|Review by devann||posted 04-17-2011 05:01 AM||11860 views||1 time favorited||9 comments|
This is a review for a drill that I’ve been using for a few years now. I will not do reviews on tools that I have not owned or new tools that I haven’t put through some serious use. I had second thoughts about posting this review, Hilti wasn’t even listed in the tools that have been reviewd in this forum. And the cost of the tool not exactly being in the range of most hobby type woodworkers I realize that many would have no use for such a tool. But I know that there are many LJs that earn a living with their tools and spend some serious cash to purchase quality tools so I decided it would be a worthwhile post.
First let me address the cost. $560.00 for a heavy duty 1/2” drill is a bit on the high end of the spectrum. The drill was $440.00 and another $120.00 for the keyed 1/2” chuck. The extra chuck adds a whole new dimension to the drill. With the standard SDS chuck I could only use the drill for making holes up to 1”dia. in concrete and light chipping hammer work. With the keyed chuck I can use the drill for many of the same applications has my other heavy duty drill. And you can change the chucks in a matter of seconds, you pull forward on a ring and it pops off, no tools required.
Being a carpenter/woodworker I don’t have a lot of use for hammer drills. Most of the time that I use it, is for attaching anchors in concrete and most of those are Tapcon screws. This might seem like overkill to some but I don’t plan on ever buying another hammer drill. After watching my brother buy several of those $100-$150 keyed chuck hammer drills over the years and seeing them burn up after only getting a few jobs done I got hold of a used Dewalt with the SDS chuck. The difference was like night and day. The drill bits that you snap in as opposed to the ones that are used in a keyed chuck hammer drill quickly payed for themselves.
The DeWalt, I gave it to my brother. He’s still using it. I purchased this Hilti after the trigger went out on the DeWalt and I promised that a job would be done on time and my tool repairman could not fix the DeWalt in time.
As I mentioned, having two chucks for this drill adds to the workload that can be placed on it. When we build heavy timber roof trusses we use it to run a 2 1/4”self feeding fostener bit to countersink the lag screws that are required. I have used it with an auger bit but I generally use a Porter Cable 1/2” right angle drill for auger bits.
I’ve also used it to mix sackcrete in a bucket and I sometimes give it to my drywall guy to mix mud. We’ve used it for some light concrete chipping a few times and I’ve even let an electician use it one day to jackhammer out a spot where he forgot to put his conduit in a poolhouse slab. I most recently used the drill to make a hole in the last project that I posted here on LJ. I was going to use the drill press, but setting up the clamp to use a self feeding drill bit to make one hole hardly seemed worth the trouble.
The drill does include an interface for a TE DRS-M dust removal module. And the biggest single sheet of a paper towel that I’ve ever seen. The only negative thing that I have say about the tool are the latches on the tool case. They seem to be upside down, had to write on the case “open other side”. I see that I’m not the only one to do that. Being a foreign made tool it must be me being an American thing. You know, like those people that drive on the wrong side of the road.
I’ll give it the five stars. It’s held up well and paid for itself. That’s what we buy tools for.
-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with