SDS v. ordinary chuck

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My cordless drill (DeWalt) is beginning to die, or at least the two batteries are. Also, I shall need to do some drilling into masonry and have heard that SDS bits are far superior for this sort of work. For that reason, I'm thinking of getting a corded SDS drill for around the £100 mark. I've heard on here that many people regard Bosch Blue highly. However, all my drill bits are not SDS and so I'd prefer to get a drill which has interchangeable SDS and ordinary chucks. Are such things available? I am assuming that SDS chucks will not accept non-SDS bits.
 
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Seen these three on Screwfix web site:
1 - http://www.screwfix.com/p/bosch-2kg-sds-plus-drill-gbh2000-240v/87453 = £100
2 - http://www.screwfix.com/p/bosch-gbh2-20d-2kg-sds-plus-hammer-drill-240v/99979 = £130
3 - http://www.screwfix.com/p/bosch-gbh-2-24-d-2kg-sds-plus-hammer-drill-240v/61945 = £125

No. 2 costs slightly more than no. 3, is 650W compared to 790W, but weighs 4.1kg compared to 2.8kg.
All three are fairly similar in most respects, but I don't understand why no. 2 weighs more and costs a little more than no. 3, yet is less powerful. The extra weight might suggest a more solid construction but, on the other hand, I suspect it might be more difficult to hold steady because of that.
Incidentally, I get the impression that no. 1 might be an earlier product than the other two.

Has anyone any experience of these? Any recommendations?
 
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Get number 3
Thanks. That's what I thought, but why is no. 2 more expensive? Has it got some advantage that I cannot see?

Also, re. the use of standard bits, rather than buying a standard chuck that 'plugs into' the SDS chuck, is it possible to get interchangeable chucks: one SDS and one keyless? It's just that one chuck on the end of another looks like it might be a bit wobbly! (I realise that the non-SDS chuck should not be used with hammer.)
 
I've answered my own question now. It appears that the GBH2-24 DF comes with two interchangeable chucks (SDS and conventional). It costs a bit more but, I suppose, you're paying for a second chuck.
 
if you buy a chuck and adaptor - DO NOT use it on hammer as the power of the hammer will smash the chuck. Proper SDS bits are not expensive so just bite the bullet and get some
 
if you buy a chuck and adaptor - DO NOT use it on hammer as the power of the hammer will smash the chuck. Proper SDS bits are not expensive so just bite the bullet and get some
Thanks for that, Seaangler.
No, it's not an adaptor, it comes with two interchangeable chucks as standard and, from what I can gather, the non-SDS one has a hollow to accommodate the SDS piston should this be left active accidentally. Of course, I'll check when I get one. I didn't want to get an adapter because, from what I can see, it just plugs into the SDS chuck which would add length to the drill and (I may be wrong) looks as if it might be a bit wobbly!

I intend the use the SDS chuck just for hammer-action on masonry (and perhaps chiselling), and the non-SDS chuck for wood and metal. I have a number of standard drill bits that still have life in them and replacing them would cost more than the extra chuck.

Screwfix, incidentally, don't do the 'DF' version (they do the 'D' without interchangeable chucks), but fortunately I've found a supplier that sells the 'DF' for around the same price as Screwfix sell the 'D'. They seem to be a genuine firm with a registered UK address.
 
You can get a Dewalt for £89. I've got Dewalt and Bosch and I much prefer the Dewalt. I've had it 8 years now and it doesn't half get some hammer. Works like a dream.
 
I've had a Makita hr2470 for a few years and it goes through anything like butter.
I only use 6,7 and 8mm bits and I'm still at the first set that came with the drill.
I must have drilled more than 5000 holes with them.
Look online for best price, my friend bought one from screwfix not long ago for under £100.
 
Having heard so many recommendations on here for the brand, I've ordered a Bosch GBH(Grievous Bodily Harm?:LOL:)2-24DF as I mentioned above.
I found a (reputable) outlet offering it for £134 online compared to just about everywhere else at £160 or more, post-free and next day delivery. Can't ask for better than that. Should be with me tomorrow.
 
Bosch tools are now made in south America.
The factory in Germany is used to produce Parkside tools sold by lidl.
That's why Bosch tools have become rubbish
 
Having heard so many recommendations on here for the brand, I've ordered a Bosch GBH(Grievous Bodily Harm?:LOL:)2-24DF as I mentioned above.
I found a (reputable) outlet offering it for £134 online compared to just about everywhere else at £160 or more, post-free and next day delivery. Can't ask for better than that. Should be with me tomorrow.

and i bet your say to your self why the fook didnt i buy 1 sooner:)
 
Having heard so many recommendations on here for the brand, I've ordered a Bosch GBH(Grievous Bodily Harm?:LOL:)2-24DF as I mentioned above.
I found a (reputable) outlet offering it for £134 online compared to just about everywhere else at £160 or more, post-free and next day delivery. Can't ask for better than that. Should be with me tomorrow.

and i bet your say to your self why the fook didnt i buy 1 sooner:)
You're probably right. I have heard such good things about both Bosch and SDS drills in general that I expect life to become much easier!
Some time ago, I had to drill some holes in our patio York stone slabs in which to screw some (ELV) outdoor lamps. I used my DeWalt 18V hammer drill (mentioned in my OP) and remember that it took ages and a great deal of pressure and vibration and I think it wore out a couple of drill bits at the same time. I resolved 'never again'!
 

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