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The History of the Power Drill

The Power Drill was invented by Arthur James Arnot in 1889, shortly after the invention of the Electric Motor. In 1917, Black & Decker patented the well-known pistol grip and trigger switch.

Power Drills are quickly becoming the most commonly used type of Drill – preferred especially over the Hand Drill, as they are able to create holes much more quickly than is possible by hand, allowing tasks to be completed with less effort.

Howarth Timber & Building Supplies offer several types of Power Drill, including: 

  • Cordless
  • Corded
  • Hammer
  • Combi


Cordless Drill

What is a Cordless Drill?
A Cordless Drill is basically the same as a Corded Drill, however instead of being powered by electricity, it is powered by a rechargeable battery. Batteries are typically recharged by placing them into a stand that attaches to an AC Adapter. 

Cordless Drill Batteries are usually either Lithium-Ion or Nickel-Cadmium.

Why choose a Cordless Drill?
The differences between a Corded and Cordless Drill in terms of performance are fairly minute, therefore the choice is often down to personal preference. Nevertheless, Cordless Drills are often chosen when using a Corded one is not possible, for example when you are working in an area that does not have a reliable electricity source. 

The down side of this is of course having to rely on the energy of a battery, however the cheap price of Cordless Drills means that it is easy to have either a backup Drill or backup batteries to ensure that you have enough power to get the job done.


Corded Drill

Often referred to as a Pistol-Grip, a Corded Drill is one of the most commonly used types of Drill available. It is powered by a cord that connects to an AC Adapter.

Why choose a Corded Drill?
Corded Drills are ideal for areas with a guaranteed, and consistent, supply of power which will normally be an area that is connected to mains electricity.

This makes it a perfect tool for work carried out in your permanent workshop, shed, garage or wherever you carry out your ongoing building / fixing / maintenance work. However, it is also ideal for use within the homes and offices of customers, as long as the work that they require carrying out, takes place close to a plug socket that does not require a long cable across any high footfall areas.

Power Cords should never create a trip hazard for people passing through the area.


Hammer Drill

Hammer Drills go by numerous names, such as:

  • Rotary Hammer
  • Roto-Drill
  • Hammering Drill

As the name suggests, a Hammer Drill combines two tools; a Drill and a Hammer, enabling you to drill holes more quickly, but without the need for extra effort. This makes it an ideal drill to use when working with masonry as the hammer creates sharp movements that force quicker through the brickwork than a traditional drill is capable. 

Hammer Drills are usually powered by low-power units - drills that use a high-power unit are referred to as Rotary Hammers.


Combi Drill

Combi Drills are a popular addition to toolboxes, as they offer several functionalities in one device:

  • Standard Drill – Ideal for general drilling of soft materials
  • Hammer Drill – Great for tougher materials, which are too hard for a standard drill. It offers greater power.
  • Screwdriver – Used to easily and quickly remove screws.

The multi-functionality of the Combi Drill allows for easy drilling of a variety of materials, including: Wood, Metal and Masonry such as bricks and concrete.