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I had my tools all knicked out the van last week so been replacing everything, got all my tools but can't decide on a SDS. I use all Milwaukee tools and previously always done corded SDS drills.

Have heard cordless has come along way so was looking at the M18CHX Fuel. It did come out all the way back in 2014 and just wonder if it's abit dated, maybe I should save £400 and get a corded until a new Milwaukee drops.

I did see this corded DeWalt that brushless with anti vib and just a tad over £200.

DEWALT - D25333K 240v SDS+ Rotary Hammer Drill

Has or does anyone use the M18CHX. How likely do you think a new SDS will come out, wouldn't wanna spend £400 and the new one comes out next Feb. What you guys think?
 

Best

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Do you own any cordless tools?
If you already have Milwaukee cordless, then you just need to buy bare tool and use the batteries and charger you already own, rather than buying into a different brand.
I see the Milwaukee bare M18CHX for just over £200.
You also need to consider what 99% of the jobs will be with it.
I find my Hilti combi drill will do most small drilling - 7 mm typically for rad brackets using decent standard masonry bit.
But drilling for at least 20mm holes will need plenty power. The cordless will do it though no problem with the right model designed for the job.
Bosch seem to get good reputation for their larger SDS cordless tools
 
IV got a mix of M12 & M18 cordless tools but would probably buy the set for extra batteries and case. What you think about the age of the M18CHX, do you think it's gonna get an upgrade soon?

It would be mostly used for drilling 22mm & 28mm holes IV got a separate core drill.

Ben-gee, what bout that DeWalt i linked above, I'm not usually a DeWalt fan but the drill seems decent?
 

Ben-gee

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Don’t know it I’m afraid, I’m mostly makita and Bosch ; having said that I do have dewalt 1/2” router which is superb.

I think of an SDS as a very basic tool and have always used the above two makes at the £100 mark for corded - this has served me well. Save your money to spend on cordless tools or accurate tools where you gain performance as you pay more (router, chopsaw etc)
 

ShaunCorbs

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Bosch for me
 

gmartine

Gas Engineer
You already have a mix of M18 and M12 so it's a no brainer for me...as long as it's the FUEL version it should easily handle what you want to use for unless you're at it all day. Tbh I carry both, corded and cordless SDS.
 
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Unless you've been weighed out by insurers to replace 'like for like' I'd personally go for corded unless cordless is justified through working at height or on site often.

The extra power & reliability of corded vs more than double the price for less performance has to have a special reason to justify the huge additional spend imho.

BTW So sorry it happened to you. Been there 3 times :(
 

DXCross

Gas Engineer
Bosch battery sds for me. Used daily for Atleast 2 and a bit years and hasn’t missed a beat yet.

For 4 inch cores and the like I used a cheap Titan corded drill from screwfix
Like 60ish quid and no issue returns for when it gives up the ghost. Admittedly fairly bulky though.
 
Thanks for all the replies, i appreciate it help. I used a corded Makita previous but IV heard the cordless of these days are well up to paar. I think I might just bite the bullet and get the fuel Milwaukee cordless and get it bare, saving me fair bit of money.

Insurance are being ok but just bloody taking long!!

Sorry to hear Yorkshire Dave, I guess it's not a matter of if anymore just a matter of when.
 

Ben-gee

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To be honest if you’re doing any amount of 117, 127 cores it is Definitely worth getting a proper core drill - your little SDS will love you for it and last years longer as a consequence.

Just be prepared to get flung around the room on the odd occasion when it jams up - they have so much torque.
 

Harvest Fields

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To be honest if you’re doing any amount of 117, 127 cores it is Definitely worth getting a proper core drill - your little SDS will love you for it and last years longer as a consequence.

Just be prepared to get flung around the room on the odd occasion when it jams up - they have so much torque.
But I’m such a big lad:D:D:D
 
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IV got a DeWalt core drill, and its pretty good. Only problem is the chuck isn't SDS and so the ends are slowly getting ground down. Is it possible to change chucks on any drill? I read somewhere it could be done?

I think im just gonna bite the bullet and get the Milwaukee M18CHX. Just hope there's not gonna be a 2nd gen in Feb lol
 

gmartine

Gas Engineer
IV got a DeWalt core drill, and its pretty good. Only problem is the chuck isn't SDS and so the ends are slowly getting ground down. Is it possible to change chucks on any drill? I read somewhere it could be done?
Yes you should be able to swap the chuck out for an SDS but core drill manufacturers tend not to use SDS or keyless chucks for a reason, they get fecked up pretty quickly.

If I understand you correctly you're wearing down the tips of your existing chuck jaws, sure you're using it the right way?
 
Thanks for all the replies, i appreciate it help. I used a corded Makita previous but IV heard the cordless of these days are well up to paar. I think I might just bite the bullet and get the fuel Milwaukee cordless and get it bare, saving me fair bit of money.

Insurance are being ok but just bloody taking long!!

Sorry to hear Yorkshire Dave, I guess it's not a matter of if anymore just a matter of when.
Iv just got the m12 sds, for anything up to 10mm its unbeatable IMO, anything larger and itll foook it, so need the elec or an 18volt i guess
 
Go for it I’ve got the cordless and hammer it daily on 22mm and 28mm holes and no problems yet had it for about 3years. Highly recommend it
 

Deleted member 96286

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I ditched the corded about a year ago and now use cordless for everything. I use AEG which are the European brand for Ridgid in the USA and rate them highly. The SDS drill powers through a wall using a metre long 22mm drill bit when doing outside taps and both the drill and the impact driver have bags of power. It has a clutch, so won't break your arm when stuck inside a wall. They are cheaper than Milwaukee which I've not had much luck with as two of their tools I own have broken down on me in a year.
 

gmartine

Gas Engineer
I ditched the corded about a year ago and now use cordless for everything. I use AEG which are the European brand for Ridgid in the USA and rate them highly.
I quite like the look and build of alot of that AEG 18v gear but the platform doesn't seem that well supported? Range of batteries, kits and bare tools etc.
 

markadams

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Gas Engineer
I have the M18 fuel SDS drill, it is a beast, lots of power it will core upto 40mm but I prefer using my Marcrist DDM2 for coring as its quicker.

It drains batteries quite quick if on heavy loads so I would get 5+ ah batteries.

The only disadvantage I can see is that it is quite heavy.
 

Deleted member 96286

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I quite like the look and build of alot of that AEG 18v gear but the platform doesn't seem that well supported? Range of batteries, kits and bare tools etc.
Ridgid and AEG are the same tools and are interchangeable. Plenty of stuff like batteries on Ebay and both have websites. Homebase also sell their kit.
 

gmartine

Gas Engineer
Ridgid and AEG are the same tools and are interchangeable. Plenty of stuff like batteries on Ebay and both have websites. Homebase also sell their kit.
Can you post a link? Homebase are clearing out all their AEG 18v gear and ebay are mainly full of Chinese copies with the odd seriously overpriced original AEG battery.
 

Deleted member 96286

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Can you post a link? Homebase are clearing out all their AEG 18v gear and ebay are mainly full of Chinese copies with the odd seriously overpriced original AEG battery.
I got most of my AEG kit at a knocked down price when Homebase were closing their Stirling store. As well as the link below, I'm sure you can get the same on the Ridgid website.
 

gmartine

Gas Engineer
Thanks I'll try the Ridgid site as I was really after just a couple 4A batteries that didn't cost an arm and a leg.
 

ShaunCorbs

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Thanks I'll try the Ridgid site as I was really after just a couple 4A batteries that didn't cost an arm and a leg.
any help to you g ?

 

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