Got a few loose screws? A cordless drill can easily take care of those. And a cordless drill not only can save on the cost of a handyman, but these days you can also save on the cost of the drill. That according to Consumer Reports, whose tests find there’s a lot of value out there right now.
Consumer Reports tested 89 cordless drills costing as little as $40, all the way up to $400. Many of the drills tested now use lithium ion batteries. They weigh less, which makes them easier to handle. Testers also size up how many screws a drill can drive per battery charge and how long it takes to recharge.
There are more lightweight, compact drills these days. They’re meant for smaller jobs. Like the Craftsman 17586. It holds a standard, three-eighths inch drill bit. Although it’s not as powerful as larger drills, it scored excellent for handling. It’s a Consumer Reports Best Buy at $70. Another plus—the Craftsman re-charges in just 30 minutes, but most inexpensive drills take much longer, often more than 4 hours.