Whether you’re undertaking an apprenticeship in construction or you’re just getting started in the industry, you’ll need to become pretty familiar with all manner of tools and machines.
One of the most versatile tools you’ll come across is the drill. Here are some of the most common types you’ll be using.
Power screwdrivers are the most common types you’ll come across. These lightweight and often cordless drills are designed for fast and effective screwdriving. The forward and reverse motion makes them easy to use, and great for putting furniture together. However, they cannot drill holes.
Perhaps the most versatile drill homeowners and professionals alike use. Able to drill holes into wood and metal, they can loosen and tighten screws. With a plethora of drill bits and a long-life battery, the Milwaukee drill is one of the most popular drill drivers on the market.
Offering similar features to drill drivers, combi drills have the added bonus of an additional hammer-action. This makes them great for drilling into masonry and brick. If you’re working on the thousands of new homes that are being built around the country, you’ll definitely be using a combi drill.
There are primarily used as heavy-duty screwdrivers. The impact mechanism helps to reduce wrist strains and sprains that often occur when using a manual screwdriver for longer periods. Providing a high torque, they’re effective at tightening bolt heads and nuts. They can also drill into metal with ease.
A powerful option for those times when you need to drill into hard surfaces like masonry and concrete. Designed for heavy-duty jobs and thanks to the multiple torque options available, they can power through hard materials without damaging the surface area.
SDS hammer drill
Known for their Slotted Drive System, SDS hammer drills are like a supped-up hammer drill. The piston firing system located in the body of the drill drives the hammer action. The SDS helps to reduce friction whilst also increasing strength and power. This allows SDS drills to bore into the toughest materials with ease, without slipping.
Breakers and demolition drills
If you’re working on any sort of construction site that’s undergoing real renovation, then breaker and demolition drills will be part of your tool kit. Designed to break up hard materials like concrete, asphalt, and masonry, the powerful blows this drill provides makes light work of what would be a back-breaking task.
How to safely work with drills
Whether you’re working on a large-scale site or you’re working on a residential property, there are some important safety measures you should undertake when working with drills.
- Always wear safety goggles or a face shield
- Ensure there is adequate ventilation
- Keep drill bits sharp
- Keep all cords clear of the cutting zone
- Remove batteries when storing cordless drills