Top 3 Electric screw drivers for different price ranges

An overview of the best 3 drivers for home, multipurpose and professional use

Designed very specifically for driving, fastening and unfastening screws, electric screwdrivers save you a lot of time and energy. Depending on the type of material you will be using this power tool on, there are different variations of the product in the market at the moment, that offer you a relative power to get the job done.

Electric screwdrivers can come with various technical specifications – like sheer power for one kind of job to variable speed control, and so on. And since these are very different from drill or impact drivers (where the main concern is sheer power), things can get complicated when buying one. With screw driving applications, there are some factors that you need to consider other than power, like build (for stability), user fatigue (since in screw driving jobs, you have to cover a lot of area per structure, leading to more screws per unit and hence, more work) and specificity.

As in the case of any other tool, there is a series of steps you need to follow to look for a machine that best fits your needs. But there is still one thing that can govern your buying decision heavily even after covering these factors – the price. And this happens because of the confusion the marketing of these drivers creates in our minds. Putting that aside, there is only one thing that can help you with buying the perfect screwdriver for you:


Based on value for money and specificity, we will be having a look at the best screw drivers for these three ranges in this article- low, affordable and premium.

Let’s have a quick look!


Black & Decker PivotPlus

Priced at around $25, this is a tool you don’t have to think twice about if your primary purpose is home use. Standing at 12.6 x 2.3 x 11.2 inches, the Black & Decker PivotPlus can sink close to a hundred drywall screws on a full charge. The kit comes with hex-shank screw driving bits, and the driver is highly versatile. Its handle can pivot and lock itself in three different positions, and it has a LED light and two-speed transmissions for high and low-speed driving operations. These utilize the RPM range in 0-180 and 0-600 RPM. On top of all that, it comes with a two-year warranty.


Technical Specifications

  • Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • RPM: 600
  • Torque: 40-80 inch-pounds (adjustable)
  • Clutch settings: 16
  • Voltage: 6V
  • Battery: NiCad


  • Versatile and lightweight
  • Ideal for home tasks
  • Very affordable
  • Built-in LED light
  • Variable RPM control


  • Not suited for heavy tasks because of the low power-to-weight ratio
  • NiCad batteries hold a charge for a shorter time than Lithium-Ion batteries


DeWalt DW920

Raising the bar, we have the DeWalt DW920, which is priced at around $75 and it offers you the opportunity of using the tool for work as well as the home with its smooth design and an 80 inch-pounds of torque. The hex-shank chuck used in this driver is quick-release, which saves time and effort on changing bits while you are in the middle of work. It has variable speed transmission and reversing switch for more versatility. DW920 driver tool can be switched from in-line grip to a pistol grip for comfort and it also has a longer run-time on just a one hour charge time. Standing at 14.8 x 11.9 x 4.6 inches, this is a tool for the DIY enthusiasts and light-medium commercial use. It comes with a 90-day money back guarantee.


Technical Specifications

  • Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Torque: 80 inch-pounds
  • RPM: 500
  • Clutch Settings: 16
  • Voltage: 7.2V
  • Battery: NiCad


  • Great horsepower
  • RPM of 500
  • Spring loaded quick release chuck


  • No Built-in LED
  • No long warranties
  • NiCad batteries hold a charge for a shorter time than Lithium-Ion batteries


Bosch PS10-2A

Now if you are looking for a screwdriver for commercial use, the Bosch PS10-2A is what you should be looking into. Standing at 12.1 x 9.5 x 4.1 inches and priced at $125, the Bosch PS10-2A uses a 12V battery and drives with an 80 inch-pounds of torque. This is a driver made for pros, and it has a lot of features, like 90-Degree articulating head (for maximum versatility) and an electronic clutch that prevents over-torque so that you can use it on softer materials. It can drive 100 3-inch screws per full charge, keeping comfort intact with a quick release chuck. There are two-speed variations on this one, and it comes with a one year tool warranty and 30 days money back guarantee.


Technical Specifications

  • Weight: 5 pounds
  • Torque: 80 inch-pounds
  • RPM: 600
  • Clutch Settings: 8
  • Voltage: 12V
  • Battery: Lithium Ion


  • Great power and RPM
  • Highly versatile
  • Long battery shelf life and performance (Lithium-ion advantages)


  • No in built LED light

black and decker 20v cordless drill driver review: LDx120c

An American manufacturer of power tools, Black and Decker has been around for more than a hundred years now. Founded in 1910, the company is headquartered in Towson, Maryland, United States and also manufactures accessories and tools for home, and their highlighted tools are technology based fastening systems.

In this article, we will be reviewing one of the best drill driver tool LDx120c, which is a birth child of Black and Decker and is a very popular option for home use because of its balanced features and an affordable price.

What’s in the box

In the kit is the LDX120 Drill/Driver tool, a LBX20 20V MAX Lithium Ion Battery, a LCS20 Charger, one Double Ended Bit.

Technical Specifications

  • Weight: 3.9 pounds
  • Dimensions: 8.5 inches x 10.63 inches x 3.69 inches
  • RPM: 650
  • Torque: 115 inch-pounds
  • Clutch settings: 11
  • Voltage: 20V
  • Battery: Lithium-Ion




The Black and Decker LDx120c delivers an 115 inch-pounds of torque, and while this might not make this tool a good one for commercial use, this is sufficient power for home applications and occasional drilling and fastening. This power is channeled through the motor to the end drill bit at a maximum RPM (rotations per minute) of 650. If you wish to drill holes in masonry, this might not be such a good option. For that, you might want to go for a tool that has more than 1000 inch-pounds of torque and preferably a hammer function that allows the drill bit to move forward and back during drilling. But with that said, the Black and Decker LDx120c can take care of drilling in the densest woods and it can take care of the concrete drilling in a home as well. The drill has a 3/8-inch chuck, which works with any standard size drill bits. This brings in a lot of ease and versatility. Also, there is a reversing switch on the tool for opposite spin. Not only is that helpful if the drill gets stuck, but it is also useful for driving/unfastening screws.


Control and Comfort

Now this is a department where the LDx120c delivers a lot of value for money. The firepower of the tool is backed by 11 clutch settings. To be honest, this is a perfect number of clutch settings we have seen in drill driver tools, as having 21 clutch settings can be a bit confusing and it can lead you to waste time looking for that perfect setting that works. By providing an extra level of control, the LDx120c implements an 11-position clutch that prevents stripping of the bits and overdriving of screws. 10 of these settings are for driving torque, and one is for drilling. All implement carefully configured speed ranges, and it is very easy to use. However, rotating the clutch from one setting to the other is a little bit hard to do as compared to some tools that have a very easily rotatable clutch, but that’s not an issue. For household use, you can use the drill setting without having to try the ten other settings.

The LDx120c has a built-in LED light that shines on the location where you are using it. This is a feature that is in many tools like the LDX112C. It is a perfect synchronization with the pressure sensitive trigger that makes the tool drill. The rubber grip on the handle is well-designed and gives you that extra control and reduces hand fatigue. All of this makes the LDx120c very effective in driving and unfastening screws, Ideal for drilling into wood, metal plastic and all screw driving tasks. If you are a DIY (do it yourself) enthusiast, this tool will serve you perfectly as long as you don’t decide to abuse it by trying industrial-level constructional drilling. Everything else, it can take.


Design and Durability

At 8.5 inches x 10.63 inches x 3.69 inches, the driver tool is very compact and easy to work with in difficult positions. The weight of the tool when it comes in the kit is 3.9 pounds, and the balance is nice. Most of the mass is centered around the handle and the battery on the base takes care of the rest of balancing.

Needless to say, the build of the tool is as stable as it is high-quality. The LDx120c comes with a 20V Lithium-ion battery that is always ready to go, as it can hold a charge for up to 18 months of time. On top of that, it’s very easy to put in and get out of the tool, The battery slides and locks into the place at the base of the handle, and the orange button on it can be pushed to the base to get the battery out. The charger comes with indicators that show us the status of the battery. The charger flashes a green LED when the battery is charging, and a solid green when the battery is charged. It will flash a rapid red if the battery has a serious issue and a slower red if the battery is overheating.

Black and Decker covers a 2-year warranty on the Black and Decker LDx120c drill driver tool.


Bottom line

Priced at around $50 (may be outdated, click on image to view latest price on amazon), the Black and Decker LDx120c is the best Inexpensive drill to use around the house. It has a lot of comfort, a good firepower, an appropriate amount of speed settings and a lot of durability. It is the ultimate tool for maintenance tasks around the house. And in this price range, you can’t really get something as good as this one. For a higher price range, the DeWalt Dc970k is the one you should check out. And if you wish to go full-on firepower, you might want to have a look at our selection of other drill drivers on our buying guide.

Rockwell impact driver review: RK2860K2

An American manufacturer of industrial automation and information products and power tools, Rockwell Automation’s brands include Allen-Bradley and Rockwell Software. What they are most popular for is the grade industrial strength of their tools and their innovations in software synchronization with these tools. They have been popular among the people for quite a while now, and are outbidding most of the competition with huge warranties and the amount of confidence they put in their tools, like this one that comes with the facility of having free batteries for life.

In this article, we will be reviewing the Rockwell RK2860K2 – the cordless impact driver tool that packs quite a punch.

What’s in the box

The Rockwell RK2860K2 impact driver comes with the driver tool, two batteries (20 V, Lithium-Ion), a charger, the warranty card and a standard kit carry bag.


Technical specifications

  • Torque: 0-1500 inch-pounds
  • RPM: 0-2800
  • IPM: 0-3000
  • Battery: 20V
  • Package Weight: 6.8 pounds


Firepower and control

As we already know, with every power tool (especially the cordless ones), more power is as important as having a battery capable enough to back that power up. The Rockwell RK2860K2 can deliver 1500 inch-pounds of torque, the kind that puts most drill drivers to shame and is pretty good for constructional fastening purposes. This is further complemented by the tool’s capability of having ’20 + 1′ torque settings. This is what you need when you have a 2800 RPM (rotations per minute) capability coupled with 3000 lateral concussions on the end bit per minute. Rockwell’s 1/4 inch metal, ‘quick change chuck’ holds bit securely through tough applications. The handle of the tool is slightly tilted and coated with a rubber grip for maximum comfort. The Rockwell RK2860K2 also has as a built-in LED light to make working in low lit areas easier. So in this department, there is nothing that you would want more. Pretty much everything is well covered.


Comfort and durability

And this raw power is backed up by a lightweight, efficient 20 Volt Lithium-Ion battery, channeled through a brushless motor to 1/4-inch hex shank bits. The Chuck is a ‘quick load,’ which means that you can change bits on the go using your hand. The gear inside the tool is all made of the top-class material, and the hammer and anvil have a lot of toughness. This Rockwell RK2860K2 makes durable. This

also makes this tool a very good bet for long drilling sessions and the purpose of construction drilling. At the dimensions of 9 inches x 7 inches x 3 inches, the design


of the tool is well-balanced and very lightweight, and that’s a testament to comfort. The battery is Lithium-ion and is indeed the best in its class. It works just fine in cold environments and is very durable. On top of all that, the design is pretty compact, allowing access in closed spaces on top of reducing hand fatigue.

All Rockwell Cordless Tools come with a ‘Free Batteries for Life program.’ What this means is that if at any point in time, your battery ever dies, or becomes defective, you can contact Rockwell Tools, and they will replace the battery for you, free of charge. The Rockwell RK2860K2 driver tool also comes with a ten-year motor warranty. So you can concentrate on the work, not having to worry about a thing. This is a unique selling point of their tools indeed!


Bottom line

So in a nutshell, with the Rockwell RK2860K2, you get a lot of firepower out of a lightweight, compact tool (weighing around 3 pounds), you get a LED light, a lot of torque settings and industry grade materials. Also, with the kit (that costs around $180), comes a battery for life and 10-year motor warranty program. Well, home or business – this is a tool worth looking into. With the Rockwell RK2860K2, you just can’t go wrong.

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DeWalt impact driver review: DCF886B

A subsidiary of Stanley Black & Decker, DeWalt was established in 1924, and it had been manufacturing top of the class equipment ever since. DeWalt has become a worldwide brand for power tools and hands tools for woodwork, construction, and manufacturing industries. DeWalt is a company that strives for ‘Innovation and Technology’ to better it’s products time and time again.

The DEWALT DCF886B is an impact driver tool that is specifically designed to fasten and drive screws in the hardest of woods. With that said, power, speed, control, comfort, and durability are all equally important. But putting the obvious stuff aside, in an impact driver tool the factors that matter the most are torque, RPM, IPM and the battery.

Let’s dig deep and find out what makes this tool such a good bet for buyers.


What’s in the box

The kit comes with one DEWALT DCF886B 20V MAX XR Cordless Li-Ion Brushless 1/4″ Impact Driver tool, a charger and two Lithium-Ion battery packs in a standard carry case.


Technical specifications

  • Torque: 0-1500 inch-pounds
  • RPM: 0-2800
  • IPM: 0-3200
  • Battery: 20V
  • Tool Weight: 2.8 pounds


Firepower and control

The DEWALT DCF886B has a frill-free design, and the 1500 inch-pound torque makes it a safe bet for professional use. Not only does this impact driver deliver up to 3200 lateral concussions on the end bit per minute, but it can do it at an RPM (rotations per minute) of 0-2800. Nothing matches the performance of this tool’s fastening skills, given that the components of the machine are also top of the class. The DEWALT DCF886B is made for durability and performance. So the features don’t just stop at sheer power and speed.

The motor used in the DEWALT DCF886B a brushless motor, with a 57% more life than that of a typical motor and the batteries used are Lithium-Ion (20V) – the ones that hold a charge for days and back up the horsepower pretty nicely. Combine that with a pressure sensitive trigger and a motor design that stops rotating the bit almost instantly and you have yourself a sturdy impact driver that feels safe in your hands implements a lot of power and does not cause hand fatigue all at once.


Comfort and durability

As we already mentioned, the DEWALT DCF886B’s motor has a longer runtime, and the gearbox’s components are industry-grade. On top of that, you have a lightweight design to reduce fatigue (weighing at just 2.8 pounds), and a standard rubber grip on the handle. The drill and the handle are well-balanced, and the battery pack fits tightly onto the bottom. At 5.5 inches in length, the DEWALT DCF886B can perform jobs in the tightest of places and has 3 LED lights that illuminate the workspace from 3 different angles to leave no shadow. So that helps a lot. Additionally, the tool comes with a 1/4-inch hex chuck that accepts 1-inch bit tips via ‘one hand insertion.’

The v is powered by a 20V XR Lithium-Ion battery that doesn’t go bad in cold environments and can provide 20 hours of run time on a full charge. The tool has three years of limited warranty provided by DEWALT, so that takes care of the rest.


Bottom Line

The DEWALT DCF886B is a tool that has no unnecessary features at all – everything is as practical, comfortable and ergonomic as it can be. There are no extra switches, no additional speed settings, no fancy bob on the back to show you the position of your end bit – there is a lot of things that DEWALT hasn’t included in this design in order to keep the tool minimalistic and powerful (having a battery charge indicator might have been useful though). So if you are only interested in cutting to the chase and handling the business, this is the right tool for you.


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Porter cable impact driver review: PCCK640LB

Founded in 1906 in New York, US, Porter-Cable is a trusted manufacturer of power tools. The company is known for introducing some unique power tools, such as the first portable belt sander, helical drive circular saw, and portable band saw.

Porter-Cable PCCK640LB is a fantastic driver kit manufactured by this company that provides efficient service for working on virtually any surface. This specific tool is suitable not only for use in tight spaces but also provides quick fastening applications as well. And that is a testament of cleverly combined features.

Let’s have a good look at the cordless impact driver.


What’s in the box

The Porter-Cable PCCK640LB impact driver kit comes with the PCC640 20-volt max 1/4-inch hex lithium-ion impact driver tool, 2 PCC680L lithium-ion compact batteries, an FMC690L lithium-ion charger, a ‘No. 2 Philips head screw-driving bit’, and a standard kit carry case.


Technical specifications

  • Torque: 0-1450 inch-pounds
  • RPM: 0-2900
  • IPM: 0-3000
  • Bit insertion: ‘One-hand’
  • Battery: 20 Volt Lithium-Ion
  • Tool Weight: 3.2 pounds


Firepower and control

This tool is well-known in the market for its superior performance. The PORTER-CABLE PCCK640LB is an impact driver that works on a powerful Lithium-Ion battery (20v) to deliver a stunning 1450 inch-pounds of torque. It has an ergonomic design and a variable speed transmission facility that makes this tool unique and very comfortable to work with. And here, we are talking about 3000 lateral impacts on the anvil per minute at a maximum RPM (rotations per minute) of 2900. And while that can easily fasten screws to virtually any surface, that can also end up wearing out the gearbox components that are carrying out the task. And this is where Poter-Cable’s industrial-grade manufacturing skills come in handy. The hammer, anvil, and the chuck are made of top grade material, keeping in mind that they don’t wear out over long durations of use. The driver tool uses bits that can be fitted in just by using your hands and released quickly too. The ‘one-hand bit insertion feature’ of the design allows comfort while fastening at uncomfortable positions and such.

The High-performance transmission coupled with a pressure sensitive trigger allows better control while at high speed. And to reduce user’s fatigue, the design is kept ergonomic, lightweight and sleek.



Comfort and durability

Talking about the build of the driver tool, the first thing to mention here is that it weighs a little over 3 pounds, and you can replace bits using one hand. You also have a No. 2 Philips head screw-driving bit for efficient fastening on the job without having to get down on that ladder and stop for changing things up. The design is sleek so that it can fit into tight spaces, and there is a very comfortable black rubber grip on the handle with shafts in it to fit the hand perfectly in shape.

Packing some serious firepower at 11.19 inches x 12.81 inches x 4.19 inches, this tool is made for comfort. The built-in LED provides an excellent visibility on the job, and the 20-volt max lithium-ion batteries (that come with the kit) have 1.5 amp/hour cells in them. This assures more power and longer runtime per charge. Also, these batteries are pretty lightweight, and they can work in cold conditions as well. So no issues when it comes to durability either.


Bottom Line

When we look at the Porter-Cable PCCK640LB, we are immediately reminded by the company’s drive to create something new or fit as many things into one tool without getting the prices go way too up. At around $170, this is a tool highly suitable for work and home use. The kit comes with a 90-day money back guarantee, one-year free service card and three years of tool warranty(Prices may be outdated. Check the current price on by clicking on image.)


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Makita impact driver review: LXDT06

Based in Anjō (Japan) and handling business in countries like Brazil, Canada, China, Japan, Mexico, Romania, the United Kingdom, Germany and the United States, Makita is a producer of power tools. With a company as dedicated to specificity as this one, comes the quality. The LXDT06 is one of the many Makita power tools that are one of the best in the market because they combine quality with specificity.

Makita’s LXDT06 is certainly one of the best impact drivers out there because of the features incorporated in its design that make it more user-friendly and comfortable to work with. Using an 18 Volt battery, the LXDT06  has a ‘3-speed power selection switch’ that makes things as easy and specific as they can be.

Let’s deep dive into the features of one of the best cordless impact driver.


What’s in the box

The Makita LXDT06 driver toolkit comes in a standard carry case with 18V Lithium-Ion Makita LXT battery pack, the driver tool itself and a fast charger.


Technical specs

  • Torque: 0-1500 inch-pounds
  • RPM: 0-2800
  • IPM: 0-3400
  • Speed selections: 3
  • Battery: 18V
  • Tool Weight: 2.3 pounds


Firepower and control

As we can see from the technical specs above, the 1500 inch-pounds of torque on a 2.3-pound tool is pretty neat. This amount of force is capable of driving screws in the hardest of woods. The sheer power is complimented by a maximum of 2800 RPM (rotations per minute) and 3400 IPM (impacts or lateral concussions delivered to the bit per minute). The motor is brushless, it has a long life and is capable of fully utilizing the 18V sent to it by the battery. The gearbox houses a hammer and anvil that doesn’t wear out quickly. So when it comes to sheer strength, things are looking good here. And that, raises the question – what about control?

A compact tool having so much power can make you lose control pretty fast. Sometimes you can even end up driving a screw all the way through plywood or other material. For the control here, we have a pressure sensitive trigger that is set up just right and is in sync with three different switch settings that utilize these ranges of IPM and RPM:

  1. 0-1400 RPM with 0-1300 IPM
  2. 0-2300 RPM with 0-2800 IPM
  3. 0-2,800 RPM with 0-3400 IPM

On top of these, you also have an automatic mode and a Quick-Shift Mode selector that has an automatic electronic controller. The controller downshifts and reduces rotation and impact speed just before driving a screw into place. Both of these features are engineered to minimize screw thread stripping, screw breakage and similar things that can damage your work. So this eliminates human error significantly by avoiding giving a small job too much power, and you never have to give a tough job too little power. Just perfect for both home and commercial use.


Comfort and durability

Now, let’s talk about the build and comfort of the driver. The overall length of the Makita LXDT06’s is 5-1/8” in length, and it weighs 3.3 pounds with battery clipped on to its base. The design is strictly practical, with the driver tool being able to fit into tight spots perfectly and a standard rubber grip on the handle providing comfort. The lack of a LED light is a drawback here, though.

The LXDT06’s XPT (Extreme Protection Technology) is incorporated into the build of the driver to provide improved dust and water resistance. This improves the life of the drill while working in harsh conditions. The motor can utilize up to 50% longer run time per charge and has a long life as well. A lightweight 18V Lithium-Ion battery compliments it by holding the charge for long durations of time and working well even at cold temperatures.

All Makita Lithium-Ion tools (the LXDT06 included), are backed by their 3-Year limited warranty, which covers repair of the tool due to defective materials and/or workmanship. On top of that, the Lithium-Ion battery has a limited 1-year warranty too.


Bottom line

To sum it all up, this is a tool worth having if you are looking for some quality fastening jobs around the house or your business. The features of the driver assure a good control, which is going to be a good factor if you are an amateur at using these tools. It has a lot of versatility, a lot of power and has a lot of durability. A bang for the buck, the Makita LXDT06 is the ultimate precision tool.

Dewalt impact driver Review: DCF885C2

A subsidiary of Stanley Black & Decker, DeWalt was established in 1924, and it had been manufacturing top of the class equipment ever since. DeWalt has become a worldwide brand for power tools and hands tools for woodwork, construction, and manufacturing industries. DeWalt is a company that strives for ‘Innovation and Technology’ to better it’s products time and time again.

When we talk about an impact driver, we are talking about a tool that is specifically designed to fasten and drive screws in the hardest of woods. With that said, power, speed, control, comfort, and durability are all equally important. But putting the obvious stuff aside, in an impact driver tool the factors that matter the most are torque, RPM, IPM and the battery.

Among the top impact drivers  DeWalt has produced, the Dewalt DCF885C2 is the one we are going to review in this article.


What’s in the box

The Dewalt DCF885C2 kit comes with the impact driver tool, two packs of batteries (20V MAX* Lithium-Ion 1.5 Ah), 2 chargers, a belt hook and the kit box.


Technical specs

  • Torque: 0-1400 inch-pounds
  • RPM: 0-2800
  • IPM: 0-3200
  • Anvil type: Quick release
  • Battery: 20V
  • Tool Weight: 2.8 pounds


Firepower and control

Delivering a 1400 inch-pounds of force with a maximum speed of 2800 RPM (rotations per minute), you can clearly see that impact drivers surpass the drills by a considerable amount. The only difference is that you cannot drill with it in a difficult material because the inner mechanism is a hammer and anvil. The anvil is a quick-release, and it grips the drill bits perfectly, and the motor utilizes the 20V of battery charge to deliver up to 3200 lateral concussive blasts per minute (or impacts per minute). That is a lot, and it can drive screws in anything. So no problems here.

The One-handed loading 1/4″ hex chuck accepts 1″ bit tips, and the tool weighs less than three pounds. This makes working for longer durations comfortable. The design also incorporates a trigger that has a 20-second delay with the 3 LED lights that illuminate the area leaving out no shadows, and help you clean up even after you have stopped drilling. Replacing drill bits is very easy, and the design is ergonomic – with a rubber grip on the handle that feels just right. On top of it all, a belt hook is provided by DeWalt for portability.


Design and durability

The design is purely practical and ergonomic. The gearbox that houses the hammer and anvil mechanism is as solid as it can be and made of industry-grade material. This helps provide durability as lateral concussions can wear out the parts over time. The battery pack can be fitted easily on the bottom of the base, and the handle is sleek. The design also has 3 LED lights that are placed in a way that should leave out no shadows and illuminate the workplace from all sides. The motor has a long life, and the mechanism is designed to deliver a  little kickback (reactionary torque) for smoother drilling and reduced fatigue. This also reduces the chances of screws being stripped. And housing all of this in a tool that is only 5-1/2 inches long and 2.8 lbs. in weight, is a unique selling point because it makes the tool a compact powerhouse.

The battery packs used are Lithium-ion, which is as lightweight as they are durable. They can store a charge for a long time and are suitable for cold environments as well. Dewalt DCF885C2 also supports 18-volt Lithium-ion battery in case you do not have the 20-volt battery. And all of this durability and flexibility is backed by DeWalt’s three-year limited warranty.


Bottom line

This compact power tool can drive screws in any material. There is no design flaw or problems with consistency in quality that makes this tool ideal for construction-purpose use. Priced at around $180, the Dewalt DCF885C2 offers a lot of value for the money.

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Best 20v cordless drill driver review: Porter-Cable

Founded in 1906 in New York, US, Porter-Cable has been around for more than a hundred years in the market now, and for good reason. They primarily deal in the manufacturing of power tools, but some of their highlighted achievements include introducing some unique things, such as the first portable belt sander, helical drive circular saw, and a portable band saw. And in this article, we will be having a look at one of their best tools. One that fit the needs of home maintenance and some commercial drilling – and all at a very affordable price!

The tool we will be digging into is that Porter-Cable PCC601LB. The drill packs some real heat, is comfortable to use, has a lot of clutch settings and is perhaps the best option for a ‘professional DIY (do-it-yourself) person.’

Let’s have a look at the features of this tool.


What’s in the box

The PORTER-CABLE PCC601LB drill driver kit includes the PORTER-CABLE PCC601LB drill driver tool, a zipped carry bag that has enough room for the kit and some accessories and bits, two 20V Lithium-Ion batteries, one #2 Phillips Screw Driving Bit and a PCC691 charger.


Technical Specifications

  • Weight: 3.5 pounds
  • Dimensions: 10.8 inches x 6.2 inches x 9 inches
  • Power: 283 Units Watts Out
  • RPM: 1500
  • Clutch Settings: 23
  • Voltage: 20V
  • Battery: Lithium-Ion

Firepower and Control

Right off the bat, there is one thing that we notice about the PORTER-CABLE PCC601LB and that is there is no torque specification here. Instead of that, what we have is a 283 UWO (Units Watts Out) and that can be confusing for some people out there. So let’s clear that out first. UWO is the point where the drill’s torque and the RPM (rotations per minute) are at its highest. This drill driver tool packs an RPM of 1500, which is good enough for commercial drilling. The torque, on the other hand, is the force exerted by the motor on the end of the bit to turn it. Now, this kind of a maximum high RPM is always compensated by a good rotational power as otherwise, the tool would not be able to drill in hard surfaces. So compensating with that, the PCC601LB’s torque at its maximum capacity is good enough to bet most jobs done without problems. Typically, a UWO of more than 180 coupled with a good RPM will give you the ability to do a lot of things with ease. So in the case of the PORTER-CABLE PCC601LB, not having a specified torque value is not exactly a disadvantage.

This power is channeled through 20V Lithium-ion batteries and the motor used in the PCC601LB is a high-performance motor that has a long life and it stops almost instantly when you release the pressure trigger. The drill driver uses a 1/2″ Keyless chuck that can bore holes in both wooden surfaces and masonry, provided that you don’t overdo things with the latter. There is a total of 23 clutch settings that give you a lot of control over the speed. And while having as low as 11 clutch settings in a drill having an RPM of 700 is fine, when you increase the raw power of a drill, you always need more settings to avoid over-stripping or tools or to avoid over-drilling, driving screws all the way ‘through’ surfaces. The gearbox that houses the inner parts of the drill are made of high-quality metal, and it has a 2-speed setting. That means you can utilize two ranges of RPM, the low range being 0-350 and the high range being 0-1500. So these features give us a lot of drilling control that many tools don’t have. It is a good combination of features that implement control in Metal Drilling, Wood Drilling, and Fastening applications.

Comfort and Durability

The PCC601LB has a lot of clutch settings and two-speed settings. But without comfort, long drilling sessions with this much power can be a pain. The PCC601LB solves that by its design and by including some features in it that are made to reduce hand fatigue and enable the user to work with difficult surroundings. The first thing is the design of the tool. The PCC601LB is 10.8 inches x 6.2 inches x 9 inches and weighs only 3.5 pounds. This allows you to drill in tight spots for long durations as it is lightweight and compact. The handle has a rubber grip that is thick enough to provide added comfort. It also has a LED light built in it to illuminate the dark areas.

There is on-board bit storage facility in the v that allows you to keep the next bit handy, and the chuck is keyless, which reduces time and effort on changing bits. The quick change chuck is always a good feature to have, especially in a drill that is already lightweight. The kit also comes with a #2 Phillips Screw Driving Bit, which is as handy as it is helpful. It’s also provided in many other Porter-cable tools.


The batteries used in the PCC601LB are ’20v MAX’ lightweight Lithium-ion batteries that slide into the base perfectly. The name ’20 MAX’ is appropriate for these as they provide you with 24 hours of non-stop working power. This also means that when this battery pack is charged, it will last for a long time if you are using it occasionally (and we are talking months here). And that is a good thing to have. The batteries also work well in cold environments, as does the drill’s inner parts. On the base of the drill is an ‘Onboard battery gauge’ that allows you to know how much power is left in the battery at just a quick press of a button. With all that said, the overall build quality of this tool is a testament to the durability, and the combinations of these features spell comfort in so many different ways.

PORTER-CABLE covers a ‘3-year limited manufacturer warranty’ on the PCC601LB.


Bottom line

Priced at around $80*, the PORTER-CABLE PCC601LB is a steal for the price it is selling at. There is no apparent disadvantage here, except for the ‘trusting the manufacturer’ part on the torque ratings. Additionally, we would not recommend this drill if you are in need of a tool that you are going to use exclusively to drill holes in steel and concrete for your business. You might want to look into a drill driver tool like DeWalt Dc970k that has the same RPM but with a higher horsepower of 380 UWO. But other than that, you’re ready to go with the PORTER-CABLE PCC601LB for your home as well as for your business.


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18v DeWalt cordless drill driver review: DC970K

Established in 1924, DeWalt is a subsidiary of Stanley Black & Decker. This is a company that has been manufacturing top of the class equipment for decades now and has become a worldwide brand for power tools and hands tools for woodwork, construction, and manufacturing industries. DeWalt is a company that strives for ‘Innovation and Technology’ to better it’s products time and time again.

In this article, we will be reviewing the DeWalt Dc970k, which is a compact drill driver tool that packs quite a punch, making it a good choice for homeowners and for professionals both.

Let’s have a look at the features of the DeWalt Dc970k.


What’s in the box

The  kit for the DeWalt Dc970k  includes the driver tool, two 18V batteries, one charger, one double ended screwdriver bit in a bag.


Technical Specifications

  • Weight: 5.2 pounds
  • Dimensions: 14.8 inches x 13.5 inches x 4.7 inches
  • Power: 380 Units Watts Out
  • RPM: 1500
  • Clutch Settings: 17
  • Voltage: 18V
  • Battery: NiCad


Firepower and Control

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Even after being an entry level drill, the DeWalt Dc970k is suitable for long drilling sessions with ease. This is made possible by a 380 UWO power and a maximum RPM (rotations per minute) of 1500. U
WO (units watts out) is becoming more and more popular as a measurement of the drill driver tool’s firepower. The UWO measures power by looking for the tool’s maximum torque at its maximum rotations per minute setting and den
oting a numerical value to that power. A 380 UWO is more than enough for drilling in wood, plastic and metal surfaces with relative ease. So while not having a specified torque rating is confusing for some people, if this value were converted into inch per pounds, it would be high enough for the drill to qualify as a ‘powerhouse.’

The RPM is controlled by two-speed settings that utilize two ranges of RPM (0-450 and 0-1500). These ‘low’ and ‘high’ settings help implement a lot of control during drilling and fastening applications. The chuck used is a plastic half inch single sleeve keyless ratcheting chuck that grips the bits very efficiently. You have 17 clutch settings that you can apply to get different jobs done.

The DeWalt battery is an 18 Volt NiCad battery, unlike the usual Lithium-ion ones that are very popular today. And these work well in cold environments and deliver enough power to implement the horsepower. The trigger used is a pressure sensitive trigger that controls both the rotation and the power. The design applies a lot of control as it is around 5 pounds in weight and is very compact. So there aren’t any issues in this department.


Comfort and Durability

Now, let’s talk about the comfort and how durable the DeWalt Dc970k is. When it comes to design, the outer structure is made of metal and plastic, and it contributes to the 5.2-pound lightweight that reduces hand fatigue. The length of the tool is about 9 inches. It can fit into tight spots with ease, and you can fasten screws and drill for long durations of time. The rubber grip on the handle is very good in quality, and if you need to do power jobs, this one fits the bill just fine.

The batteries used are NiCad, and this might be a point of doubt for some people as Lithium-Ion are the talk of the town these days. But while the Lithium-Ion batteries hold a charge for longer durations of time than NiCad batteries, they have a shorter shelf life. Meaning that you will have to change the Lithium-ion batteries every 2-3 years or so. The NiCad batteries perform better in cold environments that the Lithium-Ion and are more durable too. The 18V NiCad battery takes about one hour to be fully charged, which makes things more comfortable for you. On top of all this, the DeWalt Dc970k with batteries DC9096 and DC9180, and chargers DCB103, DW9117, DC9310, DC9319, DC9320, and DC012. As we can see, this is a tool made for functionality above everything else; there are no additional features included in the DeWalt Dc970k. It is a no-frill drill driver tool, and that explains the affordable cost too.

DeWalt provides a three-year limited manufacturer warranty, a one-year service contract and a 90-day money back guarantee with the DeWalt Dc970k kit.


Bottom line

Priced under $99*, the Dc970k has everything you need to get commercial jobs done and is a perfect tool for the do-it-yourself enthusiasts. It is a good choice for professionals as it is made strictly for functionality and is a ‘no frill drill.’


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