What Is a Hand Drill Used for?

What Is a Hand Drill Used for? image by Melinda Rizzo
What Is a Hand Drill Used for? image by Melinda Rizzo


A hand drill is a fastening tool used to secure screws or bolts. It can also be used with a drill bit to tighten fasteners, and can be used with stirring attachments to mix paint and joint and other liquid materials, such as glazing materials for ceramics.

Battery-operated and electrical drills with cords.


There are two types of hand drills: manual and power drills (corded or with rechargeable batteries). Battery-operated drills are most commonly used today.

Examples of rechargeable hand drills.


Hand drills are used to drill holes or secure two objects together. They can also be used for drilling concrete, steel and other construction materials, depending on the bit used.

Power hand drills with chords.


Hand drills are low-cost tools and reduce the need for more intensive manual labor. They are efficient and lightweight, and will save users on labor time.


Hand drills are used by do-it-yourself homeowners, hobbyists as well as professionals in the construction, remodeling, painting, manufacturing and furniture industries. They can also be used in conjunction with drill presses.


Buy a hand drill tool best suited for the size of the job. Keep all tools clean and secure when they are not in use. Rechargeable battery drills should be kept in working order according to the manufacturer's recommendations.


When using a hand drill, follow the manufacturer's safety instructions. Wear protective gear, including eye protection. Hand drill bits can jam and cause the drill to stop turning abruptly, which can pose a hazard to the user's hands or wrists.

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