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Tool Tips

Don't know which tool is best for your needs? Not sure how to make the most out of your power tools? No problem! Get tool buying tips, tool use and basics and, of course, tool and workshop safety. Begin by selecting a product category below.

Tool Tips

Corded Drill UseCorded drills provide dependable power for heavy duty projects such as boring large holes in wood or drilling in masonry. A corded drill can also be used for household repairs, DIY projects, craft projects, and construction projects. Choosing the Right DrillA 3/8" drill is recommended for lightweight, around the house repair projects to more complicated repairs or DIY projects. For more intense DIY projects such as constructing a deck or building out an attic or basement, 1/2" drill models are recommended.AmpsAmperage is an indicator of how much electricity is flowing to the drill while it is working. The higher the amperage rating the more power the Skil drill will deliver. For example, a lower amperage model is ideal for drilling holes in pine and driving an occasional screw. A higher amperage model will handle drilling holes in oak or treated lumber and will be capable of driving hundreds of drywall screws in a room remodeling project. Variable SpeedVariable speed allows you to control the speed at which your Skil drill's bit will rotate which means you can adapt the speed to the project. For example, to drill pine, plywood or other softer woods you'd want a higher speed of rotation because they are easier to penetrate. Oak or hardwoods usually demand slower speeds to avoid heat build-up and scorching. Also faster speeds are ideal for drywall screws, but slower speeds work best for more dense material such as mahogany.Choosing the right bitsMany drill bits can be used in both cordless and corded tools. Accessories for drills include bits for drilling wood, metal, ceramic, glass, or masonry. In addition to bits other accessories include hole saws, home project sets and screwdriving bits. Skil has a variety of drilling and drilling & driving sets that are ideal for gift giving as well. See the accessories section for a complete listing. Other UsesYour Skil corded drill is a versatile tool that can be used for many

Corded Drill UseCorded drills provide dependable power for heavy duty projects such as boring large holes in wood or drilling in masonry. A corded drill can also be used for household repairs, DIY projects, craft projects, and construction projects.

SafetySkil Tools urges you to use your tool safely - even on seemingly small projects. Learn how using the right tool, wearing the right gear and keeping your tools properly maintained could all impact your safety.

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