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Old 10-22-2018, 05:18 PM   #1
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Question Should I Get A Corded Or Cordless Hammer Drill


As a rule I don't do any work that involves drilling into concrete. However for this particular job I have no choice. I'll be drilling into an old building that has reinforced concrete to attach window roller shades. What type of SDS hammer drill would you recomend that is both powerful and lightweight.
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As a rule I don't do any work that involves drilling into concrete. However for this particular job I have no choice. I'll be drilling into an old building that has reinforced concrete to attach window roller shades. What type of SDS hammer drill would you recomend that is both powerful and lightweight.
I have 4 corded and 4 cordless. The one that gets by far the most use is the DeWalt 20V L-Shape drill. That damn thing just won't quit, good for small tapcons right up to 5/8" anchors.

I'd get a small SDS on whatever battery platform you currently have.

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IMO, there's little point in going with battery if it's a tool you'll only use once in a blue moon--unless you have other regularly-used tools that take that same battery.

Corded tools have an indefinite shelf life.
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IMO, there's little point in going with battery if it's a tool you'll only use once in a blue moon--unless you have other regularly-used tools that take that same battery.

Corded tools have an indefinite shelf life.
Guy installs blinds for a living...You wanna do that with a cord even in a blue moon?
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Guy installs blinds for a living...You wanna do that with a cord even in a blue moon?
Makes more sense for a rare use item.
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Usually an outlet near windows. Or do you do exterior work?
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Re: Question Should I Get A Corded Or Cordless Hammer Drill


What size holes do you plan to drill?


Window roller shades should not require a big hole if they are regular sized windows. I would just use my 1/2" cordless hammer drill.
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Guy installs blinds for a living...You wanna do that with a cord even in a blue moon?
I don't want to do it either way.

But yeah, for blue moon work I'd still go with a cord. That's a lot more likely to still work a year or two later when the next moon rolls around.
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i had 80 some roller shades to install into masonry walls.

guys used battery hammer drills....

like max 1/4" holes, many 1/8"....

done in a day....

don't over think it....
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Love my cordless rotohammer. I use the **** out of the 7/8" Milwaukee Fuel. Battery life is amazing considering the workload I do with it.


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Yep. Just a 20v hammer drill. Or you could probably get away with a 12v. Like griz said, don't over think it. Besides, a hammerdrill s small and lightweight when drilling above your head.

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Even with 3/16" holes, depending on concrete, a small roto hammer might be 4x faster, and you barely have to push. I feel like a hammer drill requires pushing.
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Using anything but an SDS is idiotic.

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Re: Question Should I Get A Corded Or Cordless Hammer Drill


[QUOTE=Inner10;7393101]Using anything but an SDS is idiotic.

why ? why would an sds be that better with 3/16 bit then just a chucked tool .
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As a rule I don't do any work that involves drilling into concrete. However for this particular job I have no choice. I'll be drilling into an old building that has reinforced concrete to attach window roller shades. What type of SDS hammer drill would you recomend that is both powerful and lightweight.
We use this https://amzn.to/2CZ5yXp to install manual and motorized window coverings. Buy some extra SDS drill bits and the job will be a lot easier than you're anticipating.

If you don't use Makita I'm sure Milwaukee or your chosen battery platform has something similar.

Even if you're not using fascia take fascia brackets. The extra two holes for mounting may prove useful in some of the walls. eg. hitting rebar

Tangentially, it may be less expensive, and stressful, to sub out the installation. There are professional installers in your area that won't compete with you on the sales end.

Good luck!
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window roller shades..inside work...how many?

Sounds like a hammer drill (one handed operation) is worth trying first, then corded SDS (two-handed) if you really need it.

Side note: I have the Milwaukee M18 hammer drill, which I think is lame in hammer mode compared to the Dewalt 18V my electrician uses. Can anybody confirm this, or is it just my imagination?

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Hammer drills suck.


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Using anything but an SDS is idiotic.

why ? why would an sds be that better with 3/16 bit then just a chucked tool .
Try it and find out.

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Cordless for holes that small. Id imagine youre drilling 5/32 or 3/16 holes. I agree going with an SDS drill. I used a 1/2 hammer drill for years. Then got a SDS max drill for larger stuff. Than most recently bought a small SDS plus drill. Its all I use for tapcons now. Dont even know where my 1/2 hammer drill is.
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Cordless for holes that small. I’d imagine you’re drilling 5/32 or 3/16” holes. I agree going with an SDS drill. I used a 1/2” hammer drill for years. Then got a SDS max drill for larger stuff. Than most recently bought a small SDS plus drill. It’s all I use for tapcons now. Don’t even know where my 1/2” hammer drill is
What brand and model small SDS plus drill did you purchase.

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