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Cordless drill a great Father’s Day gift

How to find right model for the 'weekend warrior'

A few weeks ago we wrote about how Kevin helped a customer at the Home Depot find the right bit to drill a hole in ceramic tile. As often happens, the answer raised another question from one of our readers, Dave, who wrote: "Since you mentioned drill-buying in this week's column, do you think a Makita 12-volt cordless drill would handle most small to medium home projects? Is going up to 14.4 volts excessive for occasional use?" With Father's Day on the horizon, Dave's question led us to consider the place the cordless drill might have in Dad's home toolbox. From our perspective, there are certain tools that every homeowner should have. A medium-weight hammer (16 ounces), a combination screwdriver with Phillips and flat-head bits, a crescent wrench, a pipe wrench and a tape measure are all must-haves. As for power tools, if we were limited to just one, the choice would be a cordless drill. The cordless drill motor is the quintessential multitasker. Depending on t...