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Old 03-30-2018, 06:36 PM   #1
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I'm curious what everyone here uses and likes. Im in the market for one and wondering if I should change it up. Currently using dewalt dw-124 and it works fine. Before that i was using a black and decker very similar to my dewalt.
Im kind of eying the dw-460 as it seems similarly priced, a little more compact and lighter.

Any other suggestions are welcome.

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Old 03-30-2018, 08:01 PM   #2
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I really like Milwaukee brand tools. I have a right-angle drill for drilling wood studs and a stud punch for metal studs.

When I'm running overhead lines like in a floor joist, I rarely{more like never} notch or drill them, just lay the pipe on top and strap it to the wood.
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Superhawg!
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Milwaukee m18 superhawg

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Most of my power tools are milwaukee. I bought a used milwaukee angle drill in excellent condition that is probably dated in the 80's. It looks almost new, I only used it once and it will probably serve many more plumbers after my death.

I bought the big hawg drill kit. I was not impressed at all. Anything overhead is total crap and takes too much strength and time to drill a 2x4. Its way easier, faster and safer with hole saws.

Most of the time I drill studs with my regular m18 milwaukee drill and spade bits

I also bought a roll of 10 kg lead free solder from the same guy for 50$ When I checked the real price it is worth over 500$. I will never see the end of the that roll in my lifetime.
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When I started out on my own and money was tight a general contractor told me the Harbor Freight angle drill had the same motor as the Milwaukee hole hog and I should buy one. I bought it and realized the motor is probably close to the same but there’s no clutch or gear slowing when you hit something like a knot or nail. It will almost rip your arm out of the socket or throw you across the room. It’s probably the most dangerous tool I have. Why I don’t throw it away is beyond me.
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When I started out on my own and money was tight a general contractor told me the Harbor Freight angle drill had the same motor as the Milwaukee hole hog and I should buy one. I bought it and realized the motor is probably close to the same but there’s no clutch or gear slowing when you hit something like a knot or nail. It will almost rip your arm out of the socket or throw you across the room. It’s probably the most dangerous tool I have. Why I don’t throw it away is beyond me.

That drill will bust your knuckles good. I don't think the genuine version is clutched either.
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When I started out on my own and money was tight a general contractor told me the Harbor Freight angle drill had the same motor as the Milwaukee hole hog and I should buy one. I bought it and realized the motor is probably close to the same but there’s no clutch or gear slowing when you hit something like a knot or nail. It will almost rip your arm out of the socket or throw you across the room. It’s probably the most dangerous tool I have. Why I don’t throw it away is beyond me.
I haven't heard of any milwaukee angle drill with a clutch. I don't know why they don't make one, I'm always nervous to get hurt with that drill. In my opinion anything higher than waist level holes should be done with a hole saw with a drill with a clutch.

I have a few horror stories from plumbers in my city. I remember my journeyman who got me in the trade, I was holding the ladder and he was drilling an exterior sheet metal wall for a 4" b-vent. The drill kicked him on the head solid, his hardhat flying.

I saw an older plumber who I worked with and now had a disfigured face, big deep scars across his cheek, nose and forehead. The drill sliced his cheek leaving the skin flopping. That was horrible to think about.

There is a dewalt and makita angle drill with a clutch but I would prefer the makita with the original style as you can use it on other things than studs.
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Milwaukee superhawg(corded) is the best and only drill I use. I bought my first one in 2002 and I’m still using it. I had to replace the cord last year And that’s it. All of my trucks have this drill. This is the only drill I found that can handle a self feeding 4-5/8” bit with no problem and ask for more. I’m considering trying the m18 superhawg but they are quite expensive, not sure with they work as well as they say.
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The DWD-460 that i've been eyeballing is 3lbs lighter and 3" shorter than the superhawg or the dewalt version of the superhawg that i've been using.

It also has electronic bind-up control that slows down the speed of the motor instead of continuing to try to spin at its normal rate and burning up the drill.

I might give it a shot just for the heck of it and post my thoughts back here. 90 day money back guarantee from dewalt. If it doesn't measure up, I know where i'll go from there.

Thanks guys.
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