to the versatility of a drill driver.
How to properly use a Drill Driver
That said, assuming you are reading this and have a drill driver already, you also need to know how to properly use the drill driver you bought. Now before you get busy working on your project using the drill driver, there are several things that you will need to know. First, you should read the manual that came with your specific drill driver. This will provide you with some insight on the things you can and cannot do with the drill driver. Second, you will need to put on safety goggles that will protect your eyes from the wooden or metallic bits that will fly off when you are drilling through the surfaces. Third, ensure that there are not any loose articles, clothing or hair close to the unit that can get caught up in the driver.
To control the direction of the driving, there is a button that is position right above the switch. This helps you to switch between working forward or backward. Speaking of switching, you can change between the drill bits and the Philips drill bits. The switching process has been made to be easy and straight forward. All you have to do is twist the chuck by your hand and pull out the drill bit. In the even you have just completed drilling into wood or metal, you should be careful when handling the unit as they tend to be hot. You should use a thick glove to insulate and protect your hands.
Holding the drill driver
There are individuals who prefer to use the tried and proven pistol grip. This is firm but does not provide much control when the unit is vibrating furiously, and you need to slant it in a different direction to better achieve your drilling goals. That said, use the enhanced grip, where you have your index finger on the side of the drill and using the second finger to press down on the switch is better. You will have more control and comfort with this grip method.
When drilling, you should have in mind that this is a powerful tool and as such you do not to apply insane pressure on the unit. Being a power tool, it will do all the work for you. You should also never reach around the material and surface you are working on. If you are drilling through a loose surface, be sure to have it clamped down or secure the unit before you start drilling.
This might be your first time using this unit, but there is always a first to everything. You should expect to use the unit many more times. During these times, you will get to learn the methods that work for you. Be sure to uphold safety over everything else.