Make the Most of Your Drill
A power drill is a workhorse that’s essential to many DIY projects. While you probably already have the standard bits needed for your drill to drive screws and make pilot holes, you may be missing out on a world of power drill capabilities.
There are crackerjack attachments that can make your drill even more effective, efficient, and fun to use in regular drilling work. Plus, there are accessories that make a drill helpful while gardening, cleaning, and painting, too. These 15 power drill accessories that will make projects on your to-do list a whole lot easier.
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Garden Hole Digging Drill Bit
Spring planting is a cinch with the MAXBIT Garden Hole Digging Drill Bit. It comes in 4-inch and 6-inch diameters, and it will dig a perfectly round, flat-bottomed hole into which you can drop your seedlings.
Get your household cleaning jobs done more quickly and easily with this set of four scrubbing pads for your cordless drill. Each package comes with two soft and two regular pads for tackling dirt, grime, and stains without having to break a sweat. Great for scrubbing baseboards, cleaning shower doors, and more.
Add a whole new level of accuracy to your home improvement projects with this drill guide from Milescraft. The DrillMate has a self-centering drill guide base that can be set to accurately drill both straight and angled holes. No matter what drilling motion you’re doing, it will give you maximum support.
Drilling in tight spaces can be made easier with the use of the MAXFIT Right Angle Magnetic Attachment from DeWalt. It has a magnetic tip for faster retention, and it is impact rated for both drills and impact drivers. At just 1½ inches from front to back, it can slip into seriously close quarters.
Get a scrubbing brush for your cordless drill and you'll zip through deep cleaning the house. Choose the Flat Brush or the Corner & Edge Brush for general cleaning, or pick up the Flat Brush Soft for carpet and upholstery. Whichever one you choose, it will make home maintenance chores easier.
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Paint Roller Cleaner
Cleaning a used paint roller is messy and time-consuming—unless you have the Roller EZ Kleen. Attach the accessory to your drill and slip your roller cover on. Insert it into a bucket or utility sink, and then spin it clean! You’ll save time and money if you use this accessory on your next project.
Flexible Bit Holder
RYOBI’s 11-inch Flexible Shaft Bit Holder helps you work in hard-to-reach places, like under cabinets and in drawers. The shaft flexes up to 90 degrees and won’t rotate during use. Its magnetic bit holder will keep your fasteners and bits secure while driving.
Magnetic Bit Holder and Bits
The Milwaukee Shockwave 3-inch Magnetic Bit Holder will help you switch between drill and drive bits with ease. A powerful magnet ensures a secure hold on bits, and its heat-treated custom alloy steel means it can withstand a lot of use and abuse.
Self-Centering Drill Bits
The Clic-Change Self-Centering Drill Bit Set from Bosch makes one-handed loading and releasing of drill bits a reality. This set of three drill bits fits into ¼-inch drills, and each will allow you to change bits without re-chucking. That’s a huge time-saver! It also includes a self-centering feature to ensure perfect drilling.
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Socket Driver Set
Turning bolts or nuts by hand can be time-consuming and strenuous. Using a ratchet helps, but a socket driver attachment for a drill can make it even quicker. This socket adapter set from DeWALT includes a ¼-inch hex shank that fits standard drills and quick-change chucks as well.
Stir Whip Paint Mixer
If stirring joint compound, grout, and paint is a drag for you, this attachment may become your favorite workshop accessory. The Hyde Tools Stir Whip Paint Mixer has a ⅜-inch steel hex shank and a nylon mixing head that is easy to clean. It also flexes to fit inside the pour spout of a 5-gallon bucket, so there’s no need to take the lid off while mixing.
Countersink Drill Bit Set
Some projects are best when the head of the fastener sits nicely inside the wood, but getting a clean finish isn’t easy without the help from a countersink drill bit. The set of three from DEWALT include a #6 countersink, #8 countersink, and a #10 countersink, and they fit all brands of ⅜-inch and ½-inch cordless and corded drills.
Dryer Duct Cleaning Brush
Cleaning the dryer duct may not be anyone’s favorite task, but it’s a necessary home maintenance task that’s way easier with a drill. With a dryer duct cleaning attachment like this one from Deflecto, which extends up to 12 feet, it’s possible to removing the lint that’s built up inside the dryer duct—and reduce risk of dryer fires.
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Firewood Log Splitter
For those who rely on firewood to heat the home—or just enjoy a cozy campfire—a firewood log splitter attachment can be a big help. Working with the grain, the splitter can make quick work of splitting logs for use in a wood stove or fire pit. When first using it, it’s important to start the drill at its lowest speed.
Metal surfaces can be tough to clean and polish, but the job is easier with a wire brush that’s attached to a drill. A wire brush can help remove paint, rust, and corrosion. This 10-pack of wire brushes from Rocaris is made from heavy-duty high-carbon wire and a brass-plated wire cup.
These prices in this article are accurate as of publication on February 22, 2022.
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