A cordless drill is a tool that bores holes through wood, plastics, and other materials.
A tool is powerful when it carries a high voltage, produces high torque and has a high power UWO. The brushless motor should be powerful and chuck size accommodates most bit sizes. It requires high capacity batteries and is usually accompanied by a charging station. Besides a tool is considered powerful when it does the job quickly and rated manner. The term – rated – means that it applies only the requisite amount of power that is required to get the job done – no less no more.
The drill has a part that houses the motor, battery, and gears. These parts turn the drill bit. The bit is the cutting tool that removes material by spinning and boring into the material. These bits come in many sizes and shapes. These bits are held in the chuck or Morse taper at the tip of the drill.
A drill is considered powerful...
If it can drill through hard materials such as brick and concrete. The speed of the drill depends upon its power. The drill bit may be damaged if the speed is too high. Thus, drills with an electronic speed control may be used. These controls detect the hardness or softness of the materials, then modify the speed and power accordingly. In the case of cordless drills, it is advisable to note the voltage of the device. The higher the voltage of the battery the more powerful the drill.
The cordless drills are light, compact and easier to handle as there is no cord. These cords are easier to work with and offer greater freedom of movement. These drills have a brushless motor. As their power depends upon batteries it is best to choose ones with higher voltage and intensity. Usually, they can deliver between 450 – 1500 watts.Portable drills can be equipped with impact mode especially while working with hard materials. They require a higher battery capacity.
The Most Powerful Cordless Drills
The tool is made to meet the demands of your trade. The 20V Max tools are engineered to facilitate your job.
DeWalt invites you to take charge of your work with the 20 Volt Max line. This line brings you innovative cordless solutions that improve productivity.
DEWALT DCD991P2 has three-speed settings. The tool has an all-metal transmission for optimized application of speeds and torque to various tasks. The brushless motor and 20V Max batteries have excellent runtime. There is a 1/2-inch ratcheting chuck with carbide inserts for better grip and strength. There is an LED spotlight with a 20-second shutoff time remain alight until you finish your work. It is also offering 20 times more illumination than the previous models. If you are working in confined spaces such as an unlit lavatory or a cupboard the light will assist you. The battery life, the high-powered tool, and the light will complete the task in a jiffy. The brushless motor and batteries bring you 57% more power.
DEWALT DCD991P2 improves the runtime by 8 times due to the improved tools and batteries. The brand brings you the largest platform of cordless tools that work on the 20V Max batteries.This kit has a drill driver with 2 20V Max 5 Ah Li-ion batteries, a charger, and a carrying case. The tool has a three-speed transmission optimized for various applications. It has a 1/2-inch ratcheting chuck made of nitro-carburized metal. This brings good grip and strength to the bit to do its work. There is a spotlight LED that has a 20-second shut off time. This allows you to finish your work in a well-light space.
DEWALT DCD991P2 has a 1/2-inch chuck. The tool has three-speed settings of 450, 1300 and 2000 RPM. There are 24 settings of the chuck with 820 Unit Watts Out (UWO). The tool weighs 4.6 pounds.
- Nitro-carburized metal chuck
- 820 Unit Watts Out
- Three-speed settings
- 24 clutch settings
This tool is ideal for heavy applications on metal, steel, concrete, and hardwood.
This is another offering by DeWalt – the drill driver runs on a 20V Max battery. It is a three-speed tool with a 4.0 Ah battery.
DEWALT DCD980M2 drill-driver runs on 20-volt Max Li-ion batteries. These batteries bring you 36% longer runtime. The tool has a three-speed all-metal transmission. This ensures quicker application and better runtime. This is a heavy-duty tool with a 1/2-inch ratcheting chuck. You can use carbide toughened bits in this chuck for better grip and strength. This, in turn, helps you work on tough materials like concrete and steel. The unit whips up a torque of 535 inches-pounds. Due to this, the tool offers superior performance during fastening and drilling applications.
DEWALT DCD980M2 kit comprises of a three-speed drill cum driver. The unit runs on Li-ion batteries there is a spare to ensure you don’t suffer downtime. The tool – drill – driver – finds many applications due to the high-performance motor and bits. The chuck has a 1/2-inch ratcheting chuck that holds the bit secure. There is an LED light that has a 20-second delay after the trigger of the tool is released after use. The accompanying user manual can tell you more about how the tool can be used for other purposes such as polish surfaces, etc.
DEWALT DCD980M2 has a 1/2-inch chuck with 22 clutch settings. There are three-speed settings (0-575, 0-1350, 0-2000 RPM) on the ratcheting metallic chuck. The 20-volt Max system offers the maximum power of 535 UWO at 4.0 Ah. The LED light is with a 20-second delay after the trigger is engaged.
- Chuck with carbide inserts
- 22 + 1 clutch settings
- 3 speeds
- Li-ion battery
These professional-grade tools are optimized for productivity and portability.
Milwaukee M18 is a line of battery-powered tools. The M18 FUEL tools have a brushless motor that is powered by Li-ion batteries. These tools bring you three advantages RedLithium batteries, PowerState brushless motors, and RedLink Plus smart tool capabilities.
Milwaukee 2606-21CT has a four-pole frameless motor that exerts 500 inch-pounds of torque. There are two variable speeds to accomplish various tasks of drilling and driving. The patented Red Lithium battery technology improves the runtime by 40% with 20% more torque and speed. RedLink Intelligence has overload protection that protects against overloads etc.
Milwaukee 2606-21CT is the ultimate synergy of power, performance and lightweight ergonomics. The motor is built of copper and high-grade rare-earth magnets. Redlink Plus brings you thermal and overload protection. The advanced electronics communicate with various parts of the tool to optimize performance. The drive control and on-board fuel gauge enhance productivity. The tool has a Li-ion battery and a patented design that protects against drops, water, and harsh working conditions on job sites.
Milwaukee 2606-21CT has a 1/2-inch chuck. The tool is 3.5 inches wide, 7.75 inches lon and is 3.32 pounds and the M18 battery is 1.5 Ah produces a maximum torque of 500 inch-pounds. The cordless tool has a variable speed of 0 – 400 RPM and 0 – 1800 RPM.
- Four-pole motor
- Two-speed tools
- RedLink Intelligence
- RedLithium battery
These drill driver and hammer are ideal for driving, drilling and hammering applications.
Makita power tools are owned by Makita Corporation. The brand makes circular saws, woodwork machines, grinders, chain saws, etc. This is an 18 volt 2.0Ah Li-ion brushless cordless drill, hammer and driver.
Makita XPH12R is a kit with a hammer, drill, and driver. It is driven by an 18-volt 2.0 Ah battery and a brushless motor. This motor produces a torque of 530 inch-pounds. It has a variable speed of 0 – 500 RPM and 0 – 2000 RPM. While the hammer produces 0 – 7500 to 30000 BPM for driving, drilling, and hammering. The tool is compact and ergonomically designed. It is only 7 inches long and weighs 3.5 pounds. The design reduces operator fatigue. The tool has an all-metal gearbox that makes the tool sturdy and durable.
Makita XPH12R is powered by Li-ion batteries of 18 volts and 2.0 Ah. The tool produces a torque of 530 inch-pounds. This torque and the frictionless brushless motor increase the efficiency by 50% per charge. The brushless motor also increases the speed, power, and life of the tool. Overall this means quicker, quieter work and lesser trips to the charger. In the driver mode the drill will drive fasteners, screws, etc. – large and small. The tool will work masonry when you switch to the percussive hammer driver setting and weighs only 3.6 pounds with the battery also is easy to handle with high power to weight ratio.
Makita XPH12R kit includes two 18V LXT Compact batteries of 2 Ah. They charge up to full capacity in 25 minutes. This is the fastest charge up time in this category. The tool can be used on 1/2 inch of steel, 1.5 inches of wood and 1/2 inch of masonry. The no-load speed is 0 – 500 and 0 – 2000 RPM. It produces 0 – 7500 and 0 – 30000 BPM. The tool produces a torque of 530 inch-pounds or 60 Nm. The tool is 7 1/8 inches long and weighs 3.5 pounds.
- LXT Compact Brushless motor
- 0 Ah battery
- 25 minutes charge up
- Extreme Protection Technology – XPT
- Star protection
PORTER-CABLE brings you 100 years’ experience in making tools. Their tools are built to perform and trusted for quality. They make orbital sanders, tile saws, circular saws, etc. They make hammer drills, wrenches, impact drivers, and combo kits.
PORTER-CABLE PCCK607LB has a brushless motor that brings you 50% more runtime. The all-metal transmission delivers 1800 PRM of maximum speed. As this is a variable speed the tool can be used for fastening and drilling application which require different speeds. The tool is compact and only 3.5 pounds thus ideal to use in tight spaces. There is a Mode Collar that switches the tool from fastening to drilling mode. By turning the collar only, you do not lose the clutch setting. The unit delivers 370 UWO required for heavy-duty applications. There is a 1/2-inch ratcheting chuck that improves bit retention.
PORTER-CABLE PCCK607LB is a brushless cordless 1/2-inch drill-driver. It features a brushless motor that improved efficiency and runtime by 50%. The tool is built to handle all kinds of tough applications without stalling. There is a ratcheting chuck that reliable and improved retention of bits. The drill is compact this you can reach into narrow spaces and behind bars, rafter and cupboards to fix fasteners and screws. The tool is very light this causes less fatigue to the user.
PORTER-CABLE PCCK607LB can drill through 1/2 inch of steel and 1 inch of wood. The 1/2-inch keyless chuck size can turn at the no-load speed of 0 – 450 and 0 – 1800 RPM. The tool has two-speed settings at a maximum power of 370 UWO.
- Brushless motor
- 50% more runtime
- Compact tool
- Ratcheting chuck
Lowe’s and J. H. Williams launched Kobalt in 1998. They make hand tools, power tools, and mechanic tools. This tool is a 24-volt Max Li-ion cordless and brushless drill.
Kobalt KDD 1424A-03 is the state of the art in tool technology. It has a gear selector that gives you a low speed and increased torque. And high speeds and low torque for various works. The tool has a clutch with 23 driving settings and one drilling setting. You can choose if the tool turns in the forward or reverse direction. This turns the head in a clockwise or an anti-clockwise direction. The drill is fitted with a 24-volt Max Li-ion battery pack that offers 50% more power. This culminates to 3.6 times more runtime than the 18-volt batteries. The tool is a perfect balance between power and ergonomics and carries the state-of-the-art brushless motor – tool not only runs hard and long it performs in – 4 to 140F. This means it will be right there assisting you even in extreme conditions.
Kobalt KDD 1424A-03 has a gear selector that allows you to work at low speeds and high torque. It is an ideal setting for heavy-duty work and driving screws. The other setting is a high speed and low torque. This allows you to drill wood and composite boards. You can also fit polishing and abrasive accessories to the drill in this setting. The adjustable clutch allows you to select torque in 23 driving settings and 1 drilling setting.
You can pick your ideal setting depending upon the bit you are using, the type of job, material or fastener you are using. You can choose the direction of rotation at a press of a switch. In the initial position, it runs in a clockwise direction in the depressed position it runs in an anti-clockwise direction. There are forward, reverse and center lock positions. You get 50% more power and 3.6 times more run time from these 24-volt Max batteries.
Kobalt had a 1/2-inch chuck capacity. It has two speed capacity of up to 2000 RPM. The Li-ion battery takes 85 minutes to charge up. There are 24 + 1 clutch settings. There is an LED light to illuminate workspaces.
- 650 inch-pounds torque
- Li-ion battery
- 2-speed gearbox
- Maximum power up to 50%
7. WORX WX176L
WORX is a Chinese company from China that makes gardening and lawn tools and implements it besides power tools. The tools work on 20-volt batteries. The switch driver is a unique ergonomic design.
WORX WX176L is a switch driver or a two in one cordless driver and drill. There is a rotating head with dual chucks and dual-speed motor. The tool delivers precise torque control. The rotating head helps switch between heads quickly. Both the heads have precise torque controlled by electronic circuits. The electronic transmission has two speeds that tackle drilling and driving. This also prevents the screws from stripping and breaking. The 1/4-inch hex chucks help change the tools quickly. It is easy to change the bits. The maximum drilling capacity is 3/8-inches. There are two Li-ion batteries of 20 volts. The tool has sufficient power to do all your tasks around the yard and home.
WORX WX176L gets your work done quickly and smoothly. You will enjoy your DIY work and projects around the house. The tool is a 2 in 1 cordless driver cum drill. There is a switch driver that accommodates 1/4-inch chucks. The head turns through 180° using a push button. The unique dual-chuck design switches you effortlessly between driving and drilling. You don’t have to pause to change the bit. There are 1/4-inch hex bits that load both the chucks.
You can drill then press the button to switch to the other driving chuck at a press of a button. The tool is light and easy to use and control. It has a reversible motor with variable speed. This 3.1-pound tool handles most tasks such as fastening, driving, and drilling. The variable speed goes up to 1500 RPM and produces high torque for low-speed jobs. The chuck as 11 positions and produces 265 inch-pounds of torque without damaging the surface or the screw.
WORX WX176L kit has 5 pieces. The tool is 2.5 pounds and 9 inches by 8.5 inches by 3.5 inches in dimensions. There is a 20-volt Li-ion battery that produces 1500 watts of power. The head accommodates 1/4-inch chucks that rotate through 180.
- Power Share battery
- Switch driver
- Two speeds
- Rotating chucks
has a compact and ergonomic design that is 30% smaller than the other drills.
BLACK+DECKER has served professionals and DIYers since 1910. This well-known brand makes durable tools, hardware, accessories, and home improvement products. They bring you the latest technology and innovations in the field to improve your lifestyle.
It is only 2.64 pounds. This will allow you to reach inside the cabinet, behind appliances, inside closets, etc. The lightweight and ergonomic design prevent fatigue. The cordless design helps you move from room to room without worrying about the power outlet. The tool has a 2-speed transmission that helps handle daily tasks and tough applications and has a keyless chuck for easy changing of bits also has 11 plus 1 clutch settings. It is easy to change the bit from this keyless chuck. There is an LED light with a 20-second delay shut off. The tool has a mid-handle design to hold the tool firmly and comfortably. As the tool belongs to the 20V Max System it can power endlessly. The maximum workload is 20 volts and the nominal workload is 18 volts.
BLACK+DECKER BDCDD220C is a powerful yet compact drill and driver. The tool will tackle the daily tasks and even drill through studs. This tough little tool is compact enough to allow you maneuverability in narrow spaces. There is also an LED that lights up space where there is no or low light. The tool has a dual-speed transmission that gets the job done.
BLACK+DECKER BDCDD220C has a 20-volt MAX 1.5 Ah Li-ion battery. The keyless chuck is 3/8 inches. The tool has 2 no-load speed of 0 – 360 RPM and 0 – 1400 RPM. There are 11 clutch settings and the tool weighs 2.64 pounds.
- Li-ion battery
- Two speeds
- 11 + 1 clutch settings
- 3/8-inch chuck
BLACK+DECKER LDX220C is a drill cum driver at two speeds.
This is a two-speed cordless drill cum driver by Black and Decker. It runs on 20-volt Max batteries. The kit includes a charger and battery beside the tool.
BLACK+DECKER LDX220C is a drill and the driver has 11 settings and a 3/8-inch clutch. Two or variable speeds give you command over driving and drilling. The more speed and torque control the more precise the work. You get this done without snapping the screws or stripping their heads. The drill has a 3/8-inch keyless chuck with a variable speed trigger. There are a clock and anticlockwise trigger that allows tightening and loosening the screws. There is an LED light on the barrel-shaped tool above the trigger. The tool works over a wide temperature range of – 4 – 40F.
It has 11 clutch positions that help you get the job done. The tool has a 20-volt Lithium-ion battery that will power you through various handyman jobs around the house. The two-speed settings bring versatility to the tool. It can be used to tighten or loosen screws and fasteners. There is an LED light that lights up the work area. The tool is light and comfortable.
BLACK+DECKER LDX220C has a 20-volt battery. The chuck size is 3/8 inches, with 11 settings and 2 speeds.
- 20 Volt Max Li-ion batteries
- 3/8-inch chuck
- LED light
- 2-speed settings
- 11 clutch settings
10. TECCPO TDHD02P
TECCPO believes that technology makes you powerful. They make hand tools, woodwork tools, power tools. This is a brushless drill driver. It has an 18-volt battery and spins at 60 Nm powered by 2.0 Ah that charge up in 30 minutes and has 21 plus 3 torque settings. The tool has an LED light and a 29-piece set.
TECCPO TDHD02P has a four-pole motor that delivers 60 Nm of torque. There are 24 plus one clutch positions that bring 30% more precision to your work. The two-speed transmission is 0 – 450 and 0 – 1700 RPM. The tool is ideal to use while driving screws and drilling holes. There are two pieces of 20-volt 2000 mAh Li-ion batteries. There is a fast charger that powers up on 30 minutes which is 50% quicker than other tools. All metal gears and the 1/2-inch keyless ratcheting chuck brings you maximum accessory compatibility. There is a forward and reverse button that turns the tool for fastening and drilling purposes. There is a trigger-activated LED light to illuminate the work area.
TECCPO TDHD02P has an ergonomic design that offers maximum comfort at reduced vibrations. There is a forward and reverse button that loosens or tightens the fasteners and screws. There is a 1/2-inch keyless ratcheting clutch that is compatible with most bits.
TECCPO TDHD02P runs on a 20V Max Li-ion battery. The charger power the tool up in 30 minutes. The no-load speed is 0 – 450 and 0 – 1700 RPM and the turning force is 60 Nm. The chuck size is 1/2 inches and torque setting is 24 plus 1.
- All metal gears
- 2000 mAh Li-ion batteries
- Rubber over-mold handle
- 29-piece accessories
- LED light
11. WORX WX169L
has an ergonomic design that offers maximum comfort.
WORX WX169L is a cordless drill cum driver with a two speed and precise torque management system.
WORX WX169L has a two-speed design that delivers 265 inch-pounds of torque. There are 15 plus one clutch positions that bring 30% more precision and torque management. The tool has a two-speed transmission ideal for driving and drilling jobs. The tool is light and compact making it ideal to work in tight spaces. Two pieces of 20-volt Li-ion batteries are compatible with other Worx tools. The tool is only 3 pounds with the batteries attached. The LED light illuminates the dark corners and work areas.
The forward and reverse button loosens or tightens the fasteners and screws. There is a 3/8-inch keyless clutch that accepts most bits. The tool is powered by 20-volt Max Li-ion batteries. The tools produce a turning force of up to 30 Nm with two speeds that can be used to drill holes and drive fasteners. The chuck can be driven forward and backward at the press of a button.
WORX WX169L is 2.9 pounds that lend dexterity and motility to the user. It is 7.9 inches by 2.9 inches by 8.9 inches in dimensions. The kit has a Li-ion battery of 20 volts.
- Variable speed
- 30 Nm of torque
- 3/8-inch chuck
- LED lights
- Worx 20V Power Share System
12. Avid Power MW316
These tools are perfect for jobs on your home and job site. You can use it to work on various surfaces such as metal, plastic, wood, drywall, etc. You can use it to drive screws and drill holes.
Avid Power MW316 is accompanied by a multifunctional battery pack. These are 20-volt 1.5 Ah Li-ion batteries. They have a USB output that is compatible with the phone and has a battery charge indicator.The tool can drill through 20mm of steel using a 3/8-inch chuck.It has a variable speed of 0 – 550 RPM and an electric brake function.
Avid Power MW316 charges up quickly and has an indicator light to inform you of the charging status. The rubberized handle is non-slip and comfortable. There is a niche to fit the double end driver bits. The tool speed is 0 – 550 RPM and 177 inch-pounds of torque. The tool has a 3/8-inch chuck that accepts most bits. The 22 pieces pf bits make this a versatile kit with a wide range of applications.
Avid Power MW316 is 2.2 pounds. It is 8.7 inches by 3.1 inches by 9.7 inches. It has a 3/8 inch all-metal chuck. The tool is powered by a 20-volt battery. The no-load speed is between 0 – 550 RPM at 177 inch-pounds torque. The chuck is 3/8-inches. The tool is accompanied by 22 bits.
- 22-piece bit set
- 3/8-inch chuck
- 15 + 1 clutch settings
- Variable speed settings
Characteristics of the most best Cordless Drills
Power capacity – The power of the drill is determined by the volts. The higher the voltage the more powerful the drill – ranging between 12 – 20 volts.
There are 4 – 8-volt drills – ideal for light screw-driving and working on delicate materials.
The 12-volt drills are compact and light and do most of the work heavier professional drills can do.
There are 18- and 20-volt drills for heavy-duty work.
The 36-volt drills are the most powerful and can be used as impact drills. Drills with higher voltage are heavier and the drill power is measured in amperes. As the power increases the amperage rises.
Batteries – Cordless drills required recharging periodically…
Rate of discharge of the battery may depend upon
- the continuous use
- the materials you are working on
- the temperature of the machine and environment.
The most popular type of batteries used is Li-ion batteries. Though some drills may carry Nickel-Metal Hydride or Nickel-Cadmium batteries. Li-ion batteries are the costliest. These batteries last up to 300 – 500 charges which are approximately 2 to 3 years.
The best feature of these batteries is that there is no self-discharge. Besides they have a very high capacity usually 3.0 Ah upward. They require no or little maintenance and have no memory effect. The memory effect is the reduced longevity of a rechargeable battery.
This effect is due to incomplete discharge during previous uses. Most kits contain a spare battery to keep you charged up and working while the other recharges.
Chuck Size – The power drill capacities also depend upon the drill size – 1/4-inch, 3/8-inch, and 1/2-inch. This measure refers to the chuck size – the part that holds the bit. It indicates the maximum diameter of the bit’s shank that fits into the drill. The 1/4-inch chuck is meant for light-duty drivers. The 3/8-inch chuck is the most common type as it accepts a wide variety of bits. The 1/2-inch chuck is ideal for heavy applications. Chucks can be keyed or key-less.
The most common type used nowadays is the keyless ones that are most popular.
These chucks are popular as they allow a quick change of bits – sometimes with one hand. Consider Slot Driver System (SDS) that has grooves on the bits that fit the grooves on the tool. These drills have chucks that serve the dual function. One of doing the job and cushioning the tool from the pounding force of the hardest materials.
Speed – These drills have a variable speed and an adjustable clutch. This allows you to work with a wide variety of materials such as masonry, wood, plastic, tiles, etc. The speed is controlled by the trigger. The more you depress the trigger the faster it turns.Hard materials require low speeds and more turning force. While softer materials require high speeds and lower torque.
Gearing switch – allows you to set the drill at a high speed and low torque or vice versa.
The Clutch – helps control the torque level and reacts to the resistance. A properly adjusted clutch prevents you from driving the screw too deep. It also prevents you from stripping the screw head or snapping it.
A brushless motor will allow you more power without heating the tool. This will ensure a longer runtime and efficient use of battery power. Besides it is quieter and low maintenance.
Units-Watts-Out (UWO) is the measure of the combined output of speed and torque. This is the power output or the power capability of the tool.The higher the Units Watts Out the more powerful the drill.
Features on the most best CORDLESS DRILLS
There are quite a few features that differentiate a powerful drill. The first being…
High voltage – More the voltage of the drill the more powerful it is. It can handle tough materials with ease. Depending upon the voltage there are light-duty, general-purpose and heavy-duty drills. These drills range from 18 – 24 volts but some specialized units may also go up to 36 volts.
Torque – is the turning force that a tool exerts to fix the fasteners like screws, nuts, and bolts. The turning force also helps drill into various materials and surfaces like wood, bricks, concrete, plastic, metal, etc. You require high speed and low torque for soft materials and low speed and high torque for hard materials.
Units Watts Out or Power UWO is a standard of measure of the maximum power of the drill.
Driver motor – can be brushed or brushless. Brushless motors are larger and powerful. This is because the area that is occupied by the brushes is now occupied by the motor. Brushless motors modulate power according to the task. It will consume less power in drilling a softwood compared to a concrete block. It does this because it senses the resistance while cutting the material. This controlled use of power extends battery life. These motors do not heat up due to friction nor are they affected by a drop in voltage.
Forward and reverse switch – allows you to choose the clockwise or anticlockwise moment to tighten or loosen the fasters.
Chuck size – decides the size of bits the drill can hold. There are 1/4-inch, 3/8-inch, and 1/2-inch chuck sizes. The most commonly available ones are the latter two.
Batteries – Drills fitted with Li-ion batteries last 4 times longer than the standard ones. There are voltage changing batteries that let you run the tool according to your usage.
LED light – to illuminate the workspace.
Charging station or charger – is an induction point that works on the principle of alternating magnetic fields. The tool or the battery has an electrode that comes in contact with the ones on the charger.
Speed ranges – There are variable speed and dual-speed drills. Dual speed drills have two speeds – one for drilling and the other from driving screws. The variable speed drills sense the resistance of the material and modulate the speed accordingly.
Grip – As a powerful drill has a great torque thus a good grip is a necessity. They usually have a soft rubber over-mold. It not only cushions your hand but also offers a non-slip grip on the tool.