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#40851 - 08/06/04 08:06 AM $89 hammer drill
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This falls under the category of You Get What You Pay For.

I guess I was blinded by the name Makita. Anyway, beware of their 9/16" hammer drill. I've broken two of them in the last year. I have a 3/8" Makita drill that's 20 years old and only needed a new power cord. I'm so reluctant to but new tools, that the quality won't be there.

I got a Bosch and paid about $160, so hopefully it'll last. I really like that it has a keyed chuck. I'm really tired of bits loosening in keyless chucks.

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#40852 - 08/06/04 08:15 AM Re: $89 hammer drill
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Dave:
Yes, ya get what ya pay for.....

Bosch makes an SDS hammer drill (Bulldog, I think) variable speed, goes to 1"+ with the right SDS bits. It's #11224VSR, about $250.00, and there are similar models by DeWalt, etc.

Been using them since about 1988 or so, and have nothing but praise. You can drill 3/8" for wedge anchors all day (8 hrs) with little effort, by design.

A 'regular' type hammer drill, with the carbide, masonry bits can't hold a candle to the Bosch.

No, I don't work for Bosch, nor have stock!

John
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#40853 - 08/06/04 08:50 AM Re: $89 hammer drill
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I have a 1/2 Makita hammer drill that I've had for years. When I bought it I knew it wasn't made to drill 1" holes all day long but it does fine for 3/8 wedge anchors and whatever else I need to do in small doses.
Its pretty easy to tell when looking at hand tools as to what will stand up and what won't.
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#40854 - 08/06/04 12:05 PM Re: $89 hammer drill
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The only "work" I did with the Makita hammer drills was 1/4" holes for plastic anchors (in cement block), and about 4 holes with a 1" bit through cement block. The chuck froze up on the first one. Yesterday I was drilling with a 1" spade bit in wood. It was almost all the way through the wood and caught. Instead of twisting the bit, the inner gearing self-destructed. Not exactly abusing a tool, but rather light-weight use for a cheap tool.

Dave
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#40855 - 08/06/04 02:10 PM Re: $89 hammer drill
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Dave
I can see why you'd be disappointed. Must have plastic gears??
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#40856 - 08/06/04 02:27 PM Re: $89 hammer drill
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There is only one word needed when it comes to power tools - Milwaukee!
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#40857 - 08/06/04 07:06 PM Re: $89 hammer drill
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Makita quality seems to have gone down over the years,the old stuff was great and I hear another good name is going to the toilet,Two different tool suppliers have told me that Dewalt is buying Porter-Cable/Delta.


P.S. 1 more vote for Milwaukee.
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#40858 - 08/07/04 03:09 AM Re: $89 hammer drill
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If it's Concrete Drills your'e after, you really can't go past the Hilti TE-22!.
It uses SDS bits up to 32mm diameter and can use a Core Bit up to 75mm.
(someone correct me if there is a larger size Core-Bit for these Drills).
I've used the same drill unit for years here and never had a problem with it.
Good old Hilti's eh?.
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#40859 - 08/08/04 09:43 PM Re: $89 hammer drill
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Loc: Denver, CO USA
I have a 1/2" Milwaukee variable speed hammer drill. I would not attempt large bits with it but a couple of times, I have punched 15 or so 3/8" holes through a combo block/brick wall in a circle and hammered out the center to make a 6" passage. I was a little concerned about pushing the tool as hard as I did but it never complained and was a whole lot easier than trying to hold the Hilti 5' off the ground for that long.
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#40860 - 08/10/04 09:50 AM Re: $89 hammer drill
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We have Hilti, Milwaukee, and Bosch hammer drills... the Hilti seems to be the toughest for big holes, with the Bosch a close second. Some of our guys will refuse anything but a Hilti, so once in a while they end up with a hammer and a star drill
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