|Review by Billyboy||posted 11-22-2010 01:52 AM||2819 views||0 times favorited||25 comments|
I’m a DIY guy who’s getting into my 60’s and have learned that it pays to buy good tools. In other words, you get what you pay for. That’s why I felt good when I bought this Milwaukee hammer drill. Milwaukee makes good stuff, right?
Not. I hadn’t used the drill more than a dozen times when the variable speed feature quit. Now, you don’t want to be using a high torque 1/2” drill without variable speed – unless you don’t care if your arm breaks when the drill bit binds and the drill starts rotating your arm faster than you can release the trigger.
No problem, the drill was still under warranty so I took it to the authorized service center where they repaired it after making a thinly veiled accusation that I must have been abusing the tool.
Well, a couple of weeks ago the variable speed feature quit again. The drill is now well out of warranty so I guess my only option is to dispose of it and buy a Makita. I won’t be buying Milwaukee again.
Another minor complaint about this drill: there are a couple of turn-button like switches – one changes the drill from low speed to high speed, the other changes from hammer drilling to non-hammer drilling. The switches are configured so that it’s hard (at least for me) to tell which setting I have the drill on. In other words, am I in low speed or high speed when the switch is in this position?