Apologies for a newbie question, but any advice on what characteristics of a
cordless drill I should
be looking for? I'll use it main in and around the house - some metal work,
quite a lot of wood and
quite a lot of masonary (for screw fitting etc, perhaps some bolts outside
for fence posts into bricks)
IMHO, for anything other than fairly soft bricks, masonry drilling is best
with an SDS drill. And SDS cordless ain't cheap - really not cost
effective for DIY.
Cordless are ideal for screwdriving and the odd hole in wood, etc, or
where you really can't easily get mains, which doesn't apply round the
But for most things mains drills are still much better value.
If I had to have only one drill out of my many, it would be my mains
DeWalt SDS which can do everything, including screw driving.
Do you already have a mains drill?
*Avoid clichιs like the plague. (They're old hat.) *
Dave Plowman email@example.com London SW
This would be my only drill - so it sounds like I'd be better sticking with
a mains powered one. One of the
240v ones I'd looked at was the 'Dewalt D25102K 22mm SDS Drill' - a
sensible buy for all jobs
around the house / garden?
Oh no, I can see myself going the normal way... just a few more pounds...
Thanks anyway! I'm having trouble wondering what I'd chisel with it tho - am
missing something? Wouldn't surprise me...
On Sun, 21 Aug 2005 19:46:19 +0000 (UTC), "Graham Dean"
A bit of light chasing in walls, mortar between bricks etc.
I was putting in a fence post yesterday (in a new position) and
discovered that some an*s of a builder had dumped some hoggin and
concrete where I wanted to put the post. The SDS made easy work of
I haven't looked for best pricing, but Lawson HIS (who are normally
pretty good) have them for £103 and the 25103 for £130.
Personally, if I was only going for one drill, then either is a good
compromise. You could go for a reasonable cordless drill like a
Makita later on if you fancy one. I just thought that I would mention
the chisel issue, because it's the kind of thing that one can kick
oneself for not having later. Several people here have bought an SDS
without rotary stop and then wished they hadn't. The problem is then
that it's pretty hard to justify another SDS.
I have a heavy imitation 20v Makita, that is excellent and cost me
£75. I think they use their genuine rebadged trademark these days. And
are somewhat cheaper.
Or you could get a lighter, less powerful more "reliable make" for
about ten or twenty quid more. These will have top notch batteries and
chargers. It is the charger that lets the cheap stuff down.
Ferm were making a very heavy, rather slow 32 volt. I have one of them
and it is a good work horse. It weighs as much as an SDS cordless
though. I bought it because it was so cheap.
For about the same money you can get a 240 SDS cheapo from B&Q or
somewhere. That would be the ideal for drilling masonry. If you are
working within extension lead distance of a 240 plug, get a good all
around mains hammer drill like the Black and Decker with the money you
save not buying a cordless.
Have a read through the bits on cordless tools in general and drills in
If you want a cordless as your one and only drill, then you will need a
resonably serious 18V combi drill or better. Good ones are not cheap
(250 quid plus), but they will do pretty much anything (except really
A lightweight SDS drill like the Makita HR2450, plus a mid range 12V/14V
cordless drill/driver will probably caover a wider range of tasks for
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