Choosing a Cordless Drills. My Dad still has the same drill he bought from Sears in 1965 and it still works.
I have an el cheapo drill that "Infoworld":http://infoworld.com gave me in 1999. Main problem is that the cordless ones die eventually. It has NiCads and they never last. Taking it apart, it of course uses some strange non-standard battery, so off to find another drill even though the rest of it is perfectly good.
As usual, the Internet and google reveals a great source of ratings:
* The main point is that if you are on a budget or don't use a drill much a corded drill is a good idea. Cordless is convenient but has less power and of course, the batteries die. The Sears Model 10105 (now superceded by the "10106":http://www.sears.com/sr/javasr/product.do?BV_SessionID=@@@@0090567320.1103603845@@@@&BV_EngineID=cckcadddghmjghlcehgcemgdffmdfko.0&vertical=SEARS&sid=I0008300030000100085&pid=00910106000) is $40 and works great. * If you want a cordless drill, the higher the voltage, the more the power. You want at least 14V now. The 18V Skil 2884-04 is$120 and is a good buy for general purpose use. (now updated to the Skil "2887-05":http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B0000C6DXL/qid=1103604122/sr=1-5/ref=sr_1_5/104-5849740-3667150?v=glance&s=hi at $77 from Amazon). * If you want lights, the 14.4V 2884-04 came out well (now superceded by the "2587-05":http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B0000C6DXJ/qid=1103604256/sr=1-6/ref=sr_1_6/104-5849740-3667150?v=glance&s=hi at$66 from Amazon). It is much lighter at 3.5 pounds.