While not the most powerful out there, the Neiko 10503A is a good budget option and is a perfectly serviceable model for most applications. It features a forward and reverse switch, a speed setting knob, and a variable speed trigger.
The Porter-Cable PCC621LB is a durable, cordless model with a two-speed transmission that can deliver a maximum of 25,500 blows and 1,500 rotations per minute. It weighs just 3.6 pounds, and comes with two batteries and a charger.
DeWalt 20V MAX
The DeWalt 20V MAX includes two lithium-ion batteries that power the brushless motor, providing up to 57 percent more run time than brushed models. The included holster has slots worked into its design for keeping extra bits on hand.
The modestly priced Skil HD182002 comes with a 100-piece accessories kit that will have you properly equipped to bore through a variety of materials. Among many other things, it includes three spade bits, 10 nut drivers and 16 masonry bits.
The adjustable micro clutch on the Ridgid R86116 offers 100 settings, so you can fine tune the level of torque behind your bit. Its auxiliary handle swivels from side to side, so you can attain a good grip, even if you’re a southpaw.
Those who already own an air compressor can save a good deal of cash without sacrificing quality by choosing the Ingersoll-Rand 114GQC . It isn’t the most powerful of its kind, but for a very inexpensive tool, it is surprisingly durable.
The DeWalt DWD525K has a grip in the middle of the handle for comfort and control, along with a 360-degree locking handle on the side. It’s powerful 10 amp motor has two settings, for either high-speed drilling or high torque applications.
Some may find the Milwaukee 5380-21 inconvenient, as it has to be plugged into the mains, but if you need a tool to run for extended periods, it’s a good choice. An anti-vibration feature minimizes discomfort and makes your work a bit more pleasant.
The 18-volt, cordless Makita XPHO7TB runs on the company’s five-amp batteries, which can be charged fully in less than 45 minutes. Additionally, its electronically controlled motor improves its efficiency by up to 50%, so it’ll take longer to run out of juice.
The Bosch HD18 is equipped with a powerful 8.5-amp motor that offers two speeds. It can be set to hammer-and-drill or drill-only mode, depending on your needs. Its auxiliary handle rotates 360 degrees and can accommodate a depth gauge.