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136 of 139 people found the following review helpful.
BEST IN SHOW -Obsessive Tool Guy Compares to the Competition
By Karl G. Fife
I considered all of the right-angle drills currently available in this class before making my purchase. Here is why I decided against each of the competitors and bought the Makita DA3010F:
--Bosch 1132VSR 3/8" Right-Angle Drill
I have many fantastic Bosch tools, but this one does not impress me. It is less powerful than the others in its class, and the bevel gears generate a lot of heat when being worked long or worked hard. It has an awkward power switch, which for safety reasons requires a compound motion to actuate. This unit has no side handle option. It is also expensive.
--Milwaukee 0375-6 3/8" Close-Quarters Drill
This drill is also comparatively underpowered. It too has no side handle. Personally, I don't like the 55-degree angle, and physical shape of this drill. I have no first hand experience with this tool, but it seems as though the shape would preclude use in some tight quarter situations such as a hole close to (and parallel to) the floor in a half-width joist. I respect Milwaukee drills and doubtless this one shines in many respects, but I don't like it.
--DEWALT DW160 3/8" Heavy Duty Right Angle Drill
This is a poor excuse for a drill. It has no side handle, it is severely underpowered, and does not reverse! This is a real surprise from DeWalt. It might not be a bad tool if it were priced at $59 but with a street price of $135 (Amazon) it's abysmal.
--Hitachi D10YB 3/8" Right Angle Drill
This tool really caught my eye. It's powerful, slim, and has a side handle. Being fully $50 cheaper than the Makita, it seemed like a real winner. HOWEVER it has 2 glaring problems. PROBLEM 1: The on-off switch is separate from the speed control. I find it essential to be able to vary the torque of the tool on the fly with my trigger finger rather than having to stop, adjust the speed, then restart. Furthermore, the on-off switch slides, and requires deliberate disengagement to turn the tool off. You are unlikely to be able to deliberately disengage the switch if your drill bit binds up unexpectedly as they often do. What happens is that the drill body begins turning instead of the bit. When this happens, there is a real danger of fingers or other body parts being pinned (read crushed) between the drill and some stationary object nearby. This is especially risky in a close quarter situation where your getting-out-of-the-way options are limited. PROBLEM 2: To make matters worse, the drill has feedback circuitry to maintain a constant RPM no matter what the load is on the motor. Normally that's a good feature in a power tool, but NOT in a compact right-angle drill. This is very dangerous. If your bit binds up as described above, and a body part gets pinned it will be exposed to the MAXIMUM force the drill can produce even if the drill is on the lowest power setting! When the drill notices that it's slowing down (because it's crushing your hand) it cranks up the power as much as possible to keep the chuck from slowing down. (Did I forget to mention that the power switch is still locked on?)
SO I BOUGHT THE MAKITA DA3010F 3/8" Angle Drill with L.E.D. Light
The Makita does not have the dangerous feedback circuitry feature mentioned above. When my bit binds up, the tool either jerks to a stop because it's on a low power setting, or it gets yanked out of my control hand, causing my fingers to release the speed switch, and the drill just stops. No crushed fingers!
The Makita is powerful, it is compact, and it has a nice removable side handle which attaches to EITHER side of the drill. Fit and finish is as good as I have ever seen on a power tool. I was impressed. The variable speed paddle switch has a speed limit dial. It is an excellent design. It lets you take advantage of the precise, light action of the paddle-switch actuator yet it caps your maximum speed to a pre-set limit. It really works well.
If I had to make a wish list, it would include adding an electronic brake and a pushbutton safety switch to this tool. The safety is of secondary importance, because you will quickly learn to turn the speed-limit dial down to zero. This works as well as a having a dedicated safety switch, but it would be nice to leave the speed limit dial set where you want it, and toggle a safety on and off when changing bits etc. I should probably mention that NONE of the other tools reviewed here had these wishlist features either.
The LED work light is a very nice touch. When drilling with spade bits in dark quarters I can even watch the color of the wood change as each layer of the grain is removed. Furthermore, when you lightly touch the paddle switch, the light turns on without actually spinning the chuck so you can use the drill as an impromptu flashlight without brandishing a spinning drill bit! I expect that you'll see LED lights on nearly every tool in the future. I just makes too much sense.
I give this tool my highest recommendation. It smacks of quality, and feels good in your hand.
36 of 36 people found the following review helpful.
By A Customer
I looked hard at these drills before I picked this one. The head height and variable speed is what sold me on this one. None of the others had this minimum clearance.
One cautionary note, the paddle switch is large, which makes it easy to run the drill, but also easy to accidentially switch it on. So when changing out drill bits UNPLUG IT! Also you need to be a little careful when you put it down, as you could put it down so that the switch kicks on. It's not easy to do, but more possible than with your more regular style drill.
That said, I love it. It does the job I bought it for. Tight space holes. And I use it as a second drill so I don't have to switch bits as often when I need to drill a pilot hole and then the full sized one.
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It's even sweeter when you get your hands on it !
By Bob Feeser
I just reported on this drill based on specifications, compared to some of the forerunners in the competition. In addition to that review, I have to say, I just received the drill, and it is truly a well built machine.
It addresses all of the other concerns reviewers were stating with the competition. The paddle on-off switch is conveniently located. The variable speed is so exact, that you can set it for off, and up a little from that, it takes 32 seconds for the chuck to turn one revolution. Not that you need that kind of crawl, but it let's you know that you can go from anywhere from a dead stop to full speed, and anywhere in between. Important when driving screw heads in delicate furniture, or cabinet making situations.
The forward-reverse switch is conveniently buried in the handle, at the tip of your fingers, but recessed enough that you will not accidentally trip it.
The 2 1/2" (approx) drill head height, is the same for the entire body of the drill. We are talking maximum clearance for those cramped quarter jobs.
The sound of the drill while it is running, smacks quality. It has that fine bearing sound.
The included removable side handle is large enough, that you might want to consider buying a buffing attachment, and using it for fine polising panels.
I'm crazy about tools that make you feel good when you use them. Nothing is worse than fighting an ill engineered tool. Quality tools equal quality work, and this tool will make you shine. Highly recommended.