Different Types of Drills

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Where would we be without drills? There’s literally a drill for every task imaginable. 

There are many different types of drills. There are corded drills, cordless drills, hammer drills, hand drills, and more.

The important fact to know is that drills are composed from only three main types: traditional, hammer and impact. In this article we’ll be discussing drills and what their capabilities are. 

Join us as we let you know about the different types of drills.

Different Types of Drills

1. Drill Driver

BLACK+DECKER 20V Max Cordless Drill / Driver with 30-Piece Accessories (LD120VA)

The driver drill is a drill that has a bigger chuck than the normal drill. This drill is used for heavy duty work, for example, drilling on steel or wood. 

2. Hammer Drill

Skil 7.5 Amp 1/2-in Corded Hammer Drill with 100pcs Drill Bit Set - HD182002

A hammer drill is a drill that is used to make holes in masonry, stone, concrete, etc. It is an impact drill that is normally used with masonry drill bits.

3. Rotary Hammer

DEWALT Rotary Hammer Drill with Shocks, D-Handle, SDS, 1-1/8-Inch (D25263K)

A rotary hammer is a combination of a hammer drill and a rotary drill. The hammer is used in drilling out rock, concrete, and masonry. The drill is used to drill in wood and metal. 

4. Impact Drill

DEWALT 20V Max Impact Driver Kit, 1/4-Inch (DCF885C1)

Impact drills, also known as hammer drills, are often used in construction for drilling holes in concrete and masonry. Impact drills work much faster than regular drills.

5. Core Drill


Core drills are commonly used to drill holes for construction workers or mechanics. It has a powerful engine that can drill through concrete, wood, and other hard materials. 

6. Ground Auger

Jayzod Earth Ground Anchor 15 Inch Heavy Duty Earth Augers Shelters, Canopies,Tents,Swing Sets,Trampoline,8 Pack,Adapter not Included

A ground auger is a tool used for boring holes in the ground. Its most common use is to install fence posts. 

7. Screwdriver

Klein Tools 32500 Multi-Bit Screwdriver / Nut Driver 11-in-1 Multi Tool, 8 Industrial Strength Bits, 3 Nut Driver Sizes, Cushion Grip Handle

A Screwdriver Drill, or common house drill is a type of drill that has a forward and reverse motion as well as a number of different speeds. 

8. Drywall Screwdriver 

Factory-Reconditioned DEWALT DW272R Heavy-Duty 6.3 Amp Drywall Screwdriver

A drywall screwdriver is meant for drywall screws. They are smaller than a regular drill and are usually not powerful enough to drill into wood. 

9. Straight Air Drill

3/8" 22000rpm High Speed Straight Air Pneumatic Drill Power Drilling Tool

This high speed drill is used to drill holes into surfaces. A straight air drill is different from a reciprocating drill in that it has a single head and it rotates in one direction producing an even and spiral cut hole. 

10. Reversible Drill

DEWALT Corded Drill, 8.0-Amp, 3/8-Inch, Variable Speed Reversible, Mid-Handle Grip (DWD115K )

A reversible drill, as the name suggests, is a drill that is capable of reversing the direction of rotation by a switch. 

11. Hand Drill

Schroeder Hand Drill 3/8” Capacity – Made in Germany

A hand drill is a small hand-operated drill that is used to make holes in wood, metal and plastic. A hand drill allows you to drill holes in materials that are smaller than the diameter of the drill bit (or the chuck of the drill). 

12. Breast Drill

Schroder 50344 Heavy-Duty 1/2-inch Rotary Breast Hand Drill

The Breast Drill, also known as a breast augmentation drill, is a device that is used to insert breast implants into a female patient. 

13. Brace

Fuller Tool 890-1072 12-Point Reversible Ratchet Bit Brace Hand Drill with 4-Jaw Chuck, home improvement wood bit set, woodworking tools, handheld manual drill

The brace drill is also referred to as a jack-hammer. The brace drill is most commonly used to make holes for pipes to run through.

14. Push Drill

Spiral Push Drill

A push drill is a versatile drill that can be used as an alternative to a hand drill. It is a hand tool that is used to drill holes in wood, plastic, and other materials. The drill usually has a metal collar, which is used to lock different drill bits.

15. D-Handle Drill

MILWAUKEE D-Handle Drill Kit

A D-handle drill is a type of cordless drill used in construction and other trades. It has a long shaft and a D-shaped handle at one end, which gives it its name. The D-handle drill typically has more power than a standard hand drill and it is easier to control and use.

16. Electricity (Corded Drills)

BLACK+DECKER Corded Drill, 5.2-Amp, 3/8-Inch (DR260C)

A corded drill is one that is powered by electricity, rather than a battery. Compared to cordless drills, corded drills are generally much heavier, slower, and more powerful. Because of this, they have fewer moving parts, which means they are also easier to maintain.

17. Cordless Drill

BLACK+DECKER 20V MAX Cordless Drill / Driver, 3/8-Inch (LDX120C)

A cordless drill is a motorized tool that is powered by a rechargeable battery. This kind of motor does not require a power cord to operate, which allows it to be used in hard-to-reach areas where a power cord cannot.

18. Battery (Cordless Drills)

A cordless drill battery is an essential tool for any DIYer. It is an integral part of a cordless drill and is responsible for supplying adequate power to the drill’s motor. 

19. Air (Pneumatic Drills)

JET JAT-621, 1/2-Inch Pneumatic Reversible Drill (505621)

Pneumatic drills (also known as pneumatic-powered or air-powered drills) are a type of power tool that is used for drilling holes in various materials. 

20. Manual Drills

Swpeet Powerful Speedy Hand Drill 1/4-Inch Capacity with 13Pcs Drill Bit Set, Mini Hand Drill Manual ¼ inch with Finely Cast Steel Double Pinions Design, Chucks and Grip Handle for Woods, Plastics

A manual drill is a type of drill that involves intensive manual power to function. The drill’s motor is powered by the human operator, and they must use their arms or legs to spin the chuck, which causes the bit to spin. 

21. Traditional Drill

Palmgren 14 Traditional Drill Press Vise, 4 Inches

A traditional drill is a machine that helps to drill holes with high precision. These machines are used in a lot of different industries such as construction, manufacturing, mining, and even in the medical field.


We hope you enjoyed this quick guide about different types of drills. As you now know, no matter the work task, you should be able to find the drill of your dreams.

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