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1/2" Variable Speed Reversible Hammer Drill - 45338 view this item at harborfreight.com »

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Review by rotty on November 27th, 2009
Worked to drill only a few holes then the trigger stayed on.
Review by yiranhu on November 26th, 2009
Had one that worked well for a while. Then when I really need to drill out a bolt, it crapped out. I went and got another one. That one was dead on arrival. Had to replace it. That one on the other hand worked great (more power than the first one). So I'm not entirely sure of the quality of these things but when they work, they work.
Review by Bigplanz on November 1st, 2009
Got it for $27 on sale. Pretty good value and it works well on concrete block and poured concrete. Tip: use a good masonry bit. This make all the difference in the world. The drill itself is only as good as the bit that's in it. I've used mine to drill holes for electrical boxes and shelving in concrete block, and to set anchors in brick. Drilling in brick is never much fun, but this drill did it ok if I went slow. Don't push the drill into the concrete or brick as hard as you can. Just push it in firmly, back it out, push it in, etc. If you let the drill and bit do the work it will be fine. Bonus: on wood floor joists it will rip right through with a spade bit and not bog down a bit.

The depth guage is pretty much useless, though. I threw mine away after the first use because it would vibrate loose and not hold the depth measurement. I just put tape on the bit at the depth I want, or just measure with a nail when I get close.

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