If you’re looking to purchase a new corded drill, you NEED to take a look at Milwaukee’s venerable Magnum 0234-6. Although Milwaukee packs 8.0A of power into their newer lineup of 1/2″ drills, this model only sports 5.5 amps of oomf. However, this is an old-school model — a proven workhorse, and preferred by many over all other corded drills.
In a nutshell, the 0234-6 has a heavy-duty, industrial 1/2″ chuck, a side handle, an 8′ detachable cord (a.k.a. Quik-Lok), and a 5.5A motor that demands respect and spins at 0 – 850 RPM. It weighs 4.8 lbs, and it doesn’t come with a case.
The best bit: Amazon is currently offering this drill for $94 with free standard shipping (as opposed to slow as heck super-saver shipping). Big box retailers stopped carrying this drill a while ago, and while it is still available at various online vendors, rumor has it that the 0234-6’s will soon become even scarcer. With an average street price of $130+ and dwindling availability, hesitation is your enemy.