14.4-volt Drills

They’re more powerful and affordable than ever, but are they a good choice for you?
By David Thiel and Robert W. Lang
Pages: 70-75

From the December 2005 issue #152
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For the past decade we’ve been telling you that for woodworking, a 12-volt drill is more than adequate. So why are we testing 14.4v drills here? Because many of the phone calls we field are from woodworkers who also work around the house and on larger projects that may benefit from a little more power. Beyond that, these drills have been getting more powerful and the prices are now very competitive.

So we’re tackling 14.4v drills in this issue to determine if there is a benefit to these larger, heavier tools and if the benefit is worth the price. To avoid excluding anyone, we’re also testing 15.6v drills from three manufacturers that offer this slightly higher voltage.

From the December 2005 issue #152
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