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Question Would like suggestions for buying new corded power drill

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I need to buy a new drill and would like some suggestions. I am a woman with small hands. I have gone to various stores and held different drills. They are all big and heavy in my hands, and over time will get heavier. Plus I am looking for a drill with power, I prefer using a corded drill. My old drill was given to me, I do not know much about drills and what to look for, so any shared knowledge will be very appreciated. What do I need to look for? I plan to use for woodworking and around the house.

Thanks ahead of time for the help.
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Hi,
For corded drills my preference is Milwaukee, but there are other brands that are just as good also. Just keep picking up drill motors till you find one that fits you the best. you can also try the battery powered drills. The top brands have batteries that will last a long time compared to models of the past.

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JC.. I recognize that you said you prefer a corded drill but I suggest you swing by a Home Depot and wrap your hand around a 10.8V Makita. They're small, light, and their Lithium Ion battery lasts quite a long time. I've got big hands and have big corded and cordless drills but find myself grabbing the little Makita most of the time.

It's not the tool for drilling 50 or 100 pocket holes or drilling with large forstner bits. I drag out my Milwaukee 234-6 for those jobs, but for 90% of my work, it's light, has good battery life and the little LED in the front shining where I'm going to drill or drive a screw is really helpful.

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Big Jim,
Thanks for your ideas.
The reason I like corded over battery drill is the corded seems to have more power and battery can add extra weight.
What options should I be looking for? What rpms? 1/2 or 3/8?

James,
Thanks for your ideas.
I was concerned about battery life.

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Jco..

take a good look at the smaller 3/8" dewalts. Price is reasonable at 50-60, even cheaper on the bay. Plenty of torgue. Its my go to drill around the shop. I just got tired of messing with batteries.
If its cordless you want to look at, take a look at some of the smaller cordless "drivers". Pretty much all the bennnies of a drill plus you can use several accessories available. but they are probably twice the price of a small drill...
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Bill's right.. The Makita (with charger and two batteries) is about $110 on Amazon.. as for weight, 2.2 lbs.. and no cord. It has amazing power.

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Hi Everyone,
I need to buy a new drill and would like some suggestions. I am a woman with small hands. I have gone to various stores and held different drills. They are all big and heavy in my hands, and over time will get heavier. Plus I am looking for a drill with power, I prefer using a corded drill. My old drill was given to me, I do not know much about drills and what to look for, so any shared knowledge will be very appreciated. What do I need to look for? I plan to use for woodworking and around the house.

Thanks ahead of time for the help.
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I would agree with the others on the new lithium ion drill/drivers. The Makita is very nice, Bosch has a very similar model as well as I'm sure do others. You won't miss the cord and these have all the power you will need for 90% of the tasks you will need it for.

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There's nothing wrong with wanting a corded drill. They do have more power, and the batteries don't go dead. Don't let someone talk you out of getting what you want.
I have a Ryobi 3/8" that has performed very well for me. Got it at HoPo for about $40 or so. I don't have meathooks for hands. It's a comfortable drill to hold.
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Hi JC

I would suggest a air type drill ,they are light and have tons of power.
I have my share of battery type and cord type and the air drill puts most of them to shame..easy to store unlike the cord type and you can a right angle type for the hard to get in jobs..that's the one I like to use most of the time because it will get into just about any spot..

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Hi Everyone,
I need to buy a new drill and would like some suggestions. I am a woman with small hands. I have gone to various stores and held different drills. They are all big and heavy in my hands, and over time will get heavier. Plus I am looking for a drill with power, I prefer using a corded drill. My old drill was given to me, I do not know much about drills and what to look for, so any shared knowledge will be very appreciated. What do I need to look for? I plan to use for woodworking and around the house.

Thanks ahead of time for the help.
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I have an old B&D corded drill 3/8", lots of power and very light. They are still around and their corded tools are well made.
I also have a Hitachi 18V LiON which is nice and compact. Check out the Hitachi line of corded and cordless drills as they are much smaller then the others.

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