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Best 12V Cordless Drill Roundup


Searching for the best 12V cordless drill isn’t as easy as going after the best 18V cordless drill. It’s because people buy the two classes of drill for very different reasons. When it comes to the 18V class, you’re really looking for power and performance with a nod to ergonomics. When it comes to 12V drills, ergonomics, weight, and compactness are just as important as the performance stats.

What some people find surprising is that 12V drills use the same exact lithium-ion cells as their 18V counterparts. The 12-volt platform is based on sets of three cells while 18-volt uses sets of five. Despite the lower power, most people find their best 12V cordless drill can handle about 80% of their tasks, specifically the drilling and screw driving ones. We designed our testing around how our Pros use this compact class of drill.

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The Best 12V Cordless Drill on Paper

Without actually picking up the tool and using it, four specifications stand out. You can tell something about the performance from the torque and speed ratings. Weight and dimensions can give you an impression about the ergonomics.

Torque

Ridgid has been claiming best in class torque for a while with their R82005 and they have yet to be eclipsed at 400 inch pounds. Milwaukee comes in next with 350 inch pounds and Hitachi rounds out the top three with 300 inch pounds. At the bottom is Festool, which may surprise many people. While the lower numbers do give us an expectation of lower performance, it’s important to remember that this was designed with woodworkers in mind – professionals that value quality finishes over speed.

Best 12V Cordless Drill - Maximum Torque

Speed

Speed falls into a couple of categories with two outliers taking the top and bottom spots. Milwaukee leads the class at 1700 RPM in high speed and Festool covers the back at 1200 RPM. Remember what I said about finish results? Everyone else is either at 1500 or 1300 RPM in high speed.

What’s interesting is a look at low speed RPM. Makita and Milwaukee both raise the bar at 450 RPM, leading us to believe that they may be able to produce faster results in higher stress applications.

Best 12V Cordless Drill - No Load Speed

Weight

Weight is a huge consideration when looking for the best 12V cordless drill. It’s one of the biggest reasons (along with compact size) that we turn to this class in the first place. Bosch (1.96 pounds) comes in the lightest with its compact battery as the only one under 2 pounds. Craftsman is next at 2.16 pounds and Makita is third at 2.34 pounds.

Sure, we could look at the top 3 with no battery, but who uses a cordless tool without a battery?

Best 12V Cordless Drill - Weight

Size

Length and height comprise the major considerations for compact size. For length, we measured from the back of the housing to the tip of the chuck fully opened. For height, we stood each tool up and measured from the table straight up to the highest point.

Makita (6 inches) and Bosch (6.5 inches) had the shortest length with Hitachi and Ridgid sharing third place at 6.75 inches. Bosch (7.25 inches), Festool (7.5 inches), and DeWalt (7.88 inches) came in as the shortest.

Best 12V Cordless Drill - Length and Height

Best 12V Cordless Drill Performance

Drilling Down to the Answer

Best 12V Cordless Drill - Drilling Festool TXS Li 2.6 Set Lo Res

 

To test drilling speed, we had each model drill twelve 1/4 inch holes into four stacked sheets of 3/4 inch plywood. We gave each drill a brand new Milwaukee Impact Duty Titanium Red Helix bit for the test. We marked out the drilling points on the wood and the drill was left on in high speed from start to finish.

In what was to become a theme, Milwaukee’s M12 Fuel dominated the speed test, taking just 22 seconds to complete the task. Makita (26.3 seconds) was second with a healthy gap to Hitli (30.4 seconds) in third.

Best 12V Cordless Drill - Drilling Speed

Am I Boring You?

Best 12V Cordless Drill - Hole Boring Milwaukee M12 Fuel Drill Lo Res

 

Using the same stacked plywood for our testing, we set each drill up with a new 1/2 inch spade bit from Milwaukee. Like Milwaukee’s Flat Boring Bits, a good spade bit should clear chips away as they’re created to avoid clogging up the cutting edge. As a bonus, we also gave each drill the chance to make it through with a 3/4 inch bit.

Each drill was timed on five consistent rounds. Any times that were outrageously slower (for bind up) or unusually fast compared to their others were tossed out as outliers. The scores came from each drill’s average time.

Once again, Milwaukee made it no contest as it took an average of 3.5 seconds to chew through three inches of plywood. Makita found itself narrowly behind at 3.9 seconds and this time Ridgid took third in 4.7 seconds.

Bonus points were awarded to the drills that could handle the 3/4 inch bit. Ridgid, Bosch, and DeWalt all were capable in low speed. Fein and Hilti were solid in low speed and could be feathered through the material in high. Makita felt like we could consistently bore in high speed with a little care, but Milwaukee made it look easy. We didn’t record times for this one because they were very inconsistent with the exception of Makita and Milwaukee.

Best 12V Cordless Drill - Boring Speed

Fastening Until Sundown

Best 12V Cordless Drill - Deck Screws Ridgid R82005K Lo Res

We took the fastening test up a notch to deck building. This time we were fastening Dekorator’s Vista composite deck boards to 2x joists. We also got Starborn Industries involved with their Deck-Fast Cap-Tor xd Screws.

Each drill began with 10 screws started 1/4 inch down for stability and scored based on the overall time it took to drive all the screws flush. We had a few incidents along the way with screws popping out from lateral force or coming out the sides. In those cases, we stopped and started the test over until we had a flawless run.

If you’d like to place any bets, I’d stick with Milwaukee again. It drove 10 of the Cap-Tor xd’s in just over 38 seconds. That may sound like a bit much, but getting through the composite material with a screw designed specifically for this kind of work is a little tougher than sending a standard deck screw into wood. That showed as Makita (46.2 seconds) and Hilti (46.4 seconds) made the race for second tight with DeWalt (46.5 seconds) just off the podium.

Best 12V Cordless Drill - Screwdriving Speed

Time to Run! Isn’t that What Run Time Is?

Run time testing is tedious – we spent more hours than I care to think about driving nearly 2500 screws just to get the results. Again going into plywood, we chose Grip Rite’s 2-inch x 8 gauge course thread drywall screws.

To ensure that heat buildup didn’t become and issue, we drove 21 screws before moving on to the next model. This way, each drill had at least several minutes to cool down before being called back in action. To keep it as fair as possible, we also used Starborn’s Smart-Bit Depth Setter with Milwaukee’s Second Generation Shockwave T-25 bits to ensure each screw was driven flush with the material. Because we had no desire to drive until Thanksgiving, we used the most compact battery that came with each kit.

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Sometime WAY after we started, competitors finally started falling away. When all the dust settled, Makita came out on top having sunk 326 screws. Milwaukee was close behind with 317 and Bosch rounded out the only three to break the 300 mark with 312 screws. They also happen to be the only three brushless models. Coincidence? I think not.

Best 12V Cordless Drill - Screws on One Compact Battery

Efficiency

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The number of screws driven with a compact battery isn’t the only story here. Not all batteries are created equal, nor are all tools. We had a mix of brushless and brushed motors along with a variety of battery capacities. To see which tool is actually the most efficient, we had to break our numbers down into which tool drove the most screws per watt hour of capacity.

Here, the brushless motors really take over the show. Makita was the most efficient with 14.8 screws per watt hour. Milwaukee and Bosch tied for second with 14.4 screws per watt hour each. I can hardly begin to tell you how much these three drills made us wish for less efficient models by the end!

Best 12V Cordless Drill - Screws Per Battery Watt Hour

Kit Considerations

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When we look at the efficiency of each tool, we can calculate roughly how many screws you can drive with the kitted batteries. Most would simply double since they come with two identical batteries. However, Milwaukee ships their kit with a 2.0 amp hour (22 WH) and 4.0 amp hour battery (44 WH). We tested just the compact battery that came with it, but it’s clear Milwaukee would have at least doubled the number of screws driven had we used the larger capacity. On the other end is Craftsman who ships with only one battery, leaving its kitted count the same.

Having both a compact and extended capacity battery in the kit, it’s no surprise that Milwaukee is the clear leader with 951 screws. Makita would fall to second with 652 and Bosch would hang on to its third place position with 624 screws.

Best 12V Cordless Drill - Screws Per Kit

Best 12V Cordless Drill Subjective Results

Grip

One of the intangibles is how a drill feels in your hand. It’s different for each person, but we still try to get a grip on how each model does ergonomically. Slide pack drills have a huge advantage over stick packs because the handle doesn’t have to mold around the battery. The top 3 models really stood out among the group with DeWalt taking first place, Makita in second, and Hilti barely behind for third. The stick packs that are a bit tougher to grip? That would be Bosch, Milwaukee, Ridgid, and Craftsman.

Best 12V Cordless Drill - Deck Screw Driving DeWalt DCD710S2 Lo Res

 

Ergonomics Under Load

The other area we looked at was how the drill feels under load. This is a culmination of the ergonomics combined with the tool’s vibration. Those of you that have used Festool products won’t be surprised to find that it ended up on top followed by Fein and Hilti tied for second with Makita just behind in fourth.

Special Thanks

Before we break down the results and show you which of these is the best 12V cordless drill, there are a few folks to thank for their involement in our shootout.

A big shoutout goes to The Home Depot for supplying our drywall screws. Grip-Rite can be found on many jobsites for good reason – you simply get excellent results. The most efficient way to make sure you don’t run out is to grab the 25-pounds buckets that run $39.96 from The Home Depot.

Grip Rite Drywall Screws

Starborn Industries provided us with their Cap-Tor xd Composite Deck Screws and Smart-Bit Depth Setters. In addition to color matching, the carbon steel Cap-Tor xd has a Type 17 Auger Tip to drill through the composite decking quickly. It also has a reverse coarse thread portion a the top of the screw that pulls the deck fast against the joist—ensuring you don’t lose adhesion over time. Smart-Bit Depth Setters are a great way to ensure that every screw is driven to the exact same depth, whether you’re looking for flush or sunk results.

Best 12V Cordless Drill - Starborn Cap-Tor xd Composite Deck Screws Lo Res

Milwaukee made sure that every test was done with new accessories, eliminating a big variable. Tooled out of high speed steel, the Milwaukee Impact Duty Titanium Red Helix bits are developed with a titanium nitride (TiN) coating. TiN is a ceramic material that increases the hardness of the bit and provides a thermal barrier resulting in increased production rates and longer tool life in harder materials.

Best 12V Cordless Drill - MIlwaukee Impact Ready Titanium Twist Drill Bit Lo Res

 

Milwaukee’s Flat Boring Bit offers a sharp cutting edge with a brad point tip. When using most 12-volt drills, you want to avoid the self-feed tips to give you more control over the cut and avoid bind up.

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Both the run time and deck screw tests were completed using Milwaukee’s next generation Shockwave bits. Designed for use in impact drivers, they’ve worked great in drill/drivers as well. First of all, they fit the size of the fastener head extremely well, leading to fewer camout issues. They’ve also been optimized for their size so they flex when they’re supposed to flex and extend the lifespan. How do you know if your impact bits are working correctly? When they eventually fail, they should break off at the shaft, not the tip – and that’s where Milwaukee really improved over the fist generation.

Best 12V Cordless Drill - Milwaukee Shockwave T-25 Bits Lo Res

The Best 12V Cordless Drill Final Results

Craftsman 17586 Nextec 12V Drill/Driver

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  • Model: Craftsman 17586 Nextec
  • Power Source: Craftsman 12V Lithium-ion Battery
  • Included Batteries: (1) 15 watt hour
  • No Load Speed: 0-1,300 RPM
  • Maximum Torque: 195 in-lbs.
  • Chuck (Keyless): 3/8″
  • Weight: 2.16 pounds with battery
  • Height: 7-7/8″
  • Length: 7-13/16″
  • Warranty: 1 year limited
  • rice: $57.99 Amazon

Rank: 10th place, 28.6 points

Craftsman comes in as the only value priced model in the group with performance and ergonomics that are on par with it. Although it finished at the bottom of the pack by a healthy margin, it was able to complete all the tasks we asked of it. This is going to be a good option for DIYers rather than as a supplement to a Pro’s 18-volt tools.

Ridgid 3/8-Inch Cordless 2-Speed Drill

Best 12V Cordless Drill - Ridgid R82005K Lo Res

  • Model: R82005K
  • Power Source: Ridgid 12V Lithium-ion Battery
  • Batteries Included: (2) 22 watt hour
  • No Load Speed: 0 – 350/0 – 1,500 RPM
  • Maximum Torque: 400 in-lbs.
  • Chuck: 3/8″
  • Weight: 2.38 pounds with battery
  • Height: 7-7/8″
  • Length: 6-3/4″
  • Warranty: 3 years, lifetime service agreement
  • Price: $99.00 The Home Depot

Rank: 9th place, 36.2 points

Ridgid leads the class in torque, something we could really feel in low speed testing with this model. Despite the power, it managed only middle of the pack performance on speed tests. It’s ergonomic score suffered from the handle that’s forced to surround the battery pack, though the Hex Grip is a nice overmold. Weight and size fall into the middle section as well.

Under load, you can feel Ridgid’s gears working – it feels like a machine in a good way. It’s also one of few that felt like the tool was doing the work rather than requiring us to provide a lot of down force to keep the bits engaged. Efficiency wasn’t that great, but the run time is helped with a pair of 22 watt hour batteries for greater capacity than many of the others. Despite the seemingly disappointing finish, the performance really is solid. In fact, this is the 12-volt drill I carry in my set as part of Ridgid’s R9000K kit.

Festool Cordless Drill TXS Li 2.6 Set

Best 12V Cordless Drill - Festool Cordless Drill TXS Li 2.6 Set Lo Res

  • Model: Festool TXS Li 2.6 Set
  • Power Source: Festool 12V Lithium-ion Battery
  • Batteries Included: (2) 28 watt hour
  • No Load Speed: 0-400/0-1,200 RPM
  • Maximum Torque: 142 in-lbs
  • Chuck (Keyless): 3/8”
  • Weight: 2.36 pounds with battery
  • Height: 7-1/2″
  • Length: 8″
  • Warranty: 3 years limited
  • Price: $285.00

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 Rank: 8th place, 41.3 points

Festool isn’t trying to be a construction Pro’s supplement with their 10.8-volt (12V max like the whole group) TXS and we didn’t expect it to perform at the top. What we did expect was excellent physical design and ergonomic feel under load. We weren’t disappointed. This is the smoothest drilling, boring, and driving drill of the entire group.

Festool’s TXS Li 2.6 Set includes the drill, Centrotec bit holder, right angle chuck, (2) 2.6 amp hour batteries, and Systainer. It’s absolutely the set you want to turn to for the finest finish results in wood. Paired with good bits, there’s no reason woodworkers should look anywhere else.

Hitachi 12V 3/8-Inch Cordless Drill/Driver

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  • Model: Hitachi DS10DFL2
  • Power Source: Hitachi 12V Lithium-ion Battery
  • Batteries Included: (2) 15 watt hour
  • No Load Speed: 0-350/1,300 RPM
  • Maximum Torque: 300 in-lbs.
  • Chuck (Keyless): 3/8″
  • Weight: 2.42 pounds with battery
  • Height: 8-1/4″
  • Length: 6-3/4″
  • Warranty: Lifetime, 2 years for battery, 1 year charger
  • Price: $79.00

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Rank: 7th place, 41.7 points

Hitachi’s strength is in its ergonomic design and their handle fits my hand almost perfectly. Speed was highlighted by a middle of the pack finish in screw driving. Even though its run time scores were among the lowest, it drove on just a 15 watt hour battery and ranked quite well in efficiency. All in all, it’s a decent enough performer to warrant consideration, especially at the $79 price point.

Hilti Cordless 12V Hammer Drill Driver

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  • Model: Hilti SF 2H-A
  • Power Source: Hilti 12V Lithium-ion Battery
  • Batteries Included: (2) 28.1 watt hour
  • No Load Speed: 0 – 400/0 – 1500 RPM
  • Maximum Torque: 212 in-lbs.
  • Chuck: 3/8″
  • Weight: 2.72 pounds with battery
  • Height: 8-1/4″
  • Length: 7-3/4″
  • Warranty: 20 years limited, 2 years wear & tear coverage, 1-day repair
  • Price: $159.00 Hilti US

Rank: 6th place, 41.8 points

Hilti’s SF 2H-A Hammer Drill is part of a 3-piece line that includes a screwdriver and impact driver. They packed the largest battery capacity of the group with 28.1 watt hours, just eclipsing the 28 watt hours from Festool. This gave it impressive run time for the brushed motor group, topping all but the brushless motors. Efficiency was on the lower half though, so users will be thankful for the high capacity.

Performance was middle of the road with screw driving being the highlight. Ergonomics were solid, especially under load – something we expect from Hilti. Where the score began to suffer was in size and weight. We can’t say we’re surprised given Hilti’s nature as a tool built to survive industrial settings. If they put brushless motors in the next generation, expect to find them near the top of every performance marker.

Fein 12V 2-Speed Cordless Drill Driver

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  • Model: Fein ABSU 12 C
  • Power Source: Fein 12V Lithium-ion Battery
  • Batteries Included: (2) 27 watt hour
  • No Load Speed: 0 – 400/0 – 1,300 RPM
  • Maximum Torque: 266 in-lbs.
  • Chuck: 3/8″
  • Weight: 2.70 pounds with battery
  • Height: 8-1/8″
  • Length: 7-1/8″
  • Warranty: 3 years
  • Price: Not yet available 

Rank: 5th place, 42.5 points

Another German model, Fein’s ABSU 12 C Kit shares a very similar feel to Festool. In fact, one of our team members described it as like the Festool with more power. The ABSU 12 C kept itself in the middle of the pack for the performance tests and excelled in the ergonomics department.

Battery capacity is high at 27 watt hours, falling only behind Hilti and Festool. Like both of them, efficiency kept it from taking over the run time testing. The only area Fein really fell was in weight at the third heaviest in the group. Still, its a solid contender in the brushed motor group with a lot going for it.

DeWalt 12V Max 3/8-Inch Drill Driver Kit

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  • Model: DeWalt DCD710S2
  • Power Source: DeWalt 12V Lithium-ion Battery
  • Batteries Included: (2) 15.6 watt hour
  • No Load Speed: 0-400/0-1,500 RPM
  • Maximum Torque: 212 in-lbs.
  • Chuck: 3/8″
  • Weight: 2.44 pounds with battery
  • Height: 7-13/16″
  • Length: 7-5/8″
  • Warranty: 3 years limited, 1 year free service, 90-day money back guarantee
  • Price: $119.00

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Rank: 4th place, 46.7 points

DeWalt tops the brushed motor group in spite of less than stellar run time results. It recovered nicely with the best efficiency among the brushed motors, driving 12 screws per watt hour with its 15.6 watt hour battery. Size and weight stayed near the middle of the pack as did its performance in the speed tests.

Where DeWalt stepped up above the other contenders is in ergonomics, with our team selecting it as the best overall grip in the hand and solid feel under load. DeWalt certainly has a solid starting point if they want to invest in their 12-volt platform. A brushless motor and higher capacity battery might just lift it up to the top.

Milwaukee M12 Fuel 1/2-Inch Drill/Driver

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  • Model: Milwaukee 2403-22
  • Power Source: Milwaukee 12V Lithium-ion Battery
  • Batteries Included: (1) 22 watt hour, (1) 44 watt hour
  • No Load Speed: 0-450/0-1,700 RPM
  • Maximum Torque: 350 in-lbs.
  • Chuck: 1/2″
  • Weight: 2.92 pounds
  • Height: 8-1/4″
  • Length: 7-3/4″
  • Warranty: 5 years on tool, 2 years on battery
  • Price: $169.00

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Rank: 3rd place, 46.9 points

Milwaukee brings their M12 Fuel Drill to the table with the feel of a compact 18-volt model. That’s good and bad when it came to our testing criteria. Where it suffered was in ergonomics, size, and weight. Ergonomically, the battery has to fit inside the handle. Size and weight, well, it feels like a compact 18-volt.

When it comes to performance, the M12 Fuel also acts like a compact 18-volt drill. From the first test, we were pretty sure nothing else in the group would come close to beating its times – and nothing did. In run time it came up just 9 screws short of what Makita was able to accomplish, both on a 22 watt hour battery. Where Milwaukee jumps ahead of everyone else is that they also include a 44 watt hour battery with the kit, so nothing else comes close to the work you can do when you consider both batteries.

Without a doubt, this is the highest performing kit when it comes to the speed and amount of work you’ll be able to get done. If you’re willing to sacrifice the weight, size, and some ergonomics to get the best performance, this is your drill.

Bosch 12V Max Brushless Drill/Driver

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  • Model: Bosch PS32-02
  • Power Source: Bosch 12V Lithium-ion Battery
  • Batteries Included: (2) 21.6 watt hour
  • No Load Speed: 0-400/0-1,300 RPM
  • Maximum Torque: 179 in-lbs.
  • Chuck (Keyless): 3/8″
  • Weight: 1.96 pounds with battery
  • Height: 7-1/4″
  • Length: 6-1/2″
  • Warranty: 1 year limited
  • Price: $159.00

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Rank: 2nd place, 48.5 points

To be fair, we went back and forth with Bosch about which model to use for this shootout. The PS32 was sure to catch some attention because of the brushless motor, but the brushed PS31 actually packs more torque. In the end, brushless made more sense to us for a 12-volt comparison, and it was a good call.

Size and weight are outstanding, with the PS32 being the only model to drop below 2 pounds with the battery. Ergonomically, it suffers from having to surround the battery with the handle. Hole boring was the highlight of its speed performance and we could really put pressure on it in low speed despite the sub-200 inch pound torque rating.

Like you’d expect with a brushless motor, efficiency was outstanding, losing out only to Makita. Bosch finished behind Makita and Milwaukee in the number of screws driven and expected amount of work done with the kit. If you’re looking for the lightest, most compact 12-volt drill, this is your match.

Makita 12V Max CXT Brushless Cordless 3/8-Inch Drill/Driver

Best 12V Cordless Drill - Makita FD07R1 Lo Res

  • Model: Makita FD07R1
  • Power Source: Makita Lithium-ion Battery
  • Batteries Included: (2) 22 watt hour
  • No Load Speed: 0 – 450/0 – 1,500 RPM
  • Maximum Torque: 280 in-lbs.
  • Chuck: 3/8″
  • Weight: 2.34 pounds with battery
  • Height: 8-1/2″
  • Length: 6″
  • Warranty: 3 years limited
  • Price: $179.99

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Rank: 1st place, 54.5 points

Sometimes you pick up a tool, drive a few screws and know – this is the one. That’s pretty much how it went with Makita’s FD07R1 CXT 12V Max Drill. Makita played second fiddle to Milwaukee in every speed test then solidified itself at the top by maintaining high ratings in ergonomics. Interestingly, this drill was had the shortest length, yet the tallest height, making size the only category where it fell to the middle.

Makita drove the most screws on one charge and had the most efficient use of its battery at 14.8 screws per watt hour. It only fell to Milwaukee when we looked at the amount of work with the kitted batteries thanks to Milwaukee’s addition of a 44 watt hour battery to go with its compact.

Overall, the Makita 12V Max CXT Brushless Drill is the best 12-volt cordless drill we tested. It was the only model to exceed 50 points and left a significant margin to Bosch in second. If you’re looking for a 12-volt drill that’s the best balance of compactness, ergonomics, and performance, look no further than Makita.

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Kevin Smith
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Ok. Not so expensive. It is great! Has a great runtime and can put a 50mm hole in timber.

Matt
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While most of these comments seem to outline what it was(in certain opinions) you did not do correct. The highlight seems to be what you missed, what you didn’t include and what others would have done. Which I believe to be sort of a waste of time. Again, it is just an opinion I am tossing in here but I don’t believe enough attention is paid to the time and effort you guys put in to testing these tools…. I mean, look at the comment whose first paragraph is dedicated to the praise of the scientific method used in testing….… Read more »
Michael Cantwell
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Ken, Great work here with objective and subjective points noted. Many of us who read and follow these reviews typically are tool users and have been for many years, or decades as in my case. Your review utilized and followed scientific theory by keeping the testing parameters constant and noting to the readers when and why results deviated. A skeptic myself, I couldn’t poke any holes in your practice or methodology. It appeared reliable and repeatable. I’m sure I wasn’t the only one eager to verify if my 12v drill was on the list – always my interest – as… Read more »
Clint DeBoer
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Michael,

This may be one of the nicest, most considerate comments we’ve ever received. Thanks for reading, and feel free to contact us anytime!

Kevin
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Not sure that each category should be evenly weighted. Seems like performance (the work of drilling, screwing, boring etc…) should count for more, since that IS why we buy these products, I have yet to put any of my cordless drills on a weight scale at home… Funny thing is that in the case of the Milwaukee versus the Bosch it would seem that despite the extra weight the speed advantage is likely to get the Milwaukee out of your hand sooner which could result in less fatigue despite more weight, but no mention of this. None of these drills… Read more »
Steve
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I usually do not pay much attention to these bogus reviews and wish I had not wasted my time on this one. I have built cabinets for years and also work on a farm, use tools for mechanic work and hobbies. I have used all of these at one time or another. Some I love and some I hate. I have also purchased Bosch, De Walt, Porter Cable, Hitachi, Craftsman, Rigid and Milwaukee drills. Milwaukee rates the highest when it comes to these. However the one that has been the best value to me, the most dependable, versitle, long lasting… Read more »
david
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Ryobi would be last in most of these categories sorry to say. .check their specs out

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