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TP Tools’ sale catalog always features a few cheap tools that might be worth a quick look — for instance, this 3/8” close-quarters drill for $50.  You can certainly find cheaper drills running around, but this one offers the major advantage of a short spine, so it’ll fit in tight spots.

This is the plug-in variety, which means a lot of the on-board girth is motor, not battery and controller gear — so it’ll likely out-torque and out-grunt most similar-sized battery-powered units.  Sure, you probably won’t hand it down to the next generation, but it could help out if you’re constantly short of clearance when drilling holes in the shop.

3/8″ Close-Quarters Drill [TP Tools]
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2 Responses to Cheap-Ass Tools: 3/8″ Close-Quarters Drill

  1. fred says:

    Being in the plumbing and remodeling/GC business we use quite a number of Right angle drills. We also need to bore lots of holes – and like selfeed bits to accomplish this task. Lightweight attachments are clearly not up to this task – nor are any of the cordless drills that we’ve tried – so we use dedicated 110V – corded right angle drills. We had standardized on (have 12 ) using Milwaukee Hole-Hawg (1676-6) drills that have a ½ inch chuck, a reverse gearcase and 7.5 Amp motors. They are rated to use up to 4-5/8 inch selfeeds.

    Based on a past comment from another toolmonger – we decided to try out a Milwaukee Super Hole Hawg (1680-20) that’s rated at 15 amps. We bought one and also bought a Makita DA4031 that’s rated at 10 amps. We like both – but my guys give the edge to the Makita – it being a bit lighter and having better grips than the Milwaukee. Both seem powerful enough for anything we throw at them.

    In our carpentry work – we have been using several smaller Makita DA3000 – 3/8 inch corded right angle drills – but might replace them with the newer Makita DA3010F ‘s that have a more powerful motor and now come with an LED light. We had tried the Milwaukee close quarters drill (it looked to be based on an old Sioux design) some time back – but it did not hold up in use. I hear that Milwaukee has redesigned this tool.

  2. David Bryan says:

    I’ve got one of the little Sears drills that this looks mighty similar to and I like it quite a bit. The housing kind of half-shrouds the chuck and it’s really easy to get your hand pinched if you’re not careful enough. These little things (the Sears one, anyway) will make 1-inch holes in wood about as fast as I move these days, which ain’t saying much, but I wouldn’t mention them in the same breath as a Hole Hawg or other serious drill. They’re really handy, though.

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