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singlecoil

19,975 posts

131 months

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m4ckg said:
It has a pre scoring function which limits cut to 3mm and off sets blade by 1/10 of a millimetre and then on second cut it the finish is absolutley faultless...( I do have someFestool aswel btw )
I can see how that would be very useful if you are working with melamine faced chipboard, which I don't.

m4ckg

551 posts

76 months

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singlecoil said:
I can see how that would be very useful if you are working with melamine faced chipboard, which I don't.
but I do;)

rsv gone!

11,027 posts

126 months

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I have a hitachi drill very similar to the one you've ordered. I have the older 3.0Ah batteries. You will have no trouble as it has been brilliant and feels substantial. I've also bought a reciprocating saw and impact wrench, which use the same batteries.

singlecoil

19,975 posts

131 months

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m4ckg said:
singlecoil said:
I can see how that would be very useful if you are working with melamine faced chipboard, which I don't.
but I do;)
Well I can't see how having an extra feature means that it "walks all over Festool".

virgil

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1,546 posts

109 months

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Well, went away for the weekend, so not had a proper chance to play yet, but initial impressions are good. Build quality certainly seems to be there - nice plastics used and metal components are finsihed well.

All metal chuck sets it apart from some of it's competitors and feel and balance are good.

Batteries change nicely (some makes/styles I've found stick a bit and you have to wiggle them out/off)

Downsides spotted so far:

Chuck only goes down to 1.5mm, so can't use fine drills for tiny pilot holes (not big issues for most people I think)

Torque/clutch setting ring is VERY stiff - same on both bodies I have ( so not a one off). Hopefully it'll ease off with use, or it will be a bit if an annoyance.

Impact driver - never had one before so no idea what it's like. Seems to take no mercy with crews though, so guess it's a pass!

Will let you know if it breaks...
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PJ S

9,943 posts

112 months

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m4ckg said:
I've got some Festool and Mafell, I think Mafell walks all over Festool, especially the guide rail saw, but I can't justify the cost of the Festool cordless compared to the Panasonic I have just bought
Oh..oh...did someone say Panasonic? woohoo
Only bought once, so can't recant tales of woe or joy from experiencing other brands, but wouldn't hesitate to buy again if it were ever to be "mislaid".

Edited by PJ S on Tuesday 9th October 15:58

Seagoon

117 posts

36 months

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Not one mention of Milwaukee?

roofer

2,518 posts

96 months

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Seagoon said:
Not one mention of Milwaukee?
A couple actually. wink

m4ckg

551 posts

76 months

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PJ S said:
Oh..oh...did someone say Panasonic? woohoo
Only bought once, so can't recant tales of woe or joy from experiencing other brands, but wouldn't hesitate to buy again if it were ever to be "mislaid".

Edited by PJ S on Tuesday 9th October 15:58
some people do get hung up on certain brand names but I really can't fault my Panasonic

YankeePorker

3,918 posts

126 months

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Best cordless I've ever had by far - Metabo. Wasn't cheap, but the amount of work done on a single charge is amazing.

singlecoil

19,975 posts

131 months

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I haven't had many cordless drills because I got lucky enough to take advantage of a special offer on a kit of 12v Makita drills, drill driver, right angle and impact driver, and I've still got them several years later. I've got an 18V Makita as well but rarely use it as it's bigger and heavier than the 12v units.

BlackCup

1,009 posts

68 months

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Is this bad?


I've been hoping it would die for ages and it has...half way through boarding out the loft! It was my Dad's...he wasn't very into DIY! I've read the whole thread but just want to clarify...whats the best DIY cordless drill then for budget? Is this deal any good?
http://www.screwfix.com/p/makita-8391dwpetk-18v-co...
Need it ASAP and its only round the corner...

Matt

m4ckg

551 posts

76 months

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BlackCup said:
Is this bad?


I've been hoping it would die for ages and it has...half way through boarding out the loft! It was my Dad's...he wasn't very into DIY! I've read the whole thread but just want to clarify...whats the best DIY cordless drill then for budget? Is this deal any good?
http://www.screwfix.com/p/makita-8391dwpetk-18v-co...
Need it ASAP and its only round the corner...

Matt
thats a good drill, borrowed one before getting my new one....very capable but batteries don't last very long

TooLateForAName

2,561 posts

69 months

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m4ckg said:
thats a good drill, borrowed one before getting my new one....very capable but batteries don't last very long
but I think smoking in the workplace is a no-no these days nono

DoubleSix

5,114 posts

61 months

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BlackCup said:
Is this bad?


I've been hoping it would die for ages and it has...half way through boarding out the loft! It was my Dad's...he wasn't very into DIY! I've read the whole thread but just want to clarify...whats the best DIY cordless drill then for budget? Is this deal any good?
http://www.screwfix.com/p/makita-8391dwpetk-18v-co...
Need it ASAP and its only round the corner...

Matt
In answer to your question thats ok for a budget job but it is old tech, better to stretch for a Li-ion if possible.


virgil

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1,546 posts

109 months

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Tuesday 9th October 2012 quote quote all
BlackCup said:
Is this bad?


I've been hoping it would die for ages and it has...half way through boarding out the loft! It was my Dad's...he wasn't very into DIY! I've read the whole thread but just want to clarify...whats the best DIY cordless drill then for budget? Is this deal any good?
http://www.screwfix.com/p/makita-8391dwpetk-18v-co...
Need it ASAP and its only round the corner...

Matt
Got the little hitachi 18v from b&Q (screwfix do them too) 2 li-ion 1.5ah batteries - great drill but no spindle lock, makes changing drill bits a bit more fiddly...

singlecoil

19,975 posts

131 months

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virgil said:
Got the little hitachi 18v from b&Q (screwfix do them too) 2 li-ion 1.5ah batteries - great drill but no spindle lock, makes changing drill bits a bit more fiddly...
Spindle locks are for wimps.

897sma

1,302 posts

29 months

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Milwaukee. End of discussion!!

V8RX7

9,253 posts

148 months

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You simply can't buy on Name - they all make a huge range from cheap to heavy duty - the cheap £99 Dewalts are rubbish.

I like my DeWalt but I have the 18v XRP which is very tough and capable but after spending 4 weeks on a roof with my Chippie I could see why he used Makita as they were a fraction of the weight which when you're using it for 8hrs becomes important.

However his Makita couldn't drive the big screws in nor drill the conc blocks and he was very impressed with my Dewalt which could - so horses for courses.


m4ckg

551 posts

76 months

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TooLateForAName said:
but I think smoking in the workplace is a no-no these days nono
it is.....but I was commenting on his link for a cordless drillrolleyes
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