Lots of cordless drills are equipped with metal chucks, such as with the older Porter Cable model shown here, while others have plastic-sleeved chucks.
Sometimes when posting about a drill that doesn’t have a metal chuck, a reader will comment about how the plastic chuck is a deal-breaker for them.
I have used plastic-chucked drills that have performed stellarly, while others were cheap and junky. I don’t recall having a bad experience with a metal-chucked cordless drill.
But that’s not to say that plastic-chucked drills aren’t durable, because many are. After all, your cordless drill is entirely encased in plastic, is it not?
This all brought me to wondering about the experiences ToolGuyd readers have had with their cordless drills.
Have you ever had bad experiences with a plastic-sleeved drill chuck? What about a metal drill chuck?
And while I have your attention, let’s say you’re shopping for a new cordless drill. One model on your shortlist has a plastic chuck. The other has a metal chuck. Just about everything else is equal. Which one do you pick?
Me? I’d pick the metal chuck, simply because metal is more durable than plastic. But I can’t recall a time when a good brand-name drill with a plastic-sleeved chuck disappointed me. I suppose that someone would go for the plastic-chucked drill if they’ve had issues with metal chucks, or if there were other deciding factors at play.
Metal chuck or plastic chuck?
P.S. Have you checked out our best cordless drills guide? I’ll be updating it soon, but it seemed appropriate to mention it. A lot of those drills have plastic chucks, but I don’t think any less of them for it.