God bless Popular Mechanics. Here’s how they start their latest consumer report, ‘7 Small Drills Bore It Out: Tool Comparison Test':
“How much cordless drill do you need? Probably not as much as you think.”
As much as I think? I have no thoughts at all about how much cordless drill I need. In fact, I’m having a little trouble understanding the question. (Are we talking pounds? Numbers? I need three pounds of cordless drill? I need cordless drill to a factor of seven?) The only time I ever used a cordless drill-one that a contractor once bought, and charged me for, and so then left at my place-I mangled the door to my kid’s room so badly, I had to hire a different contractor to come install a new one. I am not to touch machines like that. Why am I reading Popular Mechanics, then? Because they do their thing in a way that’s accessible and enjoyable even to
stupid sissies those less mechanically inclined. For example, soon enough in the Tool Comparison piece, they’ve explained that they’re testing seven brands of small battery-driven drills in two categories: 1) The number of 2-inch screws each can screw into drywall before giving out. 2) The number of 5/8-inch holes each can bore into a plank of wood before giving out. There’s a handy color-coordinated legend to differentiate, and they give a short write-up on each.
And cordless drills are awesome looking! They look more like “Star Trek” phaser guns than pretty much anything else on the planet.
The winner of the test, the Milwaukee M12 2410-20, is particularly handsome, with an snazzy, lightning-bolt logo in a Teutonic font very similar to that of Miller High Life beer.
To my mind, the Miller High Life logo is perhaps the nicest in the history of American marketing design.
Especially if you count the lovely lady tippler sitting in the moon.