The ideal electric drill for the carpentry averse Indian household [Video]



Note : Updated with video and a note on ease of use of the tool (4th Feb, 2016)

"For drilling hole into a wall all by ourselves, do you use the local drill or any other branded one? When I checked the nearby hardware shop, they all had drill above 2k+ nothing for 700 or 1k. Any latest updates on which drill to use? Does it really need strength or can I handle it myself without disturbing my husband?" - A reader's query in Facebook

Before getting into the electric drill itself, it is important to understand what is it that makes drilling into wall seemingly difficult. The most common composition of a wall in our homes is an underlying brick wall covered by a certain thickness of concrete. It is drilling into the concrete layer that is quite a task, and once we penetrate that, eating into the brick level is cake walk. The choice of drill is primarily based on the application and your day to day needs. Based on my own experience in using an electric drill, the following are the major two categories that I would recommend for your home use. There are various brands, and these drills are available at various costs, and that is out of scope of this post.



Rotary Drills

    This is the basic form of electric drill. When turned on, the chuck to which the drill bit is attached rotates. The rotating bit then has to be placed on the spot where a hole needs to be drilled. As the bit cuts into its target, it is completely up to the user to apply the necessary pressure to provide the thrust to dig deep into the surface. 
    I use a very basic rotary drill that rotates in the clockwise direction and in a single speed. Because the force to drive the drill bit into the surface comes from the user, it is really not suited for thick concrete walls, particularly the external nine inch walls. It has been perfect for all my internal needs, especially for all the wall hanging work at home. I have tried using this drill on "certain" walls, miserably failed and then sought professional help. The rotary drill is ideal for basic masonry drilling (not so thick concrete layers), your DIY projects and other woodworking needs, particularly for drilling pilot holes, counter sinking etc…

Impact Drills

    The only difference here is that the thrust for breaking into the surface does not come from the user, but from the impact of a built in hammering action. It relatively eases the effort on the user by eliminating the need for him / her to apply pressure while the drilling is on. These drills are also called hammer drills. While they easily serve your DIY / Woodworking needs, they are ideal for all your masonry requirements, particularly drilling into concrete walls.
If you need these drills to drive screws, you will have to look for features like multiple speed options, clockwise and counter-clock wise (from removing a screw) rotating capabilities. The other varieties of drills I feel are high end and are more suited for industrial and professional uses. And to answer the question whether one can use it without disturbing ones husband, I would like to inform you that a teenager, with adult supervision, can easily get around to master using this tool. And so, if you are an adult yourself, man or a woman, this is your tool as much as it is anyone else's. So go ahead and get yourself one and kick start your DIY journey.

Do you own an electric drill at home ? What brand ? What are its features ? What do you use it for ? And most importantly, do you think women can use it without disturbing their husbands ? Leave me your comments.
Meanwhile, here is an external link to Vinay's blog post that explains how to hammer a nail into concrete
- Somu 
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16 comments:

  1. Nice write up Somu.
    I personally would go for a rotary hammer. Skil has one for Rs 4299. It is the Skil 1715 drill. Rotary hammers go through concrete even easier than impact drills. However these would probably be on the higher end of the drills.
    I have the bosch GBH2 18RE and really love using it. Drilling holes used to be a 10 min exercise but now it is over in just a few seconds.

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    1. Thanks Vinay... I am yet to upgrade to a better drill. I should look at one of those higher end drills sometime soon. I am still really bugged with using screw drivers...

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  2. A good introduction to drills here. I have to confess I'm a bit of a tool fanatic; I'm always buying a experimenting with new types of tool.

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    1. Thanks guys... Really appreciate your comment here !

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  3. That is really an interesting and informative posts and you make it so clear even to the beginners. Thank you.

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    1. Thanks for your word of appreciation Vandana :)

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  4. Som,
    Do you have an electric screw driver set with drill and driver bits?

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    1. Hey Arun, no. I just have a regular set. Are u seeing some models there!

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  5. good post.. I feel the below link would add the extra touch up..and also the detailed answer to the original question..
    https://sites.google.com/site/easywoodworkingathome/how-to/how-to-hammer-a-nail-into-a-wall

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    1. Hi Archana, Thanks for the pointer. I shall add the link to this DIY as soon as I get home. And yeah, the post is only about what drills to look for and it does not deal anything with the "How to" of drilling :)

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  6. I have a similar one (same confusing speed dial wheel and the little button on the side that I still have no clue what it is for) and it does day-to-day home repair just fine.

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    1. The side button is for direction control forward lock reverse. That is useful for screwing and unscrewing. The other dials are probably speed and torque control

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  7. Nice post . Drills are the most commonly used power tools in industrial, house hold works and in sparenparts repairings.

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  8. I hope that for carpentry work this driller is useful. Let me know is these any driller are available for concrete.

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  9. Do you need to drill into concrete, stone, or masonry? If, so, then you would want to consider a hammer drill. This type of drill uses a hammer or pounding action as the drill bit rotates. work sharp 3000

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