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johnnywill08
06-29-2007, 03:06 PM
6x6x8 pt timbers and 4x4 untreated fir...

what's the preferred tool here? preferred bit?

thanks in advance guys.

Henry
06-29-2007, 07:13 PM
Go with timberlock screws if you can find them and forget drilling. You will need a strong drill though, no batteries.

johnnywill08
06-29-2007, 07:40 PM
Go with timberlock screws if you can find them and forget drilling. You will need a strong drill though, no batteries.

thanks henry

Focal Point Landscapes
07-01-2007, 01:28 AM
I use a cordless 18 volt Dewalt - usually soft wood.

Oasis-Outdoor
07-01-2007, 01:42 AM
If you really have to drill a lot of them you could consider a 2 cycle gas powered drill, I think Stihl still makes one. Either rent or buy depending on how often you'd use one.

johnnywill08
07-01-2007, 10:38 AM
just bought a cheap 6 amp craftsmen hammer drill. good call or no? got a long 1/2" bit for the rebar (into ground) and then i'll attach the timbers to each other w/ the timberlocks, right? anyway thanks guys.

by the way, i thought of the gas drill but its prob way more machine than i need now.

Greybeard
07-08-2007, 09:30 PM
In case you're still looking, we just did a parking lot curb job with pressure treated 8x8's right out the mill soaking wet. Used a fast (2500 RPM) electric, not battery, drill and a long electrician's 1/2" drill bit - about $20. Zipped through in a few seconds. Then we set the timbers in place and went through the wood into the asphalt with a hammer drill. Pounded the 1/2" rebar in with a 3 lb. mason's hammer. The hammer drill is good for concrete, brick, pavement, etc., but it won't be much faster in wood.

baddarryl
07-09-2007, 02:05 AM
I've got a 1/2" 7amp Milwaukee drill that will go though anything in no time. Not cheap, but will last longer than most of us.

sheshovel
07-09-2007, 02:26 AM
I just use a long wood bit (has a blade that is wide and sharp on both sides with a screwlike tip to get the hole started.) and a normal drill you plug into the wall.