Here Are The Top 10 Best High-torque Cordless Drills As Of January, 2019

Alphachooser's list of the newest high-torque cordless drills includes only drill drivers that obey to these criteria:

  • 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.


The List:

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Best Model 2019*
Alpha
Rank:
#1
Our
Score:
4.5
Confidence
Level:
High
* How do we know? Here is how we rank items...

650
in-lbs
Peak Torque
2100
RPM
HIGH (no-load)
100
-pos
Clutch
18
V
Battery

Given its compound ranking of 94%, we conclude that the Ridgid Gen5X 18V Drill Driver is currently Alphachooser's best High-torque cordless drill 2019. Alphachooser also concludes that our sample of 164 reviews from our sources gives us a high confidence level (more on confidence levels) that justifies calling it a "no-brainer best choice."

  • Brushless Motor
  • Keyless Chuck

Average rating:
(94%) (164 reviews over 2 sources)   
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Second Best
Alpha
Rank:
#2
Our
Score:
4.5
Confidence
Level:
Great
500
in-lbs
Peak Torque
1600
RPM
HIGH (no-load)
7.52
in
Length
15
-pos
Clutch

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 970 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 4.5 stars.

The DCD777C2 easily ranks as one of the best drills you can get, thanks to its reputation as a portable powerhouse.

  • Brushless Motor
  • 2 Speeds

Average rating:
(93%) (970 reviews over 3 sources)   
Also Good
Alpha
Rank:
#3
Our
Score:
4.5
Confidence
Level:
High
1650
in-lbs
Peak Torque
2800
RPM
HIGH (no-load)
6.2
in
Length
18
V
Battery

Cordless drills may often be relegated to light drilling tasks, but the IDH182-02 seems to push the limits of its category. At 1650 in-lbs, this drill's peak torque is among the highest compared to that of other drills we have in our database. Its high no-load RPM of 2800 is also no slouch, ranking well above the average.

We checked 156 reviews to find out what users have to say about the pint-sized powerhouse. One user claimed that it had enough power to drive half-inch wood lugs into treated wood while there were also several accounts of it being able remove wheel lugs without having to use a breaker bar . The IDH182-02 also comes with a couple of 4000mAH Lithium Ion Batteries which were also praised for their long run-time.

Although it received plenty of favorable reviews, this high torque small cordless drill still has its share of criticisms. One user noted that they needed two hands to insert or remove bits because the chuck does not have a quick-release feature and their crew reported that some bits don't fit the chuck and are likely to fall off during use. A user was also complaining about the 17-inch case that came bundled with the kit, which they found "overkill" considering that the drill is only 8 inches tall with the battery installed. Criticisms aside, the IDH182-02 still managed to get an adjusted score of 4.5 stars.

Users looking for a reliable high-torque cordless drill should consider getting the IDH182-02, which is one of the best options available right now.

  • Brushless Motor
  • Socket-Ready Chuck
  • Hammer-Drill Mode
  • 3 Speeds

Average rating:
(93%) (156 reviews over 5 sources)   
Also Good
Alpha
Rank:
#4
Our
Score:
4.5
Confidence
Level:
High
Also Good
Alpha
Rank:
#5
Our
Score:
4.5
Confidence
Level:
Great

Ridgid R86116K High Torque Cordless Drill

700
in-lbs
Peak Torque
2100
RPM
HIGH (no-load)
17.5
in
Length
100
-pos
Clutch

  • Brushless Motor
  • Hammer-Drill Mode
  • Side Handle

Average rating:
(90%) (362 reviews over 3 sources)   
Also Good
Alpha
Rank:
#6
Our
Score:
4.5
Confidence
Level:
Great
1020.2
in-lbs
Peak Torque
2000
RPM
HIGH (no-load)
11
-pos
Clutch
20
V
Battery

  • Brushless Motor
  • Hammer-Drill Mode
  • Side Handle
  • 3 Speeds

Average rating:
(88%) (365 reviews over 3 sources)   
Also Good
Alpha
Rank:
#7
Our
Score:
4.5
Confidence
Level:
High

Makita XPH12T Powerful Cordless Drill

530
in-lbs
Peak Torque
2000
RPM
HIGH (no-load)
7.125
in
Length
18
V
Battery

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 115 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.

  • Brushless Motor
  • Hammer-Drill Mode
  • 2 Speeds

Average rating:
(88%) (115 reviews over 2 sources)   
Also Good
Alpha
Rank:
#8
Our
Score:
4.5
Confidence
Level:
Great
Why is a higher score ranking under a lower score?

Ridgid R86008B Cordless Drill (high-torque)

535
in-lbs
Peak Torque
9.1
in
Length
18
V
Battery
0.5
in
Chuck size

  • Brushless Motor
  • Keyless Chuck

Average rating:
(89%) (228 reviews over 2 sources)   
Also Good
Alpha
Rank:
#9
Our
Score:
4.5
Confidence
Level:
High
1200
in-lbs
Peak Torque
2000
RPM
HIGH (no-load)
7.5
in
Length
18
V
Battery

  • Brushless Motor
  • Side Handle

Average rating:
(88%) (91 reviews over 3 sources)   
Also Good
Alpha
Rank:
#10
Our
Score:
4.5
Confidence
Level:
High
521
in-lbs
Peak Torque
2000
RPM
HIGH (no-load)
22
-pos
Clutch
20
V
Battery

  • Hammer-Drill Mode
  • Side Handle
  • 3 Speeds

Average rating:
(89%) (87 reviews over 4 sources)   

More high-torque cordless drills, sorted by the latest model first:

530
in-lbs
Peak Torque
1550
RPM
HIGH (no-load)
7.14
in
Length
18
V
Battery

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 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 (rating temporarily unavailable) stars.

  • Brushless Motor
  • 2 Speeds

Average rating:
(86%) (143 reviews over 2 sources)   
531
in-lbs
Peak Torque
1900
RPM
HIGH (no-load)
6.8
in
Length
21
-pos
Clutch

  • Brushless Motor
  • 2 Speeds
  • Keyless Chuck

Average rating:
(84%) (5 reviews over 2 sources)   
1460
in-lbs
Peak Torque
2900
RPM
HIGH (no-load)
5.375
in
Length
2000
mAh
Of capacity

  • Brushless Motor
  • Socket-Ready Chuck
  • Hammer-Drill Mode

Average rating:
(86%) (42 reviews)   
750
in-lbs
Peak Torque
2000
RPM
HIGH (no-load)
8.875
in
Length
21
-pos
Clutch

  • Brushless Motor
  • Side Handle
  • 2 Speeds

Average rating:
(84%) (37 reviews over 2 sources)   
700
in-lbs
Peak Torque
1900
RPM
HIGH (no-load)
16
-pos
Clutch
20
V
Battery

  • Side Handle
  • Electronic brake

Average rating:
(81%) (28 reviews over 2 sources)   

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