Originally Posted by Philistine
If you're going cordless get the 18V. A couple things to keep in mind though with battery operated tools. NiCad batteries will self discharge over time so if you haven't used the drill for a month or so you will have to recharge it before you can use it. Also if you don't use it for a few months (say 6 months or more) the battery can go flat and will stop holding a charge at all. This is not an issue with LiIon batteries but its something to keep in mind with NiCads. Also you will eventually have to buy new batteries, thats just the nature of battery operated tools. So price out the replacement batteries.
The above 18V kit you linked is OK though it only comes with one battery. So when the battery drains down you'll have to wait an hour while it recharges before you can use the tool again.
I know everyone thinks "I'll get a battery operated drill" these days (I run the hardware department at Home Depot) but don't over look corded drills. A corded drill is less expensive for more power, ready to go when you need it (no waiting for the battery to charge), will run all day long and you don't have to spend $40-100 on a new battery every few years.
Exactly my thoughts. I received one of the nicer cordless black and decker drills as a gift a few years ago. The batteries (I had 2 of them) never even held enough charge between the 2 of them to do more than 20 minutes work. The batteries stopped working altogether within about a year and a half. The drill never even had enough power at full charge to drill through tough stuff like hardwood or thick steel. It could cut them but you had to go easy on the pressure. It would bog down if you pushed hard...
Back when the drill was new my friend moved into a new apartment and wanted to install drapes over all her windows. I charged up both batteries overnight knowing I would use them the next day. Between both batteries there was not enough juice to install 3 sets of drapes. It probably only involved drilling about 18 holes and setting in 18 screws. That was my first of many major disappointments in the cordless drill.
I bought a nice $100 corded Dewalt drill and have never even thought about the cordless drill since. The cordless isjust rusting away in a box in the back of a closet somewhere. Corded drills are a million times better in my opinion. Cordless is only nice if you are working in tight spaces or moving around a lot. Personally I would rather deal with the inconvenience of a extension cord than use a cordless. The power of a corded drill is unmatched.
Back on topic, I know you are asking about walmart drills but really would not get one from walmart if I was you. I perused their power tools online and found nothing that interested me.
My favorite power tool brands are Dewalt, Makita, and Milwaukee. Virtually everything they make is awesome. I don't think walmart sells any of those brands...Edited by Epitope - 5/5/11 at 10:49am