Cordless tools have made quite a
splash in recent years. When the first
cordless "screwdrivers" were introduced
about a decade ago, they were
no more than consumer novelties.
But increased battery power,
improved motor design, and innovative
gearing systems have brought
battery-operated drills into the
mainstream of professional tools.
And the latest wave is carrying 12-
volt drills to the forefront.
This past year, four major tool
manufacturers introduced a 12-volt
drill into their line of cordless tools,
bringing the number on the market
to seven. All these tools are designed
specifically for the light construction
trades, and manufacturers expect
these new drills to become their topselling
professional cordless tools. A
few even venture hopes that, with
the added power and endurance,