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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-09-2005, 06:30 PM Thread Starter
 
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Good 1/2\" Drill?

I'm looking for a good 1/2" drill some where between $100 and $150. My tool shop 3/8" drill sucks and i just lost acess to the 1/2" miluakee I was uing. I liked the miluakee and it had a lot of torque (break you wrist torque) but wouldn't spin very fast which was kind of nice for metal but also a pain.
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Re: Good 1/2\" Drill?

Personally, I have 4 drills (portable). 2 Cordless and 2 corded.

99% of the time the corded drills (Craftsman) have the same bit, one (1/2") for drilling pocket holes in wood, the other (3/8's) for clearance holes in wood. Basically, I only use them for woodworking where AC power is close or when I need to do some really heavy duty drilling.

Unless you do a lot of drilling, I would suggest a good 18V cordless. My 18V Ryobi came in a combo kit that included the drill, 5" circular saw, sawsall, light , vacuum, charger and two batteries...for $160. It's very rare that I use the drill enough to go through the second battery before the first one is re-charged. In that case, drink a beer...by the time you finish it, first battery is charged.

The real beauty of cordless is that you don't have to drag the cord around....

Most good 1/2" cordless drills have two speeds and more than enough torque to do the job. Drills that I have used and liked...
Ryobi
Miluakee
Porter Gable
Rigid

I personally think Ryobi is a good value. I ran the dog crap out of th 12V 3/8 for 5 years and it still works....only problem is the batteries are loosing their life.
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I went air for like 50.00, but I would not recomend it. Mine stalls when you push on it hard, but at full air pressure 150 psi It will almost wrap you up with both hands on it. If my compressor could keep up with it I would love it, but after about 1 minute it starts loosing power.
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Re: Good 1/2\" Drill?

As a stereo installer I use my drill alot. I have two ryobi 18 volt drills and about 6 batterys great drill!
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Re: Good 1/2\" Drill?

I sometimes do a lot of fab work in heavy steel, my unibit and I are buddies. I want a corded drill, doing things like 6 7/8" hole saw holes through a frame is just too hard for a cordless.
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Re: Good 1/2\" Drill?

I love my Dewalt. that thing will twist you up in it! When drilling big holes i allways use the side handle.
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Re: Good 1/2\" Drill?

I'm NOT recommending the 18V Craftsman nor the 1/2" Clarke hammer drill that I have.

Although, both were free.
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Re: Good 1/2\" Drill?

I'm with Mach2_nh on the Dewalt. I nearly broke my friggen wrist one day. Ever since i have been more careful. The Hammer Drill setting works like a charm. Comes with 2 batteries and a half hour charger and the side handle.

DeWalt DC988 18V Heavy Duty XRP 1/2 Cordless Hammerdrill/ Drill/ Driver
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Re: Good 1/2\" Drill?

When my Dewalt by the way side at work they replaced it with the panasonic cordless. If I were to purchase another cordless drill for my self.... <u>It will be the panasonic drill.</u> I've owned two of the dewalt and currently own a crapsman that my wife bought me for Christmas last year(not my choice, but I will not return something that my wife buys me).
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Re: Good 1/2\" Drill?

we get dewalts here at work and in my view they are unquestionably a big pile of s!

cant take any real abuse.....granted, a foundry is a VERY punishing environment for a power tool....go with milwaukee or rigid stuff, never seen one of those fail

id call this my two cents worth but i spent it on gas
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