I am looking for a recommendation for a mixing drill for thinset. the tool
will be used only for home renovation - no commercial use. So far, from
what I've been reading, there seems to be one opinion to get on high
ampergae drills (something like Milwaukee 300-20 wiht 8.0amp seems to be the
best), and/or double-triple gear reduction drills being more important
(possibly lower amps). What is more important ? Any recommendations on
specific drills from own experience?
Most any half inch chuck drill will do. I use the Milwaukee D handle drill
because I can hold on to the drill with both hands. I tried my HoleHawg
once. To heavy and to slow on low speed.
for home use this one is a bunch cheaper
My most recent experience for home use is limited to a Black & Decker
1/2" that broke after only a few uses. Since you mention Milwaukee it
appears that expense is not an issue, so I'd say any DeWalt or Makita
will serve you well. Even Sears' Craftsman will do if you're on a
budget after all. I've mixed plenty of mortar and joint compound, and
the speed doesn't really matter. Just start with water and add the
mortar-mix so you don't get dry clumps on the bottom.
I just went through tiling my den. My regular drill burned out. So I
purchased a heavy duty Dewalt drill for about $160 at Home Depot. It
did the job great. Thinset is very hard to mix unless you have a good
commercial type drill. After I was done with it I returned the drill
and exchanged it for a regular drill I can use around the house.
Apparantly HD did not have a problem with it. I only needed the drill
for a one-time job. I could not use the drill for any home projects
because it was so big. So I just exchanged it for a drill I can use. If
I rented it it would cost more.
I don't write the return/exchange policies, I only abide by them.
Remarkable, but I guess I can't fault you there.
I wonder if HD knows it runs what amounts to a library type system for power
tools. I guess they must and just don't care. I don't buy power tools (or
many tools at all for that matter) from HD and this just supports my
decision not to.
Remind me of a fat lady who samples sausage links by the chunks in super
market. I know there are woman who buy fancy dress for an occasion to
wear it once and return it for full refund. Dress has wrinkles, sweat
stains, so on. I hope people like that sleep well in the night. Last
week I got few rolls of quarters from my bank. A roll contained 38
quarters and two nickels. All kinds of lowly sub human every where.
Look at it this way, you are NOT alone. Home Depot has changed
many of their policies and will continue to due to because of people
like you. It cannot sell the item as new anymore because its not.
So off it goes to the discounted section. Is that cool? Nope, it just
means that they have to increase prices to compensate the losses.
What does it mean to me? Interesting, it means that I have to pay
higher prices and when it comes down to me returning something, they'll
give me a bunch of shit. I only return items that are broken (and get
of the same) or are still sealed in their original packaging (never
If I buy hardware its going to be for something that I want to keep and
use in the future.
If your going to do a simple one shot job, buy a cheap drill or just
one and abuse the hell out of it. Drills are pretty damn cheap.
Milwaukee makes great drills. I own 4 or 5. One is an ancient 3/4" all steel
and chrome behemoth. Design wise sort of like the #1854. You can thread a
piece of pipe into it for an extra handle! Its low speed but tons of torque.
I have the previous version of the model 300. Mine requires a key on the
standard chuck but has the quicklock cord and all metal chuck like the 302.
I use it when my cordless' batteries just do not cut it or I need more
> Milwaukee makes great drills. I own 4 or 5. One is an ancient 3/4"
> and chrome behemoth. Design wise sort of like the #1854. You can
> piece of pipe into it for an extra handle! Its low speed but tons of
That old sucker will flip you over twice if it ever gets a hold of your
shirt sleeve or gets caought in your work..
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