A good choice. My Dad has that drill, and its 15+ years old.
A few questions come to mind. Is this available in 240 volt? Are there service centers/parts stores over there? Just out of curiosity, are American brand tools available there? I was watching Junkyard Wars the other night and they were using a De Walt grinder.
When I started buying tools over 30 years ago, I asked advice on buying tools from several tradesmen from my hometown. Almost to a man they all said Milwaukee was the way to go for the following reasons: 1. Parts and service are available all over North America. 2. They can be severely abused and keep running. 3. They use common parts that can be replaced. The Magnum series have replaceable/removable cords.
All of the Milwaukee's that I bought are still running. I have replaced cords, chucks and such to maintain them. I am not knocking the other brands such as Makita, DeWalt, or Porter Cable as I have some of those too. The problem I find with those is they change models and parts get hard to find. The Milwaukee's are heavy and robust. Almost too heavy but I am willing to put up with that as I have never replaced one in the middle of a job. I don't like their cordless equipment but the AC powered equipment are worth the money.
Paul, I've got 2 that are over 20 years old. Love that Milwaukee. BUT just replaced my B&D battery drills with Porter Cable, they've been around probably longer than B&D.
I can no longer get, or order parts for the old B&D's, seems like after 5 years, you're outta luck, which is why I would not buy a Dewalt either. There is a B&D repair shop 25 miles from me, said MAYBE they could get parts if I drove over they'd look, I really don't need that c@#p, so Porter Cable or Milwaukee it is.
Paul: First off Milwaukee tool are first rate. A comment though: If you are going to drill masonry with this tool exclusivly, have you ever tried a "rotary hammer drill" type. We used Hilti hammer drills. I had a job that required 3000 masonry anchors in ceiling for fluorescent channel fixtures, and 5k+ for conduit supports. The Hilti was heavy. THe Bosch salesman stopped at the job, said "try this drill", it was light. Well, after about 10 min, I hunted him down, and bought three drills. ($285 ea +/-)
The tool does the work, you do not have to "push" like a regular drill.
(Bosch 11224 VSR) $249.00 WW Grainger US model, 120 volt. Must be available in Europe, damn it's a German Company.
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Thanks for all the recommendations guys. I thought the Milwaukee stuff just looked solidly engineered and built (hey, they even still use a metal gear casing!).
I wouldn't want this one for a lot of masonry work, but it's handy to have the hammer facility just in case. I know Milwaukee does do 240V versions as I've seen them listed in the Jensen Tools catalog. I'll just go with American 120V though, as xfmrs are no problem.
DeWalt tools do seem to be quite popular here these days. I have only one DeWalt - a DW62 circular saw that I bought a few years ago (made in Slovenia, would you believe?).
By the way, a lot of the non-DIY-type tools are available in 240 and 110V versions here (the latter for commercial building sites). The British/European versions are fitted with different cord sets, but also some of them have different switches, suppressors, etc. to satisfy the various European approvals bodies instead of UL/CSA.
I still have a couple of older B&D drills at home, one about 15 to 20 and the other at least 30 years old. I'm not too keen on their modern range though.
Bosch and Makita are also quite popular.
Re spares, I know the problem. Trying to get any here generally means a 40-mile+ round-trip into the city, and that's if they have any in stock. No Milwaukee stuff here at all, but I'm sure I could get any spares sent from the States in less time and with less expense than it takes to chase parts down here. Crazy or what?!
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