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      05-08-2021, 08:35 AM   #1
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Went to get my old drill out and is dead. I'm not a big user and the old drill want great anyway!!!

Had a quick look at options and thought some people on here would be able to give me some recommendations.

I need something for occasional use - preferably cordless (but not a deal breaker) and has enough power to drill into brick (need to put up new house number!!!).

Any suggestions greatly appreciated.

Many thanks in advance
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      05-08-2021, 08:57 AM   #2
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Worx (B+Q) cordless range.

Very good quality and well-built tools, the batteries have excellent life, a whole range of tools that they fit to (same battery will do drill, mini-grinder, circular saw, jigsaw, strimmer and even lawnmower) - though the mower takes 2 batteries. You can even get a double-battery charger base.
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      05-08-2021, 09:36 AM   #3
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I'd recommend Erbauer.
I thought it was a Screwfix own brand, but notice B+Q sell them now.

Whatever brand you choose, pick a brushless model.
They produce a higher torque output than the equivalent brushed version.
50+ Nm.

I also use it with a 22mm socket on a Halfords scissor jack, when changing the winter wheels on the car.
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Bosch Professional GSB 18v with 2x 4.0ah batteries, it's the batteries that bump the price up. Got mine on offer a few years back for around £120.
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dewalt combi drill with additional battery cost around £100 should and I have used it since 2012 for a variety of projects and the batteries have just about given up their ghost. Need to buy another one soon!.
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      05-08-2021, 10:26 AM   #6
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I have the jcb cordless drill driver from b&q and it does a good job without being too expensive.
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      05-08-2021, 10:53 AM   #7
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I have an 18v snapon.

It's done some very heavy duty work over the years and still feels like brand new.
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      05-08-2021, 11:11 AM   #8
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We use DeWalt exclusively in work , they get abused on an hourly basis and always come back for more which is the reason i purchased a couple (drill + impact driver) for my minimal domestic use.

Screwfix / Toolstation / B+Q always have deals on with twin packs which will save you chopping + changing bits / drills if you are doing any DIY.

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      05-08-2021, 11:27 AM   #9
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I recommend a Mikita - Costco usually have deals.
My 18v cordless has held up very well for many years and is still on its original battery.

I’ve had dewalt stuff (drills, screwdrivers, heat guns) in the past and they’ve not performed or lasted well. I don’t know if the domestic stuff is different fro the commercial gear but personally I’d avoid it. Nothing from Black and Decker lasts either.
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      05-08-2021, 11:48 AM   #10
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So, that's narrowed your choice down a bit....
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      05-08-2021, 12:43 PM   #11
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We use DeWalt exclusively in work , they get abused on an hourly basis and always come back for more which is the reason i purchased a couple (drill + impact driver) for my minimal domestic use.

Screwfix / Toolstation / B+Q always have deals on with twin packs which will save you chopping + changing bits / drills if you are doing any DIY.

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that's a good one...never liked drilling a hole then having to change the drill bit to attach the screw bit twin packs .
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Bosch Professional GSB 18v with 2x 4.0ah batteries, it's the batteries that bump the price up. Got mine on offer a few years back for around £120.
Yup, I've had mine six years now and it's been absolutely abused in that time with wire wheels for cleaning car parts, drilling, smaller bolts with the impact function etc and it's been spot on. I've got their wood planer, grinder and jigsaw with the batteries too and all of their Professional stuff is superb. Then again, I don't think any of the decent brands make poor stuff. I'd pick the brand that has the range of tools you're most likely to want to use in the future, i.e Bosch have some great DIY tools and workshop stuff (I'm about to replace my ageing snap-on impact wrench with a Bosch one), Ryobi have a cordless shop vac etc.
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Yeah....

Tthere was a television advert, some time back.
It showed a range of tools, that all used a common battery pack, so you didn't need to have different batteries for all your tools.

Then a neighbour comes round to borrow a hedge trimmer (or something) and that gives you an excuse, not to do any diy for ages, until the neighbour brings it back with the battery.
Which is needed for all the other tools you have.....

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I got this...

https://www.screwfix.com/p/dewalt-dc...E&gclsrc=aw.ds

It’s the best drill/power tool I’ve ever had, it eats through anything, even my mums concrete bases for greenhouses/sheds and the most stupid hard interior walls I’ve ever known! Better than my dads old corded electric black and decker hammer drill. Fabulous piece of kit.

Only thing I have better is a proper wired clutched core drill from dewalt.

Also have an impact driver and https://www.screwfix.com/p/dewalt-dc...E&gclsrc=aw.ds

They sit for weeks/months without being used but the batteries always have charge when I go to use them.
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I got this...

https://www.screwfix.com/p/dewalt-dc...E&gclsrc=aw.ds

Itís the best drill/power tool Iíve ever had, it eats through anything, even my mums concrete bases for greenhouses/sheds and the most stupid hard interior walls Iíve ever known! Better than my dads old corded electric black and decker hammer drill. Fabulous piece of kit.

Only thing I have better is a proper wired clutched core drill from dewalt.

Also have an impact driver and https://www.screwfix.com/p/dewalt-dc...E&gclsrc=aw.ds

They sit for weeks/months without being used but the batteries always have charge when I go to use them.
SDS drills are amazing, my dad's got a Bosch one up north that I've borrowed a few times (another reason for my Bosch tool collection, he has a load too!), and it goes through 2ft solid torridonian sandstone walls like butter. Quite impressive. A bit overkill for a general DIY thing IMO given the power in them but very handy if you have the use for it.
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Went to get my old drill out and is dead. I'm not a big user and the old drill want great anyway!!!

Had a quick look at options and thought some people on here would be able to give me some recommendations.

I need something for occasional use - preferably cordless (but not a deal breaker) and has enough power to drill into brick (need to put up new house number!!!).

Any suggestions greatly appreciated.

Many thanks in advance
Youíve had plenty of suggestions for big SDS drills etc but for the occasional use and drilling holes to mount a house number theyíre bit overkill.
Iíd recommend you a small but powerful Milwaukee 12v drill. Donít be fooled by the small voltage and itís size as itís powerful for its size. I have big Milwaukee 18V SDS and Combi drills but the most used one is the one in the link below. If you're looking at getting a torque gun at later date for changing wheels etc then their 12v torque gun is plenty powerful for most jobs youíll need.

https://www.powertoolmate.co.uk/Prod...52FM12FPD-202B
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Another thumbs up for the Bosch 18v professional range here.

With any of these brands, youíre really investing in the battery system. Once youíve got the batteries, the actual tools are not that expensive.
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All the decent trade brands are pretty good, Bosch Pro, Dewalt, Makita, Metabo, Hikoki, we have a commercial vehicle workshop and use Milwaukee which stands up well. All these are made to work hard day in day out so should last many years of DIY use. SDS is much better for concrete drilling than a combi drill/driver but if it only a few 6mm holes for rawlplugs then you'll easily mange with the combi and a good masonry drill bit.
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I've got this. It's great for everything. Can't go wrong for £80.

https://www.toolstation.com/einhell-...5223#full-desc
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Another thumbs up for the Bosch 18v professional range here.

With any of these brands, you’re really investing in the battery system. Once you’ve got the batteries, the actual tools are not that expensive.
I'm a Bosch professional user here. Started with a basic Combi drill about 6 years ago. Replaced it with a brushless model and have 7 tools in total now. A bit overkill for a casual diyer but have come in handy every now and again.
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I've had JCB -> Worx -> Dewalt

JCB lasted 1year IIRC and went back to B&Q for a Worx (still going after 7 or 8 year although the battery doesnt hold charge if not used). The Dewalt is maybe 6years and is by far the best and the battery holds charge even after sitting for months on end.
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I have a 14.4v Bosch Professional drill/driver. 11 years old and still going strong despite the abuse it's been subjected to over the years. Only problem now is that I can't buy replacement batteries for it as it's too old.
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