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Old 02-07-2019, 05:30 PM   #1
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I Almost Never Buy DeWalt


IMO, the tools are overpriced and have poor ergonomics.

But I couldn't resist giving this little guy a try. Winner! I recently had to drill several holes for electrical wiring through the top plates of exterior walls, belly-crawling in the attic fiberglass under 2x6 rafters.

I was able to use this with a standard 3/4 spade bit, at just a little sideways angle, and it worked fine--even though the only thing holding the bit in was a magnet. As long as you don't try to pull the bit out of the wood before you break through, it retrieves with no problem.

If you don't have one of these in your toybox for those odd situations, you ought to.



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Old 02-07-2019, 05:44 PM   #2
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Re: I Almost Never Buy DeWalt


I have it and like it.

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IMO, the tools are overpriced and have poor ergonomics.



But I couldn't resist giving this little guy a try. Winner! I recently had to drill several holes for electrical wiring through the top plates of exterior walls, belly-crawling in the attic fiberglass under 2x6 rafters.



I was able to use this with a standard 3/4 spade bit, at just a little sideways angle, and it worked fine--even though the only thing holding the bit in was a magnet. As long as you don't try to pull the bit out of the wood before you break through, it retrieves with no problem.



If you don't have one of these in your toybox for those odd situations, you ought to.







https://www.amazon.com/DEWALT-DWARA1.../dp/B00C0VSNKQ
I've got two.


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Re: I Almost Never Buy DeWalt


I have one.


You need to get a set of stubby bits.


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Stubby Auger bits too.

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I have one as well. Comes in real handy, a lifesaver sometimes.
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You need to get a set of stubby bits.
Yeah, been thinking about that forever. Just, it's so rare I can't come up with a workaround for those.

Wife just joined Weight Watchers for the umpteenth time. I'm considering starting a chapter of Tool Watchers. Then I could umpteenth too.
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I have a right angle drill for such occasions.
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This guy has a lower profile than any right angle drill I've ever used.
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There great. Irwin just came out with them or I just found on Amazon. I keep breaking the dewalt. Irwin is a heavier and seems more heavy duty.
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IMO, the tools are overpriced and have poor ergonomics.

But I couldn't resist giving this little guy a try. Winner! I recently had to drill several holes for electrical wiring through the top plates of exterior walls, belly-crawling in the attic fiberglass under 2x6 rafters.

I was able to use this with a standard 3/4 spade bit, at just a little sideways angle, and it worked fine--even though the only thing holding the bit in was a magnet. As long as you don't try to pull the bit out of the wood before you break through, it retrieves with no problem.

If you don't have one of these in your toybox for those odd situations, you ought to.



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Milwaukee's hold the bit in. Had it for years. Don't use it much, but great when you need it.



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There are at least three Deealt versions. There is a heavy duty version and a cheap light duty version as well.

They all seem to work well. I have had all three. Now I can't find any if them. I think my FIL adopted one if them.

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I have the milwaukee version. Indispensable.
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Milwaukee's hold the bit in. Had it for years. Don't use it much, but great when you need it.



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I own that one. Pulled me out of precarious situations many times.


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I've got 2 as well.

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Plus 1 to the usefulness, but for all that is good in the world, avoid dewalt's flex shaft right angle doo-hickey. I've busted 2 under pretty light use.
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Plus 1 to the usefulness, but for all that is good in the world, avoid dewalt's flex shaft right angle doo-hickey. I've busted 2 under pretty light use.
Yeah, the flex shafts are pretty weak. Fine for attaching to a bit driver for hand work, but with an impact they don't seem to last very long.

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I will have to get one. I also almost never buy DeWalt, but lets not forget to mention that their job sight table saw is a great saw.
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Those don't like it when you hit nails with paddle bits. The first hole I drilled with mine broke the bearing housing, stripped gears, and twisted the shaft on my paddle bit when I was drilling into a double 2x top plate. Had to use that doohickey since it was 2x8 joists with the ceiling out, but the floor installed above. Ended up having to chuck a stubby paddle bit into an impact.

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