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I bought the Makita Combi drill from screwfix

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Was using all last weekend and it was fantastic. I think it’s the lower grade version of the one handyman posted below as it doesn’t have the metal gearbox like his one. To be honest it’s probably too good for my use for DIY.


Pros

Price. Screwfix are doing this at a good price although I think others are selling it at a similar level

Light Weight. I initially thought an 18 volt would be too heavy for screw driving applications but its absolutely fine. I did about 60 screws in a go and it was no bother.

Decent carry case: although I could see the internal foam coming a part for those who use it on site or more than I do

Sturdy build. Torque ring, trigger, chuck all seem decent build quality

Charge Time: 22mins is great and every after 10mins you get a decent charge which will last for a good while.

Combination: It’s definitely a good all round drill but if you do a lot of hammer action it will probably struggle. Just my opinion a light SDS drill rather than a percussion drill would complement this greatly.

Trigger control: It was perfect for all types of screws. It drove in light screws to 3” no. 10 screws with ease. Try unscrew them by hand and you realise the torque required :shock:


Cons

1 battery: however at a 22min charge I don’t think it’s an issue every for frequent uses

Lamp. It has a built in power light which comes on every time you press the trigger. Problem is that it doesn’t light the screwdriver bit which it a touch annoying as it creates a shadow which makes it harder to see the screw bit. Also would be better if you could turn this off in some way

Hammer action: seems fairly light. Manual says you can drill up to 13mm hole in masonry. I doubt that very much. It took a while with a 6mm hole. My £20 dopey Homebase drill is better.

No handle: Not sure if this is an optional extra but it could be handy, The better 18V makita with the metal gearbox comes with a handle although it’s a better drill but you are paying twice the price


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you wont be able to fit a handle as there is no ring around the body for a handle to sit on

dont know if you realise it with li-ion batteries you can topup charge you can bung a part charged battery on charge and top it up
a fully flat battery will be half charged in just under 30% of the charge time so if the battery goes flat have a quick cuppa and 6 mins later 50% power

so if you top up charge in the morning then every time you have a 10 min break you should be ok :wink:

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big-all wrote:
you wont be able to fit a handle as there is no ring around the body for a handle to sit on

dont know if you realise it with li-ion batteries you can topup charge you can bung a part charged battery on charge and top it up
a fully flat battery will be half charged in just under 30% of the charge time so if the battery goes flat have a quick cuppa and 6 mins later 50% power

so if you top up charge in the morning then every time you have a 10 min break you should be ok :wink:


Yes I noted that from your earlier post Big-All regarding the Li-Ion batteries, its ideal for me to be able to part charge. I noted from any other Ni-Cad batteries I used before, thaty you seem to wear the potential life of the battery down by charging it before its fully flat.

The battery life seems good on the Makita as I did a good bit of work with it at the weekend and it hasn't run down yet.

Time to get some decent screwdriver bits I think, the cheap ones don't last long and I almost always use a philips or posidrive No. 2 or 3. Know where I can get long screwdriver bits rather than ones with an extension piece


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wera are good bits 95% off wood screws need pz or pro no2 bits but they dont seem to do long bits well not in screwfix :scratch:
although you can always cut up a normal screwdriver and put it in the chuck :wink:

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I have seen my electrician using them, about 100mm long, must ask him where he got them.

although I lose so many bits its probably not a good idea spending too much on them :lol:


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The power of google! asome on ebay too, cheaper but no idea of quality


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Screwfix do sell long bits.

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These are also cheap and good.

http://bit.ly/zKQsBm

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thanks people i did do a google for "long wera driver bits" obviously not the right combination off words :scratch: :thumbright:

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I uee those 50mm Dewalt bits and they are great. They compliment nicely in my Wera bit holder. I only use that in my drill/driver. I use a longer fixed wera bit in my impact driver.


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NewbieJohn wrote:
I bought the Makita Combi drill from screwfix

Dead link removed - RichAndo

Was using all last weekend and it was fantastic. I think it’s the lower grade version of the one handyman posted below as it doesn’t have the metal gearbox like his one. To be honest it’s probably too good for my use for DIY.


Pros

Price. Screwfix are doing this at a good price although I think others are selling it at a similar level

Light Weight. I initially thought an 18 volt would be too heavy for screw driving applications but its absolutely fine. I did about 60 screws in a go and it was no bother.

Decent carry case: although I could see the internal foam coming a part for those who use it on site or more than I do

Sturdy build. Torque ring, trigger, chuck all seem decent build quality

Charge Time: 22mins is great and every after 10mins you get a decent charge which will last for a good while.

Combination: It’s definitely a good all round drill but if you do a lot of hammer action it will probably struggle. Just my opinion a light SDS drill rather than a percussion drill would complement this greatly.

Trigger control: It was perfect for all types of screws. It drove in light screws to 3” no. 10 screws with ease. Try unscrew them by hand and you realise the torque required :shock:


Cons

1 battery: however at a 22min charge I don’t think it’s an issue every for frequent uses

Lamp. It has a built in power light which comes on every time you press the trigger. Problem is that it doesn’t light the screwdriver bit which it a touch annoying as it creates a shadow which makes it harder to see the screw bit. Also would be better if you could turn this off in some way

Hammer action: seems fairly light. Manual says you can drill up to 13mm hole in masonry. I doubt that very much. It took a while with a 6mm hole. My £20 dopey Homebase drill is better.

No handle: Not sure if this is an optional extra but it could be handy, The better 18V makita with the metal gearbox comes with a handle although it’s a better drill but you are paying twice the price


Well we have really good deal for this product. BHP452RFX is available only for limited period.
find us on www. notimp resst ools.c om


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NewbieJohn wrote:
I bought the Makita Combi drill from screwfix

Dead link removed - RichAndo

Was using all last weekend and it was fantastic. I think it’s the lower grade version of the one handyman posted below as it doesn’t have the metal gearbox like his one. To be honest it’s probably too good for my use for DIY.


Pros

Price. Screwfix are doing this at a good price although I think others are selling it at a similar level

Light Weight. I initially thought an 18 volt would be too heavy for screw driving applications but its absolutely fine. I did about 60 screws in a go and it was no bother.

Decent carry case: although I could see the internal foam coming a part for those who use it on site or more than I do

Sturdy build. Torque ring, trigger, chuck all seem decent build quality

Charge Time: 22mins is great and every after 10mins you get a decent charge which will last for a good while.

Combination: It’s definitely a good all round drill but if you do a lot of hammer action it will probably struggle. Just my opinion a light SDS drill rather than a percussion drill would complement this greatly.

Trigger control: It was perfect for all types of screws. It drove in light screws to 3” no. 10 screws with ease. Try unscrew them by hand and you realise the torque required :shock:


Cons

1 battery: however at a 22min charge I don’t think it’s an issue every for frequent uses

Lamp. It has a built in power light which comes on every time you press the trigger. Problem is that it doesn’t light the screwdriver bit which it a touch annoying as it creates a shadow which makes it harder to see the screw bit. Also would be better if you could turn this off in some way

Hammer action: seems fairly light. Manual says you can drill up to 13mm hole in masonry. I doubt that very much. It took a while with a 6mm hole. My £20 dopey Homebase drill is better.

No handle: Not sure if this is an optional extra but it could be handy, The better 18V makita with the metal gearbox comes with a handle although it’s a better drill but you are paying twice the price


Well we have really good deal for this product. BHP452RFX is available only for limited period.
find us on www. notimp resst ools.c om



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