Is it worthwhile repairing an SDS drill? My venerable Wickes (Kress) SDS
has died. It makes hammering noises but no longer impacts the bit. In the
bumf there is detail about servicing and repair.
It has been a brilliant buy, recommended here and bought back in 1997 I
think. Since then it has demolished several walls, thee concrete floors and
stripped tiles off four kitchens and been used on farm outbuildings, on
loan to relatives and generally had a hard working life.
Repair or replace?
Trouble is always guessing how long it will last after any repair. It's
a right pain when you put the effort/cash in to fix something which then
itself dies irretrievably shortly afterwards.
Sixteen years is a fair life, IMHO.
I'd get a new one and consider tinkering around with the old one - and
if it works again, reserving it for the worst/dirtiest treatment to keep
the new one in best condition.
On Thursday, June 27, 2013 8:46:53 AM UTC+1, Steve Firth wrote:
Mine must be a similar age and has stripped render, knocked down walls and
re-opened fire places.
When it developed an intermittent switch problem a few years ago, I called the
service agent (the one up north -- I think there was a southern and a northern
UK agent) and asked for a quote, and he told me how to fix it myself over the
I also emailed Kress in Germany at some point (I forget why now) and got a very
helpful reply direct from one of the family members.
So based on that limited experience, I would investigate the repair
thanks for the responses (all). I'll try to look at it sometime. I think in
the meantime I'll buy another Kress if only because the new ones are
I have a B&D SDS and a NuTool in different locations, I had to buy the
NuTool to finish the jobs started with the Kress. It's all they sell at the
local hardware shop in Italy. The NuTool is predictably shite. The B&D
works, but despite being same form factor as the Kress it feels weak and
doesn't punch into materials like the Kress.
Can you get spares for it? I have a Wicks cordless drill made by Kress,
and lots of Googling failed to find spare batteries for it. Which I'd
guess would be the most common spare part needed. (I had it re-celled in
I'd strip it down and see what has failed, though.
*I finally got my head together, now my body is falling apart.
Dave Plowman firstname.lastname@example.org London SW
I have one of those, of similar vintage. Quite a few years back (8?) mine
failed in the same way after I'd abused it somewhat breaking some holes in
concrete for fence panels.
I took it to a little tool repair place in Chatham that kress recommended
(I think, it might have been wickes - I rang the number in the box) and
when I explained what I'd been doing he instantly said he knew what it
would be and that it'd be about 45 quid IIRC.
One of the gears breaks IIRC, and it was fixed the next day. By the amount of
parcels on the floor I imagined this place did a lot of mail order repairs.
No idea what it was called, it was opposite the Toys'r'us in Chatham and
has since shut down/moved. If it has moved, Medway Handy man might know
where it went as it's his stomping ground.
Given it was a few years ago it cost that sort of money to repair, I think
I'd personally bin it and by a nice Makita when it appears on offer next.
Take it apart and see if the broken bit is obvious?
I recall posting something about this.... hang on....
no idea if those contacts are still valid mind.
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