Right Angle Drills
Do you struggle to drill at awkward angles in small, cramped spaces such as between floor joists or inside a cabinet? A right angle drill makes the job much easier thanks to its unique design. The first thing you’ll notice about a right angle drill is that it features a long handle and very short head. The head is set at a 90-degree angle, allowing you to drill in tight spaces without having to twist your arm into an uncomfortable position. It’s somewhat like a combination of a screwdriver and a mini hand drill. Comparatively, a standard drill has a shorter handle and longer head, which makes it more difficult to navigate narrow, confined areas.
Due to their long, thin handles, right angle drills are easy to use while holding them with one hand. This adds even more convenience for tasks in challenging spaces, such as working within walls, plumbing, and more. Right angle drills are also generally smaller and easier to store, which is good news for homeowners with limited storage space or contractors who carry their tools from job to job.
How to Choose a Right Angle Drill
Not all right angle drills are the same, so it’s important to keep a few key features in mind when selecting one to add to your collection.
The main draw of a right angle drill is its maneuverability, which significantly diminishes with a corded model. Though you’ll sacrifice a bit in power with a cordless version, right angle drills typically aren’t used for the most heavy-duty tasks anyway. You’ll experience much greater benefit by having the full freedom to use the tool in the most comfortable, effective position.
Continuing the theme of comfort, you’ll also want to ensure your right angle drill feels natural in your hand. It can be very easy to lose your grip in a cramped, narrow space. This means a drill with a handle that’s designed to be held comfortably with one or two hands is a must. You can also look for handles made of ABS plastic that won’t get hot while the drill is in use, making it even easier to maintain your grip.
There is a large selection of new and reconditioned right angle drills available at CPO Outlets. You can choose high-quality models from the tool industry’s biggest brands, including Makita, Bosch, and DeWALT. Some brands have also developed adapters to provide right-angle capability to traditional drills, such as Bosch FlexiClick adapters.