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In a world where cordless seems to capture all the headlines, it’s always nice to see some love directed towards corded lines as well, like this new 3/8″ corded tradesman’s drill from Milwaukee. With an all-metal gear case and chuck, a whopping eight amp motor, and 0-2800 RPM variable speed, this sucker should really tear through wood and metal.

As you can see in the picture above, Milwaukee’s also given their engineers some free reign with the TPR, resulting in not only a cool-looking drill, but one that’s likely very comfortable as well. The softer-rubber black portions around the grip and rear of the drill should make it a little easier on the hands, and we spy one of our favorite features, too: a nice large trigger that you can squeeze for extended periods without cramps.

Seriously, folks, whether it’s this one or another, you should own a 3/8″ corded drill. Besides pros who need to drill all day — too long to use battery power alone — every homeowner or DIYer will eventually find his or herself looking to drill a hole while all the cordless batteries are flat. It’s nice to be able to reach into a drawer and pull out the corded day-saver. And at $70, why not?

3/8″ Corded Tradesman’s Drill [Milwaukee]
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18 Responses to Milwaukee’s New 3/8″ Corded Drill

  1. bajajoaquin says:

    It’s funny you should mention cords versus cordless. I use almost exclusively corded power tools these days. I’ve got a DeWalt driver that I use for screws, but almost everything else I use has a cord. Better torque, less weight, they never run out of juice, and cheaper.

    Of course, most everything I do is in my 10X20 workshop. Without this concentrated space, I would look at the tradeoffs differently. But as it stands now, corded power tools do the job best for me.

  2. Mike P. says:

    I will never give up my corded drills!! 🙂

  3. Wheels17 says:

    That guy in the picture must be a lot tougher than I am. Particularly since he’s using the “two fingers pointing along the drill” technique that Milwaukee’s corded drill design seems to promote. Singlehanding a corded Milwaukee can get ugly if the bit jams…

  4. fred says:

    Corded Milwaukee Hole-Hawg and Super Hole-Hawg right angle drills (or maybe their Makita or Dewalt equivalents) are the only way to go when using larger selfeed bits to drill for pipe clearance holes.

  5. Pezdad says:

    Love the Milwaukee corded drills. I bought one at least a decade ago (after the motor in my cheap B&D literally came apart while I was using it, sending hot chunks of motor schrapnel everwhere) and it is just like new (other than a replacement plug). In that time I have gone through at least 4 cordless drills.

    I finally have a nice heavy-duty cordless drill that I think will last (Makita Li-On), but I have thought that before. And the corded model is lighter and more powerful.

  6. Brice says:

    I’ve gotten lazy, I don’t want a 8 amp motor trying to break my wrist. I’ll take my little wussy cordless, when it binds up, the drill takes the punishment, not me.

  7. fritz gorbach says:

    I find with the lithium ion batteries I almost never grab my corded 3/8 drill anymore. the batteries last quite long and the guns are just as tough for conventional uses.
    I do have a heavy duty milwaukee right angle drill, a bosch hammer drill, and a metabo sds hammer, all corded, and at work we have a couple of milwaukee spline hammers, and a hole hawg, and it’ll be a longtime before cordless replaces the heavy work they all do

  8. I may be me, but I don’t see the point of a 3/8″ corded drill excepts for very specialized applications. In my opinion if your going to buy a corded drill go with a 1/2″ hammer drill to complement your cordless. That way you have all your bases covered.

    Today’s cordless drills can handle most drilling tasks and the 1/2″ hammer will be a good backup to handle the larger bits, the times you need to drill into concrete, and when your batteries are all dead.

  9. BC says:

    AMEN to Benjamen’s comments.

    That is all.

  10. flarney says:

    bajajoaquin, I got an 80 foot extension cord for my string trimmer and with it I can get a corded drill or any other electric tool to every square foot of my property. My cordless drill is one of those manual ones with the handle on the side that you wind.

  11. BadBob says:

    I’ve had many diffrent brands of battery powered drills over the years and didin’t like any of them. They never seem to be charged when I needed them. Replacement batteries some times cost more than I paid for the drill. The chargers were to slow or burned out when I need them most and were to expensive to replace. For what it costs for a cordless that has the power to drive some of the more aggressive bits I use I can buy several corded drills that will do the job.

    I finally gave up. Now all my drills and drivers are corded. Unless they get very cheap or a special need arises that requires a cordless I probably will never buy another one.

  12. heywood j says:

    now THIS looks like a possible replacement for the 0234-6 Magnum Hole Shooter.

    If I hadn’t recently bought my first Magnum about a year ago I would consider buying this. However, it would be nice to have a 1/2″ chuck on it…I agree with Benjamin.

    Attention dealmongers: Home Cheapo has a screamin’ deal on Milwaukee 12″ Sliding Compound Miter Saws (6955-20??). Normally they’re $650, but right now they’re $500 but they’re also throwing in a free Ridgid Miter Saw Rolling Stand.

    I just bought it and mounted it up tonight and am super excited to fire it up on a deck project I’m helping an aunt for tomorrow…$500 spent for a $900 retail value (Ridgid’s stand is worth $180).

  13. ShopMonger says:

    Give me Cords or give me death!!!!!!!!!!

    Well, ok maybe there is not that much love for the cord. But I too still use my two corded drills. I have one 3/8th drill and one 3/4 for crazy big stuff,

    I too will agree with chuck that a corded drill is a must in a shop setting. I also have 4 cordless drills that i use for most quick jobs. Yes, with Lith Ion, the idea of cords may soon come to pass except for manufacturing environment

    Bad Bob: I am sorry to hear about your experience with cordless. I have had great luck with dewalt, and ridgid for batteries lasting an staying chrged. Infact I have had my dewalt 14.4 for 10 years now and never changed any batteries. Not ot say that there are not downfalls to Dewalt either…. But there is nothing wrong with the tried and true…..


  14. fred says:

    As someone once said its all about how you look at things.

    In commercial use the right balance of productivity, cost and safety need to be considered.
    In the shop we do this with a combination of pneumatic, corded-electric and battery-powered drills and drivers.
    In the field – pneumatic drills and drivers are rather impractical considering both the inconvenience of the air hose and their healthy (typically beyond the capability of portable compressors) demand for air.

    We started using cordless drills with the introduction of the Porter Cable 850 12V “magnequench” drill – probably 20 years ago. Batteries on these probably all died a year or 2 ago – but that was an extraordinary run. In 2003 we switched from using drills (in the field) to drive screws to using Makita 12V cordless impact drivers. We also use a number of collated screw guns for driving drywall, flooring and deck screws – these are both corded and cordless tools. Most recently, we have standardized on the Makita 18V LXT and the Milwaukee M12 lines for different applications.

    As I said before – we still have yet to find a cordless drill that is practical for use with large selfeed bits. We do not like to mix mud with cordless drills either – preferring to rely on big old ½ inch “blimps” that sport both “D” and pipe handles. When these burn out – we might try one of the new Freud Diablo mixers. I have also never seen adequate cordless replacements for our magnetic drill press, our larger SDS rotohammers or the bigger impact wrenches we use to drive really big lags.

  15. dexm says:


    the 02346 was a heck of a drill. I bought three of them and they’ve been really, really good.

    I wonder if this new drill here is made in USA?

  16. loqman says:

    Thanks for sharing this with us.

    The corded drill will always be on the radar of any serious woodworker’s toolbox. Although there are lots of attractive features on the cordless drill, the corded drills is still the go to device when it comes to performance and advance DIY projects.

  17. Thanks for sharing.

    I love corded drills for their ability to withstand heavy work. If I’m going to choose between corded and cordless, I will go the corded way. Hehe..

  18. Coeba says:

    Thank you for this post. I was introduced to these drills after a man used it in upgrading one of the rooms we rented out some years ago. I actually like corded drills better than cordless ones as they are more durable and able to withstand abuse.

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