I already have a "posh", heavy-duty impact drill, but I need a small
drill for using around the house on small jobs. I had one I bought
from Focus when it was Payless, an own brand. It lasted 8 years, which
was fair enough for the price.
Currently I'm looking at the Tesco own brand for £9.99. I expect
Wilkinson also do a cheap own-brand drill, but I haven't looked yet.
Any other recommended drills up to, say, £20? (No cordless ones,
please! This is one case when I'm prepared to put up with the cable.)
Having spoken to some people that have tried using tools like that,
there are none I'd recommend. But there is one cheap drill option that
does work well: get yourself a very old B&D drill for £0 - £3. These
things are quite undervalued now.
I've had several B&D mains drills over the past 40 years and only one - a
Tradesman - gave and continues to give good service. The others all
broke. I'd expect one from Lidl to be rather better made. They come with a
3 year warranty.
*Keep honking...I'm reloading.
Dave Plowman firstname.lastname@example.org London SW
The old 60s/70s stuff is fairly basic. A chuck that's normally big
enough, an on off switch, sometimes a 2 speed gearbox, and that's it.
For a second or third drill that much is fine. By the late 80s they'd
gone modern, with a decent feature set.
They look grim but are capable enough. An old 275w B&D was able to
operate a size down from a 1" auger in some very tough wood, without
getting stuck or slowing down much, and did a lot of holes without
heating up. I even used it to put a 2" core drill through concrete
when I didnt have the right shank for the sds. They're certainly not
fancy, but capable enough, and at a couple of quid for a backup drill
theyre' a bargain imho.
Just one caution - do use insulating gloves with them. Drilling into a
cable holding a metal bodied drill doesn't appeal, and an RCD on the
drill doesn't help.
On Tue, 1 Mar 2011 23:39:58 -0000, "Doctor Drivel"
My main drill is just too big and heavy for little jobs. I bought it
in Karstadt in the 1970s. I like using a smaller drill if I only need
a pilot hole for a screw, or drilling holes for shelves etc. The last
time I needed the big drill was to drill holes for #12 screws in the
garage wall to mount metal shelves on. But for most jobs the small
drill is ideal.
Right, well, I've just bought the Argos cheapo at £9.99. Stinks of
WD40 (just as some of the reviews said), but I don't care since the
tool will be kept in the garage. All the "features" appear to be in
order and working. Ugly looking black thing, but I only need to drill
holes, not admire its designer look (it ain't got one).
We will see....
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