After establishing that I don’t hate power tools I wanted to give an extra bit of praise to the one tool I feel I really wouldn’t want to be without; the cordless drill.
I still love my bit and brace and appreciate the control and feedback that it can give me, which I find essential in some cases. But unlike any other power tool I use, the drill offers me one huge advantage over it’s old equivalent – it gives me an extra hand.
There are so many times when drilling where that free hand can be the difference between getting on with the job or fumbling around setting up a frustrating clamping situation. Take the pegged joints in my wall cupboard for example. I could have used a bit and brace here but by opting for the electric drill instead my spare hand can become my clamp.
I don’t use hand tools just for the sake of using them but because I find them to have the most relevance to me, and for individual work they tend to be the most efficient. The cordless drill however is a nice example of where going modern adds a huge perk to my way of working and there are many new, more efficient possibilities which it opens up.