On paper, it doesn’t take much to produce a decent drill for the average everyday user. In which case, why is it that most budget drills turn out to be such a disappointment? That’s a question I can’t answer, but what I can tell you there is that the Avid MW316 Power Drill is a welcome exception to the rule.
The Avid MW316 Power Drill joins a long line of budget power tools, designed to be an all-round workhorse for home, workshop, and light-commercial locations. If you’re simply out to drill holes in wood, plastic, metal, and drywall as quickly and effortlessly possible, this could be the drill for you.
It may not be exploding with game-changing features, but it still does everything it needs to do with no fuss. Up for sale at an entry-level price, the Avid MW316 Power Drill is well worth checking out as a simple-yet-effective tool that won’t let you down.
Avid MW316 Power Drill Review – Features
The kit comes complete with everything needed to get started, right out of the box. Contents of the package are as follows:
- Avid Power 20V cordless drill
- Lithium-ion battery
- Battery charger
- 10pcs drill bits
- 10pcs driver bits
- An extension bar for sticking on the fastener
- Magnetic flexible shaft
- Double-Ended Screwdriver Bit
- 2 Years warranty
- Item Weight – 2.2 pounds
For this kind of price, it’s impressive to see so many accessories and extras included with the drill itself. Additional features and selling points as cited by the manufacturer include the following:
Multifunctional Battery Pack
One of the coolest features you’ll come across, the 20V 1.5Ah Lithium-ion battery pack features a seriously convenient USB port. Which means you can charge your phone, your tablet just about any other mobile device you have, using the power of the drill’s battery.
15+1 Position Clutch
An extensive range of torque settings allow the Avid MW316 Power cordless Drill to more precisely drive screws in and out of various materials, without stripping the thread. At its maximum power setting, the drill is capable of drilling into steel plate to a depth of 10mm and wooden surfaces up to 20mm.
This affordable drill is surprisingly compact and lightweight, making it a pleasure to use with next to no fatigue when tackling more prolonged tasks. The handle features a rubberized coating for maximum comfort and grip, even when working in moist or dusty conditions.
A degree of flexibility to the shaft allows the Avid MW316 Power Drill to be used in more awkward spaces, where it would normally be difficult or impossible to reach with a conventional bit. All are adding to the versatility of this impressive tool.
The kit comes complete with 10pcs driver bits, 10pcs drill bits, an extension bar, and a flexible magnetic shaft. All backed by a two-year warranty from the manufacturer for total peace of mind.
My Experience with the Avid MW316 Power Drill
I’ve always found it best not to expect too much from ‘cheap and cheerful’ power tools like these. After all, if you intend to pay less than $50 for a drill, you can’t expect the performance of a $150 tool. In the case of the Avid Cordless Power Drill MW316, I should have probably given the manufacturer a little more credit…very impressive stuff.
It’s far from a pro-grade drill but seems just the ticket for keeping in your home toolbox or garage. As always, I put it through its paces on a bunch of different materials, including hardwoods, drywall, metallic sheeting, and so on. Across the board, it got the job done with no real drama. It doesn’t pack the kind of power needed to power through harder materials in an instant but persevere, and it gets there in the end.
The Avid MW316 Power Drill is definitely one of the more comfortable to use tools out there and doesn’t weight nearly as much as some comparable drills – around 2lbs in total. I was impressed to see that the kit came with a bunch of bits and drivers included, which a lot of the time have to be picked up separately. Sure, they’re not the highest-quality accessories on the market, but still, represent excellent value for money at this kind of price.
Decent battery life, average charging times, and that super-cool USB port in the battery itself all add up to a solid purchase. Easy to use and highly recommended for most everyday applications.
- Decent power and performance for the price
- Supplied complete with bits and drivers
- Easy to use and comfortable to work with
- A convenient USB port in the battery
- Capable of dealing with most everyday surfaces
- Battery life could be a bit better
- Not powerful enough for heavy-duty applications
While the Avid MW316 Power Drill may lack the power and performance to deal with more heavy-duty jobs, it’s an excellent tool for the average household or workshop. I’d have preferred a little more battery life, but I can say that about most of the drills I test these days. In terms of build quality, performance, and versatility, the Avid MW316 Power Drill is as good as any I’ve tried within this price range. In fact, it’s hard to think of another kit on sale at the moment that represents better value for money than this.