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Old 02-04-2012, 08:36 PM   #1
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So, in wiring up my new addition, I borrowed a Milwaukee close quarters drill to drill thu a few studs. Couldn't have done without it. Now, I gotta have one, even tho I may never need it again. So, $130 seems like too much. I'm not in a rush, so I'll just keep my eyes open at yard sales, pawn shops, refurbs, etc.

I know the Milwaukee will run a 3/4" spade bit thru 3 2xs. HF has one, but I have trouble pulling the trigger at HF. Dewalt makes a 90 degree. Not sure who else.

Any recomendations? Avoids? I'm not interested in cordless.
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Old 02-04-2012, 08:46 PM   #2
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It's one of those tools that going to end up getting little use unless you do that kind of work everyday. I'd save my money to something else you would use far more.
I've drilled hundreds of holes with a reguler drill and a paddle bit before I bought my first right angle drill. Wires to not care if the holes an exact 90 deg.
My right angle drill gets used a coulple time a year, My Muliti Crafter ossilating saw gets used 4 or 5 times a week.
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Old 02-04-2012, 09:28 PM   #3
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I love RAD drills! I have a Hitachi 12 volt rt angle impact driver, a Bosch 1132vsr,a craftsman mini T and a Ryobi D 130 vrr angle drill! Plus my weakling 9.6 volt makita angle drill!
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Joe, you make good sense. It's definitely a "get you out of a jam, now and then" tool. That's why I know I shouldn't spend much on it. With the right coupon, I could probably get the Harbor Freight model for $20 or so. But even $20 is money thrown away if it doesn't "get you out of a jam" and you end up throwing it off the ladder.
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I love RAD drills! I have a Hitachi 12 volt rt angle impact driver, a Bosch 1132vsr,a craftsman mini T and a Ryobi D 130 vrr angle drill! Plus my weakling 9.6 volt makita angle drill!
Out of the ones I mentioned above the mini t has a great feel and good power! The ryobi is strong but bigger! I recently saw a mini t go for $11 plus shipping on eBay! It will easily handle 3/4 spade bits!
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Any recomendations? Avoids?
I don't use it very often but I'm happy with an old corded Makita 1/2" RAD that is essentially a much lighter version of the DA6301.
For Spade bits the latest (Feb/March 2012) issue of FH Magazine has a great shoot- out on more than twelve brands of 1" spade bits. The reviewer built a test rig to measure boring speed and bit cost vs bit longevity. His test results showed a huge improvement when the tests were run using a low 500 RPM drill vs a 2500 RPM Drill. The 500 RPM drill won hands down for speed and lower cost per hole.

The tests were all on 1/2", 6" long bits, drilling through 4-1/2" framing lumber.
The winner was the Bosch daredevil Bit.
e.g. :http://www.amazon.com/Bosch-DSB1013-...8528876&sr=1-2
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I don't use it very often but I'm happy with an old corded Makita 1/2" RAD that is essentially a much lighter version of the DA6301.
For Spade bits the latest (Feb/March 2012) issue of FH Magazine has a great shoot- out on more than twelve brands of 1" spade bits. The reviewer built a test rig to measure boring speed and bit cost vs bit longevity. His test results showed a huge improvement when the tests were run using a low 500 RPM drill vs a 2500 Drill. The 500 RPM drill won hands down for speed and lower cost per hole.

The tests were all on 6" bits drilling through 4-1/2" framing lumber.
The winner was the Bosch daredevil Bit.
e.g. :http://www.amazon.com/Bosch-DSB1013-...8528876&sr=1-2
Thanks for the post. I've been in the market for a good set of spade bits.
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I bought the Milwaukee corded RAD about 10 years ago for a project. I've only used it a few times since but when you need it, you need it. It is a great tool but if I was in the market for one now I'd probably go with one of the cheaper options available today (like HF) since it gets such intermittent use.
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I bought a 90deg attachment for a drill. $20 or so. If I used it more often, I'd hate it, but for twice a year or so its great.:
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Check out CPO Outlets.com. They sell new and reconditioned tools at good prices. As for brand, go to www.mytoolstore.com/compare/cpdrill2.html and check out their reviews.
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