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3 Cordless Tool Advances

WORX Drill-N-Drive

This hybrid cordless drill features two ½-inch chucks that rotate 180° in either direction, allowing you to switch from drilling to driving in seconds. WORX’s Drill-N-Drive is powered by a 20-volt battery and employs a two-speed gearbox with speeds of 0 to 400 or 0 to 1,500 rpm.

Other features include an 11-position electronic clutch to adjust torque settings (maximum torque of 310 inch-pounds). The model WX176L retails for $119.99.

DeWalt 20V Max XR Drill

Dewalt drill
The compact version of DeWalt’s 20V Max XR drill is just 6.9 inches long, but it turns out 460 unit watts of power, a 27% increase in power over the previous DeWalt drill model. The tool was designed for heavy-duty use, being equipped with a brushless motor, a dust- and moisture-resistant coated and sealed switch, and an all-metal ratcheting chuck.

Features include two speed selections of 0 to 550 and 0 to 2,000 rpm, an LED work light with three light settings, and a 2-amp-hour battery. The model DCD791B retails for $129.

Ridgid GEN5X Compact Hammer Drill

Ridgid drill
The Hyper line of 18-volt batteries in use in Ridgid’s GEN5X compact hammer drill offers four times the run time due to its 4-amp-hour capacity. Combined with the drill’s brushless motor, the tool turns out 780 inch-pounds of torque.

Features include two working speeds of 0 to 450 and 0 to 1,600 rpm, and up to 25,600 bumps per minute. The model R86116 retails for $92 (tool alone), which includes a lifetime warranty. 

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