dcl10 Posted October 5, 2012 Report Share Posted October 5, 2012 So I dropped my old 28V Milwaukke hammer drill the other day and basically killed it. Not to much of a problem since it was getting old anyways and was enourmous by todays standards. So I went down to HD and bought the new Fuel hammer drill. Very light, small, powerful and great runtime. Today I went to drill a hole in a 4x6 with a 1 1/4 auger bit, which is pretty common for me and no problem with my old drill. Hit a knot, it stalled and when I tried to back it out it ripped the head of the bolt of that holds the chuck on (never had this occur before) Took it back to HD and got a new one, tried the same hole today, and the drill made a grinding noise and stalled. I just loosened the chuck to pull the tool off, and it still runs but will not shift into second gear. The worst part is I had to have my buddy pull the bits back out with his dewalt. So I'm obviously going to take it back again, but should I try the Milwaukee a 3rd time? My concern is that they just put a much more powerful motor in this thing and did not bother to upgrade the gearbox or anything to handle the extra torque. I need a new drill and like the brushless, tried the Makita BL, but was not at all impressed. My co workers 20v max seems to handle the same task without issue, but I'm not a big fan of dewalt, and it's also not brushless. Maybe I'm too hung up on that just because it's new, but it's a faurly big purchase and I don't want to regret it in a year when a BL version comes out. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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