Clarke CON180LI 18V brushless combi drill review

Combining highly effective drill, hammer and driver modes, we give the Clarke CON180LI 18V Brushless Combi Drill 5 out of 5. Read why we ranked it so high

Yellow Clarke Combi Drill in Box on wooden background
(Image: © Pete Wise)

Homebuilding Verdict

If you do a lot of drilling and are prepared to spend then we suggest you get this drill right away. It will help you work more easily and effectively. For those who don’t use a drill very often, the CON180LI might be surplus to requirements. But for everyone else, there could scarcely be a better option than the superb Clarke 18V brushless combi drill.


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    Superb performance

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    Good value-for-money

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    Continuous power with two lithium-ion batteries


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    Could be too heavy for some users

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Frankly, we were blown away by the Clarke CON180LI. It’s the perfect combi drill set, bundling in two 4.0Ah lithium-ion batteries, a charger and a hard case, along with the superb drill itself. 

The CON180LI is marketed to professional contractors, but there’s no reason why you shouldn’t use this tool for DIY or crafts. In fact we thought it  was one of the best  cordless drills on the market. 

Pete Wise

Pete Wise is a freelance writer and keen DIYer from Leeds. Pete's tool reviews have featured in titles including Homebuilding & Renovating, Ideal Home and The Independent. He also writes features and news articles for publications such as The Guardian, BBC Good Food and T3. When he isn't busy writing, Pete can often be found at libraries, pubs and live music venues. He finds tile-cutting strangely zen.