8 Clever Cordless Drill Uses You Should Know

6 clever cordless drill uses you should try at home

Last updated on August 7th, 2021 at 01:53 pm

Has it ever occurred to you that you could do more than just drill holes with your cordless drill? If not, then gear up for these 8 clever cordless drill uses you can try at home.

A cordless drill is one power tool that is pretty common among homeowners, weekend warriors and even professional craftsmen.

It’s an adjustable chuck attached to a spinning motor. That means, you can attach anything to this chuck and make it spin. That’s why it has so many uses.

A cordless drill is also very portable. You can take it with you wherever you want. It’s also pretty cheap. You can get a cordless drill for as low as 40 bucks, and even 30 bucks if you search carefully online and in your local hardware shops.

If you’re a professional craftsman, you probably already know a lot about cordless drills and their numerous uses, but you never know, you might learn something new and maybe funny.

On the other hand, if you’re just a beginner or a homeowner who’s still learning, you’ll surely learn a few cordless drill tricks from this article.

Here’s the first one.

1. Mix paint, concrete and grout

mix paint

If you already have a cordless drill in hand, you don’t really need to go buy some special type of paint mixer if you want to mix paint for a small project.

With a paint mixing bit fitted to your cordless drill, you can mix your paint to get the color you want. There are mixing bits for concrete, gout, and thinset all you can attach to your cordless drill to help you complete your project.

2. Make hidden joints by combining a cordless drill with a procket-screw jig

kreg pocket hole jig

If you like to build furniture, jewelry boxes and picture frames in your spare time, then you might want to forgo the biscuit jointer and get a pocket screw jig which you can combine with your cordless drill to make amazing hidden joints for your projects.

Kreg makes wonderful pocket hole jigs you can use with your cordless drill to help you build amazing furniture employing the use of standard wood screws to make hidden joints for assembling your furniture pieces.

3. Loosen and tighten nuts and bolts

loosen or tighten nuts and bolts

If you love carrying out DIY projects, every once in a while you’re going to have the need to loosen different sizes of nuts and bolts.

Should you buy all the different types of wrenches? You certainly can. On the other hand, if you pair a cordless drill with the universal socket wrench shown above, then you might not need all the wrench types or sizes after all.

4. Cut sheet metal

cut sheet metal

Want to cut some sheet metal but you don’t have a sheet metal nibbler? Well, you can go ahead and buy an electric sheet metal nibbler that will probably cost you over 200 bucks or, if you already have a power drill, you can just buy this sheet metal nibbler drill attachment that will cost you less than 40 bucks.

Combine the sheet metal nibbler attachment and your power drill, whether cordless or electric, and you can cut up to 14 gauge sheet metal with ease.

You can cut straight line and curves, even circles with it.

5. Strip and twist wires easily and uniformly

strip and twist wires with cordless drill

Of course, you cannot use a cordless drill to strip and twist wires all by itself, but with this clever cordless drill attachment shown above, stripping and twisting wires during your electrical projects will no longer scare you.

The attachment strips and twists the wires all at the same time, helping you to increase your productivity.

So, if you’re an electrician or a homeowner who engages in electrical projects at home once in a while, then you need to know that you can strip and twist wires just with your power drill and the attachment shown above.

Related: 12 Essential Tools Every Electrician Should Have

6. Remove rust from metal

remove rust from metal

If you have some rusty metals in your home workshop, trying to get the rust off them by hand can be painstaking and time consuming.

Just attach a brush bit to your cordless drill and use it to brush off the rust from any rusty metal pieces and items you may have.

7. Make a power pepper mill

Ever thought about getting your standard pepper mill to work faster, maybe make more pepper for a family dinner?

Well, if you think your pepper mill is too slow, you can gear things up. Just unscrew the top of your pepper mill to expose the drive shaft.

Attach the drive shaft to the chuck of your cordless drill, and get that mill spinning and milling more pepper like it has never done before.

Take care not to brake it though.

8. Sand or polish irregular shapes

sand and polish irregular shapes

For sanding projects, I usually favor my random orbital sander because it just produces the smoothest of finishes for me.

The downside is, a random orbital sander or palm sander don’t sand curves or irregular shapes. Only flat surfaces.

If you want to sand curved or irregular shapes, you can always go for an oscillating spindle sander. But if you have a cordless drill, and you don’t have a spindle sander, just get a sanding drum, attach it to your cordless drill and you’ll be fine.


A cordless drill is one tool I personally cannot do without. Like I said earlier, it’s a chuck attached to a spinning motor which means you can attach many things or accessories to it allowing you to perform different tasks with it.

For now, try these cordless drill uses mentioned in this article if you’ve never tried them before.

Do you think I left something out. Let me know in the comment section below.

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