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Struggling to drill into wall

Discussion in 'Building' started by simondyntDBeK, 3 Sep 2021.

  1. simondyntDBeK

    simondyntDBeK

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    I'm need to drill some 12mm x 40mm holes into an old Welsh cottage wall (which I'm guessing is made of old Welsh rocks!) but really struggling. I'm fitting climbing holds to make a climbing wall!

    I bought a nice new drill bit but it's not having it. Any tips? Maybe my crappy old drill isn't up to the job?

    Cheers!

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  3. Harry Bloomfield

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    You need an SDS+ drill plus SDS+ 12mm drill bit, for best effect.

    With a basic hammer drill, then you need to start with smaller pilot bits and work up to 12mm.
     
  4. simondyntDBeK

    simondyntDBeK

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    Ah ok - I've got 20+ to do! Reckon I can hire an SDS+ drill from a hire place?
     
  5. Harry Bloomfield

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    You could, but it might cost as much as buying a cheap sds from the likes of Aldi / Lidl.
     
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    I bought a JCB SDS drill for about £60 from B&Q, happy with it so far. Can't seem to find them on the website though.

    Had a Katsu (about £40 on amazon) but it died pretty quick.
     
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    This. https://www.screwfix.com/p/titan-tt...s-drill-22-piece-accessory-kit-230-240v/4172g

    It's cheap and a bit of a heavy beast, but has a heavy hammer and a set of bits etc which whilst not great quality are certainly serviceable. Had mine a few years now and it's been well used, mainly as a breaker, but when I need to drill something very hard it seems to eat holes quicker than my lighter bosch SDS.

    Usual screwfix no questions 2 year warranty. What's not to like...
     
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    I've got the same drills, and the Titan is a lot better on a hard stone like Chert.
     
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  11. simondyntDBeK

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    Thanks everyone. I'll head to screwfix tomorrow and grab one of those. This is becoming an expensive vanity project :)
     
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    I don't understand why JCB sold their name to those cheap drills.

    To the op, as already advised, start with smaller (5/6mm) bits first. If you buy an SDS you'll have to buy new bits as they're not compatible with what you've already got.
     
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    Whilst the SDS bits you get with the Titan drill are OK, if you still struggle I recommend the Dewalt Extreme range
     
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    Some Welsh walls can be what seems to be just random rocks held together with mud/cow-dung. Hope yours are more secure than that !
     
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