User Reviews - Power Tools - SDS Drills

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Aldi 8kg 1500W SDS-Plus, 2008 model

  • Apparantly made by Walter of Austria
  • 8kg
  • Safety clutch (verbally confirmed with Walter tech support)
  • 3 mode, roto lock, drill only, hammer drill.
  • Knob speed control (not trigger)
  • Lower end, unrefined, robust.

May 2009, Tim

Cheap, big, heavy, robust. Suitable for heavier breaking, heavy drilling and mixing plaster. Not recommended for overhead work due to weight. Chuck is non removable. No special maintenance other than grease the bits.

Hitachi DH24PC3 Three Mode SDS-Plus Hammer Drill

  • Hitachi PowerTools
  • High end
  • Roto lock, drilling, hammer-drilling (3 mode)
  • 2.3kg
  • Speed control and reverse
  • 3.2J per blow
  • Safety clutch
  • Length 351mm
  • No special lubrication requirements, except with heavy regular (ie professional) use, the gearbox may need repacking

May 2009, Tim

Had mine for 6 months, since late 2008. It is light, controllable and surprisingly efficient for wall chiselling (brick and thermalite block) and for tile removal. Drilling into brick is effortless compared to a normal hammer drill. Have also used successfully for small core drilling (around 25 mm), should handle larger diameters. Only problem has been that chuck failed, but that was dealt with in a few days under warrenty (repaired by Hitachi). No special lubrication requirements, other than a blob of grease on the bits, though with high regular use, the instructions suggest the gearbox may need repacking, though the shop/service centre say this is extremely rare.

Makita 2450X

May 2009, John

Had one of these about 4 years (no longer a current model). Its a high end drill, and would be suitable for someone needing the highest levels of performance, reliability and comfort in use. Its a well made 3 mode machine in the 2kG class. It delivers 2.3J per blow in hammer / chisel mode. It has a 780W power input motor with a safety clutch. The clutch release torque is just high enough to allow drilling a 107mm core if you take it carefully and gently. The speed control is excellent, offering good torque at very low speeds and smooth controllability. Chiselling can range from very gentle for marking out, to quite aggressive. There are no special lubrication requirements for the drill, although it is suggested that the shank of the drill bits are greased from time to time before insertion.

Other notable features:

The SDS chuck is non removable, and hence an auxiliary chuck would need to be inserted to use plain shanked bits or other tools. The mains lead is of ample length (approx 3m) and of a heavy rubber construction that is highly flexible and does not have a mind of its own.

See also

[uk.d-i-y SDS FAQ]