STRONGEST DRILLS REVIEWED

STRONGEST DRILLS REVIEWED

As shown in the tag, the focus of the article would be on: strongest cordless drill, most powerful hand drill, most powerful cordless drill, most powerful battery drill

In this STRONGEST CORDLESS DRILLS review:
1. We reviewed for the most powerful cordless drills today.
2. We drilled down our result to get the most durable ones.
3. We drilled down one more time to get the ones offered at fairly affordable prices.

 

 

So before we kick off, here is a round up of our picks

Over my long experience with drills, I have developed this strong confidence in DEWALT DCD996P2 and MAKITA XT273R. Anybody who has a good experience with drills would testify that MAKITA XT273R is a powerful, efficient, and affordable drill, and DEWALT DCD996P2 is the most competent, heavy-duty drill with the best versatility. However, my reason for liking these drills goes beyond these qualities -they stand out and are easily the best choices when compared with other powerful drills. The below tables say it all.


When you see a civil engineer brag about how strong his drill is, it is always one of these beasts. But which one is the best? Let's find out!

 DEWALT
DCD996P2
MAKITA
XT273R
BOSCH
CLPK232A-181L
MILWAUKEE
2606-21CT
FESTOOL
574708
INGERSOLL RAND
D5140
PANASONIC
EY7450LR2S
FEIN
ASCM 18
HITACHI
WH18DL
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WEIGHT: 11.1lbs 4.0 lbs 3.5lbs 8.4 lbs 6.8 lbs 14.2 13.2 13.15 3.5
COMPACT
DRILLING
CAPABILITY:
YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES
REVOLUTIONS
PER MINUTE:

for compact
drilling
450low
1,300medium
2.000high

i.e 3-speeds
400low
1,500high

i.e 2-speeds
500low
1,700high

i.e 2-speeds
400low
1800high

400low
850medium
1850medium
3800high

0-1900
430low
1650high

400low
800medium
1950medium
3850high

2000low
2600high
IMPACT
DRIVING
CAPABILITY:
YES YES YES NO NO NO
NO NO YES
BEAT PER
MINUTE:

for impact
driving
0-38,250BPM 6,000low
22,500high

i.e 2-speeds
0-3,200BPM NIL NIL NIL NIL NIL 3200
TORQUE:
power supplied
820
UWO
480
in.lbs
600
in.lbs
500 ln.lbs 354 In.lbs 700 In.lbs 478 In.lbs 796 In.lbs 1330 In.lbs
PERFORMANCE
FROM MY
CHECKS:
Quite great Really great Really great Really
great
Really
great

Really
great

Really
great
Really
great
Really
great
WARRANTY: 3YRS 30DYS 1YR 5YRS
3YRS 2 YRS on battery,
1YR on tool

2 YRS
3 YRS
5 YRS
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From the above, it is quite clear DEWALT DCD996P2is the beast with the greatest punch. If what you desire is a very String and Powerful drill, then two factors you should look at amongst others are Durability and Power.

My experience with DEWALT DCD996P2
I have reviewed a large number of powerful power tools and one trend I have observed is that strong power tools easily suck up their battery power (especially if they deliver upto 5000RPM). This is a normal expectation, I mean they are heavy duty tools that deliver high torque and this high torque is expected to run on a good amount of energy, so it is normal. However, for this drill -DEWALT DCD996P2, it is different. Though this drill is a heavy duty drilling device, it can hold up battery power for as long as 2-3 months with a fair usage per week, say a 3-4 time of long usages a week. Never had anything like it in all the strongest cordless drills I have seen.

I love to go beyond when looking for the best of anything, so I decided to compare DEWALT DCD985M2 with the strongest drills from Dewalt's

Even Dewalts best selling powerful drill DEWALT DCD771C2 is featured in the comparison. For over a very long period of time, this drill has always been sold somewhere below $100 and people love it because IT IS CHEAP, yet very POWERFUL.
 DEWALT
DCD996P2
DEWALT
DCD985M2
DEWALT
DCD790D2
DEWALT
DCD771C2
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WEIGHT: 11.1lbs 5.2lbs 8.4lbs 3.6 lbs
COMPACT
DRILLING
CAPABILITY:
YES YES YES YES
REVOLUTIONS
PER MINUTE:

for compact
drilling
450low
1,300medium
2.000high

i.e 3-speeds
575low
1,350medium
2.000high

i.e 3-speeds
600low
2,000high

i.e 2-speeds
450low
1,500high

i.e 2-speeds
IMPACT
DRIVING
CAPABILITY:
YES YES NO NO
BEAT PER
MINUTE:

for impact
driving
0-38,250BPM 9,775low
22,950medium
34,000high

i.e 3-speeds
N/A N/A
TORQUE: 820
UWO
650
UWO
360
UWO
300
in.lbs
PERFORMANCE
FROM MY
CHECKS:
Quite great Really great Quite great Quite great
WARRANTY: 3YRS 3YRS 3YRS 3YRS
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THE REVIEW

While searching for the strongest cordless drills, many brands and models will come to mind making it difficult to select one. To make the best choice, it is very necessary to understand what one is going for, the type of project it would be used for, and where to get the best. This way, one has fewer chances of getting an inferior quality, thus wasting money at the end of the day.

To make this easy for tool users and lovers, I have rounded up the strongest cordless drills I have been privileged to come across over my year of experience with power tools. These cordless drills would serve you even till you decide to replace them. The drills are not only selected based on how powerful they are but also based on their affordability and efficiency. As we all know, efficient work tools are the best partners a tool user can boast of.

In this article, I have reviewed these ten(10) most powerful hand drills in the market today, I have picked 2 drills as my choices, and I have stated reasons why they are the best bang for your money.


So here, I thoroughly compared my 2 picks with the Strongest Cordless Drills from Dewalt

You see why no drill can beat these 2

 DEWALT
DCD996P2
DEWALT
DCD985M2
MAKITA
XT273R
DEWALT
DCD790D2
DEWALT
DCD771C2
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WEIGHT: 11.1lbs 5.2lbs 4.0 lbs 8.4lbs 3.6 lbs
VARIABLE
SPEED:
YES YES YES YES YES
COMPACT
DRILLING
CAPABILITY:
YES YES YES YES YES
REVOLUTIONS
PER MINUTE:

for compact
drilling
450low
1,300medium
2.000high

i.e 3-speeds
575low
1,350medium
2.000high

i.e 3-speeds
400low
1,500high

i.e 2-speeds
600low
2,000high

i.e 2-speeds
450low
1,500high

i.e 2-speeds
IMPACT
DRIVING
CAPABILITY:
YES YES YES NO NO
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BEAT PER
MINUTE:

for impact
driving
0-38,250BPM 9,775low
22,950medium
34,000high

i.e 3-speeds
6,000low
22,500high

i.e 2-speeds
N/A N/A
TORQUE: 820
UWO
650
UWO
480
in.lbs
360
UWO
300
in.lbs
CHUCK
RELIABILITY:
very
good
very
good
very
good
very
good
very
good
INBUILT
LED LIGHT:
YES YES YES YES YES
BELT
HOOK:
YES YES YES YES NO
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ERGONOMIC
DESIGN:

(i.e comfy grip)
very
good
very
good
very
good
very
good
very
good
BRUSHLESS
MOTOR:
YES YES NO YES NO
DOUBLE
BATTERY:
YES YES NO YES YES
DURABILITY
RATE:
very
durable
very
durable
very
durable
very
durable
very
durable
WARRANTY: 3YRS 3YRS 30DYS 3YRS 3YRS
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WHAT
WE FEEL:
This is
reeeally
good
This is
reeeally
good
This is
reeeally
good
This is
reeeally
good
This is
reeeally
good

price

price

price

price

price

Seeing the above table could leave you wondering why I have picked MAKITA T273R which runs at 480 in.lbs of torque as my choice2 and not Dewalt DCD985M2 which runs at 650 in.lbs of torque. Here is the thing, if we are to consider durability, strength, and affordability then MAKITA T273R should take the 2nd place because it is more affordable than Dewalt DCD985M2.

 Answered in the below Cordless Drill review:

Who makes the strongest cordless drill ?
Which is the most powerful hand drill ?
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Which is the most powerful battery drill ?

Makita XT273R 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Compact Cordless 2-Pc. Combo Kit (2.0Ah)

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Each of the tools is light weight even with batteries installed while it is also designed to be compact enough for use in tight spaces. Each of the combo kit function with brushless motors for an increased operation and tool life. The drill features a 2-speed gear (with the switch located at the top of the drill) that can deliver torque power up to 350in.lbs at 17000rpm and also with adjustable clutch setting and drilling mode.

The impact driver on the other hand also works with a 2-speed motor which gives 1240in.lbs torque, 3000rpm speed, and 3900IPM impact rates. One feature you cannot easily miss is the Assist mode that allows the user to drive in screws on a low speed that increases even as an increase in friction is observed. The Makita 18V LXT is ideal either as a backup tool or as the main tool for projects.
The kit includes drill driver, impact driver, 2 batteries, charger, manual and a tool box.

PROS- (Makita XT273R) 
  • The combo kit is very easy and convenient to use
  • It brings an efficient result and performs to expectation
  • Has enough power to be used as the main tool in projects
  • Long battery lifespan, coupled with the fact that it charges very fast (under 25minutes) allowing a longer tool run time
  • It is Strong and durable
CONS- (Makita XT273R)
  • It is very expensive
  • The chucks wobble a lot while drilling

Why this is not a problem
The Makita 18V LXT is very strong and durable, made from high-quality materials, hence the cost; and because it can serve perfectly for most projects either as a backup tool or the main, it is well worth the investment.

DEWALT DCD996P2 20V MAX XR Lithium Ion Brushless 3-Speed Hammer Drill Kit

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It is one of the most powerful cordless drills used in heavy duty operations in order to get a high performance, speed and for better tool run time. It works with a brushless motor that yields efficient output, 57% above what other brushed motor drills can boast of. The tool delivers up to 32,250BPM for fast masonry drillings and it operates on a 3-speed gear, which allows for faster application and variation in speed for the best output while it has an ergonomic build for durability and ease of handling.

It is among the strongest cordless drills that can be used to drill into woods, metals, concrete and in masonry as it is very capable of drilling, screwing, fastening and hammer drilling precisely, especially with its 360⁰ side handle feature; while its 3-mode LED light allows for brightness option depending on how dark/dim the workspace may be.
The kit includes a brushless 3-speed motor hammer drill, 2 Lithium-ion batteries, charger, belt hook, 360⁰ side handle and a kit box.

PROS- (DEWALT DCD996P2) 
  • It is fast and reliable with enough speed for a high performance
  • It is ergonomically built for strength and durability
  • It is compact and lightweight to fit into small spaces
  • It features a 3-mode light for easy visibility
CONS- (DEWALT DCD996P2)
  • It can be bulky and heavy to use
  • It can get a bit loud and would require the use of muffs
  • The power may be too strong for simple tasks and would need an extra focus especially while working on simple tasks so as not to strip the screws

Why this is not a problem
The drill is solidly built to last long which is why it is quite heavy, and it can be easily held in place with the belt hook, especially when not in use to reduce the stress of handling.
While it has enough power for demanding projects, it can also be adjusted to handle simpler projects while ensuring extra carefulness. These are just little issues compared to the effect it gives.

DEWALT DCD985M2 20V MAX Lithium-Ion Premium Hammerdrill Kit

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The DCD985M2 Dewalt model is one of the most powerful battery drill Dewalt rolls out for high performance and functioning in drilling operations. It works with a 20v Lithium-ion battery that charges fast and allows for a longer tool runtime during use while it outperforms other cheaper tools with its high performing 3-speed transmission that gives the best result for operations that involves speed. It has a high-power and high-efficiency motor for operations such as drilling, fastening, hammer drilling and sometimes impacts wrench.

It works between 0-575, 0-1350, and 0-2000 maximum rpm and 0-9,775, 0-22,950, 0-34000BPM at each respective speed setting. It works with 22-clutch settings and a ½ inch ratcheting chuck.
The kit includes a 360⁰ side handle, I hour charger, 2 lithium ion batteries and a kit box.

PROS- (DEWALT DCD985M2) 
  • It is ruggedly built to withstand worksite handling and pressures
  • It has more balance and an extra load of power
  • Ideal for heavy and demanding drilling projects
  • Has a good battery life
  • Has a 3-year warranty
CONS- (DEWALT DCD985M2)
  • It might be heavy for some people, especially for long drilling operations. This weight, however, is balanced evenly on the tool, so I didn’t have a problem with that.
  • It can heat up a little bit after an extended use
  • Something happened on one of my checks on this drill, I just think I should share that too. The DEWALT DCD985M2 I had checked mistakenly dropped a few times on the check. One of which was from a pretty high height. After these incedents, I found the chuck wobbled a little bit, though it is still performed perfectly. The damage was not enough to call DeWalt for the warrantied package. Would have been another chance to test Dewalt’s warranty backup.

Why the above cons are not problems
From our checks, we think that the heavy size is due to the additional weight of the battery, and would recommend placing on a flat surface when not in use especially during a drilling operation to reduce handling stress. Also, we think that the tool heat up is as a result of consistent use, and would only need to be left for a while to cool before using it again.

DEWALT DCD790D2 20V MAX XR Lithium-Ion Brushless Compact Drill/Driver Kit

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This is another strong drill among the most powerful cordless drills. It is a Dewalt brand that works with a brushless motor for efficiency and smooth operation. It is built to be lightweight and small to function well in tight corners and for long tool handling. It operates on a 2-speed gear that provides the user with speed options to choose from for a particular drill operation and with a speed ranging between 0-600 and 0-2000rpm. It also has a LED work light situated at the foot of the tool for visibility and to prevent shadow casting on a work area. Its half-inch ratcheting chuck holds bits securely when tightened throughout the drilling process. It also has 15 clutch settings and is rated among the most powerful cordless drills you can get on the market. The kit includes a drill driver, 2 batteries, charger, belt hook, bit holder and a kit box.

It also has a LED work light situated at the foot of the tool for visibility and to prevent shadow casting on a work area. Its half-inch ratcheting chuck holds bits securely when tightened throughout the drilling process. It also has 15 clutch settings and is rated among the most powerful cordless drills you can get on the market. The kit includes a drill driver, 2 batteries, charger, belt hook, bit holder and a kit box.

PROS- (DEWALT DCD790D2) 
  • Easy and convenient to use
  • Built for strength and durability
  • High power output
  • Well balanced and comfortable
  • LED light is useful and rightly positioned
CONS- (DEWALT DCD790D2)
  • Battery wobbles if not fixed properly
  • Chucks can wobble during use
  • It is an expensive tool to own

Why this is not a problem
We think these are not problems because they are experiences most users face during their first use, but if properly fixed, this is a great tool to own for most drilling projects around the home and even on work sites which we think is worth its price.

DEWALT DCD991P2 20V MAX XR Lithium Ion Brushless 3-Speed Drill/Driver Kit

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Like some other Dewalt’s most powerful cordless drills; DCD991P2 is a 3-speed high performing hand drill used for most operations that involve speed and efficiency. It has an all-metal head for strength, while its nitrocarburized half inch metal chuck has carbide inserts for firm grip and bit holding capacity. Also, being a high power tool, it operates on a brushless motor giving it a longer run time over brushed motors.

The LED light has three brightness modes that shine 20 times brighter than some other models. Its speed also varies between 0-450, 0-1300, and 0-2000rpm depending on user’s choice and drilling speed needed for each operation. It is powered by a 20v lithium ion battery and the kit includes a 3-speed drill driver, a 360⁰side handle, a charger, 2 LI-on batteries, belt hook and a kit box.

PROS- (DEWALT DCD991P2) 
  • It operates on a brushless motor
  • Delivers high speed and power
  • Built with strong and durable body parts
  • Switches are made to resist moisture and dust especially o work sites
  • Has 3-years warranty
CONS- (DEWALT DCD991P2)
  • It is slightly heavy to handle for a long time
  • It often has loose batteries when installed

Why this is not a problem
We believe that if the batteries are properly installed, the issue of loose battery would be a minor issue

Dewalt DCD771C2

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DCD771C2 20V Max Lithium-ion compact drill is battery operated and among the most powerful hand drills, one can get at an affordable price. It is fit for almost every drilling operation and very small and lightweight to be used even in tight areas. It works with 2-speed levels that offer different speed for different applications depending on the performance level needed. Its 20v battery last long and have a quick recharge time of 45minutes. The kit includes a compact charger, (2) 20v LI-on batteries and a tool bag.

PROS- (DeWalt DCD771C2) 
  • It is small and lightweight
  • It is easy to use for different operations
  • It is cheap and affordable
  • Has a 3-year limited warranty offer
CONS- (DeWalt DCD771C2)
  • The chuck is made of plastic and wobbles when drilling at a high speed

Why this is not a problem
We think that apart from this little issue, every other part of the drill is perfect for the everyday project, while the chuck is handset and tightened to get the best of your drilling operation.

Hitachi KC18DBFL 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Brushless Hammer Drill & Impact Driver Combo Kit (3.0Ah)

The Hitachi is a combo kit comprising of a hammer drill and an impact driver that both operate on a brushless motor which offers a great operation time and last long as a tool. Each tool is rated among the most powerful hand drill you can add to your tool collections as they both operate on 18V lithium ion batteries and have the latest innovation built into them for high performance. This includes the microprocessor that helps to maintain the motor for efficiency and durability and removes the need of having to replace brushes.

While the hammer drill produces just enough power- 440in.lbs for its operation, the impact driver delivers more power of 1460in.lbs and speed of 2900rpm for a high performance. The impact drill also features the Hitachi active control system that adjusts the speed to torque level which reduces the risk of shedding screws or getting injured by the speed rate. The kit includes the combo tools, (2) 18v batteries, a charger, and a tool case.

PROS- (Hitachi KC18DBFL) 
  • The tools are reliable and comfortable to use
  • They have a high performance and speed
  • The batteries charge up fast and offer a long tool run time
  • Has a lifetime tool warranty offer including a 2-year battery warranty
CONS- (Hitachi KC18DBFL)
  • It is quite expensive
  • The tools are heavy
  • The LED light casts shadow over work area

Why this is not a problem
We think that the performance every user gets from the tools outweighs the heaviness and the tool is worth every penny spent on it.

Bosch CLPK232A-181L 18V Lithium-Ion Cordless Drill

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When looking for the most powerful battery drill for the money, Bosch CLPK232A combo kit is one of the best bet you can get for its high performance. They both deliver much power by operating on canned motor with the compact build but powerful output. The drill has a strong and durable chuck for good bit retention while its design is compact but strong enough to serve each drilling function. It produces up to 600in.lbs of torque power while its speed varies from 0-500 to 0-1700rpm. It also features a small grip diameter for better handling.

The impact wrench, on the other hand, has a quick chuck change feature and delivers power up to 1500in.lbs and speed of 3200Bpm with a no load speed of 2800rpm. It is one of the strongest cordless drills and suitable for all field work.
The kit includes a drill driver, an impact driver, a charger, two 18v lithium ion batteries ad a tool case.

PROS- (Bosch CLPK232A-181L) 
  • The tools are very powerful and efficient
  • They have a high performance
  • They have a strong build and are durable
  • Operates on battery power with a longer tool run time
CONS- (Bosch CLPK232A-181L)
  • The combo kit is quite expensive

Why this is not a problem
The combo kit gives a performance that is worth the money invested in it.

Milwaukee 2615-21CT M18 Cordless Right Angle Drill Kit, 1 CMPT Battery

This is a highly portable and easy-to-use tool that has been rated among the most powerful battery drills based on its performance and capacity. It is a right angled drill, very compact and lightweight enough to fit into cramped spaces, while its handle can be multi-positioned for flexibility. It has 11 clutch settings and drills through a 3/8 single sleeve ratcheting chuck and at a torque power of 125in.lbs.

MUST READ: Best 90 Degree Angle Drill Review

PROS- (Milwaukee 2615-21CT) 
  • It is durable and highly flexible for most operations
  • It is compact and very handy
  • It comes with a 5-year warranty offer
CONS- (Milwaukee 2615-21CT)
  • It can only serve as a backup drill for most operations
  • Does not have enough power for more demanding drilling projects

Why this is not a problem
From our checks, we believe the tool can only function as a backup tool and for projects that don’t require much power. It is ideal for simple home projects and will serve effectively.

DEWALT DCK299M2 20V MAX XR Lithium Ion Brushless Premium Hammerdrill & Impact Driver Combo Kit, 4.0 Ah

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This is another battery operated combo kit found among the most powerful battery drills for their high transmission rate and functioning power. The hammer drill has a 3-speed variable gear for each speed application you may need for your projects with up to 2000rp speed performance that gives an efficient tool to task operation. It is sturdily built for durability and convenience in handling while it gives up to 38,250bpm for most stone drilling operations and has a built-in LED light.

The impact wrench provides 1825in.lbs torque power for operations carried out at 0-3250rpm speed with up 3600 impacts per minute. Both tools serve as great project companions on job sites and can be trusted any time for speed, power, and efficiency. The kit includes a drill driver, impact wrench, 2 batteries, 2 belt hooks, a charger, a 360⁰side handle and a tool bag.

PROS- (DEWALT DCK299M2) 
  • Heavy duty tools for heavy duty tasks
  • Long lasting and efficient battery power
  • Solid build for durability
  • Brushless motor for high powered operations
CONS- (DEWALT DCK299M2)
  • It is quite expensive
  • The drill driver is quite on the heavy side

Why this is not a problem
We think that the advantages these tools offer make it desirable to own despite the cost and handling size.

Conclusion
From the in-depth review, we have made on the most powerful hand drills, we recommend each of these brands to you for an effective drilling operation. The Hitachi, Milwaukee, Dewalt, and Makita among others, are among the selected few brands known for their reputation for producing the some of the most powerful cordless drills and most powerful battery drills you can get on the market today. You no longer need to spend money on inferior drilling tools as you can get the best and strongest cordless drills you need even at an affordable price.

2 Comments

  • gary says:

    I did notice the 996 DeWalt has 820 pounds of torque where is the Fein has 796, but the 985 DeWalt has only 650 lb of torque

  • vigwe says:

    Hi Gary, you have noticed correctly. Which is why it is my choice1 🙂 If we are to consider affordability, the Makita XT273R is choice2, because it is very affordable. Talking about strength and durability, DeWalt DCD996P2 is the real beast! If I’m to choose again, I would choose “the 996 Dewalt” a thousand times over. 🙂

    A mare look at Dewalt DCD985M2 would almost make one think it is the strongest drill in the world. But when compared closely with DeWalt DCD996P2, it is clear DCD985M2 doesn’t stand a chance.

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