Any opinions to what make of cordless drill to get. I am replacing my very
trusted 14.4V Makita ( about 10yrs old) about £300 when i bought it.
My concerns are whether true or not, that Makita quality is not as good as
it used to be (along with Dewalt).
Bosch seem to have improved their quality - esp. Prof range.
Anyway, Ive got a max price of £140 ish now. There are some good offers but
most seem to be NiCad batteries and I had Met Hal in the Makita - so very
wary with the NiCad.
Unlike to Makita which was used for my job, the new drill is mainly used for
house jobs and the very occasional prof job. Hammer would be benifical.
Any comments would be much appreciated.
I had a budget of about £100, and I ended up going for a standard Black &
Decker 18V cordless about two years ago. I've been very happy with it so
far - it has hammer action and torque adjustment. That said, I don't use it
Depends how much work you want to so with it, how often, for how long.
Some people here (NZ) recommend that if you have one biggish (for home
handyman) project but normally don't use it much, the smart thing to do
is buy a cheapy from one of the chain stores that sell pretty decent
gear with a great replacement policy. Work it hard, if it fails within
a reasonable time take it back and get a replacement. Some of those
cheapies are really good, they stand up well beside "high class" old
brand name products. And that way at least you find out at a throw-away
price, rather than risk buying an expensive Good Brand which may have
slipped in standards. Another thing, many of the good brands have a
home handyman model and a professional one for any of the tools they
produce. That's OK if you you are a home handyman who occasionally has
to put up a shelf bracket but if you do bursts of intensive work, even
if it's just in weekends and your annual holiday time, you could be
racking up a lot of hours of hard work which is probably not what the
manufacturers think of when they market something as suitable for the
A L P
On a recent project I needed to use two drills (one for drilling and the
other for screwing (to save changing bits)), and I borrowed a Bosch. It was
then that I noticed that the battery for the Bosch drill was identical to
the battery on my Bosch strimmer! Whether this is the same for all Bosch
domestic products I don't know but worth thinking about. As JW I also use a
Black & Decker 18V cordless.
HTH - Dasco
Can't say I've noticed that. Been using a 12v driver & a 14.4v combi for
3 - 4 years day in day out no problems.
Blue Bosch is highly regarded, but I've never used one so can't comment.
Makita have some good offers, worth checking a large B&Q store. Most of the
offer machines come with 1.3 a/hr NiCads as did mine, again I've had no
Worth checking out the 'grey' range in Wickes, they are made by Kress in
Germany and are excellent.
Also worth a look is the Site from Screwfix - made by Makita
Dave - The Medway Handyman
Get a the Makita 14V combi + drill driver cased set from B&Q for
around £99. Two drills, two batteries- brilliant value. I've got those
and also the 18v makita combi which they were selling for the same
price with 2 batteries and huge accessory set, Screwfix may sell for
the same price. I wouldn't touch another B&D!
I note your comments about Makita, but FWIW we bought their 8391 DWPE3 a few
months ago, and are most impressed so far. Solid bit of kit, 3 batteries
etc. We bought from Screwfix when it was just under £80 (now back to
£199) - but googllng may find you some reasonable discounts.
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