Our old drills are coming to the end of their life cycle. I met this Bosch rep and he said this is good drill. Any thoughts? We live in a cold climate. Regular tems -10deg. What are you guys using?
I use a 2-speed Ryobi from Home Depot. I bought Dewalt, but the first speed is too fast for roto corking. The Roybi runs a touch slower at the first speed, doesn't have a lot of run out, and corks nicely. Bosch's are excellent drills, just check to low end speed against the recommended RPMs for corking.
Thanks guys. Sorry for not mentioning that in this case the drills would be used for setting gates. But can be used to brush skis as well off course.
Some of the new drills are fitted with this hammer feature. Is there any use for it? They cost about 50dollars more.
agree the composite ones (ours are bright orange) seem to work great. However the cutting diameter might be a hair larger than our old bits though (finding our full SL gates start tilting on occasion after many, many laps, where they hadn't before).
I would say that the drill doesn't matter as much as the bit. The plastic Orange Fox bits put much less strain on the drill than metal bits, and pretty much any drill seems to work. I would also recommend getting one with a brushless motor. Between the plastic bits and the brushless motors, you are carrying a lot less weight, and batteries seem to last a long time. We use Dewalts (DCD790D2). The drills are about $130 USD (body only) and additional 5ah batteries about the same for a pack of two (you can drill a lot of holes on a 5ah battery), so replacement parts are pretty inexpensive. My drill with the small 2ah battery (good for 2.5-3 full-length GS courses) weighs about 1.9 kg. The Dewalts are light, inexpensive and have good battery life, but I don't find them to be a particularly high quality product. I'm on year 2 with mine, and it's fine. Bosch drills are good, but again get the one with a brushless motor. Milwaukee is probably the best compromise of price, power, weight and quality, and likely what I would buy if I were buying again. With Makita you have your choice of overkill for our needs or a lower quality product with mediocre battery life, and Makita batteries are older technology. If you are independent, buy what you like. If you are with a program, buy what everyone else is using so you can borrow batteries or chargers when needed. The Dewalt is the lightest drill with the most power, and the DCD790 model pairs nicely with the Orange Fox bits.