Screwfix own brand "Titan" power tools?

Screwfix own brand "Titan" power tools?

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Toaster Pilot

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14,278 posts

143 months

Friday 7th March 2014
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Anyone have any experience with Screwfix "Titan" brand tools? Looking at this drill http://www.screwfix.com/p/titan-cdi218kl-18v-1-3ah... and it seems good value with a long guarantee but will it actually be any good?

Don't really have the budget to buy a "proper" brand.

okie592

2,711 posts

152 months

Friday 7th March 2014
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I had a Titan impact driver that cost £90 and that had more tourqe than my makita impact driver, it's great stuff IMO.

kambites

65,533 posts

206 months

Friday 7th March 2014
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I think they're pretty good, although 1.3Ah on a one hour charge is a bit pathetic if you want to use it for anything heavy-duty, even with two batteries supplied. At that price I'm sure it's a decent bet for light use, though. smile

mgtony

3,934 posts

175 months

Friday 7th March 2014
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I've got the odd Titan tool like an electric tile saw and other things that were for a one-off job or stuff I'll not use very often.
For something like a drill, I'd spend a little more and get something decent. I've got a few of these DeWalts:

http://www.screwfix.com/p/dewalt-dc100ka-gb-18v-1-...

Toaster Pilot

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14,278 posts

143 months

Friday 7th March 2014
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What does that DeWalt offer that the Titan doesn't?

I'm seeing the same capacity batteries (albeit NiCD rather than Li-ion which i'm lead to believe is a bad thing), same size chuck, same number of speeds, etc.

gazzarose

1,117 posts

118 months

Friday 7th March 2014
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I've got the 50 quid titan sds drill/chisel hammer thingy and used it to hack off all the black mortar in my house and drill a few holes for sinks and vents and it hasn't missed a beat. At that price it was less than 2 Days hire of a decent one from hss so it's more than posted for itself.

Toaster Pilot

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14,278 posts

143 months

Friday 7th March 2014
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It was looking at the cost of hiring one from HSS that made me look at these!

Basically, I need to drill out a couple of rounded bolts on my A6 in order to get it mobile again, and my £15 Argos drill isn't cutting it!

mad4amanda

2,410 posts

149 months

Friday 7th March 2014
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as well as the drill get some decent titanium tipped drill bits made all the difference for us !

Toaster Pilot

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14,278 posts

143 months

Friday 7th March 2014
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mad4amanda said:
as well as the drill get some decent titanium tipped drill bits made all the difference for us !
Already got some - will buy a few spares in a couple of sizes though (I notice Screwfix sell those cheap too)

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Pan Pan

1,116 posts

112 months

Friday 7th March 2014
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My mate was disappointed when he found out that Screw fix wasn't a special kind of dating agency:P
Ill get my coat!smile

monthefish

20,381 posts

216 months

Friday 7th March 2014
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Toaster Pilot said:
What does that DeWalt offer that the Titan doesn't?

I'm seeing the same capacity batteries (albeit NiCD rather than Li-ion which i'm lead to believe is a bad thing), same size chuck, same number of speeds, etc.
A lot of the time, it's just an improvement in quality/robustness/precision that is hard to explain until you've actually gone from cheap to premium.

For example, the trigger of my Makita drill/driver allows a lot more control over the speed of the drill than my old Bosch one did, but if you'd just picked up the Bosch one in isolation, you'd think it was fine (which it was really, and I did think it was fine for the few years I had it).

That said, I'm no tool snob and have got a few Lidl/Aldi (Powerfix?) tools for occasional use which have been absolutely fine.

dmitsi

3,583 posts

205 months

Friday 7th March 2014
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I've got a Titan SDS drill which came with a selection of bits/chisels etc and it hasn't missed a beat. The only weak point on it was the adjustable handle a the bit end, didn't seem to lock strongly enough, but otherwise it's a great bit of kit.

mikeveal

4,226 posts

235 months

Friday 7th March 2014
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I've a titan router and a circular saw. No complaints.

0llie

2,941 posts

181 months

Friday 7th March 2014
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I purchased a Titan grinder, great value and has been absolutely fine.

I purchased a Titan drill bit set, absolutely hopeless.

Toaster Pilot

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14,278 posts

143 months

Friday 7th March 2014
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Decided to go for it after looking at what I'd need to pay for a higher quality one. It seems nice but the proof is obviously in how it works, I've only charged the batteries thus far.

wombleh

1,544 posts

107 months

Friday 7th March 2014
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Got Titan Chainsaw which is better than some named brand ones I've used. Also have a sander which is working fine.

Rickyy

6,618 posts

204 months

Friday 7th March 2014
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I've got one of the Titan heavy duty SDS drills. Killed the clutch after 7 months of abuse (core drilling mainly), replaced it with another for £50.

I remembered about the warranty after I paid for a new one. They replaced it no quibble, let me keep the old accessories and supplied me with a brand new drill complete with new accessories!

For that price I treat them as disposable items.

V8RX7

24,730 posts

248 months

Friday 7th March 2014
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It's typical non branded tat.

But if that's all you need, it's fine.

As others said I have decent drills etc but I needed a belt sander for a job so I bought a Titan - it's identical to several others - albeit cheaper as it didn't have a box.

For £35 if it lasts the year I'm more than happy

Toaster Pilot

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14,278 posts

143 months

Monday 10th November 2014
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.... found this thread when Googling the model number of my drill laugh

It's an awesome bit of kit but I've misplaced the charger and a battery.... looks like I'll need to buy another drill if I can't find it because you can't buy them anywhere!

markbigears

2,028 posts

254 months

Monday 10th November 2014
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Have their kango, been brill at breaking concrete.