Best Cordless Drill for Erecting a Fence

Cordless drills are now the most popular choice when it comes to any type of drilling or driving. The fact that they have no electrical lead makes them very portable, and that's ideal if you are working outside.

You don't need to worry about having an electric socket, and if you get one with a good battery life, then that will be able to drill through all types of materials.

All cordless drills actually come as drill/drivers so they can both drill and also be used as a screwdriver to drive in and remove screws. There is a vast difference in power and capabilities of these drivers and that's really what we are looking at today.

Basically you will want an 18V battery operated drill with a good Ah ( amp hour ) rating if you are going to be putting in a lot of screws. This type of power is plenty and if you have a big job to do then we would advise having two batteries, so while you are using one, the other one can be on charge.

What is the best cordless drill for fencing?

The best cordless drill for fencing is the Bosch PSB 1800 Cordless Drill/Driver. This is a superb 18 Volt cordless drill that has 2 batteries, a 1-hour charger and a very handy carrying case. It can drill into wood, metal and concrete and is excellent at driving in screws of any length.

Best cordless drill for fencing

Our Recommendation for the Best Cordless Drill for Fencing

Bosch PSB 1800 Cordless Drill/Driver

This drill has a buyer satisfaction rating of 95% from over 6,000 online buyers and that tells us straight away that this one sells very well, and buyers rate it highly.

This is the biggest selling cordless drill/driver on the UK market at the minute.

When we did our top 10 list of cordless drill/drivers, this PSB 1800 came out as our number one choice. I would say this is definitely the best cordless drill for fencing.

This is an 18 Volt cordless drill that comes with 2 batteries, a 1-hour charger and a carrying case. It can drill into wood, metal and concrete.

It has a keyless chuck, LED work light, 2-speed gearbox and 20 torque settings. Buyers loved the long battery life, the fact that is comes with 2 batteries and a charger, and was amazing value for money.

Just below we have included the pros and cons of what real life buyers had to say..

Pros

  • Buyers said this is a top quality tool even at this price
  • Buyers said that this was a joy to use and driving in screws was effortless
  • Buyers said this drill was versatile and could be used for nearly any job
  • Buyers said this had a great battery that lasted really well
  • Buyers loved that you got 2 batteries so it was always ready to go

Cons

  • 3% of all buyers gave this a poor rating and we have listed their complaints below
  • Some buyers did seem to receive a faulty drill
  • Other than that there were no other complaints

Conclusion:

We picked this Bosch model because of the value for money aspect, and the fact that it will do an excellent job when driving screws into fence posts. There are more expensive options available with more features, but we know this will be able to do your job perfectly.

The Runner Up

Dewalt 18V Cordless Combi Drill

This is a top of the range and very powerful, 18 Volt cordless drill. It comes complete with 2 batteries, a 1-hour charger and a carrying case. It can drill into wood, metal and concrete. It has a keyless chuck, LED work light, 2-speed gearbox and 15 torque settings

Obviously this is a much more expensive choice and it's really a professional standard drill and driver. If you want the very best and money is no object then this is as good as it gets.

In our overall ratings this drill gets 94% and over 80% of all buyers gave it a 5 start rating. I expect if it was a bit cheaper it would get 100%. It is absolutely perfect for screwing down decking ,fencing or any project, no matter how big.

Just below we have included the pros and cons of what real life buyers had to say..

Pros

  • Buyers said this drill was not too heavy but very powerful
  • Buyers said that this drill was expensive but well worth the price
  • Buyers said this drill held the charge really well
  • Buyers said this worked as well as a screw driver and it was effortless to use
  • Buyers just knew that the drill was top quality and loved to use it

Cons

  • 5% of all buyers gave this a poor rating and we have listed their complaints below
  • Like our first choice a few buyers did receive a faulty drill

Conclusion:

Dewalt make some of the best cordless drills on the market. If you have ever used any Dewalt branded tool you will know what we mean. They look great and when you use them you know they are high quality.

This model deals with driving screw extremely well and it's light enough to be able to use for long periods of time.

The Cheapest Alternative

BLACK+DECKER 18 V Cordless 2-Gear Combi Drill

We also understand that many people have to work with a smaller budget so we like to include where possible a cheaper alternative.

Overall this impact driver has an online buyer satisfaction rating of 92% so we know it's a good quality drill that works well.

Although it's not a high end drill, the brand is very well known, hundreds have been sold and it works really well.

It's a powerful 18 Volt cordless drill/driver. Comes with 1 battery and a charger, has 10 torque settings, has forward and reverse gears and variable speed. It's the perfect budget model for fencing and other large driving jobs. You also get a good quality carrying case for storage or transporting.

Just below we have included the pros and cons of what real life buyers had to say..

Pros

  • Buyers said this drill was very good value for money
  • Buyers said that this was a joy to use as it was light and compact
  • Buyers said the battery was powerful and lasted well
  • It worked well for drilling through brick and walls

Cons

  • 4% of all buyers gave this a poor rating
  • A few buyers said the battery life was not long enough

Conclusion:

The Black & Decker brand sit at the lower price point in the British market. Many buyers trust the brand and really like their tools. They are reliable and they have a very solid customer service.

Fence Posts and Panels

As you will know there are different types of fences. The most popular choice for most UK buyers is the fence panel. Others prefer boards, which is then known as close board fencing.

Fence posts are usually concreted into the ground using some form of quick setting concrete. These posts come in two main sizes which are 75 x 75 mm or 100 x 100 mm.  (3" x 3" or 4" x 4")

They then come in different lengths, depending on the height of your fence. All posts should be at least 2 feet into the ground to make your fence stable and stop it from falling over in high winds.

So for example if you buy a 6 x 6 feet panel, you should use 8 feet posts, with 2 feet buried into the ground.

When it comes to driving in screws, you will then have to have a long enough screw to go through the width of your panel frame and into the post. Ideally these should be 3.5" - 4 inch screws.

You will need a good quality cordless drill to drive those home on a high torque setting.

You do of course also need to buy a set of bits that work with the drill. These bits are hardened and with this set you will be able to screw in virtually any type of screw head.

All the major brands make screw bits, and there is a vast difference in the qualities. These Bosch bits and tried and tested. Several thousand have been sold and I think they are one of the best value sets that you could buy.

There is no need to spend a fortune on them, just buy a good quality brand and you cant go wrong.

This Bosch steel screwdriver bit set comes with 32 pieces. All pieces are compatible with most brands, and organised in a plastic carry case.We also like these because they are affordable and will suit most home owners for occasional use.

Torque Settings vs Drill Settings

People can easily confuse these so we want to explain the difference between these on drill/drivers. When you purchase a cordless drill/driver that also has a hammer feature, then on the selection you will have various settings.

Torque Settings

The torque settings will be numbered from 1-15 (or whatever number of torque settings your drill/driver has) These are only used for driving in screws. You adjust this setting depending on the size of screw and the type of wood that you are screwing into. For example a higher torque setting is required for a longer screw, or for a harder wood.

This is what you will use when it comes to putting up your fence. Most likely you will need a high torque setting as the screws are long.

Drill Settings

The drill settings are separate to the torque settings. These are usually marked with a drill bit for normal driving, or a small hammer for drilling through masonry. The actual setting marks will differ from brand to brand.

Just below we have included an image of the settings on the Bosch PSB 1800.

It is worth noting that you will not need a hammer function for any type of driving. We do recommend drilling small pilot holes for longer screws. That achieves two things:

  1. Helps make the driving of the screw easier
  2. Stops the wood from splitting which you don't want in a fence that is exposed to the weather
hammer settings on a drill driver

Let the Cordless Drill do the work

There is a very natural tendency to force or push really hard on a drill when trying to force home longer screws.

There really is no need to do this. Let the drill/driver do the work and the screw will naturally grip the wooden fence panels and posts and draw it in.

I hope that this has been helpful for you. If you don't fancy any of these models check out our cordless drill review page by clicking here.

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