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Old 08-04-2008, 09:39 AM   #1
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Hi all;
I'm looking for a good all-purpose 1/2" corded drill for 1/2 to 3/4" holes in wood (some through double wall headers).
I am looking to spend between $100 and $150, but after posting in the tools section, got a recommendation of two drills at Amazon.com priced lower than $100.

One is the Milwaukee 0234-6 Magnum with 5.5Amp motor, and the other is a DeWalt DW235G with a 7.8Amp motor. Both cost $90 at Amazon.com.

Am I correct in assuming that more amps is a more powerful drill?

I have always held Milwaukee in high regards as far as quality, but that was a lot of years ago.
I just bought a DeWalt reciprocating saw, and am very happy with it. Seems to be a quality tool.

I figured that since you guys use these tools every day, you would be able to give me some good advice. I'm not a pro, so won't be using mine every day, or even every week, but still, I want something that will not complain when doing a tough job here and there.

Any suggestions?

Thanks

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Old 08-04-2008, 10:06 AM   #2
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You are correct about the amps. I would go with the Dewalt. I drill a lot of studs and joists and more power is a good thing. Milwaukee is still a good quality tool. Just be careful with your wrists in case of a jam. It can hurt.

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You are correct about the amps. I would go with the Dewalt. I drill a lot of studs and joists and more power is a good thing. Milwaukee is still a good quality tool. Just be careful with your wrists in case of a jam. It can hurt.
Thanks for the advice.
The DeWalt DW235G comes with a 360 grip that should help keep it stable.
Variable speed helps as well. Can't imagine doing without, but back when I got my first power drill, it didn't have variable speed! Guess I'm giving away my age again

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fw2007, I had a Dewalt for many years and have recently switched to a Bosch (after the Dewalt died). So far I like the Bosch better, but I'll need to drill more holes to judge. I would also spend a little more and get a 1/2" hammer drill. You may not need to use the hammer function all the time, but it's nice to have.
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If you want a good hammer drill I hear Hilti is very good.
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If you want a good hammer drill I hear Hilti is very good.

Hilti is as good as it can get for power tools, although expensive.
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but back when I got my first power drill, it didn't have variable speed! Guess I'm giving away my age again
I hear you. Same here. My first power drill didn't even have reverse.
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I commend you for wanting buy a REAL drill.

It's not always about the bottom line. Sometimes (always IMO) quality is worth more than saving a few dollars.
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Petey must have heard about me. My Milwaukee finally quit after many years. Right in the middle of a job 30 miles from home/shop. I ran from the job site to a nearby Walmart and bought the heavy duty B & D. Great price too. The gears went out on the second house it worked on. Not such a great price after all.
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Petey must have heard about me. My Milwaukee finally quit after many years. Right in the middle of a job 30 miles from home/shop. I ran from the job site to a nearby Walmart and bought the heavy duty B & D. Great price too. The gears went out on the second house it worked on. Not such a great price after all.
Does B&D make anything worth buying anymore?
I think my first power drill was a B&D, and it lasted a long time. No variable speed, and no reverse, and I believe only 1/4" chuck.

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Look at the RPMs as well. An 8 amp drill that runs at 2000 RPM will not have as much torque as a 5 amp one at 500 RPM.

For a 3/4" auger bit I'd go for about 500-1000 RPM. The slower it is, the more likely it is to break your wrist, the faster it is the more likely it is to stall when the bit hits a knot.

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Does B&D make anything worth buying anymore?
I think my first power drill was a B&D, and it lasted a long time. No variable speed, and no reverse, and I believe only 1/4" chuck.

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I'm sorry to say I don't believe they do. Many of my home power tools back in the old days were B&D and a few are still around. But recently they have ditched quality for cheap. But that drill I bought would have lasted a homeowner 20 years with the number of holes I bored, spread out over that time frame.
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Does B&D make anything worth buying anymore?
I think my first power drill was a B&D, and it lasted a long time. No variable speed, and no reverse, and I believe only 1/4" chuck.

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Mine was like that- gray and metal case, 1/4" chuck, one speed- ON. I think it was about $12.00.
I think B&D now makes tools like Warmart makes toasters. Cheap for the masses. That is why they have a Dewalt division. Same goes for Skil with their cheap lines- they seem to put all their engineering skill into the Bosch division.

I like my Milwaukee Magnum 1/2" for heavy drilling- Sure battery tools seem to be the trend but the batts always need to be charged.

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