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Licence to Drill: How to Find the Right Tool for You

When it comes to choosing the right power drill there’s no bigger decision – at least not for the truly self-respecting builder. For you, having the perfect drill, is second to nothing – and a world without one simply isn’t worth imagining.

It’d be like James Bond without the cool gadgets or slick car – and that’s a world no one wants to think of!

For our customers, the power drill is their go-to gadget in the toolbox. So, when it comes to finding the right one, we know it’s no walk in the park.

If you’re finding it hard to commit, our how to guide can help you find your perfect match.


Choosing the right drill often comes down to power. Many assume that the more powerful the better, but this is an easy mistake to make.

Most domestic and trade drills are normally available in 1/4”, 3/8” and 1/2” chuck sizes. The chuck refers to the part of the drill that holds the bit – the bigger the measurement, the greater the drilling capacity. A drill with a 1/4” ‘chuck’ (the part that holds the bit), for example, is better suited to lighter-duty jobs and softer materials. A 1/2” chuck however will handle tougher jobs easier, and can be used on much harder materials, like masonry & concrete. If you’re looking for an all-rounder, go for the 1/2” – it will handle most jobs well and there’s a vast range of bits available.


When it comes to drills, comfort is key. If this is to be your tool of choice, it needs to be comfortable to use. A 5kg drill might seem like a good idea at the time, but if you’re going to be using it for a few hours a day, you’ll soon wish you’d gone for the slim line version.

A good idea is to try before you buy. Come into branch and weigh up the possibilities, literally. That will give you a chance to compare the weight against the power and will give you an indication of how heavy is too heavy.

Added extras

Some builders are looking for more so the standard drill just isn’t enough to get the job done. Luckily, some drills come with added features that are designed to help get the job done quicker, easier or even quieter!

Some drills, for example, come with a built-in light which is great if you’re prone to working in dimmer spaces. Another attachment available is a built-in level, designed to help you install fixtures more accurately. This could also be paired with a side handle to give more stability when drilling heavy materials.

These are just a few of the things to consider when choosing your new power drill. For more help finding the right gadget for your job, come in branch and talk to one of the team. We can’t promise invisible cars, tracking devices or watches with grappling hooks – but we do have a great selection of power tools fit for any mission!