I'm def no expert, but in case it helps here's my experience and some
Last January, I bought a Makita 8391DWPE3 18V Combi Drill from Screwfix. At
the time, it was on offer for £80 (and hence free delivery). It's no longer
on the screfix site - and is probably superseded anyway.
But my choice stemmed from...
- 18v (I've found anything less a bit feeble)
- 3 batteries (which I use in rotation - don't leave one unused for
months on end)
- Variable speed
- Hammer action when needed
- Screwdriver with adjustable torque clutch thingy
- Key-less chuck
- Tough case - with space for screwdriver bits etc.
Completely satisfied so far...!
Avoid those makes which don't sell batteries separately - I got caught out
previously by B+Q's "in-house" make - had to discard drill completely once
Definitely worth spending extra for tough screwdriver bits, but you'll only
appreciate this if you buy some cheap ones first :-)
And obviously use cross-headed (eg philips) screws whenever possible.
One other thing I've learned (others here will know this, but I didn't...)
masonry bits (as well as "ordinary" drill bits) go blunt...! They don't
look or feel blunt, but well worth replacing periodically.
Unless you spend a fair bit a combi is not very good as a hammer drill,
better to get a 12v drill driver and a (say) 600w SDS for holes in hard
walls. If you use a mains drill to drive screws, take care as it's dead
easy to snap the heads off.
You are spot on with the 18V Makita it's a superb bit of kit as are
the twin 14v versions, I got the B&Q promoted ones, the 18V included a
huge accessory kit and two batteries. The 14V twin kit is stll in
store at under £90, not sure about the 18s
Someone mentioned screwdriving using a drill but this is gash and not
really to be recommended except for the odd job. You need a drill/
diver with torque control otherwise you risk snapping off the screw
head or the driver bit.
I would always recommend buying the best quality tools that you can
afford as cheap tools cause frustration when you find out they are not
up to the job.
An 18v cordless driver will tighten screws far more than you could
ever do by hand.
For me, I prefer a 12v drill driver for diy as it is smaller and easier
to get into tight spaces like kitchen and bedroom cupboards etc.
I still don't think that a DIY grade battery combi is much good for
drilling holes in brick & block walls and a 600w SDS is so much faster.
The 12V type are ok but the Makita 14V ones are the same size as a
12V but more powerful. I've got several drills/drivers and they all
come in handy at times depending on the job, the Quattro mains drill
is only used for when some brute force is needed drilling largish
holes in stonework or concrete, I've got a B&D 9v angle drill/driver,
14V Makita combi. 14v Makita drill/driver, 18V Makita combi. They all
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