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On Test: Electric drills versatile enough to tackle most do-it-yourself jobs


Makita 18V Combi Drill BL LXT

Thanks to a shock absorption brushless motor, dual gears and electric brake, this combi drill’s ability to screw, hammer and, of course, drill is second to none. That makes it easy, even for those who are new to DIY. The swappable 18V lithium-ion battery means hassle-free access without wires and there’s the option for more than one rechargeable battery. £109.99 (body only), £349.99 ex-VAT (with case and two 5Ah batteries),


Ryobi 18V ONE+ SDS+ Rotary Hammer Drill

This Ryobi is a beast, capable of hammer drilling even groundwork. You’ll more likely use this for hammer drilling masonry walls or, with a chisel head, to quickly remove tiles easily. It’ll even work as a regular drill for wood and metal too. This uses the ONE+ battery system so you can swap out other Ryobi tool batteries. £100 body only, £228 with two 4Ah batteries,


DeWalt 18V Cordless 3 Speed Impact Driver

For pure speed of driving screws into wood, metal or masonry, the impact driver is your new best friend. This model from DeWalt is battery-powered, making it ideal for jobs like fencing or shed building that require mobility but also need a lot of screws drilled. In this case you get a 205 Nm brushless motor that’s capable of 3,800 blows per minute, so screws are guided in perfectly without scrimping on speed. A half-hour charge, three driving speed options and an LED light are just bonuses. ££65.60​ (body only), £194.98 (with two 2Ah batteries),


Bosch PSR Select 3.6V Cordless Screwdriver

Despite its compact size, this driver has multiple bits on board — there are 12 in total, which make swapping quick and easy. The battery lasts 90 screws and there’s an LED light for those awkward and poorly lit jobs too. Getting the right bit for every job means no more stripping of screw heads and a far faster finish on those repetitive and otherwise long furniture construction tasks. It’s light and comfortable to use too. £48,