In most any project, you will find yourself in need of a hole. Now what? Do you try to chop one ounce? burn one through? I have a whole article on different ways to drill holes that don’t include power tools. That being said most of you will find yourself in need of a drill, powered or otherwise. If you are trying to be very traditional and walk to skip the power tools, be you will be looking for a traditional mechanical hand drill. These can come in two flavors. The basic crank version and the egg beater. Either will work for your needs so you will need to do a little research on which you want to try out. The nice thing about drills is that they are one of those tools you can have multiples of. Between the drills from my grandparents, my father and myself, I think we have five. Below is a link for each type of drill. The mechanical hand crank will give you more slow speed control while the egg beater will give you the mechanical advantage at a different angle and more speed.
- Egg Beater – This is a more modern version but was cheap and worked really well when I tried it.
- Hand Crank – Classic though I haven’t tried this specific tool. My hand crank drill is over 80 years old.
To be honest, Drills are one of the areas that I fudge a little with hand tools. While some of you would argue that a power drill is not a hand tool, sometimes you just need to get a project finished. Don’t worry, I won’t tell anyone. We’ll be partners in crime.
While I have had many brands of tools in my life, for me nothing beats out the glory of a yellow DeWalt. In my experience, they are reliable, tough, and highly capable tools.
Interestingly enough my first DeWalt tool was a corded drill. It had been on sale in our local hardware store. After having used a rundown generic battery operated drill, this was a breath of fresh sawdust. I couldn’t believe the difference. I now try to buy DeWalt whenever I purchase a tool.
There are also a number of accessories that are essential when using a drill.
I would suggest:
- Drill Bit Set – These will give you a good starting point for drill sizes. You can add on to them as your project requires.
- Screwdriving Set – This should cover most non-specialized screw heads. You can add on to them as your project requires.
- Chuck KeyHolder – While both drills above are chuckless, if you have a drill that needs a chuck these are a lifesaver.