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  • If you were looking for a stud/joist drill...

    Would you consider buying this one?

    http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=44790

    Personally I would not, but I am curious what people think about this hole-hawg clone

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    Re: If you were looking for a stud/joist drill...

    Tools like this one have never panned out for myself or anyone that I know who has tried to take the cheap way out.
    Most of the time tools like this take more energy addressing their shortcomings than actuaully getting the job completed for which they were purchased.
    Sometimes the can be so disfunctional they can hurt you(dull blade syndrome)

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    • #3
      Re: If you were looking for a stud/joist drill...

      I would rather save up for a good reconditioned Milwaukee 1675 "The Real Thing" HoleHawg. The HF is a copy and a junky copy. I know someone that bought 2 of them for plumbing and electrical work. They would be OK if not for the very poor quality parts and internal machining work. Try working it hard and before long it self destructs. Along the way you very well may get hurt.

      If someone for some reason just doesn't want to go for a true Milwaukee HoleHawg look to major tool companies. DeWalt has a pretty good super duty right angle drill and Makita has a few too. I recommend passing by the Ridgid one. It's not hopeless but for the money it's just not worth it.

      http://www.dewalt.com/us/products/to...p?productID=28
      http://www.makita.com/menu.php?pg=pr...det&tag=DA6300
      http://www.makita.com/menu.php?pg=pr...det&tag=DA4031
      Last edited by Woussko; 09-26-2007, 01:20 AM.

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      • #4
        Re: If you were looking for a stud/joist drill...

        I took a peak inside one just because I was curious. I found the machining work on the internals to be first rate. It could be crappy pot metal but it looked very clean

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        • #5
          Re: If you were looking for a stud/joist drill...

          I've purchased a couple of Chicago Electric tool in the past. I won't ever do it again in the future! They're list of features makes it seem like you're getting a bargain for a halfway decent tool, but my experience with them says different. What you ultimately get is a piece of crap and a lighter wallet because you're going to add the cost of the CE tool on top of the quality one you're going to buy later!

          We use the Milwaukees and they hold up great. Really the only thing to go wrong with those are the switches...and that's an easy and cheap fix. The DeWalts are just ok in my opinion. They don't seem to have nearly as much power as the Milwaukees do.

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          • #6
            Re: If you were looking for a stud/joist drill...

            I agree with the majority about CE tools and Milwaulkee are first rate. Dewalt fills more of my tool box than any other brand. In my shop, I have two small sanders. One is a 25 year old off brand the other is a 1 year old Shop Fox which is a peice of crap!! the idler pulley has caved twice and I took it apart to convert to a drum sander. the 25 yr sander is still going strong.

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