Ridgid R7121 1/2" Spade Handle Drill
The R7121 from Ridgid is the very definition of what this category is about. It uses a hardened steel triple gear set for long life. Its 9 amp motor provides lots of torque, but only 500 rpm of speed; Ridgid decided to trade speed for torque on this one, a good choice. The additional handle goes into the side or the top and there is a spade or D handle in the rear; the only drill on this list that has that D handle. In the front, the power passes through a 5/8 chuck to a keyed chuck, making the drill extra-tough. The drill features quick service brushes, a forward reverse rocker switch and a lock on button for drilling or mixing. At 7.3 pounds it's a little heavy and it doesn't have a soft handle, but the other features overshadow that. It comes standard with a 12 foot cord, the longest of any of these drills. The cord even comes with a built-in led indicator so you know when the tool has power. It comes with Ridgids 3 year warranty.