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Sub £100 combi drill for DIY beginner

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  • James1968James1968 Forumite
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    Aldi's Workzone Titanium are worth a look. If you are intending to expand your tool collection as your DIY skills improve, and you intend to go cordless then the Ryobi range are worth a look with their 3 year warranty. Makita are expensive in comparison and based on tradesmen i know, not as well built as they used to be and they only have a1 year warranty.
  • silverwhistlesilverwhistle Forumite
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    Aldi have a new range of cordless tools using 20/40 volt batteries [checks] called Ferrex. I bought the hedge trimmer and angle grinder and have already used the former. They seem well made and the hedge trimmer worked well and have a 3year warranty (2 years for the battery). Might be worth a look. The bare drill is £20, battery charger 15 and batteries are 15 (20v) or 30 (dual 20/40v).
  • ChrishazleChrishazle Forumite
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    Problem with cordless is future availability of replacement batteries - I had to bin 3 Axminster White perfectly good combi drills as I could not longer get replacement batteries, and re-celling each pack would cost over £50 - I had 7!!


    For your use I'd highly recommend the Metabo 10.8V combi - I have both that and the 18V version - which I have hardly used since I got the 10.8V one, and also bought one for my SIL which he loves (and he also has a Makita 18V). Metal gears, and availability of replacement batteries for many years to come - plus compatability with other Metabo 10.8V tools (I have a sabre saw as well!). Keep an eye on the FFX website for deals.
  • kerri_gtkerri_gt Forumite
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    Slightly over your budget but I upgraded to this from a cheapo Argos one, so far it's been great though haven't challenged it too much.

    https://www.screwfix.com/p/dewalt-dcd776d2t-gb-18v-2-0ah-li-ion-xr-cordless-combi-drill/899cf

    As well as the drill, the drill bits can make a massive difference, a very competent DIYer recommended me these, being multipurpose you don't need to change if you're drilling through multiple materials

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  • Norman_CastleNorman_Castle Forumite
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    Pointless buying a second cordless drill for occasional diy work. An equivalent corded drill will be much cheaper, always ready to use and won't need to be thrown away when its battery fails.
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  • PasturesNewPasturesNew Forumite
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    I'm sure you're big/strong enough, but, before you buy, just try holding it at shoulder height, then above, for 2-3 minutes.... I bought a drill, got it home, out of the box, couldn't even pick it up :)
  • onomatopoeia99onomatopoeia99 Forumite
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    For drilling brick / block you want a corded SDS. A normal hammer action drill will do it, but very slowly on the harder materials - frustratingly slowly at times.

    I'm doing major refurbishment on my house which pretty much hadn't been touched in over forty years and have a 3kg Makita which cost just over £100 and has served me well after the 5kg "Titan" bargain basement special packed up.
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  • noclafnoclaf Forumite
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    Point taken guys on long-term benefits of corded/SDS rather than cordless so will look into those. Not massively fussed about weight but ideally don't want anything with hernia inducing mass :)
    Im hoping given the.popularity of cordless there might be some.good deals on corded models so will keep a lookout.
  • naf123naf123 Forumite
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    For drilling brick / block you want a corded SDS. A normal hammer action drill will do it, but very slowly on the harder materials - frustratingly slowly at times.

    I'm doing major refurbishment on my house which pretty much hadn't been touched in over forty years and have a 3kg Makita which cost just over £100 and has served me well after the 5kg "Titan" bargain basement special packed up.

    It may be bargain basement but how can you go wrong with the 2 year guarantee by Screwfix?
  • statorstator Forumite
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    My Ryobi stuff has never failed so far.
    I buy extra tools on gumtree so now I have a collection and they all use the same batteries.


    The LIDL range is supposed to be good value for money, but they don't always sell it
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