Specs are provided by each manufacturer and are not verified by Tools of the Trade.
Heavy-duty class
DeWaltAmpsSpeedsSelf-Feeding Bit RatingsProfile Height (As Shown)Published Weight
DW124K11.5300/1,200 rpmLow: 4-5/8 inches
High: 2-9/16 inches
8 inches13.5 pounds
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StoryID
512774
ToolNumber
1
ComponentId
tcm:78-1627757
Tester Comments
This time-tested design turned out the second-fastest times in our performance test. It has a secure and comfortable front handle but lacks a rubber grip on the rear handle. It co`1mes with a pipe-thread side handle that reaches 9-3/4 inches out from the tool's center. The speed selector and reverse switch were difficult to use.
Price
$339

Contact
DeWalt Industrial Tool
800-433-9258
www.dewalt.com
MakitaAmpsSpeedsSelf-Feeding Bit RatingsProfile Height (As Shown)Published Weight
DA403110300/1,200 rpmLow: 4-5/8 inches
High: 2-9/16 inches
8-1/4 inches12.3 pounds
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StoryID
512774
ToolNumber
2
ComponentId
tcm:78-1627757
Tester Comments
The overall winner, this tool had plenty of power and great features, and was the most comfortable to use. It also is the lightest and most compact of the heavy-duty models. The speed selector and reverse switches are well-placed and were easy to use, and the three-position cushioned rear handle added to its versatility in any position. It is the only drill that comes with an onboard adjustment tool for its large front handle, and it has a pipe-thread side handle with a 10-1/2-inch reach.
Price
$329

Contact
Makita
800-462-5482
www.makita.com
MilwaukeeAmpsSpeedsSelf-Feeding Bit RatingsProfile Height (As Shown)Published Weight
1680-21 13450/1,750 rpmLow: 4-5/8 inches
High: 2-9/16 inches
6-1/8 inches14.7 pounds
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StoryID
512774
ToolNumber
3
ComponentId
tcm:78-1627757
Tester Comments
This tool had the most power and the fastest drilling times in our test and was also the biggest and heaviest. The three-position cushioned rear handle provided easier trigger access in some situations and the speed selection knob was the easiest to use. The small front T-handle made it less comfortable to hold than an open handle, and the lack of a pipe thread on its side handle, which has a 12-1/2-inch reach from center, made it harder to brace at times.
Price
$352

Contact
Milwaukee Electric Tool
800-729-3878
www.milwaukeetool.com
RidgidAmpsSpeedsSelf-Feeding Bit RatingsProfile Height (As Shown)Published Weight
R7130 8300/600/1,200 rpmLow:4-5/8 inches/Mid:2-9/16 inches/High:1-3/8 inches8 inches12.5 pounds
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StoryID
512774
ToolNumber
4
ComponentId
tcm:78-1627757
Tester Comments
This tool's switches are well placed and were very easy to operate, and it has a comfortable cushioned rear grip. It comes with a 12-foot cord (the longest of the bunch) with a handy power indicator on the plug end. This drill was the slowest performer of the heavy-duty models. It comes with the longest pipe-thread side handle with 13-1/2 inches of reach from center, but its front handle was inadequate for providing a good grip. It is the only tool in the group that does not come with a case.
Price
$299

Contact
Ridgid
800-474-3443
www.ridgid.com
Medium-Duty Class
DeWaltAmpsSpeedsSelf-Feeding Bit RatingsProfile Height (As Shown)Published Weight
DW120K70–400/0–900 rpmLow:2-9/16 inches
High: 7/8 inches
5-1/2 inches9.8 pounds
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StoryID
512774
ToolNumber
5
ComponentId
tcm:78-1627757
Tester Comments
This drill turned in a fast time in low speed and features an easy-to-use reverse switch. Its chuck was easy to remove to change speed ranges, but its system was keyed with a less sturdy roll pin. It had the lowest drilling capacity rating of any drill in the test and was not especially comfortable. It comes with one handle for the drive-head or to fit on a short side-handle extension.
Price
$259

Contact
DeWalt Industrial Tool
800-433-9258
www.dewalt.com
MakitaAmpsSpeedsSelf-Feeding Bit RatingsProfile Height (As Shown)Published Weight
DA4000LR7.50–400/0–900 rpmLow: 4-5/8 inches
High: 2-9/16 inches
5-1/2 inches8.1 pounds
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StoryID
512774
ToolNumber
6
ComponentId
tcm:78-1627757
Tester Comments
The favorite of the medium-duty class, this drill had the best performance capabilities of the medium-duty drills. It was the lightest and has a well-placed, easy-to-use reverse switch and a comfortable cushioned rear grip. Speed range changes and installation of the extension accessory were easy with its sturdy keyed-drive chuck attachment system. It comes with separate side and drive-head handles and a huge case.
Price
$259

Contact
Hilti
800-879-8000
www.us.hilti.com
MilwaukeeAmpsSpeedsSelf-Feeding Bit RatingsProfile Height (As Shown)Published Weight
3107-670–335/0–750 rpmLow:4-5/8 inches
High: 2-9/16 inches
5-1/2 inches10.3 pounds
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StoryID
512774
ToolNumber
7
ComponentId
tcm:78-1627757
Tester Comments
This is a very high-powered drill, but its geared-down motor turned in the slowest times. It includes a handy Quik-Lok cord system for easy storage and replacement. Its reverse switch is small and was difficult to use, and its threaded drive chuck system is difficult to remove for speed range changes or for using with the accessory extension kit. It comes with a shared handle for the drive head and the side extension.
Price
$244

Contact
Milwaukee Electric Tool
800-729-3878
www.milwaukeetool.com
Milwaukee Batt. VoltageSpeedsSelf-Feeding Bit RatingsProfile Height (As Shown)Published Weight
0721-2128 0–400/0–1,000 rpmLow: 2-9/16 inches
High: 1 inch
5-1/2 inches10.9 pounds
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StoryID
512774
ToolNumber
8
ComponentId
tcm:78-1627757
Tester Comments
The power of this 28-volt lithium-ion cordless drill was very impressive; you will not miss the cord in most applications. It is well balanced and has a comfortable cushioned rear grip and a well-designed direction/off switch within easy reach. Cordless operation meant great mobility and speed when attached to the extension accessory, but the threaded drive system slowed down its installation and speed range changing. It comes with one battery, a charger, and a shared drive head/side handle.
Price
$389

Contact
Milwaukee Electric Tool
800-729-3878
www.milwaukeetool.com