Updated: June 8, 2015

Right Angle Drill Reviews:

I had never seen a right angle drill until a few years ago when a plumber brought one out to do a fix it job in my house. Since then I have also seen an electrician use one as well. They are a unique power tool designed to get into tight spaces and that is why electrician's and plumber's need them. Whether you are putting holes through joists, studs, roofs, floors, or even plates, a right angle drill is often the tool of choice. The compact size is what makes the right angle drill so convenient - the chuck is located at a right angle to the body of the drill so the shape allows it to fit almost anywhere. Straight line drills just can't compete with a right angle drill if you need to get into stud or joist bays. They are powerful too, with plenty of torque coming from the 2 and 3 speed gearing. The top brands are Milwaukee, DeWalt, Makita, Hitachi, Ryobi, and Bosch. Expect to spend at least $100 but many are close to $200 and $300.
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Buying Guide - What features should you consider? Firstly, you find will some drills are heavier duty than others, but we found that reviews for all varieties of right angle drills were fairly positive. Some have traditional drill handles, while others have the d-handles or pipe thread side handles which many experts recommend (DeWalt and Makita have these). We found several cordless right angle drills that rated very well, although the corded models are still preferred by many a professional. The V28 lithium ion battery pack on the Milwaukee drills are great and it shows how much charge is left so you don't get into a job and realize you are out of juice. Speed and power ultimately determine performance levels and the heavy duty drills certainly hold up to their price. The heavy duty Milwaukee Super-Hawg has a motor rated at 13 amps and reviews say that is more than enough power. The medium duty Makita has a 7.5 amp motor and the DeWalt and Milwaukee 7 amp models perform quite well too. Reversing switches are a key feature and most right angle drills locate them in convenient areas of the drill so regripping isn't necessary. Also, a few offered 180 degree rotating trigger handles that lock into position. All offer variable speed motors and some of the heavy duty drills have clutches so you can operate the unit at low speeds. In terms of reviews, we found an excellent article on Toolsofthetrade.net where they tested 8 right angle drills for weight and balance, ease of use, overall feel, and they completely checked out the power tools. Onlinetoolreviews.com also had a few reviews on right angle drills, although it was not as complete as that which we found on Tools of the Trade website. Amazon always has excellent owner feedback on tools they sell. Customer reviews are a great source of information because it's not just a professional testing the equipment once or twice, it's actual consumers who use them for jobs and work. We matched the expert opinions with the owner comments to come up with a list of the best right angle drills below. Where can you buy a right angle drill? To see a complete list of the most popular right angle drills online go here.

Best Right Angle Drill:

RECOMMENDED - The Makita right angle drills are top rated in several head to head comparisons and in owner reviews. The Makita DA4031 10 Amp 1/2-Inch Angle Drill is a great choice with a sidewinder handle, a powerful 10 amp motor, no load speed of 300 on low and 1200 on high. Plumbers can't say enough about this tool - it saves them time on the job and is a "real workhorse" they say. The grip is comfortable, the balance and weight are good, and it does quick work on studs and joists. You can see the entire selection of Makita right angle drills online here. The best cordless right angle drills are the DeWalt DW960K-2 Heavy-Duty 3/8-Inch 18-Volt Ni-Cad Cordless Right Angle and the Milwaukee 0721-21.


Right Angle Drill with D-Handle:

RECOMMENDED - Another top rated right angle drill is the Milwaukee 3107-6 7.0 Amp 1/2-Inch Right Angle Drill with D-Handle - a drill with a nearly perfect review record from owners. It features a powerful 7 amp motor, you can use it with up to 4 5/8" selfeed bits, had a trigger speed control function, the head and handle swivel 360 degrees so drilling in tight spots or between studs and joists is easy. The motor delivers 0 to 355 rpm on low and 0 to 750 rpm on high. One owner notes that the drill is a "must have for electrical and plumbing work". You can see this drill and all the other popular Milwaukee right angle drills here.


3/8 Inch Right Angle Drill:

We didn't want to leave Bosch out of our reviews since they have such a reputable name in the power tool industry. The Bosch 1132VSR 3.8 Amp 3/8-Inch Right Angle Drill is a lower end model at around $200, but it still delivers great performance even from the 3.8 amp motor. The low profile design is great for drilling holes in tight spots and the variable speed dial is easy to change as you switch from job to job. Owners say it's efficient and does the job when drilling holes for electrical wires and fits between studs no problem.