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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 10:58 am 
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My boyfriend wants a drill for his Birthday!

We only really need it for drilling holes in furniture, general everyday use....into walls, wood, maybe breezeblock etc - nothing majorly difficult!

But I have no idea what to buy or what to look for? I have a few of the usual electrial DIY stores near me & am short of time, so unless I can get delivery for online things within about 2-3 working days it will be too late!

At the same time I dont want to spend a fortune, but dont want to buy something cheap & rubbish!

If anyone can give me a rough idea of what to look for & expect to pay would be great :cheers:


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Ryobi one plus is worth a look, the batterires fit a whole range of ryobi tools, link http://www.diy.com/nav/fix/power-tools/ ... n-12267642

or with 2 batts http://www.diy.com/nav/fix/power-tools/ ... s-12408577

If you do decide on either of these, remember you are looking for the Li-Ion batteries, not the Nicad.

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I am a diyer and have used this for the last 2 years http://www.screwfix.com/p/makita-8391dwpe-18v-combi-drill/84044

I have stripped out and redone our kitchen, put up various shelves, panels, floor boards and still works great! Sadly it is dearer than Wine~O suggestion! :lol:

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I'm sure the Makita is a good piece of kit, Nick. The reason I recommended the Ryobi one is the range of other tools you can add without having to buy extra batteries and chargers...

http://www.diy.com/nav/fix/power-tools/ ... rt_index=0

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I'm sure the Makita is a good piece of kit, Nick. The reason I recommended the Ryobi one is the range of other tools you can add without having to buy extra batteries and chargers...

http://www.diy.com/nav/fix/power-tools/ ... rt_index=0


Wow, wish I had seen that two years ago! :thumbright:

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Take a look at the Dewalt DC725.Ive had one for three years now,and its brill.
A compact combi drill (hammer action),and if you get it with the lower capacity 1.3 ah batts,its around £100 i believe.


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B and Q have some on offer at the mo.

It needs Li-ion batteries, (2- nothing worse than being half way thru and battery dies) and charger. 18v gives enough grunt for most tasks. If it also has a hammer drill function, it will drill into brick.

You may also want to get a pack of drill bits- you can get little cases of masonry, wood and HSS bits and some screwdriver heads for between £10 and £30

I have a Hitachi 18v which has been brilliant: http://www.screwfix.com/p/hitachi-dv18d ... rill/64945

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Just thought, if your budget is less than about £100, the place where I used to work, I used an Argos Challenge Extreme 18v, which you can get for about £40, though mine had 2 batteries.
I thought it would be rubbish when my boss turned up with it, but it lasted over a year of quite harsh punishment 3 or 4 days a week every week.

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nick200 wrote:
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I'm sure the Makita is a good piece of kit, Nick. The reason I recommended the Ryobi one is the range of other tools you can add without having to buy extra batteries and chargers...

http://www.diy.com/nav/fix/power-tools/ ... rt_index=0


Wow, wish I had seen that two years ago! :thumbright:


heres the full range :lol:

http://uk.ryobitools.eu/one-plus-the-wo ... system.htm

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Just thought, if your budget is less than about £100, the place where I used to work, I used an Argos Challenge Extreme 18v, which you can get for about £40, though mine had 2 batteries.
I thought it would be rubbish when my boss turned up with it, but it lasted over a year of quite harsh punishment 3 or 4 days a week every week.


What was you doing with it, sandwiches?

Challenger stuff has got to be one step below using your fingers to put screws in.

Saying that, it'd be good as a hammer.......(literally).

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