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PostPosted: Mon Feb 15, 2010 11:25 am 
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I'm looking to replace my old hammer drill that finally gave up the ghost this weekend. I am currently installing a bathroom and need a drill that can go through tiles without shattering them. I am a bit confused by the SDS plus drills (i.e. Ryobi ERH-750V 240V 3kg SDS Plus Hammer Drill from screw fix) as I have an SDS drill and the hammer action is so strong it shatters tiles. As the bathroom is all tiled and grouted I don't want to even try using this.

Would something like a Ryobi ERH-750V 240V 3kg SDS Plus Hammer Drill be ok or should I look for something else??


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You should be able to take the hammer action off, fit and sds chuck, then any good tile drill, I like the arrow drill bits for tiles, there ain't much they won't drill, or go for a diamond drill.


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i like using the bosch multi construction bits, i use 1mm oversize to the plug drillbit in cordless driver

then can drill with hammer drill slowly in backing material


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them bits :thumbright:


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if you are drilling through tiles, I would certainly take hammer action off. Those drill bits speed noted are good but I have never had a problem with ordinary masonary bits on ceramic. I give it a squirt of water and let the drill bit crunch away on slow speed but if I have the multi construction ones to hand, all the better. The sharper angle head is quicker


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Thanks guys for the great advice. I'll let you know how it goes

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Put a bit of masking tape on the tile first to help it stop slipping as you start the hole.I like the bosch multiconstruction too.Use them for metal as well as masonery.


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Just a note to thank you all for your help here. I wasn't able to get the multiconstruction bits but I did use some tile bits and the hammer action off. Worked like a dream

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tile bits are a must in any tool box! Always drill with tile bits then use normal masonary after. If you are slow and careful you can use a normal masonary bit on tiles but there is high chance it would crack the tile.

PS - tile bits arent much from a local hardware store.

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