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Default Is 14V cordless sds drill ok for diy?

On Thu, 22 Apr 2021 09:35:25 +0100, Mike Halmarack wrote:

On Thu, 22 Apr 2021 01:07:30 +0100, Steve Walker

On 21/04/2021 18:37, Andrew wrote:
On 21/04/2021 10:52, Mike Halmarack wrote:
On Wed, 21 Apr 2021 02:34:43 -0700 (PDT), Owain Lastname

On Wednesday, 21 April 2021 at 10:22:01 UTC+1, Mike Halmarack wrote:
I see that some cordless sds drills have massive 24V/36V, which
makes me wonder how a 14V model would cope with drilling holes
through walls

Depends on the size of the hole and the sharpness of the bit.

I've seen big Hilti cordless struggle getting a satellite cable
through a wall when my £50 Screwfie Special breezed through.


* It would initially be a hole big enough to get a couple of LAN
* cables
through. The quality of the bit factor I do understand.
I currently have a Lidl, non SDS, cordless drill and it really doesnt
like to struggle. It's also quite hard to get it to keep a grip on
the bits too.

Do you have a local hire shop where you could acquire a mains SDS
drill for a day (or half a day) ?.

It's less than 50 quid to buy one. I did that, as I wanted a drill with
a safety clutch for core drilling. It has come in useful a number of
times for core drilling, normal drilling in brick and chiselling.

So far, just for core drilling, it has done at least 2 holes in the
bathroom (moving soil pipe and adding extractor fan; two in the second
toilet (same things); two in the kitchen (boiler flue and tumble dryer
exhaust) - all 125mm. 50mm holes for two washbasin drains, one shower
drain, sink drain, waste disposal drain, washing machine drain,
dishwasher drain. three 80mm holes for underfloor ventilation ducting.

It has also done one 170mm chain drilled and chiselled hole for the
cooker hood vent. Numerous normally drilled holes. And has chiselled out
for backboxes and the like.

Buying has cost a fraction of what the repeated hire costs would have

Okay, it is not a high quality machine (Titan from Screwfix), but it's
good enough for occasional DIY use and, at that price, if it failed
tomorrow, it'd still have been a good investment for what it has done.

Great thread, very informative but I didn't feel at all confident that
the used 14V Makita from eBay would do the job. So I clambered down the
price range and bought the Titan from Screwfix as described in this post
by Steve Walker. If it only lives long enough to do a couple of jobs
it's not much more expensive than a hire. And Screwfix deliver to my
Not only that but the reviews on Screwfix are so positive, though some
might suggest too positive.

Just got to the ends of this thread and went and looked at my Makita to
confirm that it is 18V, which it is.
I originally bought a Site drill set from Screwfix which is rebaged Makita,
then added an impact driver body and a hammer drill body over time along
with a third battery. Ni-Cd.

Must be well over 10 years old now and still going strong.

{wanders down to man cave}

I also have a dinky little SDS drill from Lidl (battery has 2013 date) and
is marked 18V.
This manages small to medium SDS activities and I have a big mains one for
tough jobs.

Late to the thread so probably not much help.


Dave R

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