What if you could drill a hole with just ONE hand???
What if you could do it quickly????
What if you could have easy depth control???
What if you didn't have to charge it all the time???
What if you could get one for cheap????
Guess What!! You can. For a while now I have been using my new (old) Stanley 41Y push drill and completely loving it. I got it for around $25, with all 8 bits included. In my book that is a good deal. Luckily there are tons of these old Yankee push drills on the market (just go look on eBay). And if you don't mind spending a little bit more money, or you just like new stuff, you can buy a new one from Garrett Wade. They also sell new bits, which is a plus. And while you are there watch the YouTube video they have about the drill, it reminds me of the Old Spice commercials.
So what makes the push drill so great?
Using the push drill is dead simple. Install a bit in the end and push. When you push down the bit digs in, when your hand comes up, the bit spins in reverse and helps clear chips(or dust). They work very well and faster than you think, but with excellent control. One of my favorite parts is that you can drill a hole anywhere that a screwdriver can go, which means you can install hardware close to the inside of casework without juggling a power drill. I mostly use the push drill for pre-drilling screw and nail holes, for which it is very well suited. Its not really designed to drill 3/8" holes, just small holes. Think of it like a more powerful bradawl.
The bits used in this drill are called double flute bits, meaning that they don't screw into the wood like a twist bit. They do drill a little slower, but the slower speed gives better depth control which I think is really important. All the bits are stored in the handle of the drill. When installed in the chuck they lock in place better than a standard bit. Each bit has a tab on the end, which fits into a slot which stops the bit from spinning free. The chuck also has a ball catch that locks the bits in place so they don't pull out.
This may be the best part. There is about nothing you need to do to keep these things running. Inside the handle area is an oil port for lubrication. Because the mechanical parts are completely sealed inside the drill, you should have to do nothing else but put in a couple drops of oil from time to time.
I hope you try one out. They are definitely worth the time and the money.