Cordless Drills

What is a cordless drill?
Cordless drills are handheld rotary tools that can be operated using specially designed rechargeable batteries removing the need to a mains power source. A range of drill types are available to suit a multitude of jobs. Cordless drills are designed to make holes as well as loosening and tightening screws and bolts. Lighter weight and free from cables, the added manoeuvrability means working on site and in tight or restricted spaces is easier and with less fatigue. Cordless drills commonly come in four voltage ratings, 10.8V, 12V, 14.4V and 18V, these give an indication to the power of the drill, with higher voltage drills providing more power on the job.

Lithium-Ion, also known as Li-ion, battery advances in recent years has allowed power tool manufacturing to advance, providing more powerful and longer lasting tools. A tools compatible batteries can come in a range of Amp Hour (Ah) capacities. This Ah capacity relates to the life of the battery while in use. Higher Ah capacity batteries last longer than those with a lower capacity.

What type of drill do I need?

Cordless Drill Drivers
Drill drivers offer two functions, the ability to drill holes in wood or metal and to drive and undo screws and bolts. Equipped with variable speeds and torque settings to ensure each job is handled safely, however, offering lower torque than on an impact or combi drills.

Cordless Combi Drills
The ability to drill wood or metal as well as to drive/undo screws, combi drills provide the ability to drill holes in masonry with a hammer action. Variable speeds with high-torque action and are suitable for use in robust applications.

Cordless Impact Drill/Driver
Similar to a cordless drill driver, providing more power with a special mechanism that kicks-in to provide greater torque when working. Impact drill/drivers typically do not offer an adjustable clutch.

Cordless Hammer Drills
Hammer drills are a powerful drill that provide a vibrating motion. The back and forth motion combined with the drills normal rotary action allows for easier and more efficient drilling through brick and other masonry materials.

Cordless Angle Drills
Precise and powerful, designed to work efficiently in smaller spaces. Powered by rechargeable batteries. Cordless angle drills are an essential tool for any toolbox. Range varies from 10.8 V to 18 V with a choice of single- or two-hand operation. The perfect tool for drilling holes in hard to reach places.

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Description Price Voltage Rating Type Battery Type Battery Capacity Series Chuck Size Chuck Type Drilling Capacity Masonry Drilling Capacity Metal Max Speed Speed Drive Size Wattage Plug Type
RS Stock No. 179-7844
Mfr. Part No.71132064000
12V Compact Drill Driver Li-ion - ABSU 1 → 10mm Keyless - 10 mm 1300rpm 400 RPM, 1300 RPM - - -
RS Stock No. 179-7847
Mfr. Part No.71161164000
18V Cordless Drill Driver, Variable Speed - - ASCM, QuickIN 1.5 → 13mm Keyless; Quick Change - 25 (Steel) mm 3850rpm 400 RPM, 800 RPM, 1950 RPM, 3850 RPM - - -
RS Stock No. 179-7846
Mfr. Part No.71161064000
12V Cordless Drill Driver, Variable Speed Li-ion 2.5Ah ASCM, QuickIN 1.5 → 13mm Keyless; Quick Change - 13 (Steel) mm 2500rpm 400 RPM, 700 RPM, 1400 RPM, 2500 RPM - - -