I am in the market for a new one. Having popped into B&Q I see a good
number of these with a great price difference. Bearing in mind that I
will be using it for fairly infrequent D-I-Y work what are the
recommendations? I would like a fair range of drills and a chisel bit,
so if included in the price an advantage perhaps.
The ideal drill is light (around 2kg, not 5 or 6), has a good speed
control (this matters when chiselling since it controls how "hard" you
are hitting it), a chisel you can lock off in any rotation position (try
cutting a neat straight chase in a wall with a chisel that rotates about
with a mind of its own), and a safety clutch (SDS drills can't slip in
the chuck, so a clutch that lets go before your wrist, chin, or gonads
intercept the rotation is a "nice to have" (tm))
Alas that lot usually puts you in the ฃ90+ category with tools like a
Makita, blue bosch, hitachi, dewalt, or possibly a ryobi.
Personally I would go for:
If however you just want something brutal for knocking stuff down, and
making holes in concrete (with impressive exit wounds), then any ฃ40
shed special will do ;-)
Bought a MacAllister a couple of years ago. Exellent performer I
found. Came with quality SDS chuck some decent bits and beefy screw-on
90 deg handle. Cost about ฃ90 afaik remember. Agree with the above
sentiment - and so much better than Masonmasters :-)
My Makita is a fantasic bit of kit. If you need a drill driver as well,
SF have a 2kg SDS 3 function + a 14.4v driver deal. Site - which are
made by Makita - ฃ120.
Dave - The Medway Handyman www.medwayhandyman.co.uk
I have a Wickes 2Kg, cost about ฃ100 a number of years ago. Very good
machine. Mine was a re-badged Kress, serviced by Draper who replaced a
damaged lead FoC out of warranty. Worth a look at although I don't know
if they are still made by Kress.
I bought on of the ฃ30 cheapies a few years ago. It gets used a few
times a year and has been utterly splendid in every respect.
all the cheap ones looked like that a while ago. They've got rather more
Skipweasel - never knowingly understood.
Fully concur. I bought mine as a bit of a one-off job (sinking a dozen
or so sockets throughout the house) however I've ended up using to for
a whole manner of jobs - demolishing an extension, breaking up a
patio, removing tiles, drilling holes for pipes/cables through walls.
Despite being a hefty beast you can actually be quite delicate with it
once you get used to its handling (particularly with the rotation off
and hammer turned off - there is then only the very slightest of
hammer action so no danger of knocking huge chunks out). I've never
found the lack of chuck lock a problem.
For all my jobs I've managed with a cheap muti-set of bits and a
separate 500mm bit for the longer holes.
I don't doubt there are benefits with the more expensive but I really
couldn't ask for more from mine, and I can't imagine getting neater/
I was also going to vote for a 5 kg cheapie. Not tried to use mine for
chasing but I would be inclined to go for a double disk cutter (and a very
good vacuum cleaner) if I had much chasing to do.
The 5 kg is OK for drilling horizontal holes and of course the weight all
helps if you need to break concrete hard standing etc.
And me; My cheapy lasted several years, including ripping up a thick
concrete floor but when it eventually died - by now I was fully
converted to the joys of SDS - I decided to treat myself to a rather
more upmarket machine and now possess a DeWalt.
So from my experience, the big difference is in the weight: all the
cheapies are substantially heavier so much less comfortable to work
with. Also, as is so usually the case, they are just less pleasant and
easy to use: fine control isn't so good for example.
So you pays your money and you takes your choice: essentially they'll do
the same job but depends how flush are you feeling and how much use the
tool will get.
Another vote for DeWalt. I've been very happy with mine since I got it
5 or 6 years ago. I treat it dreadfully, but it always does the job
and is comfortable to use. I only recently discovered that it did have
a clutch - another plus - given I was core drilling through 2 foot of
stone this was a must!
From reading this thread one thing is clear - the whole concept of SDS
is clearly a winner here given the unanimous praise for it; seemingly
regardless of how expensive the tool is. It seems to me like one of
the industry's best kept secrets - I know many a capable DIYer who
have never actually used one and I can't help but feel they're really
Are there (m)any other tools out there that could claim similar? I'd
have to rule out angle grinders for a start I'm afraid - I can't stand
them for indoor use given the dust explosion...
Got it from my dad, "If a big hammer will do the job a bigger one will do
He ended his working life as a hydraulics/pneumatics engineer ... his
"clockmakers spanner" was around 18" long, he used to complain that it was
to small for real jobs :)
In retirement though he made various scale models under a magifying glass
using tools the size of cocktail sticks.
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