Earning one of the lowest scores we have seen to date, the WORKPRO is --needless to say — not a drill that we would readily recommend. It's solidly underpowered, performing very poorly in our drilling and driving tests. It also has a very lackluster battery life. However, it is one of the least expensive drills of the group, but we still wouldn't recommend it even for those shopping on the tightest of budgets, as there are better drills that cost about the same or significantly cheaper options if you are simply looking for the cheapest drill out there.
Pros: Inexpensive, lightweight
Cons: Underpowered, poor battery life
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Our Analysis and Test Results
The WORKPRO scored just a few points worse than the BLACK+DECKER LDX120C and ahead of the BLACK+DECKER BDCDD12C. The LDX120C and the WORKPRO both are about the same in terms of driving but the BLACK+DECKER does have a slight edge when it came to drilling. These drills both have an equally disappointing battery life, though the WORKPRO is slightly more convenient to use with its dual operating modes, belt clip, and battery indicator. However, the BLACK+DECKER retails for a bit less, making it a better bargain option if you are on a tight budget. The WORKPRO is quite a bit better than the BDCDD12C, but the BDCDD12C retails for about half the price and has enough power for simple tasks, making it a better option if you want the cheapest drill possible just to make it easier to hang a picture or assemble some furniture.
To find out which cordless drills are the best of the best, we compared and researched a ton of different tool brands and products, then bought all the drills that were either well-regarded, extremely popular, or very well reviewed. We then tested these tools in a variety of different tests, ranging from comparing their weight to how easily they drilled through a steel sheet. We divided all these tests into four categories, with the WORKPROs results in each outlined in the following sections.
The WORKPRO got off to a bit of a rough start in our first metric, which is responsible for about one-third — 35% — of its total score. It did quite poorly in our trio of drilling tests, meriting a 3 out of 10.
For the first test, the WORKPRO didn't seem like it was going to do all that bad, drilling through a 16 gauge steel sheet with a ¼" drill in about 2.5 seconds. It didn't struggle or bind up at all. It did a little worse when we moved up to a ½" twist drill, but it still drilled the hole in about 10 seconds with just the tiniest bit of a struggle.
Next, we attempted to drill a 1" hole through a 2x12 with a spade bit. This definitely did not happen, with the drill only making it about ⅛" into the wood before stalling in the higher speed, but it did eventually make it through when we shifted into the lower gear. Even more disconcerting, the air coming from the drill was hot enough to almost burn you.
While we didn't expect much after this drill's performance with the paddle bit, we decided to forge on ahead and try the WORKPRO with our most difficult drilling task: using a 5" hole saw to bore into a solid door. Surprisingly, it actually made it to the full depth in about 80 seconds. However, this drill started to smell terrible and began to smoke right as it finished the test — enough to the point that we threw the drill down and started looking for a fire extinguisher. Thankfully, it didn't fully ignite, but, needless to say, we wouldn't recommend using this large of a bit in this drill.
After all the excitement in the drilling tests, we tentatively moved on to evaluating the driving performance of the WORKPRO, which is also responsible for 35% of its total point score. This metric consists of two different tests: driving in #9 countersunk wood screws and driving in a ½" diameter, ½" long wood screw.
The WORKPRO pretty much consistently struggled with the last inch of the 3" wood screws. It can barely get the countersunk screw heads flush with the surface of the board and we needed to shift to a lower gear unless we had just taken a battery off the charger.
We were quite cautious about using the WORKPRO to drive in the ½" lag screw after the smoke in the last test, but, thankfully, it was a lot less eventful. We started by drilling the correct size pilot hole through the boards, then setting the WORKPRO to work. It did fairly well at first, driving in the first part of the screw but stalled out with a little over an inch remaining and couldn't drive the screw in any further.
Our third metric focused on the battery life of the WORKPRO, which accounts for one-fifth of its overall score. It again did quite poorly, earning another 3 out of 10.
To score the battery life of the WORKPRO, we alternated between driving in 16 of the standard #9 wood screws and drilling three holes with the 1" spade bit. We repeated this until the drill died. The WORKPRO made it through 3.5 cycles of this before the battery died, which is quite a bit worse than the best drills, that made it through 10 or more.
The WORKPRO includes a single 1.5 Ah battery that takes an absurdly long time to charge — almost four hours. This is far longer than almost every other drill we have tested to date.
Our final set of tests for the WORKPRO dealt with the various feature and functions that make it more productive and convenient to use. Altogether, this accounts for one-tenth of the WORKPRO's overall score, with it actually doing fairly well, earning a 5 out of 10.
This cordless drill is decently lightweight, weighing in at just under 3 pounds. The WORKPRO has a belt clip and two operating speeds, but the chuck only opens enough to hold a bit with a ⅜" shaft or smaller. The WORKPRO has a built-in work light above the trigger but we didn't find it to be all that useful. It creates a ton of shadow over what you are trying to drill.
Finally, this drill does have a battery indicator but we didn't think that it was very good. However, it is fairly easy to remove or install the battery, with a locking mechanism release button that is very easy to press.
This drill is inexpensive but it isn't a great value. There are comparably priced drills that are better or less expensive options if you are just looking for a cheap drill.
While the WORKPRO did stand out from the rest of the pack due to its bright pink case, there isn't really a reason that we would recommend it unless you are dead set on getting a pink cordless drill and value color above everything else.
— David Wise and Austin Palmer