First, some tool-time basics: New "brushless" drill/drivers feature a made-over motor design that gives you more power and longer battery life. The Milwaukee M18 Fuel 1/2" Drill/Driver was the only one we tested that could pound through concrete and brick as easily as wood. Bonus: It shrugged off multiple falls from ladder perches. [$230; milwaukeetool.com]
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