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.
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.