Here Are The Top 10 Best High-torque Cordless Drills 2021

Our list of the newest high-torque cordless drills includes only drill drivers that obey to these rules:

  • To be considered a high-torque drill, the following cordless models had to pass the bar of 499 in-lbs of peak torque, but the range is wide, some models reaching as much as 1400 in-lbs...
  • Of course, since torque is linked to speed, the high-torque cordless drills may tend to also be a tad slower than other drill drivers from the same category, which is why we include, as much as possible, the RPM rating right beside the torque specs in our best-of list.


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Alpha
Rank:
#1
Our
Score:
9.5/10
Confidence
Level:
Great
DeWALT claims that the DCD777C2's brushless motor offers up to 30% longer runtime than brushed motor alternatives but is that enough to earn the approval of its users? We took a closer look at 14600 reviews to read what people had to say about this 20v cordless drill.

We started with reviews from users who gave the drill positive feedback which, at the time of this writing, were an overwhelming majority. One user likened their drill to a beast and a no-nonsense workhorse with its rated peak torque of 500 inch-pounds and a 1600 high no-load RPM. Aside from its power, the DCD777C2 was also praised for its lightweight and compact design. Last but not least, some users also liked the fact that it came with two 20V lithium-ion batteries and a charger, allowing them to use one battery while charging another to minimize its downtime.

We shifted our attention to the negative reviews and were surprised that even users who gave the DCD77C2 a low score still acknowledged it as a powerful 20v cordless drill. Complaints were mostly directed towards problems with the chuck (a complaint we hear about so many drills, by the way), with one user hearing grinding sounds from it just after using the drill for a couple of months, while another one had trouble with keeping bits locked in place. Another notable criticism is that the forward/reverse switch on the drill does not slide smoothly, which might be an annoyance for some people. Once we were done reading reviews, we had our shopping algorithm analyze all feedback and gave the DCD77C2 an adjusted score of 5 stars.

Good power, a compact design, and minimal downtime thanks to extra batteries helped make the case for out system to rank the DCD777C2 as the best 20v cordless drill with a 101 confidence level (More on confidence levels)(Learn how we rank items).

DeWALT DCD777C2

  • Brushless Motor
  • 2 Speeds
9.5Out Of 10
Alpha
Rank:
#2
Our
Score:
9.5/10
Confidence
Level:
High
With its 10 stars averaged from 18590 reviews, here is what we consider second best High-torque cordless drill. * Our list is based on a full analysis of hundreds of High-torque cordless drill reviews from around the web.

DEWALT DCF885C1

  • Brushless Motor
  • Socket-Ready Chuck
  • Hammer-Drill Mode
9.5Out Of 10
Alpha
Rank:
#3
Our
Score:
9.4/10
Confidence
Level:
High

DeWalt 20V Max XR Hammer Drill Kit

  • Brushless Motor
  • Hammer-Drill Mode
  • Side Handle
  • 3 Speeds
9.4Out Of 10
Alpha
Rank:
#4
Our
Score:
9.4/10
Confidence
Level:
Good

Milwaukee 2803-22

  • Brushless Motor
  • Side Handle
9.4Out Of 10
Alpha
Rank:
#5
Our
Score:
9.6/10
Confidence
Level:
OK
Powered by a 3000mAh battery (with an optional 5000mAh battery sold separately), the XFD061 high-torque drill has quite the power source compared to other drills in the database. Coupled with its brushless motor, which Makita claims to be 50% more energy-efficient than brushed motors found in other drills, is the extra juice enough to win the approval of its users?

The combo seems to have paid off, judging by what we saw after we examined 786 reviews. Majority of the users gave the XFD061 high scores, specifically pointing out how much run time they got out of its LXT lithium-ion battery. Although this cordless drill's specs do not seem to stand out among other similar products we have on record as of this writing, users still liked it for "light or standard drilling work", though it was unclear whether they were referring to speed or torque, given its rather above-average peak torque of 530in-lbs -- which makes us think of it as a contender for a compact high-torque sort of category. Multiple users even recommend having it as an addition to anyone's tool collection, since its compact design and lightweight build doesn't take up much storage space. The only notable gripe about it was that the carrying bag included in the kit was too small to contain the unit and the battery. Overall, the XFD061 gets an adjusted score of 5 stars.

Those looking for a solid option for light drilling tasks should consider getting the XFD061, which is one of the best options we have in our database.

Makita XFD061 High Torque Cordless Drill

  • Brushless Motor
  • 2 Speeds
9.6Out Of 10
Alpha
Rank:
#6
Our
Score:
9.2/10
Confidence
Level:
Good

DeWALT DCD985M2 Cordless Drill (high-torque)

  • Hammer-Drill Mode
  • Side Handle
  • 3 Speeds
9.2Out Of 10
Alpha
Rank:
#7
Our
Score:
9.4/10
Confidence
Level:
OK
Makita claims that the XPH12T's batteries provide up to 50% longer runtime than other 18V high torque cordless drills. Also, a look at the stats shows that its max RPM of 2,000 and peak torque of 530in-lbs are on par with most drills we have on our database at the time of this writing. Are those specs enough for it to win the approval of its users? We examined 658 reviews to find out the answer.

Makita may have been on to something when they talked about the XPH12T's longer run time. Although we don't have an exact comparison of it and a brushed motor drill, we would be inclined to believe their claim based on what most users said in their reviews. One mentioned being able to install a 300ft fence with two charges of a 4000mAH battery and a single charge of a 3000mAH replacement. Since the drill comes bundled with two 5000 mAh batteries and it's compatible with other Makita 18V LXT batteries, it's safe to assume that anyone can do a lot of drilling with it. Although it did not stand out in terms of other specs, there weren't any major complaints about its power.

One thing that users have to watch out for is the drill's mode select switch. There were multiple complaints about the drill getting stuck in hammer mode, limiting its use. From what we understand of the reviews we read, users who may want to purchase this drill for its otherwise good performance (negative reviews amounted to only 7% last time we checked , which is very good) should essentially consider it as a non-hammer drill and never use the hammer switch, thus avoiding the risk of being stuck there!

With both positive and critical reviews accounted for, our system gave the XPH12T an adjusted score of 4.5 stars. Good run times and solid performance have helped the XPH12T secure its spot among the top 10 choices in its category.

Makita XPH12T Powerful Cordless Drill

  • Brushless Motor
  • Hammer-Drill Mode
  • 2 Speeds
9.4Out Of 10
Alpha
Rank:
#8
Our
Score:
9.2/10
Confidence
Level:
Good

Ridgid R86008B

  • Brushless Motor
  • Keyless Chuck
9.2Out Of 10
Alpha
Rank:
#9
Our
Score:
9/10
Confidence
Level:
Good

Makita XDT11R

  • Brushless Motor
  • Socket-Ready Chuck
  • Hammer-Drill Mode
9Out Of 10

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