Best Power Drills in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update August 2, 2017
If you need a handy tool for boring, drilling or even screwdriving, check out the high-performance power drills from this review to make the right choice. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Power
Rotation Speed
Maximum DRILLING CAPACITY
CHUCK CAPACITY
EXTRAS
Weight
Warranty
 
PROS
40 adjustable bit angle positions for working with chisels or spades.
CONS
Some might find the mode switching knob placement a bit awkward.
OUR VERDICT
Makita HR2630 hand hammer drill is a reliable solution for dealing with many different materials, regardless of its stubbornness. Recommended to both professional and inexperienced workers.
detailed parameters
Power
800 W
Rotation Speed
0 - 1200 RPM
Maximum DRILLING CAPACITY
Concrete - 26 mm, Steel - 13 mm, Wood - 32 mm
CHUCK CAPACITY
SDS-plus
EXTRAS
Ergonomic handle with rubberized grip, Depth stop, 40 bit angle settings, Reverse, Trigger block
Weight
2.8 kg
Warranty
3-year warranty
PROS
Very easy to handle, owing to ergonomic design and light weight.
CONS
Keyed chuck requires more time to tighten the bit but provides a more secure grip.
OUR VERDICT
This DeWalt electric power drill is a popular choice for household construction works. Suitable for prolong drilling in metal, plastic or wood without overheating.
detailed parameters
Power
650 W
Rotation Speed
0 - 2800 RPM
Maximum DRILLING CAPACITY
Concrete - 26 mm, Steel - 13 mm, Wood - 25 mm
CHUCK CAPACITY
13 mm keyed chuck
EXTRAS
Ergonomic handle with rubberized grip, Depth stop, Reverse, Trigger block, Lathe chuck key
Weight
1.6 kg
Warranty
1-year full warranty
PROS
Adjustable speed settings for the variety of specific tasks.
CONS
Auxiliary handle has no quick-swing option.
OUR VERDICT
Thanks to the compact overall dimensions, this Bosch Hammer Drill is an optimal tool for drilling hard surfaces in tight places. Can also be used as a screwdriver.
detailed parameters
Power
650 W
Rotation Speed
50 - 3000 RPM
Maximum DRILLING CAPACITY
Concrete - 14 mm, Steel - 12 mm, Wood - 30 mm
CHUCK CAPACITY
13 mm keyless chuck
EXTRAS
Ergonomic handle, Depth stop, Reverse, Trigger block, Spindle lock
Weight
1.7 kg
Warranty
2-year warranty
PROS
The reverse brush system ensures longer brush service life.
CONS
A lock button position is somewhat inconvenient.
OUR VERDICT
Black+Decker power drill demonstrates modest yet reliable performance and features only 2 action modes: drilling and boring. Considering the price, this tool can be a practical choice for occasional household tasks.
detailed parameters
Power
600 W
Rotation Speed
0 - 2800 RPM
Maximum DRILLING CAPACITY
Concrete - 13 mm, Steel - 13 mm, Wood - 20 mm
CHUCK CAPACITY
13 mm keyless chuck
EXTRAS
Ergonomic handle with soft grip, Depth stop, Reverse, Trigger block, Spindle block
Weight
2 kg
Warranty
2-year warranty
PROS
Vibration-dampening rear handle. Compatible with both SDS-plus and standard drill bits.
CONS
No reverse torque.
OUR VERDICT
Terratek Rotary Hammer Drill is a powerful choice for big construction and home renovation works. With it, you can bore a hole in the hardest and most stubborn concrete or even demolish an old building footing or pavement.
detailed parameters
Power
1500 W
Rotation Speed
0 - 800 RPM
Maximum DRILLING CAPACITY
Concrete - 32 mm, Steel - 13 mm, Wood - 40 mm
CHUCK CAPACITY
SDS-plus, 13 mm keyed chuck
EXTRAS
Ergonomic handle with rubberized grip and vibration dampening design, Comes with the bits kit.
Weight
8 kg
Warranty
1-year

What is a Power Drill?

Power drills are among the most widespread and frequently used tools. The main task of a power drill is to bore holes in wood, plastic, or metal. Power drills are used in many spheres including construction, carpentry, finishing works, etc. The importance of power drills is difficult to overestimate for customers from professional builders to amateurs.
Any construction or repair activity involves driving nails into different materials. We recommend you to consider our recent nailers review to make the process of nailing easier.

What Features to Compare

Power
To pick a proper power drill, we advise you to check some important aspects. The power is the very first thing to pay attention to. Here you should be guided by the kind of work you buy a tool for and the materials you will drill in. If you need to drill a sheet steel, a low-power drill will be enough. If you face hard materials like brick or thick metal pieces, choose a drill with a medium power. The most powerful drills are capable of drilling through concrete and mix loose building materials. Yet, keep in mind that the more powerful a drill is, the bulkier it is.
Drilling Capacity and Speed
As for the drilling capacity, it should be based upon your needs. Read the technical specs of a drill carefully. Generally, every manufacturer specifies the maximum drilling capacity for different materials, mostly for wood and metal, and sometimes, concrete. Also, consider the number of rotations per minute a drill’s chuck makes. The higher this number is, the faster a drill works and the smoother holes are bored.
Features
One way or another, power tools are equipped with extra functions and conveniences. Electric drills are not an exception. First and foremost, a power drill should fit well in your hand. So, pay attention to the shape of a drill’s handle and materials it is coated with. It's very comfortable if a handle is rubber-coated. This feature will provide a reliable grip and minimise the slipping of a tool in your palm. If a drill is hefty, an accessory handle is up to the point; it will give you an extra control over the tool. When it comes to the functions, they come in a wide variety: a variable speed trigger, a reversing switch that makes the drill rotate in reverse, a trigger lock to prevent accidental start, etc.

Makita HR2630

Ultimate Drill for Professional Use

HR2630 hammer drill is a fierce power tool for drilling, chiselling and boring the holes. The Makita power drill offers 3 action modes to choose from: drilling, hammering and boring. In the first one, the tool can simply drill through the wood and even steel with the right tip. In hammering-only mode, Makita's motor can deliver up to 4600 blows per minute. Thus, things like tile removal or small demolition works may be done fast and easy with it. The 3rd mode is for making holes in tough materials like concrete or bricks because usual drilling might not be enough to provide a clean hole or may even break them.

The mode-switching knob is placed on the bottom of the housing right behind the auxiliary handle,. The reverse switch is easy-tо-reach with the thumb without releasing the grip (for a right-handed person). To increase the speed, just apply more pressure to the trigger with your finger.
While working with chisel or spade, the bit can be set in one of the 40 variable angle positions for the most precise and clean masonry carving or plaster removal. The soft auxiliary handle may also be swung 360° to find the most comfortable grip for any situation.

Bottom line, Makita HR2630 hammer drill is a top choice if you need a universal, reliable power tool with flexible functionality and incredibly convenient design for small-to-large construction or small demo works.

Review of Makita HR2630 Rotary Hammer Drill

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Makita HR2630
Makita HR2630
 

DEWALT D024K

Old-School Style

Any drill is capable of drilling through most of wood and plastic. However, working with steel and concrete usually requires a really powerful tool. A tool like the DeWalt D024K Percussion Drill. We give it high praise for its incredible speed in the boring mode - up to 47 600 BPM. At the rate like this, the DeWalt D024K electric hammer drill can bore a hole up to 16 mm in diameter in stiff concrete materials. This is more than enough for occasional daily tasks like hanging a picture or a TV mount on a wall.
In terms of size and weight, this model is not that much different from many other electric drills or impact drivers. Also, the tool is extremely easy to handle, owing to the 360° rotatable side handle and rubberised grips.
Note, the DeWalt D024K has a keyed chuck. On one hand, it may take longer to switch between the bits, compared to the keyless type. On the other hand, the bit can be securely set in the drill to minimise the risk of self-loosening, which is important for drilling through malleable metal like aluminium and copper. All in all, this Dewalt power drill is a reasonable option for working with various materials at home or in a small workshop, and its light weight makes it excellent for working without discomfort or fatigue.
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DEWALT D024K
DEWALT D024K
 

Bosch PSB 650 RE

From Wall Plugs to Downlight Holes

The first thing you may notice when you take this Bosch Hammer Drill in hand, is how compact it is, compared to other hammer drills out there. What's more, its rugged moulded plastic body is pretty lightweight and doesn't slip in hands. But the key feature here is the motor that can deliver up to 3 000 RPM. At such speed, you can make a lot of small clean holes to hang shelves on walls in no time. Furthermore, there's a handy torque speed regulating knob set in the trigger for quick adjustment to your needs and workpiece material. That way, you can even use it as an electric screwdriver on the low-speed setting with the SDS-plus screwdriver bits. You can also quickly switch between the attachments with its keyless chuck. At a normal torque setting, the drill will be optimal for making holes in drywalls for downlights before or even after attaching them on the extrusions or framing.
Overall, the PSB 650 RE Hammer Drill is a solid tool to have at home for small remodelling, renovation or occasional household tasks like setting a new light fixture or hanging a new shelf in a living room.
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Bosch PSB 650 RE
Bosch PSB 650 RE
 

BLACK + DECKER KR604CRESK

Beauty in Simplicity

The Black + Decker KR604CRESK hammer drill is a fine example of percussion drills because it simply has everything that you may need for work. See for yourself. Its 360°-rotatable auxiliary handle has a rubberised grip and a slot for the depth stop, used for precise drilling in masonry, wood, and metal. Its keyless chuck offers a tool-free switching between the bits in mere seconds. The variable speed trigger is wide enough to be pressed with two fingers at once. This might not be a big deal to some users but holding and adjusting the torque with just one finger can be surprisingly tiresome if you are working with it for several hours.
The motor here is not too powerful but you can still drill the holes in plastic, wood, and metal with it. As for the concrete, just set to hammer action and it will process concrete almost as easy as wood.
Although we would recommend using bigger hammer drills for heavy construction works, this Black + Decker KR604CRESK corded drill is a viable option if your assignment requires a compact, inexpensive, and easy to handle percussion drill with solid performance.
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BLACK + DECKER KR604CRESK
 

Terratek 1500W

More Than a Drill

We have to admit, the Terratek Rotary Hammer Drill is not the lightest model. At 8 kg stat, not even every user can handle it that easily. However, this inconvenience is an understandable excuse for its high-performance qualities. Its 1500 W motor can deliver up to 800 RPM and 4 000 BPM rate in drilling and hammering modes accordingly. There's also a boring mode for drilling holes in the toughest types of concrete without worrying that a drill bit may get jammed. Every part of its housing looks pretty durable and ready for heavy duty too. What's more, its rear D-handle has a special vibration-dampening design for user's comfort.
Just like many other models of hammer drills, it can be used not only for boring through bricks and concrete but also for standard drilling in wood, plastic, and metal. Additionally, you can switch between different types of bits as this Terratek drill supports both SDS-plus and standard core bits up to 13 mm in size.
Therefore, if you need a universal, power tool for the work on large construction sets, this Terratek Hammer Drill is one of the best options on the market.
Review of Terratek 1500W Rotary Hammer Drill

Terratek 1500W
Terratek 1500W
 

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Publish Date: 2017-08-02 13:40:49