Cordless drill/drivers are perhaps the most commonly purchased hand-used power tool on the market, which is likely why there are dozens of models to choose from in a wide range of configurations. Over the past few months I’ve had the opportunity to shop test an Einhell drill/driver, a brand that’s new to the Canadian market. Based in Bavaria, Germany, Einhell is a leading manufacturer of state-of-the-art tools and equipment for the European DIY market. King Canada is their Canadian distributor for the product line.
The kit I tested consists of an 18V drill/driver, two 2.0Ah batteries, a 30-minute charger and a practical hard-shell storage case. The drill/driver weighs in at 1.87 kg / 4.1 lbs. with battery installed. The 1/2″ single sleeve chuck allows you to use the full array of 1/4″ to 1/2″ shanked drill bits and you can tighten the chuck with one hand.
The Einhell drill/driver has a brushed motor that features two speed settings – 0 to 400RPM for driving and fastening tasks and 0 to 1500RPM for drilling. You get 20 torque settings with a maximum torque of 354 in-lbs. While the top speed and max torque levels are somewhat lower than I prefer, this drill can still handle just about any job on a furniture maker’s, renovator’s or avid DIYer’s to-do list.
For intermittent light-duty work in my shop, a single 2.0Ah 36Wh battery gave a full day’s runtime. For heavy-duty work you’ve got a second battery to rely on. And, if you’re working full tilt the 30-minute charger will eliminate any down time. The batteries are part of Einhell’s Power X-Change series, which means you can use any Einhell power tool with any Einhell battery. This allows you to expand your collection of Einhell power tools without having to buy a different battery or charger. The Power X-Change series also has 4.0Ah, 5.2Ah and 6Ah batteries if you’re looking for longer run times.
I tested the Einhell with a range of drilling tasks on dimensional lumber and 3/4″ plywood using a 2-1/2″ hole saw and 1-1/2″ spade bit, and driving tasks using standard #8 1-1/2″ screws, #10 2-1/2″ decking screws and 3/8″ x 6″ lag screws. I predrilled with the appropriately sized pilot holes (15/64″). Overall, I found that the Einhell had sufficient power for all these tasks. The drill has a comfortable grip, good balance and feels very solid in the hand. The reasonably compact 8″ long head means you can work in fairly tight quarters while the bright LED light is angled upwards and does a good job of illuminating the area around the chuck. It includes a reversible belt hook that comes in handy when you’re climbing a ladder or need two hands free to move material around.
At just under $130 the Einhell gives superb bang for your buck in a top-end, consumer-grade drill/driver.
Carl Duguay - [email protected]
Carl is a Victoria-based furniture maker and the web editor at Canadian Woodworking & Home Improvement.