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Old 02-10-2009, 07:54 PM   #16
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An RA drill is a huge benefit going through joists and sideways through studs. The Hole Hawg is a monster as well
With a good self feed bit the RA saves time and energy.

In your case you might consider a smaller RA drill depending on the bit you are using and how much torque you need. I hven't used the small ones so I don't know the specs. But it's likely cost prohibitive if its' just for rewiring your walls.

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A Milwaukee Hole Hawg is indeed powerful. Even on high speed, it'll flip you right off a ladder if it binds. On low speed, it'd break your arm. The worst part about it is it's not variable speed. On or off.

The Milwaukee right angle drill is variable speed, but a bit slower than a Hole Hawg.

I use the Hole Hawg for anything 1" or smaller. It's simply too dangerous with bigger bits. If you use a Hole Hawg with a hole saw bigger than about 2". you're pretty certain to get hurt. The right angle drill, with its variable speed, will safely handle any size hole saw.

It just depends on what you want to do with it.

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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
If the box is mounted on a stud, a paddle bit wil drill thru it easily with no patching required. The longer 16" bits give you more reach to drill above/below the box.

The long flex bits are great.......until you drill into something you weren't expecting. The last one I used (many years ago) came up with some upstairs carpt on it. Not a profitable job for me. I don't like drilling blind.
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If the box is mounted on a stud, a paddle bit wil drill thru it easily with no patching required. The longer 16" bits give you more reach to drill above/below the box.

The long flex bits are great.......until you drill into something you weren't expecting. The last one I used (many years ago) came up with some upstairs carpt on it. Not a profitable job for me. I don't like drilling blind.
Actually, I was thinking about that (drilling blind) after I posted. Maybe I am better off just cutting out the holes I need so I know what I'm drilling into.

I have a Greenlee diversi-bit extension (52") but not the bit itself. I used it last week with a spade bit to get through the last few inches in a blind situation. It worked quite well, but I understand the actual diversi-bits work much better than a space on a flexible extension.

As for the RA drill, I have seen a few of the Milwaukee on Ebay for about $100 new. Maybe I should pick one of those up.
Problem is, once I am done with the rewiring, I probably won't ever use the thing again.
I guess I could rent one, but the cost of rental for more than one day would be prohibitive, and I don't want to force myself to do the entire job in one day<g>

I just bought one of the Irwin Speed bits (3/4") today. I bought the Greenlee "Nail Eater" 3/4" x 18" last week, but also needed the shorter one.

It may be a little while before I get back into the wiring, now that it's 15C up here in New Jersey. Weather is just too nice to be doing indoor work<g>
But now that I've got all the tols and supplies I need, next snowstorm or nor'easter I'll be busy indoors<g>

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