I was asking on the group a little while ago for SDS drill opinions and
comparisons, after some advice I purchased the Makita 2450 (£119.99). I've
been meaning to write a little review of it for a while, but never managed
to get around to it.
I've never owned an SDS drill before, but I did go and man handle a few for
feel, weight, comfort etc before making my purchase and I have to say it was
in this area that finally prompted me for the Makita. It feels solid without
weighing a ton, it handles very well and it's comfortable to grip.
So far I've been using it to assist with my house rewiring, it's been
cutting deep channels into the existing plaster and masonry bricks for the
main rise, it's been cutting out socket housings in solid brick using the
roto stop and chisel, it's been drilling a few channels through some joists
for the cable feeds. I've also had to detile some areas in the bath room for
the moving of the bathroom door. I have to say that it has absolutely
excelled in every area in which I've used it, I love this tool and it's now
classed as my most used and useful tool (I'm gaining quite a collection
now), my assistant in the home rewiring has also declared his appreciation
for it on numerous occasions.
I do have to say though when you're looking to buy an SDS drill, to keep
about £100 aside for all the new bits and bobs you'll have to buy for it,
after all, there's not much point having a great tool and then lousy bits.
Also, I was only going to use it for SDS drilling and Chiselling functions,
but after just a very short time I realised just how much of a better
'drill' it was than any of my others which prompted the spending of £20 on a
quick change 20mm standard replacement chuck and an SDS to standard adapter.
Anyway, rough and final thoughts:
The Makita SDS 2450 may not be up for 9 to 5, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year
industry level use, but for the construction project that is pretty much the
internal rebuilding of my house, it's more than up to the job.
I seriously recommend it, but as ever, this is only my opinion.
Hope this helps in some way.
| Main uses:
| a to
| 1. Light chiselling of some concrete slab c.25-50mm thick (a one-off job)
| 2. Detiling (eg kitchens, bathrooms)
| 3. Drillling of masonry, concrete etc
| Preferences: high quality, light weight, convenience in use
| Not so important: lowest price, battery power (ie mains-powered OK)
| Am tempted by the Bosch GBH 2-24 DFR (name suggests what it can do to
| you...). Currently £197.78 on diy.com. Screwfix have a "Gh2-24 DSR" for
| £139.99 but I can't be sure exactly what that is - doesn't seem to be a
| current Bosch designation.