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#52185 - 05/21/05 07:55 PM right angle drill
Electric Ian Offline

Registered: 02/10/04
Posts: 132
Loc: MA, USA
About to buy a 1/2" right angle drill. Suggestions?

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#52186 - 05/21/05 08:00 PM Re: right angle drill
bot540 Offline

Registered: 09/14/04
Posts: 177
Loc: Vernon Hills, IL
buy a Milwaukee
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#52187 - 05/21/05 08:36 PM Re: right angle drill
renosteinke Offline
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Registered: 01/22/05
Posts: 5305
Loc: Blue Collar Country
Payback time!!!!

What are you using the drill for?
For occasional access in tight spots, my cordless 14v DeWalt has worked well- but only has a 3/8 chuck.

When the time came for running lots of MC in wood studs, and I would need a nail-eater bit, I gor a sorded drill...the Milwaukee 1/2" "close quarter drill, to be exact. It broke on the fourth 5/8" hole.
After repair under warranty..three worked fine for hundreds of holes, untill I again hit a nail, and SNAP....that drill spent almost three monthes "in repair," until the vendor replaced it. The Milwaukee rep- a fine gent who once told me I wasn't enough of a "pro" for a "real" drill, and should stick to less powerful homeowner makes- asserted that I was abusing the tool, and should get a different tool.
Please note that Milwaukee's literature is devoid of any suggestion that there are ANY limits on their tools.

Both times, I was saved by my Harbor Freight, made in China, clone of the "hole hawg." $300 vs. $75...the choice was easy!

Now Milwaukee does make a heftier drill, one that is not nearly as cumbersome as the "Hole Hawg." After my expereinces with Milwaukee, I agree with the rep that I need a different drill.....I just haven't decided if it will be yellow or blue!

#52188 - 05/21/05 09:09 PM Re: right angle drill
Tiger Offline

Registered: 05/04/05
Posts: 714
Loc: Crystal Lake, IL USA
I have a 1/2" right angle drill that sits in the truck for months at a time. Most of my drilling is with a 3/8" or 1/2" std. keyed drill. Although I rarely use the right angle drill, I do like the slow speed. The 1/2" std can be a wrist breaker. All my corded tools are Porter-Cable.


#52189 - 05/21/05 09:52 PM Re: right angle drill
DougW Offline

Registered: 06/08/03
Posts: 1083
Loc: North Chicago, IL
I have a Makita hole hawg clone I got used from an EC that ws going back to his old shop. Great for full sized stud bays.

For tight angles? one of the 90 degree headed jobs would be better...

#52190 - 05/22/05 01:14 AM Re: right angle drill
Alan Belson Offline

Registered: 03/23/05
Posts: 1801
Loc: Mayenne N. France
I have a Makita DA391DW, 9.6v. 3 years old and still runs beautifully, like all my Makita stuff, and it gets used nearly every day. In fact since I dropped my old 6228 and smashed the trigger, it's my only cordless drill presenly running. Sometimes I wish it had a 1/2" chuck, but it's horses for courses. If you already run a 12v Makita standard cordless pistol drill, the DA312DWA might be better- you would then have interchangeable 12v batteries. Recommended.
Wood work but can't!

#52191 - 05/22/05 02:14 AM Re: right angle drill
e57 Offline

Registered: 05/27/03
Posts: 2837
Loc: S.F.,CA USA
I have had the same Milwaukee right angle for over ten years, the only problem I have with is that I occassionaly loose the chuck key. I have hit all kinds of nails, and bolts once or twice with it and no problems. Can't even think of how many holes I've drilled. You really have to try to break one! I think the only one I have ever broken was an employers, and it was after drilling through most of a condo complex, for 8 hours straight, for several months. Replaced the brushes, and back to work.

renosteinke must be talking about the wierd light duty one that looks like a bird for some reason. I don't think that one could handle a wood auger of any size.

Red, blue, gray or yellow, most of these are standard, old, "user-servicable" designs, and haven't changed much for reasons. To me: it seems that it's not so much where they are made, but the quality of the design. Most of the newer tools, and especially ever changing cord-less tools are compromised from the bat in design. Which seem more, and more disposable. The corded Milwaukee right-angle design is just about perfected, and hasn't changed much in 20 years, and for the most part, "user-servicable". You can get an old one from a flee market, and if doesn't work, with a few changes of "user-servicable" parts have it working in no time.

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#52192 - 05/22/05 02:34 AM Re: right angle drill
Alan Belson Offline

Registered: 03/23/05
Posts: 1801
Loc: Mayenne N. France
Wood work but can't!

#52193 - 05/22/05 05:04 AM Re: right angle drill
walrus Offline

Registered: 07/25/02
Posts: 671
Loc: Bangor Me. USA
Milwaukee makes a 28v? cordless right angle drill now. Anyone use their line of tools with the lithium ion battery. Seems like quite a rig, the price I saw for a kit was 800 bucks. They quote twice the run time of all other tools and supposedely the tools run full speed until the battery is dead, no slowing down. Batterys have a charge indicator on them and a 2 year warranty

#52194 - 05/22/05 05:48 AM Re: right angle drill
LearJet9 Offline

Registered: 04/24/05
Posts: 196
Loc: Millis, MA USA
We have a Milwaukee RA drill and have had great luck with it. However, our company just banned anyone from purchasing or replacing our cordless drills with any DeWalt brand. We have gone thru 5 9W972 12V cordless drills. Seems the transmissions (clutch) don't hold up. We are all switching to Bosch. hope we have better luck! I'll know shortly, I just got mine.

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