Right Angle Cordless Drills

With the technology of cordless tools, right angle cordless drills and their batteries improving by leaps and bounds over the past couple years, what may have been the best buy two or three years ago may not even be in the list today! Today I am going to concentrate on three right angle cordless drills that I think are the best. I will cover not only cost but durability, ease of use and the all important battery life.

Who uses and who needs a right angle cordless drill you may ask? Well just about anyone who uses your typical cordless drill will most definitely benefit from a right angle cordless drill. Right angle drills are great for getting into extra tight spaces like the inside of a cabinet when trying to install drawer slides on an already installed cabinet or for installing under cabinet lighting where your typical cordless drill just won’t cut it. So lets get down and dirty and get into some tools! These will be in no particular order.

Bosch ADS181-101

Right Angle Cordless Drills

My first review will be the Bosch ADS181-101 18-Volt Lithium-Ion 1/2-Inch Right Angle Drill Kit. This particular drill features a best in class chuck capacity with a 1/2-Inch ratcheting chuck providing for a maximum range of applications from drilling into concrete and driving into wood. Bosch’s ultra  ergonomic design is second to none and slim, soft grip provides maximum comfort and control in any and all drilling and driving applications. The compact head is smartly designed to provide maximum drilling in close quarter applications and is fully integrated LED white light system which provides maximum illumination of work area, reducing shadow. My on-site and in-shop testing team put this right angle drill through a rigorous battery of drilling applications and this drill passed them all with flying colors. We purchased ours from our local home store but have found it quite a bit cheaper at Amazon.com. Another cool feature with this Bosch right angle drill is it’s patented Flexible Power System which makes these batteries compatible with every Bosch 18-Volt Lithium-Ion battery. A great feature for sure! A very cool feature is it’s 1/2-Inch chuck capacity providing the maximum range of applications. With 150-in-lbs of torque, this right angle drill provides up to 40-percent more torque than the competition.

Milwaukee 2615-21CT M18


Right Angle Cordless Drills

Next on offer is the DEWALT DCD740C1 20-Volt MAX Li-Ion Compact Right Angle 1.5 Ah Drill Kit. What can I say, you can’tgo wrong with Dewalt tools these days. They just keep getting better and better and this right angle cordless drill is no exception! With its dual speed ranges from (0-500/0-1500) rpm for increased user flexibility provides for a wider range of applications than many competitors. Weighing in at only 3.8 pounds and measuring four inches in length from front to back, the DCD740CL has been  brilliantly designed for projects that involve prolonged work in tight places. It features a 3/8-inch-deep hex pocket, which allows a 2-inch hex bit to be installed almost all the way into the chuck, providing quality performance and allowing for steady control without compromising on size. The slim and ergonomic handle makes the drill easy to grip for long periods of time, thus increasing productivity and promoting user comfort. DEWALT’s line of 20-volt max lithium-ion tools features improvements in engineering and design to provide the performance, the ergonomics, and the innovation that contractors require. The new line consists of 11 tools, two lithium ion batteries, and two battery chargers, as well as a number of combo kits. This right angle drill edges out the Bosch for me due to it’s 20 volt battery as opposed to the 18 volt battery of the Bosch. Not to mention that it is quite a bit less expensive than the Bosch. Again Amazon.com has the best price nationwide that I could find.

right angle cordless drills

Next is a heavy hitter of a right angle drill and my #1 Pick! The Milwaukee 2615-21CT M18 Cordless Right Angle Drill Kit. The Milwaukee M18 Cordless Right Angle Drill combines a 3.75in. total head length with an integrated electronic clutch to create the most compact 18V right angle drill driver in the industry. A 3/8in. single sleeve keyless chuck, extended multi-position trigger and up to 125 ft.-lbs. of torque provide versatility, ease of use and power that is unmatched. The kit includes all of the following… 18V Cordless M18 3/8-in Right Angle Drill Driver Kit – 2615-21CT, M18 Compact Lithium-Ion Battery Pack – 48-11-1815, 30 Minute Charger, Carrying Case. Again, this is my #1 pick for a  right angle cordless drill and again the best price I found was at Amazon.com.


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