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Get an affordable drill that's up to the challenge with the these tips

Published 1st December 2022
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Whether you're a DIY novice or the handyman of the street, a drill is one tool almost everyone owns. But like many power tools, the costs can quickly rack up into hundreds of pounds -  that’s a stiff price for anyone to pay, especially if you'll only use it now and again!

But don't let that put you off! Keep on reading and we'll tell you exactly what you should look out for to get an affordable drill that won't let you down!

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How do you choose a budget drill?

If your drill is only going to get used for light DIY, you don't generally need to worry about power - most of the drills on OnBuy will get the job done! But to make sure you're getting good quality for money, follow these four tips.

Buy the best brand of drill

Check out brands pitching at home DIYers if you want to buy a budget drill for home use. They will have been designed for the kinds of tasks you have in mind and tend to come with a more affordable price tag as a result.

Here are a few drill brands we'd recommend checking out:

Buy a corded electric drill

Batteries can make up a large part of a drill's price tag, so cut out that expense by choosing an electric drill. While you won't have the portability of a cordless drill, you will get a more affordable drill that doesn't have any less power!

Undecided on what's best for you? Check out our definitive guide to drills, including the different types and what you should think about when buying.

Pick the right drill chuck

The chuck is the part of the drill that holds the drill bit. An easy way to save money is to choose a keyed chuck - that requires a small key to tighten or loosen the chuck before you can change the drill bit.

A keyless chuck is much quicker, but because of the complex mechanisms it costs more. If you don't mind the inconvenience, choosing a keyed chuck is an easy way to find a more affordable drill.

Buy a power tool set

Want to add more power tools to your collection? Many top brands offer power tool sets that are a great way to save money overall.

As the tools are made by the same manufacturer, the same power tool battery packs can often be used in both tools - a great way to save if you're set on a cordless drill!

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