ChatGPT is an AI chatbot that is designed to write natural-sounding conversational dialog.
It has been in the news a lot recently, with many people marveling at what it can do.
I was curious, and so I signed up for an account and gave it a try. I asked the following question:
Can You Recommend a Cordless Drill for Professional Users in Less than 400 Words.
Here’s what ChatGPT wrote in response:
1. DeWalt DCD999B 20V MAX XR Brushless 3-Speed Hammerdrill: This drill is part of DeWalt’s line of heavy-duty cordless tools, and it’s a popular choice among professionals. It has a powerful brushless motor that delivers up to 42,000 beats per minute, making it ideal for drilling through tough materials like concrete and steel. It also has a 3-speed transmission, so you can adjust the speed according to the task at hand. The drill comes with a 20V MAX XR lithium-ion battery, which provides long run time and fast charging.
2. Milwaukee 2801-22CT M18 Brushless Hammer Drill Kit: This drill is another popular choice among professionals. It has a brushless motor that delivers up to 1,200 in-lbs of torque, making it ideal for heavy-duty drilling tasks. It also has a 2-speed transmission and an LED light for illuminating the work area. The drill comes with a M18 REDLITHIUM XC5.0 battery, which provides long run time and fast charging.
3. Makita XPH102 18V LXT Cordless Hammer Driver-Drill: This drill is a versatile tool that can be used for drilling and driving applications. It has a powerful motor that delivers up to 480 in-lbs of torque, making it suitable for a wide range of tasks. It also has a 2-speed transmission and an LED light for illuminating the work area. The drill comes with an 18V LXT lithium-ion battery, which provides long run time and fast charging.
When choosing a cordless drill, it’s important to consider the size and weight of the tool, as well as the battery type and run time. You’ll also want to consider the drill’s features, such as the chuck size and type, the number of speed settings, and the presence of additional features like an LED light or a belt clip. Finally, be sure to read reviews and compare prices to find the best value for your money.
Did the AI Get it Right?
Kind of, but with many inaccuracies.
Dewalt DCD999B is a 20V Max FlexVolt Advantage model, and it’s indeed a great option for pro users.
ChatGPT says the Dewalt model delivers up to 42,000 BPM. That is incorrect. The specs are hard to find, but sales pages – such as Home Depot’s – list its impact rate as 38,250 BPM.
ChatGPT says it comes with “a 20V Max XR lithium-ion battery, which provides long run time and fast charging.” This is incorrect. The B in the SKU indicates it’s sold as a bare tool, meaning a battery is not included.
Also, the hammer mode is only relevant for masonry drilling, whereas the AI suggests it helps with drilling steel.
The Milwaukee 2801-22CT M18 cordless drill is also a decent compact model.
ChatGPT says this is a hammer drill, but it is not; the 2801 is a non-hammer cordless drill.
ChatGPT says that it delivers up to 1,200 in-lbs of torque, and this is also incorrect. The 2801 cordless drill delivers up to 500 in-lbs max torque.
The model number, 2801-22CT, specifically the xxxx-x2CT part indicates that the kit comes with 2 compact-size batteries. ChatGPT says it comes with an XC5Ah battery, which is wrong.
ChatGPT recommended the Makita XPH102, an outdated and long-discontinued model.
Their general advice is sound, but very generic. It reads as if it the AI trained itself by drawing from the countless number of poorly-written or auto-generated junk review content that plagues the internet these days.
Bonus: Are 20V Cordless Power Tools Better than 18V Tools?
I asked the ChatGPT AI a different and more nuanced question. Here is where it actually surprised me.
In general, a cordless power tool with a higher voltage rating will be able to deliver more power and potentially perform more demanding tasks than a tool with a lower voltage rating. However, there are many other factors that can affect a tool’s performance, such as the type of motor it uses, the size and efficiency of the battery, and the overall design and construction of the tool.
So, it is not necessarily the case that 20V tools are always better than 18V tools. It really depends on what you need the tool for and how it compares to other options in terms of its features and specifications. It might be helpful to do some research and compare different models to find the one that is the best fit for your needs.
Did the AI Get it Right?
Tool users more familiar with cordless power too tech will know that 20V Max and 18V are actually the same thing, a fact that ChatGPT doesn’t seem to pick up on.
However, the “they can be, but it depends” spirit of answer is pretty spot-on.
One Thing to Remember About ChatGPT
News articles and commentators have been claiming that ChatGPT will “change the world,” “change everything in social media and content creation,” and “change the face of digital marketing forever.”
The key point to remember is that garbage in will mean garbage out. I believe that’s why the AI chatbot got so many things wrong about the 3 drills it recommended. There’s also no indication why they chose those 3 models.
I had to contact two brands recently. One didn’t provide public CFM specs for their blower fans, but they were able to provide specs that were provided in private customer service documents. Another didn’t provide load rating specs for casters, and again they were able to pull it up from private tech documentation.
Those brands might be able to use an AI chatbot to parse private tech specs and documentation, saving employee time for higher level discussions, such as where a customer might need help finding a product matched to their needs.
It will be interesting to see what comes of this.