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    Favorite Mag. Drill

    I'm going to get a Mag. drill which brand do you like? I don't want to start a red vs blue ford vs chevy thing.
    I will be using annular cutters 5/8" and 3/4. Probably some twist bits and hole saws 1 3/8 and 2 3/8.
    My LWS Sells Fein
    The brand and models I'm looking at are in no particular order:
    1. Fein JCM 256U cost around $1,500
    2. Hougen HMP 917
    3. Milwaukee
    Thanks guys

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    Re: Favorite Mag. Drill

    I have the DeWalt dwe1622. Been a really good drill. I would definitely look for a 2 speed drill considering the larger size holes you plan on making.

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    Re: Favorite Mag. Drill

    Hougen here.



    Iíve since sold the smaller one and wish I had kept it. Way lighter and more than adequate for my hobby/light fab usage.
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    Re: Favorite Mag. Drill

    I have a couple of 914 Hougens and a couple of Milwaukee M18 mag drills. The M18 ones certainly get much more use then the Hougens, no cord in the way so moving them around is much easier. The Hougens will cut larger holes then the M18's but most of what we do is 1 1/4 or smaller. The M18 drills are more expensive but IMHO worth the extra. I have chucks for twist drills but hardly ever use them. Have a tapping head that I use with both and no issues in either one. The Hougen's have the swivel base that sure is nice ut ou can get close with the M18's by not turning the magnet completelyand then bumping it into position.
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    Re: Favorite Mag. Drill

    Any thoughts on Fein? I only ask because my LWS sells them and they have taken care of me.
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    Re: Favorite Mag. Drill

    I have 3 Champion Mag Drills an AC50 and a RB65 and an RB45 they are reliable and work great I also have a Hougen 917 and the one I personally use the most an old ancient Milwaukee 4296-1 thats simply a beast (weighs 89lbs) but the guys in the shop do use the Hougen the most and look at me like I'm nuts when I start heavin the old Milwaukee outa its rack...

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    Re: Favorite Mag. Drill

    Monsoon
    I'm also looking at a Milwaukee. I can get it local, https://www.summitracing.com/parts/mwt-4210-1
    I'm going to call Milwakee Thursday and see if it will fill the bill (see post 1)
    I rented one years ago to drill my 5/8 welding table. It was a pleasure to us.

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    Re: Favorite Mag. Drill

    Quote Originally Posted by Brand X View Post
    Not for everyone, but works for me..

    https://www.emaxaction.com/nittokohkiwa-3500.aspx
    Auto feed is nice but not much for capacity and rpm is awful high to sustain good cutter life

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    Re: Favorite Mag. Drill

    Quote Originally Posted by M J D View Post
    Auto feed is nice but not much for capacity and rpm is awful high to sustain good cutter life

    Cutter life is excellent using the Nitto cutters it takes.(coolant sways) Slows down when sensing a hard spot in Steel..Big cutters/big depth go on my Cincinnati Mill. The Nitto Cutters also work in a standard Mag drill. Still love the quick lock stuff.
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    Re: Favorite Mag. Drill

    I just picked up a Fein 256. My LWS store got me a great deal. I'm going to use it in about an hour!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Re: Favorite Mag. Drill

    Walter is another high end mag drill and they make one for pipe. Metabo also has them including a cordless mag drill.

    https://www.walter.com/products/powe...drilling-units

    https://www.metabo.com/com/en/tools/...c-core-drills/

    https://www.protoolreviews.com/tools...ll-press/1706/
    Last edited by Welder Dave; 05-24-2020 at 02:30 PM.

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    Re: Favorite Mag. Drill

    Mind has been pay for self since 1974
    Black & Decker 3/4" mag drill.
    Used for both drilling and tapping.

    Dave

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