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Old 06-17-2009, 03:51 PM   #16
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Alot of people have the cordless drill/hammerdrills.........
Good advice, On the DeWalt CPO Site there are 31 Models of Hammer Drills, but only two are corded.
http://www.cpopowertools.com/categories/hammers_and_hammer_drills/hammer_drills.html?ref=googaw&kw={keyword}&gclid=& keyword=dewalt%20hammer

I have one of the DeWalt 18V Drill/Hammer Drills and it works great for small jobs. For bigger jobs I have a corded Skil and a Milwaukee D Handle.

Then for the next step up a Porsche (Porsche Design Metabo P'7911 SDS Drill. It has such radical styling that it just bombed out on the market. Nobody wanted to take that weird tool to a job site. Actually it works pretty good. It comes with two chucks, one for SDS bits and a regular super quick change chuck for regular rotation only drill bits. I got it from an Ace Hdw online clearance for $200.
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Old 06-17-2009, 04:42 PM   #17
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A cordless would have been nice up on the ladder.
The cord gets in the way sometimes. Got to watch not to get it around my legs, or trip me up during descent.

Once or twice it came unplugged while I was up on the ladder. I had to tie the extension cord and drill cord into a knot to keep that from happening again.


Right now I'm not doing much drilling in concrete / masonry. If I ever get to that point, I'll look into a hammer drill, but would probably go corded again, despite what I said about the cord.
I hate the way the batteries wear out after a few years, and they cost so damn much to replace.
Then they always seem to run out at the worst possiblem moment.

IMO, the best option for putting screws into masonry is to use anchors and sheet metal screws. Need a slightly bigger hole for them, but those Tapcons just don't hold very well in porus materials like mortar. I'm sure they work better in concrete.

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Old 06-17-2009, 06:08 PM   #18
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.... Tapcons just don't hold very well in porus materials like mortar. FW
Agreed on the Tapcons. For mounting stuff I keep a box of Pan head Wall Dogs. They work in wood, plaster, drywall, mortar, and concrete. I got mine at my Electrical supply house. Figure 11 a pop. Available in chrome or white
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Old 06-18-2009, 07:55 AM   #19
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Alot of people have the cordless drill/hammerdrills. Maybe if you start asking around someone in your family or friends or neighbors might have one you could borrow if you don't want to buy one. Or look on craigslist for a good brand for cheap.
I'm the only handyman in the family. I wouldn't even lend my tools to anyone else for fear they would hurt themselves with it.

I've only got about 4 or 6 more holes to drill in masonry, then I'll be done, so I don't think the drill will be a problem.

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