How to Use Cordless Drill – A Tradesman’s Guide

    How to Use Cordless Drill

    If you are that person who loves doing everything by yourself, a cordless drill is one tool you shouldn’t miss having. While drills differ greatly concerning features and price, even the lowly priced battery-operated drill will offer significant benefits. 

    You will find this tool useful when installing shelves, valances, drapery rods, and nearly every task that requires the use of a screw operated tool. It gives you power at your fingertips. Do you know how to use a cordless drill? You need to check this out.

    Prepare your drill

    The first thing you do before anything is to prepare the drill. You want to ensure that you are safe even as you go on with your drilling project. Your safety is paramount and cannot be traded for anything. Consider putting on eye guards and safe clothing. This means that you avoid wearing baggy clothing and hanging jewelry.

    This is because they would get caught in the drill. Wearing safety goggles is crucial in protecting the eyes from flying remains. Most cordless drills are usually quiet, and thus there is no need to wear ear protection.

    When preparing your drill, ensure to identify damaged drills. If you use a failed drill, you risk getting injuries since they are heavy and the bits are pointed. Ensure you avoid damaging the tool by using one that is in good condition.

    5 Step by Step Guide - How to Use Cordless Drill

    Step One: Turn the drill on the right direction

    Before you begin to use your drill, ensure it is facing the appropriate direction and in this case, it should turn clockwise. This is regardless of the material you are working on. There is no specific hand to use the drill; you can use on either hand. Have your hand wrapping just about the grip and your forefinger squeezing the trigger.

    When selecting the reverse and forwards, just press the selector button using any of the forefingers or your thumb. As a result, you will have the drill turning because the trigger invigorates the motor. However, ensure to press it gently.

    Step Two: Open and close the chuck

    Before you open and close the chuck, you need to know that a chuck is a component of the drill. It is responsible for accepting your bits. Since this is a cordless drill, keyless chucks are the order of the day.

    Even if various types of chucks are available and are similar, metal chucks are great as you can close and open them using a single hand. Many chucks need you to use your two hands; one to turn the chuck’s body and another hand to support the chuck’s back.

    Most chucks open via turning them clockwise and anti-clockwise when closing. However, make sure to tighten the chuck because if the bit is held loosely, it can ruin the chuck.

    Step Three: Gear selector

    The drill has three speed (gear) selector knobs numbered one to three, and they serve different purposes as follows; 

    • Gear one: It is the slowest pace, and it features the highest torque amount. If you are making huge diameter gaps in a metal or driving in outsized screws, this is the gear to utilize.
    • Gear two: This is for medium pace, and it is between gear three and one
    • Gear three: This is the high-speed gear. If you are looking to use your cordless drill to make tiny holes in metal, this is the gear to utilize.

    Step Four: Torque collar

    You will need to use this more often, and it should be turned to have the indicator pointing at what you wish to do. When drilling metal or wood ensure to rotate it so that the tip is on the symbol of the drill.

    If making holes on sandstone, ensure to have the tip pointing at the symbol of the hammer. Don’t worry about where to stop because the torque settings enable you to stop at a particular torque.

    You will especially find this helpful when are screwing plasterboard sheets to wood because all you need is to set the drill to the appropriate torque preference. In case the bit doesn’t come to a halt at the right torque, release the trigger and shift the collar to the least number.

    Step Five: Take note

    When drilling at high speed or through solid materials, you will cause the drill bit to encounter a massive amount of resistance. As a result, the bit will overheat causing it to be even red hot or end up burning the material you are working on. That is why it is wise to begin at a low drill pace and then increase the only pace only when the drill is not moving.

    Consider sticking to slow speeds and pausing at some intervals to give the bit some moments to cool down. This if you are working on tough materials or making several holes. Avoid using the cordless drill next to the water.

    While you are not utilizing a direct electrical current like it is with drills that connect to a socket, current is still flowing via the drill.

    This raises the risk of you getting electrocuted. Apart from that, you may incur some damages if cases where water gets close to the tool. Not only that but do not use a cordless drill next to dangerous stuff or gas.

    While you disregard the charge, just remember a small static charge from utilizing the bit can result in severe issues.


    Using a cordless drill is quick and straightforward. But it is essential to take the safety measures to protect yourself. I usually ensure that I read the instructions that accompany my drill to make sure I know what to do and not to do when using the drill.

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