This week's SDS hammer drills
The Bosch GBH 2-26 DRE is now £99.99 inc VAT – DELIVERED NEXT DAY Read More →
Screwfix have got a limited edition Bosch Professional drill at a great price. Read More →
It’s amazing what you can get for under £100 nowadays… Read More →
This trusty Makita remains one of our most popular corded models. Read More →
Sometimes a standard 2kg drill ‘aint enough… Read More →
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Cordless SDS Drill deals
The best 36V Bosch cordless + FREE BOSCH DMF10 ZOOM Stud & Metal Detector Read More →
If you’re looking for a 24V cordless machine? check out the Hitachi DH24DVC at Screwfix Just £229 save £120. Read More →
One day, will all cordless compact models handle like this? Read More →
…awesome drilling from £549 inc VAT. Read More →
Picking up a deal on a 24 Volt machine just got easier… Read More →
Seen these cordless Erbauer models at Screwfix – what’s our verdict? Read More →
There’s the 36 VL-I, 36 VF-LI and 36 V-LICP…confused? Don’t worry… Read More →
We couldn’t find SDS drill reviews – so we decided to do them ourselves
As far as we know we’re the web’s only in-depth site for advice, reviews and price comparison – there’s no like us.
If you’re new to the wonderful world of hammer drilling technology, why not see our page on SDS drills explained or, for help choosing one, see our SDS drill buyer's guide
All our content is written by our review team – one power tool retailer, one construction journalist and several powertool enthusiasts from various trades. As you can imagine, we have plenty of fun testing and reviewing the best models from leading manufactures.
So what is the right machine for you?
If you’ve come this far you probably know at least a little about powertools. Chances are you’re looking for a new drill because you need more power than your standard rotary hammer. The options below will help you narrow your choice to find the right make and model.
Corded SDS drills
There are 3 types of corded machines: lightweight (1.5-2.5Kg), medium (4kg) and SDS Max demolition hammer drills (5kg+). The weight and power you need will be determined by how you intend to use it. For occasional trade or DIY use a lightweight model may suffice; for heavy trade use you’re probably looking at a medium option; and for knocking through seriously thick concrete and breaking stuff up you’ll want one of the big boys. When making comparisons, pay specific attention to the impact energy in Joules (J) and the max drilling capacity (i.e. the max diameter of holes it can drill).
Cordless machines keep getting lighter and more powerful. The main things to consider are voltage and battery type. Do you need 18V/24V/36V? And should it be powered by traditional NiCad; newer NiMH or a sexy – but pricey - Lithium Ion (Li-ion) battery? Again, also look out for impact energy (J) and max drilling capacity. Read our guide to cordless drills
The right brand
This is the million dollar question. Bosch, Makita, DeWalt have the biggest market share; Hitachi are up and coming; Metabo and Hilti have produce excellent machines, and Draper are pushing hard. We try to be impartial and judge each drill on its individual merits (and price tag).
The best price
Of course you can pop into Argos and buy an powerdrill for thirty quid. But will it stand up to the kind of hammer you’re going to chuck at it? Mmm, maybe not. We try to stick to the best brands only and for each of the reviews we also find the lowest price from all the leading power tool retailers. So all in all, you have everything you need to get the best value machine.
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