Which Drill?

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Which Drill?

Postby Richard Graves » Fri Jul 04, 2008 10:43 am

Hi, I have a drill that is only good for putting screws in its so useless. I'm looking to buy a new one but not sure what type. I know the more expensive (usually) the better but I'm not a tradesman (if you hadn't guessed) and don't need a fancy one, just something that will drill through any wall.
(Hammer drill? cordless? Voltage?) Any advice would be appreciated, cheers
Richard Graves
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Re: Which Drill?

Postby fred » Sun Jul 06, 2008 3:11 pm


First thing is to go for a reputable make - Bosch, De Walt etc. if you buy from someone like Screwfix, you should be confident that you are purchasing a serviceable tool, not a 'toy'.

What you buy depends on what you want to do:
A hammer drill if you are going to drill into masonry - it's worth having anyway as is Variable Speed if used correctly.
Cordless are useful if you want to use it away from mains electricity - the higher the voltage of a cordless tool, the higher the power.
A mains powered drill is OK and can be more powerful than a cordless - providing you have a cable lead long enough you can drill away to your hearts content - there no risk of the battery pack going flat.

Also check the chuck size, I'd recommend 1/2 inch (13mm) as the minimum - key or keyless does not matter.

I hope this helps.
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