Currently fitting a new bath and vanity unit so have found
myself trying to drill or turn screws in awkward corners.
Thought about treating myself to one of these angled
drill/drivers (cordless variety) but a quick look in
Screwfix shows that they are £160 plus (except for a rather
puny looking Bosch model). Also looked in B&Q but they
didn't seem to have any.
Has anyone bought one of these things? Are they worth
having? Are there any cheaper ones available (less than 75
quid)? Any features/problems to watch out for?
I have a Makita DA391 which is an excellent drill. This is in the
£160 range from Screwfix - I bought mine in the U.S. for about $150.
It is only a 9.6v battery device, but don't be fooled by that - it has
a low gear ratio so is able to achieve good torque. Generally you
don't want high speed anyway.
Whether you will get one at that low a price, I doubt. One thing
that is important is good slow speed control while maintaining torque
which Makita drills do have.
I use this tool a lot more than I anticipated that I would.
I used to have the use of a makita angle drill, it was brilliant, but I
can't afford to buy one of my own, in truth I have rarely found a job that I
can't do another way. So , nice to have and useful but not indispensible.
If you have a need for an angle drill then there isn't really another tool
that will do the job as well.
I'd pop down to the local independent hire shop if your need is likely to be
transient. If PPro, Nutool, Ferm and the likes release one for a moderate
amount of money then that would change the economics of the situation
somewhat, and I'd be tempted to get one for occasional use then.
email me at
richard at olifant d-ot co do-t uk
Friend of mine has a corded one (from RS, and yes it was expensive)
Dead handy when you need it. Not a great deal of use otherwise. Most
of the time it gets used it's for wire brushing, as this is much
easier to handle than with a "standard" drill grip.
Bought, no. I've hired them when I need them. Especially useful when
drilling though joists.
I have a cheap solution ofr light duties. Maplin sell a right angle
driver conversion for use with a standard drill. If you need to drill
(small) holes it can be used with a chuck on a hex shank. Suitable pin
chucks are sold for use with cordless drivers.
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