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Old 02-10-2009, 10:01 AM   #1
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Hi;
I'm just wondering how useful is a right-angle drill for making holes through joists and studs in old work, where I want to make the smallest possible cutouts in walls and ceilings for pulling cable.

I have looked at a Milwaukee and a DeWalt online, and it looks like the Dewalt is more useful, since its handle appears to be further from the chuck, which should allow the drill to be used in a tighter space in old work.

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Right angle drills have been a cornerstone in the construction trade since they were introduced. Not just for electricians either.
Both drills mentioned are highly regarded and a very good investment. However, if you are not going to be using yours alot, I would use the extra money on something else.

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Old 02-10-2009, 10:19 AM   #3
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I have used the Milwaukee hole hawg for 30 years for old or new electrical. I use the Milwaukee angle drill for plumbing work since I need the tighter and adjustable head for getting between studs to drill larger holes straight.
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Are the right angle adapters for a standard drill any good? I've always been very dubious...
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Are the right angle adapters for a standard drill any good? I've always been very dubious...
For occasional use, you may find it adequate.

For holes drilled with spade or auger bits, the Dewalt RA drill works well.

For holes larger than 1" nothing beats the Hole Hawg™.
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Are the right angle adapters for a standard drill any good? I've always been very dubious...
The cheap chinese orange plastic looking ones strip out easily under a moderate load. Light duty only on those.

I've seen heavier duty ones that would probably be fine for moderate use.
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Are the right angle adapters for a standard drill any good? I've always been very dubious...
I bought an adapter at HD, it lasted maybe 4-5 holes - only 1/2" blade bit
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For holes larger than 1" nothing beats the Hole Hog™.
Except the Milwakee 1/2" RA drill

IMO the RA is far superior in it's handling ability. I get a lot better leverage with the RA.

Better leverage = better grip = more control and less injuries

Drilling top plates, just rest the drill against the stud and it holds itself in place. Drilling horizontally, drop the bit to about knee high and push a bit with your leg to get it started.

For old work and small holes I don't use RA, just Dewalt and appropriate spade bit.
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I have both a Milwaukee and a Porter Cable 1/2". The PC has been through hundreds of jobs over about 12 years Its' an 8 amp with HUGE torque. I bought the Milwaukee as a spare and it's a bit lighter duty, so I rarely use it except at home. I bore up to 2 9/16 regularly with the PC.

When I looked years ago there were several variaitions of the MILWAUUKEE kits. It should be fine for any home use aand more.
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This is a hole hawg and it is a serious drill with torque that will injure you if it binds. You better be very careful on old hard as nails studs with bits larger than one inch. If it binds and stops the bit... your not going to hold on to it very long. Try to trap it when ever possible. They even have a ground rod installer that uses this drill.

The 1/2" Red Ra is better IMO for lots of drilling and friendlier.

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I don't like those hole hogs .... I refuse to use any tool that has more power than I can hold on to.

I've seen too many plumbers picked up and whipped around with those monstrocities ...

I do like my Milwaukee right-angle drill, however. You can rotate the chuck around so it forms an "S" shape for better working in tight corners.

I can stall it without injuring myself, too .
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So, maybe I'm better off just using the straight DeWalt I bought in December. It's a great drill, but I was thinking maybe a RA would help in some of the tighter situations.
But being that I am not a contractor, and only doing DIY, the RA is a bit much of an investment.

What I had in mind when right angle drill came into my head is being able to make a 3/4 or 1/2 hole from an outlet box in the wall, so I wouldn't have to open up a larger hole in the wall to fit the 1/2" (straight) Dewalt in.
But looking at the photos on HD's site, I don't think either the Milwaukee or the Dewalt RA drills would fit into a standard 3x2 outlet cutout to make the hole for the cable. I'm just going to have to deal with cutting larger holes and patching with sheetrock. My walls are plaster and lath.

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You need a D'versiBIT
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What a dummy why didn't he just walk around and drill the plate from the other side.....

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What a dummy why didn't he just walk around and drill the plate from the other side.....

They are excellent. I use the Greenlee. I have found them to be really slow compared to my Irwin Speedbor series. I have found it can take a really like time with one of the greenlee bits to get through large headers (several minutes). Where a speedbor would have gone through the same material in 20-30 seconds.

The flex bits saved me from ripping atleast a couple walls open in my parrents house, my dad is totally impressed by them. A 5/8" flex bit is about $32-$35 at HomeDepot.
Jamie
P.S. I guided it with my hands. However they sell a guide piece for about $20. I have read that you can easily make that guide piece by bending a small piece of emt at close to a 90 and feeding the flex bit through that.

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