How Much Time a Drill Last Long?

Drill machine is used for many drilling purposes. According to its usage, its lifetime is dependent. There are many factors that you can observe for the drill to last long. The way you use, charging, using temperature, inner motor type, mechanical components and electrical components are the main factor for using a drill last long. Let’s see how these are affected to the durability of the drill.

A brushed drill can be last long about 7-8 years and a brushless drill more than 10 years. The durability depends on the usage, service and quality of the tool. If you can service and repair it continuously, you can use more than 12 years with changing the battery and parts.

No drill is made for a lifetime. When its parts are damaged we have to replace or repair. The durability depends on the work and service. If you need to use a drill long time you should know about service and proper maintenance about battery, electrical components and mechanical components inside. So this is about those things. Let’s keep read on!

How Much Time a Drill Battery Last Long?

The drill battery durability depends on the charging cycles. Normally Li-Ion drill batteries are with minimum 1000 charging cycles. If you use it once per day you can use the battery for 3-4 years without considering any physical, environmental effects.

There are factors to be considered when you use a drill battery. According to the environmental and charging condition, its last long is depended. Let see what are these factors for the best life span of the drill batter.

You can make sure the durability of the drill battery by using the warranty with the brand.

Brand of the ToolWarranty Period
Milwaukee5 years
Ryobi3 years
Makita3 years
Dewalt3 years
Black and Decker2 years
Bosch1 year
Drill, and it’s a lifetime

Normally there are 12V,18V and 20V drill batteries are available in the market mostly. According to the purpose, there are more capacity drill batteries. Whatever you use there are pros and cons. There is a proper way to use a drill battery for a better life span.

There are two types of batteries Li-Ion and Ni-Cd batteries. But the most used battery type is Li-Ion. There is a proper way to use the Li-Ion battery that helps to maintain more durability.

Best Drill Battery Tips and Tricks for Long Life Span

  1. Avoid using batteries in high temperatures.
  2. Use the partial charge (10-80%) instead of (0 -100%)
  3. Charging temperature 32 F minimum and maximum 104 F
  4. Avoid store in high moisture area
  5. Avoid charging 100%
  6. Avoid high charge and discharge current
  7. Use low-current for charging
  8. Use the recommended charger

If you follow these steps you can boost the battery life. According to your drill brand, you can add more tips to this chart.

How Much Time a Drill Motor Last Long?

There are 2 types of drill motors. Those are brushed drill motors and brushless drill motors. Brushed drill motors are with 1000-3000 operating hours and brushless drill motors with 10,000 operating hours which is 10 times higher than brushed drill motors.

Brushed drill Vs brushless drill is with different properties. Nowadays mostly used the brushless drill motors.

Brushed drill motors – Brushed drill motors are with brushes, commutator, armature and permanent magnets. The motor is powered with the current where flow on the brushes through a commutator. There is a scratching between the commutator and brushes.

Due to the touch and scratching, there is a noise and spark. This will cause many repairs and maintenance of the drill motor. Sometimes it can overheat and smoke due to the problems with the brushes. Brushes should change every quarter of the length of 50-60 operating hours.

Because of this reason, brush drill motors should repair and maintain regular for use. Therefore its durability is very low. When there is huge damage we have to replace the parts.

Brushless drill motors – The best solution for brushed drill motors. It is more efficient than brushed drill motors. There is no brush, therefore more efficiency, low noise, no spark, less maintenance with many advantages. Brushless drills are always worth their additional cost. When you use the brushless drill you can use it for about 10,000 operation hours.

When we consider both with the same power, we can see brushless drills are more efficient, less noise, no spark and fewer repairs. Therefore brushless motor is an essential electrical component for the durability of the drilling machine.

Mechanical Component Durability of a Drill

Considering the mechanical component of a drill is included gear wheels, chuck, hammering parts and many more. Those are well designed with their force and application. Hence this kind of part damaging is a rare situation. gear wheels are designed according to hold the maximum torque. If there is more external force it can be damage.

When you use a drill you should know its torque and RPMs which to make sure whether it is matched the real work situation. When you use a low-performance drill machine for heavy work it will overheat with smoke. Therefore use the correct tools as much as possible.

When you use a drill machine it is continuously overheating try to change it and move to a high-performance one. It means that the used tool is not compatible with your usage.

How to Maintenance a Drill Properly?

A drilling machine should be maintained properly to gain its maximum efficiency. You can follow these steps to maintaining a drill machine properly.

  • Grease the parts
    When you are working inner parts are rotating and moving. These are in touch with each other and due to friction, it can be overheated. Hence power is waste and we are not able to have the maximum efficiency. So it is essential to grease the inner part on time
  • Use a Proper Charger and Battery
    The battery is the power source of the drill. So we should charge it well with recommended charger. Do not wait until it is fully discharged as well as do not fully charge. Charge between 10-80%
  • Avoid High Temperature
    When you are working on the high-temperature area it is not good for the drill battery as well as the motor. So let them cool while you are working
  • Change the Brushes On-Time
    If you are using the brushed motor in your drill you should change the brushes after its length become quarter or before. So pay attention to that
  • Avoid Dust
    When you are working under the dust your drill will be damage due to scratching the commutator as well as coild. So repair the drill after you finish the work asap
  • Use Proper Drill Bit
    Drill bits angle is essential for the cutting process. Proper drill bit angle can save energy and time. And also overheating the drill. Therefore always keep the correct drill bit angle for related material
  • Use the Correct Tool
    According to the task, you should use an adequate performance drilling machine. It can add more performance and speed up the process.


If you need to use a drill long li,fe span you maintaintenance and repair, battery, ele, andnts and mechanical components inside. There are special ways to use battery, charger and machine follow them for the best durability. One of my friends uses his drill for more than 12 years which is amazing with proper services and repair or replace parts when needed.

It is a challenge to use more durability!

Tom Mackency

Tom Mackency

Hi, I am Tom Mackency. It has been 10 years that I have been working as a professional woodworker since 2013. I am really enjoying my carrier by creating many kinds of projects in my workshop. But mostly I like for home improvement projects. Home improvement and DIY projects are the most interesting things for me. More than that, the coolest things are power tools. Those are very precious and efficient than a decade ago. So I try to introduce so many things about power tools, woodworking, DIY projects, home improvement and many more interesting topics here.