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#67189 - 06/29/06 12:53 AM hole hawg or ridgid drill??  
kojunho  Offline
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looking to buy the ridgid heavy duty drill, but havent used one in person. any experiences?? what about the right angle super hawg?? or other drills that your guys like.

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#67190 - 06/29/06 01:14 AM Re: hole hawg or ridgid drill??  
e57  Offline
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All time favorite is Milwaukee right angle with the 30" extention....


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#67191 - 06/29/06 03:21 AM Re: hole hawg or ridgid drill??  
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The best answer I can give you is that I have been able to burn out standard Milwalkee right angle drills, but not my trusty hole-hawg. It is more difficult to control when the bit encounters one of those nasty shiny things the carpenters throw all over the floor than the right angle jobs however.


#67192 - 06/29/06 07:30 PM Re: hole hawg or ridgid drill??  
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What kind of abuse are you giving to burn out (more than one?) right angles?

Even with sever abuse, I have only ever seen one go to the shop for new brushes, and it was 20 years old.... My personal one gets a lot of use, and only 10 years old. The only problem I have is loosing the chuck key...


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#67193 - 06/29/06 07:51 PM Re: hole hawg or ridgid drill??  
Peter Salegna  Offline
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Many a wrist and ego have bruised by a hole hawg they are not for the faint of heart. If you plan on putting a 4 1/2 in hole saw on it you better hang on. No drill can compare to the power of a hawg.


#67194 - 06/29/06 09:48 PM Re: hole hawg or ridgid drill??  
jay8  Offline
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depends on what kind of drilling you are doing. If you are just trying to get through joists and plates with a 3/4 to 1" ship auger style bit, then you cant go wrong with a 1/2" Makita. This is not the right angle version, I have used them for my 20 years in the trade. Also works for larger hole saws etc.


#67195 - 06/29/06 11:19 PM Re: hole hawg or ridgid drill??  
kojunho  Offline
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i was just interested in the ridgid b/c it has a clutch to prevent the kickback. but, i dont know how effective it is.


#67196 - 06/29/06 11:36 PM Re: hole hawg or ridgid drill??  
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I tried using a Right-Angled drill a few times, but it just didn't have the "Same Feel" as a "Good 'Ol Hole Hawg" does!

However, when coming across
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one of those nasty shiny things the carpenters throw all over the floor


it was a much different experience with the Right-Angled guy, as compared with a "Standard" Hole Hawg.

But then again, I was "Apprenticed" with a Hole Hawg in Low Gear, which gives you a crash course in "How Not To Become A Propeller" Principles!!!
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#67197 - 06/30/06 05:20 AM Re: hole hawg or ridgid drill??  
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I'm with Scott35 on this.
All through my apprenticeship and afterwards I used an Auger Bit (kept sharp under the Tradesmans directions) on the end of a Metabo Drill unit.
My advice to anyone new to using a drill, is watch what you are doing, don't be distracted and start off slowly, speed up as the screw bites the wood.
If I can give you one piece of advice, make sure you don't hit the trigger lock.
I'm still missing skin off of my knuckles, 12 years later.
Drills are the single most dangerous tools for apprentices, DYK?. [Linked Image]


#67198 - 06/30/06 05:34 AM Re: hole hawg or ridgid drill??  
iwire  Offline
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I keep a Milwaukee Hole hawg in the truck as my heavy duty drill of choice.

Just note when buying a hole hawg, they are not all the same.

Milwaukee makes the hole hawg with three RPM ranges.

900

300/1200

450/1750

I have the 300/1200 RPM version with great torque but be ready it will take you for a ride if your not paying attention. [Linked Image]

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