They have two "grey" SDS drill made in Germany. The £30 job I saw for £99
"in store" in Dorking and the £99 job was £79. A three year guarantee which
Makita, DeWalt, etc do not offer. The only choice in the 2kg range.
I would definitly go for one of these. I have the expensive job and it is a
very good and well made product by a quality German maker.
How many holes? I had an urgent need for an SDS drill yesterday (two
burst pipes under the concrete bathroom floor) and the only solution
was a forty quid Nutool one from my local hardware shop. It has worked
fine for all I needed it for.
If you need a blunt instrument to make big holes quickly, then any of
the shed SDS lumps will do the trick for well under your budget.
If you are looking for a long lasting tool with some finesse, then there
is plenty of choice at your price point. Personally I went for the Makit
HR2450X which has little more power than some in the class, and also has
a very good speed controller allowing delicate work when required.
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A fine choice if you actually need to spend that much. If its just for
a bit of diy use I think it would be overkill though, Makita is more a
trade tool. Bosch is around half the price and good.
2 musts with sds:
get a 2kg one, not a 5kg, unless youre a weight lifter
get one with all 3 functions, hammer, chisel, and both together. Many
dont have all 3.
get one that locks the tool in place when chiselling, I gather the
cheaper ones let it wander like a useless thing.
Can't speak for the Bosch or any of the cheaper brands, but the 2kg
Makita HR2450 will cover the whole range of jobs, from delicate drilling
of fixing holes in precise patterns (thanks to the very smooth speed
control) up to heavy outdoor work like drilling 1m deep holes into solid
rock, chiselling concrete and hammering earth spikes in.
It obviously wouldn't do the heavy work forever, but somehow I always
need to take a rest before the drill does.
I don't normally rhapsodise about tools; but as Tony, John R and others
have said, this one is a real pleasure to own.
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