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Cordless Drill

Discussion in 'off topic' started by Vinny, Mar 26, 2020 at 12:41 PM.

  1. Vinny

    Vinny pfm Member

    My Maktec MT063, or more especially the batteries, has finally given-up after an age.

    I am looking for a heavy DIY/light trade rated replacement - it would get used only every once in a while, but when used, it would get a real pasting. Must have 2, ideally 3, batteries, reversible, with clutch. Hammer action not needed.

    Anyone actually been regularly using anything for a while, and that is still available, that they'd recommend?

    I suppose something like £120 max.
  2. matt j

    matt j pfm Member

    Been using blue Bosch for years that takes a pasting on building sites, never had any trouble with it or the batteries.

    I think the price has gone up, it regularly used to be on offer with two batteries for £99, although they were only 2Ah, I bought extra 3 and 4Ah batteries for mine as I use the same ones on the Bosch grinder and the 2Ah only last about 90 seconds.
  3. stevec67

    stevec67 pfm Member

    I don't know about the upmarket £100 DIY market but I have been really impressed with the pro-sumer range from of all places Aldi. I have one that was £20 ish (is it 14V?), my Dad was so impressed he asked for one, they only had the next model up at £35 or so, probably 18V, and it's a beast. They both are. I also have a corded drill for use when I want to make lots of holes very quickly., and an SDS corded drill when something absolutely positively needs to get a bloody good shoeing. All together they didn't come to £100, and they have done everything, right up to chopping out holes for pattress boxes in a house made from engineering bricks. Yes, even the interior walls. No, I don't know why either. Jesus they were hard.
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  4. Vinny

    Vinny pfm Member

    How many batteries with the Aldi drills though? As we all know though, the problem with Aldi hardware/tools is what they happen to have in at any particular time.
    Somebody obviously got a deal on engineering bricks....LLLOL

    There appears to be just one blue Bosch at under quite a lot of money, for around £125 - the GSB 18 V-21, with two batteries at that price.

    My Maktec batteries were 1.3Ah, and with 3, that did everything that I needed, even large woodworking jobs, drilling pilots and driving screws all day.
  5. Rob998

    Rob998 Scimmia Nordoccidentale

    Cash converters always have a shed load of dewalt/Milwaukee/Makita drills in for relative peanuts. Should be easy enough to get extra batteries.
  6. chartz

    chartz pfm Member

    I've tried an expensive Bosch one, okay for regular drilling, bricks or plasterboards but not for concrete (weak hammerdrill) or stoneware tiles.
  7. JensenHealey

    JensenHealey pfm Member

    My ancient but wonderful 12V Makita is on its third battery. Rather than replace the whole drill, I buy a new battery.
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  8. stevec67

    stevec67 pfm Member

    True. A mate of mine bought 2, which is a solution. They do sometimes offer spare batteries too.
  9. JensenHealey

    JensenHealey pfm Member

    Go online. there are companies that specialise in replacement batteries for all manner of older drills.
  10. Jamie

    Jamie pfm Member

    I replaced the NiCd on my (work) Makita with a NiMh. Lasts loads longer and holds charge much longer.
  11. stevec67

    stevec67 pfm Member

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  12. Vinny

    Vinny pfm Member

    Second-hand drills will have second-hand batteries, so quite possibly a bit of a lottery.

    As for replacement batteries, I have always been suspicious of non-OEM batteries, besides which, they are horrendously expensive compared to a set of new batteries with a new drill. Buy a new drill with 2 or 3 batteries and that isn't massively more money than just 3 new batteries, or at least when I last looked that was the case.

    Any recommendations for new battery suppliers?
  13. Jamie

    Jamie pfm Member

    My replacement was from RS Components, but only as work paid, and that was the only company that stocked it who we had an account with. Pricey though.
  14. Dougunn

    Dougunn pfm Member

    I'd say look at DeWalt, but maybe your budget is a bit tight
  15. Colin Barron

    Colin Barron pfm Member

    DeWalt is my choice. I have two of the brushless motor ones and for joinery, drilling etc the 2ah batteries are big enough. I thought of replacing batteries in the old DeWalt drills but instead replaced with the new lighter brushless model and the little lighter batteries last much longer between charges. Tool station handed out vouchers at the time, although they were the cheapest at the time anyway.
    The cabled DeWalts are cheap as chips so if doing heavier work it is not worth damaging a lightweight battery drill.
    I had a battery fail within a year and they had it picked up and returned within a week, so good after service.
  16. JimmyB

    JimmyB pfm Member

  17. cjarchez

    cjarchez pfm Member

    DeWalt is my choice as well. (Makita in the same league but I just preferred the DeWalt) Not in use every day but with great regularity doing light and heavy jobs. Now approx. 8? years old, no noticeable decay on battery time or power, came with 2 batteries.
    The only possible glitch, which is down to me being remiss on cleaning, is the keyless chuck can stick sometimes stick but that is an easy and cheap thing to replace.

    I have had a couple of power tools from Lidl in the past, both died very young. Probably OK for light DIY but not up to anything tough.
  18. matt j

    matt j pfm Member

    If it's for general drilling and driving then the smaller batteries will be fine, I'd not want smaller than 1.5 mind.

    I only went with the bigger batteries as A) there's not always 240v available on site to charge them unless they have battery banks set up but they're never anywhere near where you're working and B) because I use them on the grinder and that absolutely hammers the battery.

    Edit: This is actually a cracking deal because it's the newer brushless version with a metal chuck, 2x 2Ah batteries and the L Boxx for £130. If we weren't currently up shit creek I'd actually have one myself.

  19. hifinutt

    hifinutt hifinutt

  20. Another vote for Ryobi brushless - mine has a taken a right bashing and continues to perform

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