Certain jobs require an excessive amount of power, and in situations like this, a high torque drill might just be your only option. Cordless high torque drills combine power and speed with comfort and ease of use, thereby offering the best of the best in terms of what the market is currently capable of.
There has been quite the shakeup among cordless drills recently, with industry stalwarts now being supplanted by upstart companies that are managing to provide customers with a lot more value for money.
We analyzed the highest quality high torque cordless drills to get a sense of whether or not this is true. Out of the dozens of models that we tested, the five that we discuss below appeared to be the highest in quality. While our number one pick will obviously be the best according to our preferences, any of the models in this list will be an admirable addition to your DIY toolkit and we have strived to take a wide range of preferences into account.
- Milwaukee 2803-22
Milwaukee is a name that is known to many who dabble in cordless drills, and this model from the company provides some of the highest torque that you can find. It is surprising that Milwaukee has managed to climb its way to the very top of the industry, and the fact that this drill can provide a massive 1,200-inch pounds of torque is almost too shocking to be true! What’s more, is that it manages to reach about 2,000 RPMs too so you’re not sacrificing speed either, and the drill’s unique Redlink Plus system is custom made to prevent overheating and ensures that this drill offers a lot of longevity.
If there is one thing that we didn’t like it’s the keyless chuck. We understand where Milwaukee was going with this and their heart was in the right place, but the keyless chuck is a bit too fussy for our tastes and the noise levels are a bit too high too.
- Capable of very high speeds
- Surprisingly compact
- Industry leader in torque
- Smart system prevents overheating
- Can be noisy
- Annoying keyless chuck
- DeWalt 20V Max XR Brushless
It might be surprising to some that DeWalt did not manage to make it to the top of the list here, but regardless we do feel like this drill is one of the best that money can buy. DeWalt has worked a bit on the runtime of their products, and this drill has a much more appreciable battery life which is great if you had planned on starting any extended projects. Once again we have a drill that manages to be both powerful and lightweight, and this really raises the bar for the competitors.
The only thing that prevented this model from getting the top spot was a design flaw that made it so that the chuck loosened over time. Also, while we do appreciate the fact that the LED is so bright, the fact that it’s so awkwardly positioned makes it less effective than it could have otherwise been.
- Extremely lightweight
- Bright LED
- Long lasting battery
- Awkwardly placed LED
- Chuck tends to get loose due to flawed braking mechanism
- Bosch PS41-2A
When you first take a look at this offering from Bosch, you might think that it’s far too small to provide enough torque. However, looks can most surely be misleading, since this product offers a pretty solid 930 inch pounds of torque. Though this is not high enough to warrant a higher position in this list, it pairs quite well with the uniquely compact and ergonomic design to nab a position in the top five regardless. Another thing that we felt will matter to most buyers is how affordable this drill is!
There are a couple of problems that you should keep in mind though. One problem is that the compact design means that you won’t get quite as much durability as you would like. A nasty drop could deal quite a bit of damage to this model. Also there is an overheating problem that we would very much like Bosch to address because it can be difficult completing a complicated task without stopping multiple times to let this drill cool down.
- Excellent torque despite size
- Extremely lightweight and compact
- Tendency to overheat
- Lacks durability
- Makita XFD061
Makita is a solid company, and this drill provides solid performance as well. You won’t face any overheating problems here, and the 2.5 pound weight of this drill means that it might just be one of the lightest models that you can found though this results in a similar corresponding dip in overall durability. We also really liked the rubber grip since it made for secure handling which is crucial for ensuring safety during usage.
We just wish that Makita had paid as much attention to the chuck. It’s quite flimsy, and while this is the only issue we found with it we feel that it’s significant enough to prevent this drill from being ranked any higher than this right now. That’s a real shame because if not for the fragile chuck this drill packs quite a punch that would make it a contender in any other category.
- One of the most lightweight models
- Ergonomic, rubber grip makes for comfortable, secure handling
- Carbon brush free design prevents overheating
- Chuck can break rather quickly
- Ryobi P251 One+
A lot of the drills that Ryobi offers are actually quite respectable, and we felt like the P251 One+ definitely deserved a mention on this list. For one thing, it has a nice light design that makes it perfect for drilling holes in the roof or in tight spaces. While the build is a little cheap with a little too much flimsy plastic for our liking, this helps make the drill durable which can be a fair tradeoff considering the price range.
You might not want to keep this drill on for too long though because it overheats even quicker than the previous models on this list. It can be used for about 15-20 minutes before a cool down period is required which is really not a lot of time at all. Overall, though, this drill provides decent performance for the asking price and it can be a great option for people that want something simple and straightforward.
- Lightweight and compact
- Decent drilling power
- Quite cheap
- Overheats very quickly
- Flimsy design