Can someone recommend a good power drill for under £50?. I need it for
Is it worth considering a cordless one?. From what I've heard, they need to
be charged every few days and the battery won't last more than 2-3 years. Is
Thanks for any info/suggestions.
First approximation: buy a mains hammer drill; you should be able to get
a reasonable one for 30-40 quid. Cordless ones are convenient, but you
heard right about losing charge and batteries not lasting all that long
(esp. in the more affordable models). A mains drill, while a little
heavier, will just keep on going (obviously).
In a little more detail - it depends what you're drilling in to, i.e.
how your house is built. If it's interwar or earlier, you'll have solid
walls both outside and internally, and the mains drill will be much more
satisfactory making holes for wallplugs than a cordless jobbie. If it's
a 60s-and-later, with plasterboard walls, your cordless will do for
hollow-wall plugs. Resist the "he-man" cheap SDS drills now appearing
for 30-40 quid a throw: while they're good for making holes in concrete,
they won't last long, they're heavy as hell, overkill for most internal
work, and unsuitable for drilling holes in wood.
You *could* think about getting both - a mains drill for heavier work
and a cheapie cordless for little jobs and easier screwdriving than
manually. One way of keeping it charged without overcooking the
batteries (since most cheap chargers will just keep pumping in charge
long after the cells are "full", making them heat up and lose capacity)
is to put the charger on an automagic timer, set for say one-tenth of
the recommended "full charge" time twice a week. That way the cells are
kept at or close to full charge in between uses, but won't cook.
HTH - Stefek
Thanks very much for the info. My house is 1930s (brick). I guess my best
option is a mains drill.
I've had a Bosch mains drill for over 7 years (the chuck stopped working
last night!). I've seen a number of similar Bosch models for about £40 (e.g.
PSB 650). I guess I will go for one of them. Is a Press & Lock system easier
to use than a keyed chuck one?. If I opt for a Press & Lock model, can I
still use my old drill bits?.
Yes, and yes ;-) Keyless chucks are handier, just because there's no
chuck key to get lost. If that's what "Press and Lock" means, which from
a quick glance at the Bosch web site it seems to be, then go for it -
the way the chuck holds bits will be just the same (three hardened jaws
gripping the bit which come inwards as you operate the chuck mechanism),
so your existing collection of bits will be fine.
<Hint> Snipped excessive fat content.> I've had a Bosch mains drill for over 7 years (the chuck stopped working
You should be able to get a modern chuck fitted while you wait at a tool
shop. It will cost you from £3 to £10 or so, depending on the quality of
Alternatively soak it in turps or oil or give it a squirt of WD40 to see
if you can coax it back to life.
To remove a (working) chuck, open it to allow you to remove the screw
inside. (This can be a problem as it may be worn down through contact
with drill bits etc.) Then tighten an allen key in it and lay the tool
on a bench. Hit the spanner with a hammer so it turns the chuck to the
right (clockwise as you look at it from behind the drill.)
The chuck should now unscrew.
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