Choose air-powered (or pneumatic) handheld drills for high, consistent power output in a range of tasks. Since they have fewer moving parts, air-powered tools tend to run cooler and have a longer lifespan than corded and cordless tools, making them popular in the construction, manufacturing, and industrial maintenance industries. Powered by air compressors rather than electricity, these tools are typically lighter than corded or cordless tools, helping to reduce operator fatigue when used for long periods of time.
These air-powered drills have a pistol grip handle that is perpendicular to the drill body. The most popular style of handle, the pistol grip provides ergonomic handling when working on vertical surfaces from the user's waist to chest height, horizontal surfaces at mid-thigh or lower, or horizontal surfaces directly overhead.
The inline handles of these air-powered drills run along the length of the tool. Tools with inline handles are held in the same way as a manual screwdriver, making them suitable for use on waist-height horizontal surfaces or vertical surfaces above shoulder height. These tools provide ergonomic handling in assembly, production, and construction applications.
Right-Angle for Confined Spaces
Right-angle air-powered drills have a chuck that is oriented 90° to the tool body, providing a slim profile for working in areas with low clearance, such as between joists and studs. These tools are commonly used in plumbing, electrical, and construction tasks.