Buying Guide

How to Use a Power Drill

Anatomy of a Power Drill
Anatomy of a Power Drill
  • Chuck – the part of the drill that rotates and holds the drill bit
  • Trigger – squeeze this to operate the drill; release to stop the drill’s rotation
  • Clutch torque selector – adjust this to increase or decrease the drill’s speed – faster speeds are best for drilling and lower speeds for driving
  • Forward & reverse switch – toggle this switch to reverse the direction of the drill’s rotation; put your drill in reverse to remove screws
  • Battery – removable and rechargeable power source
  • Drill bit – the removable part of the drill that actually goes into the project’s surface
Power Drill Bits

The drill bit you use will depend upon the project:

Power Drill Bit Types
twist drill bits driving bits
Description Use to drill holes to make a space for screws or nails. Use to drive screws into surfaces.
How To Use a Drill

Safety: Always remove the battery (or disconnect from power source if using a corded drill) before exchanging drill bits.

  • Loosen the chuck to remove, adjust or change out the drill bit
  • Insert the bit
  • Tighten the chuck
  • Adjust torque
  • Stabilize drill vertically and start with a low speed and gradually speed up