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Which drill for the job?

When planning a building project, it can often be the smaller bits of equipment that get overlooked, but these can be the bits that make the biggest difference.

Choosing the right drill hire can both save time and effort and enable you to achieve a better, more precise result.

Here’s the Mr Plant Hire Guide to the differences between drills and finding the right drill for your construction project.

Sds drills

Sds stands for Slotted drive system. This refers to the slots at the end of the shank which fit into the chuck of an Sds drill. It’s these slots that allow the drill bit to work in a hammer action, unlike drills that rely on a standard drill chuck system.

Percussion drills

Less powerful than Sds drills,  the percussion drill uses the same system as hammer drills, but the chuck is engineered to extremely fine tolerances, enabling the drill bit to make a very accurate hole, without any unrequired wobbling that results in a wider-than-needed hole.

Combi drilling breakers

Perfect for drilling concrete and wood, these 110v combi drilling breakers and are very versatile. They can drill holes in concrete up to 14mm and holes in wood up to 20mm.

Cordless hammer drills

Without being limited by a cord, cordless hammer drills are great for drilling tough surfaces, such as concrete and masonry.

Diamond drills

If you need to make holes in more fragile materials such as ceramic, porcelain, glass, stone, marble and granite then a diamond drill bit, strengthened with pieces of embedded diamond powder, are what you’ll need.

Right angle drills

A cross between a miniature hand drill and a screw driver, this drill’s head is set at a 90-degree angle to enable it to be used in confined spaces. The right angled drill is small and lightweight making it easy to use, even in tight areas.

Rock drills

A rock drill has cruciform cutting edges to enable it to drill through rocks. These drills are perfect for drilling wells or preparing foundations.

Rotabroach (an electro-magnetic drill)

Rotabroaches are established and respected in the industry and are invaluable for boring clean and accurate holes in iron and steel. Perfect for industrial use, the rotabroach is available in a variety of sizes, the smallest of which is perfect for use in awkward locations.

Rotary hammer drill

This combines a hammer drill with a slotted drive system chuck and drill bit to combine a hammer action and a rotary action for extra power. A rotary hammer drill is perfect for wood, thin metal and masonry.

Wet diamond drilling rig

A wet diamond drilling rig with diamond enforced drill bits enables holes to be drilled in concrete and masonry up to 250mm in diameter. The wet diamond drilling rig keeps noise to a minimum and provides an anchor bolt system, whilst a water feed minimises the amount of resulting dust.

Demolition Hammer Drill

A piston-driving hammer drill is perfect for breaking up concrete. They use the Sds chuck to enable the all-important hammer motion but are very heavy which can make them difficult to manoeuvre.

Impact Drill

An impact drill uses two or three times the amount of power that a standard drill or driver can apply and is perfect for driving screws into materials such as wood with smooth and constant torque.

To hire the right drill for your construction work or for advice on the right small tools for your construction project, contact us at Mr Plant Hire on  020 8351 3434.

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