My adult son, the amateur handyman, told me he
would like a hammer drill for Xmas. I asked him what
brand/size/model/style/color/etc and he said he didn't know
enough to make an intelligent choice. So, I'm asking you
guys to see if there is any consensus on what to get.
All serious comments and recommendations appreciated.
Former slayer of dragons; practice now limited to sacred
Lemme see ........................ about 1995. At that time, I investigated
getting one, as the one I had loaned to me worked so well.
But the bits were spendy.
If they have changed, and now use the SDS bits, then I say that's good. The
Hilti brand is a great brand. A quality piece of machinery.
Sorry, but I don't keep up on every element of the human experience, and may
have overlooked this one, too.
But the caveat to the OP remains. Buy one that takes SDS bits, and you
won't have to spend as much. Hilti or Itlih.
I love my Milwaukee hammer drill and can reccomend it. I also have a
cordless Bosch 24V hammer drill, it is OK. I advise buying a corded
hammer drill before considering the numerous cordless options. Many
companies make a well built drill but Milwaukee has been the standard
bearer for many years.
So far everyone has mentioned a brand (with no apparent
concensus) but nothing has been said about size/type/style.
(Other than to suggest avoiding a battery pack model.)
Maybe those aren't significant variables? I'd be surprised
if there is not at least a size variation - either in the
size of the bit that it will accept, or the HP of the motor.
Keep those informative suggestions flowing! :-)
Well I don't know what he is going to be doing with it so I can only suggest
what I know. I use it for 3/32 adn 3/16 inch bits and I bought the cheapo
from Menards for $29.99 with a three year replacement gaurantee. I did have
to take the first one back after 6 months the switch didn't turn off any
more I had to plug unplug until I could get to the store and exchange it. I
took it back to Menards and left the drill and reciept at the exchange
counter went to the tool department and brought the same one back to the
exchange desk and they looked at the model number and said OK and handed me
my reciept and the box and off I went. The new unit has been flawless for
what I do with it. I just use small Tap-Con screws in concrete to hold
shelves and when I was doing my basement the sill plates. The unit is 1/3 hp
and has a keyed chuck and can be used as a normal drill by sliding a lever
over to non impact, that is handy as well as this is my only corded drill so
I can use it for other things as well. So that might be a feature to look
for as well???
Good luck, Rich
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