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Hi folks,

I recently bought the hd jig and my current drill is not powerful enough and I am looking to get a new one. I have been doing outdoor projects with 2x4 and 4x4 and it ends up taking days as I can only drill one or two pocket holes before the battery dies. I have seen some suggestions for a drill with at least 2000 rpm. Is it better to go for a corded one or a battery powered one.

Does anyone have any recommendations for a suitable drill that I should consider?

Many thanks

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   I own Ridgid 18 volt Cordless. I got them from the Home Depot Store. What I like is the tool and battery's are life time, as long as you register them. When you buy a kit that is. I have a 1/2 hammer drill driver. Works great on anything I have done.


I prefer a corded drill for drilling and a battery drill for fastening. The corded drill is plugged into a device that turns on the vacuum when the drill is running.

I usually use a corded drill for long projects with a lot of drilling but my Milwaukee cordless has no problem drilling lots of HD holes.

I use my Milwaukee brushless drill. It has plenty of power!!!

Thanks guys, I was looking at the Milwaukee drills and have been struggling with my 14v black and decker today. I assume the Milwaukee drills you have are 18v? Which models do you use as I would prefer not to spend too much on a drill as I have other larger tools that I would like to get and can't blow my budget on a drill.


I like the M18 Fuel drills. These are brushless drills that deliver a lot of power. The Li-On batteries last a long time, too. I got the set with the drill and driver. I use the drill to drill the holes and the driver to put the screws in.

My local Home Depot has them on sale this week for Father's Day. I suspect Lowes may, too. They are expensive but I think they are worth it.

My only problem was going from the Black and Decker, which I like, to the more powerful drill, I have to be very careful not to drive the screws in too fast and strip the holes out.

Thank you. I'm in the UK but will have a look for any Father's Day deals this weekend. Good tip on the screws thanks.

Hi Charlie ,i am in the U.K. screw fix doing a deal on a Bosch battery drill gsb 18 2 li with 4.0 ah battery £99.99 more than enough power . I  use Hitachi battery drills again from screw fix  model dv 18 dgl/jc comes with two 1.5 ah batteries never found these batteries to lack power for all my woodworking tasks ,and i have had these drills 5 years now . I HAVE A Makita impact drill also and i find it to fierce for alot of woodworking applications ,hope this helps .

Thanks again everyone. Michael just got back from screw fix with the Bosch. Have just tried it out and drilled more hd holes in three minutes than I could in half a day with my old drill. Thanks again

Glad to help Charlie , if you find it to powerful for some applications turn the clutch down a notch or two go steady. 

Hey, you should see if you can get your hands on the Fein ASCM 4x speed drill for all situations.

It comes with 2 x 18v 5.2ah batteries, but they are light and they really drive home any screw.

We have used them for drilling straight into oak a m10x600mm screw! Brilliant piece of kit if you can find a FEIN dealer near you. See this for a little teaser. Fein ASCM 18QX

Didn't realise you were in the UK, I sell them in Kent ;-)

Charlie Roberton said:

Thank you. I'm in the UK but will have a look for any Father's Day deals this weekend. Good tip on the screws thanks.

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