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Old 1st June 2013, 02:42 AM   #1
icydash is offline icydash  United States
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Hey guys, so I don't own a cordless drill yet, but I need to get one to hand some pictures around the house, put together furniture and, most importantly, drill holes into an aluminum enclosure like this (Pedal Parts Plus: 1590NS {similar to Hammond 1590BB} UNFINISHED) for a guitar pedal I'm making.

I know absolutely zero about drills and bits, but I don't mind shelling out some cash for a good quality tool. So what do you recommend?
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Old 1st June 2013, 03:27 AM   #2
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I think you need to consider it from the angle of "how much am I going to use it". I use drills daily and it really comes down to "Will it drill the hole I need" and "How many of those holes will it drill before it wears out or the battery fails?"
Your tasks mentioned are all pretty much in the reach of nearly any drill available at the neighborhood home improvement store. I would also suggest staying away from cordless drills if you only plan to use it occasionally. Cord type drills will last much longer, sitting in a closet, then battery drills.
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Old 1st June 2013, 03:32 AM   #3
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My experience has been that any of the more expensive brands are about equivalent. Milwaukee's a solid brand, but anything at that price tier will be similar in durability.

The newer technology is lithium, of course, and that has a lot of advantages, especially for occasional users, so go with that rather than ni-cads.

If you're planning on doing a lot of case work or similar projects, a small drill press is a much better tool for that than a cordless hand drill. Pretty easy to find at garage sales and flea markets.

Definitely spend the money for good drill bits. If you're going to be tapping any small holes, get numbered drills as they come in more sizes so you can get exactly the right size hope to tap out threads. Split point bits start easier and generally cut better, especially in harder metals. For larger holes in thin metal, a step drill is the ticket.

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Old 1st June 2013, 04:32 AM   #4
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Since you say "I know absolutely zero about Drills & bits...." you know how to use a Drill correctly? If not, look up a short video on proper operation of this tool........If your just going to wing it with no instruction, practice nor proper knowledge.....An improperly used Drill can injure rather savagely....blood everywhere, missing fingers,

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Old 1st June 2013, 04:44 AM   #5
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Thanks for the recommendations. Can you guys point me to something specific; maybe something I can pick up from Amazon? I'd rather not walk into a hardware store and ask someone and get shanked on price. But yeah I'll use the tool pretty irregularly and I don't plan on making lots of guitar pedals; maybe just two or three. Other than that, I'll just be using the tool when we buy new furniture to screw it together, or to hang paintings on walls.

Thanks for the safety advice, too. I have used a drill in the past so I'm not a total newbie when it comes to actually using a drill, but I just know absolutely zero about the technologies and what would work best for drilling an aluminum case (and how to even go about doing that effectively).

I'll definitely look up some videos on Youtube, but feel free to advise!

I don't even know what "tapping small holes" means! =)

A drill press is an interesting idea. What would be appropriate to use for a guitar pedal project like this (specific links please)?
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Old 1st June 2013, 05:50 PM   #6
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I have had many cordless drills over the years. The battery always goes bad before the drill goes out. I have at least 5 drills in my garage without batteries. What is fustrating is all the drills I have had the batteries are not interchangeable and they always are so expensive that I end up buying new drill. For the last 5 years I have had the Roybi One+. The reason I have been sold on this drill is because of the battery. They are interchangeable with may cordless tools. So as I have added to my tools I always get a new battery that has been interchangeable with my drill. Recently one of my batteries was going out. I went to home depot to get a battery on sale was a cordless weed eater. The weed eater was part of the Roybi One+ system and had a newer type lithium battery lighter stronger lasts longer. So i got a new battery that is better than the original and that is compatible with my drill that originally came with a nicad battery. That has really sold me that they(Roybi) are keeping their batteries compatible as they are improving battery technology!! Big plus !! I no longer need to replace my drill i can either buy a new better battery or new tool that comes with a new improved battery and be sure it is compatible with all my cordless tools.

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Old 1st June 2013, 06:04 PM   #7
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Festool, Bosch, or Makita Blue.
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Old 1st June 2013, 06:19 PM   #8
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Irwin and Starrett for drills.
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Old 1st June 2013, 06:20 PM   #9
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It seems like batteries have been a source of complaint for a lot of people with their drills. Perhaps a drill with a cord is the best option for me, since then I won't have to worry about battery wear / getting backup batteries / charging times /etc. Moreover, I'll be working mostly indoors when I use my drill with power access, so battery power is not really necessary.

Maybe something like this? ... seems cheap enough and has good reviews. As long as it's powerful enough to cut through my aluminum metal box, it seems like a good option?

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Old 1st June 2013, 06:27 PM   #10
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For assembling and disassembling things I would go for this: 4-volt quarter inch screwdriver | Milwaukee Tool Can be ordered from Home Depot's website with 1 or 2 batteries. I use these day in and out at my job and they are quality. The torque clutch is fantastic, and it's quite powerful for being just a 4V tool. Extremely comfortable to use.

Drilling holes in enclosures and panels, I'll agree that a drill press is what you want. I found a used one in great condition on Craigslist. Spend a little more and get good quality drill bits. And a good step drill bit.
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