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$89 hammer drill #40851 08/06/04 10:06 AM
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Dave55 Offline OP
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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Re: $89 hammer drill #40852 08/06/04 10:15 AM
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HotLine1 Offline
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!


Re: $89 hammer drill #40853 08/06/04 10:50 AM
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walrus Offline
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.

Re: $89 hammer drill #40854 08/06/04 02:05 PM
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Dave55 Offline OP
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.


Re: $89 hammer drill #40855 08/06/04 04:10 PM
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walrus Offline
I can see why you'd be disappointed. Must have plastic gears??

Re: $89 hammer drill #40856 08/06/04 04:27 PM
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WNYJim Offline
There is only one word needed when it comes to power tools - Milwaukee!

Re: $89 hammer drill #40857 08/06/04 09:06 PM
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NORCAL Offline
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.

Re: $89 hammer drill #40858 08/07/04 05:09 AM
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Trumpy Offline
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?. [Linked Image]

Re: $89 hammer drill #40859 08/08/04 11:43 PM
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Big Jim Offline
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.

Re: $89 hammer drill #40860 08/10/04 11:50 AM
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KennyFrank Offline
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 [Linked Image]

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