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Old 01-22-2011, 03:35 PM   #1
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I have an old Milwaukee 18 voThere are only a couple of people that I'd loan tools to. lt hammer drill. Its finally time for a new one. I want to spend about 100 bucks. I like milwaukee and makita. Would you go cordless or corded? I have a 18 volt makita litium drill i love, but I want something with a little more power, and a hammer function.

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If you’re going with a hammer drill I would go with a cord….

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Old 01-22-2011, 04:32 PM   #3
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epson makes a good point as the corded versions are much more heavy duty than the cordless unless you don't have a source of AC where you are working. Then the current models of Lipo hammer drills -1/2", 12VDC- by Milwaukee or Ridgid would be my best guess. Two charged batteries should get you through nearly a full day and if you get the DC vehicle charging cord you can match the corded ones hole for hole.
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Bought a DeWalt corded hammer drill about 2 months ago after my harbor freight starter gave up (didn't take long). It was about $100 from HD. I remember going back and forth between that and a Milwaukee, don't remember exactly why I chose the DeWalt, but I love it!

For hammer drill, definitely corded.
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Why would anyone want to debate a hammer-drill?

The things are really droll and have no personality, they talk back continuously.

Now on the other hand a radial arm saw is a totally different animal. Radial arm saws come already educated and they are easy to talk to. I would much rather debate a radial arm saw any day.
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Thanks Fellas,

I think Ill go with corded. I want this drill for some masonry work as well as just having a drill with more balls then my makita li-ion drill. Out of these two, which one would you get?

http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...atalogId=10053

http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...atalogId=10053

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How much masonry work are you planning on doing? The rotary hammer might be an overkill. You will def. like the rotary hammer better if you have thick concrete (like foundation walls) that you need to drill large holes into. For most uses, like putting tap-cons into a concrete floor/wall, the smaller hammer drill would be adequate.
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The thing to remember about a rotary hammer is that they mostly use SDS bits. The bit cost is generally higher. You can get a regular Jacobs style chuck that adapts to the SDS so you can use regular shanked bits, but, in my opinion, they don't work as well and will just add to your cost.
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Thanks! I didnt even think about the SDS bits.
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cordless is crap
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Spoken like a true misinformed home owner.
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All I know is that I had to use one a years ago and went through quite a few low powered "toys" before I got one that performed adequately. So, get the most powerful corded one you can afford.
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And a two thousand foot cord.
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thanjs for the ideas. Think im going to get a makita corded drill
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I just got a used corded milwauke with a bunch of Bosch masonary bits from eBay. I'm not sure how
Old it is, but it's in great shape, and it is HEAVY duty. I got to try it out yesterday anchoring a metal shed to a slab- I wish I had more holes to drill, because it was AWESOME. At $50 I believe I got myself a steal!

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