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rawtoxic
08-30-2011, 10:31 AM
Hey I want to see what you guys are using to drill ties and timbers.

My old trusted Hitachi Hammer Drill bit the dust yesterday. So I went and bought a Dewalt DW130V which is a spade handle low RPM high torque drill. I think it' a bit slow for drilling timbers (it will torque through anything however) but I think a better corded with higher RPMS would work better.

Anyone care to give some input?

cameronderzack
08-30-2011, 11:09 AM
Get the dewalt hammer drill that is a 10 amp one. It's nice to have the hammer part if u ever need it for plaster/concrete etc.

Use a wood auger bit too.
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Krafty
08-30-2011, 07:12 PM
we just use the cheapy $100 dewalt corded drill, have been using the same drill for years with out problem.

Moneypit
08-31-2011, 12:00 AM
Am I the only one who uses a sledgehammer? I rarely build timber walls but I have done my share and always used a decent sized sledge (25 lbs I think) to drive the spikes. I never understood why guys like to drill them out first. I can't imagine it would be faster. Maybe I'm missing something???

Snyder's Lawn Inc
09-04-2011, 01:26 AM
Am I the only one who uses a sledgehammer? I rarely build timber walls but I have done my share and always used a decent sized sledge (25 lbs I think) to drive the spikes. I never understood why guys like to drill them out first. I can't imagine it would be faster. Maybe I'm missing something???

I always drilled thru the timbers and 20 lb sledge and hammer 16-20'' 1/2 rebar made wall stronger over Timber spikes
But stop building timber walls back early 90s Timber walls waste of money doesnt last like a inter locking block wall
I know ppl still build them I wont bid on jobs that wants them

xtreem3d
09-04-2011, 08:31 AM
We use Sthil gas powered drills just so we are "portable". We use it for drilling bulbs, flowers ect too

chesterlawn
09-05-2011, 03:53 PM
Don't laugh, but the 3/4 inch drill at Harbor Freight works great. It cost about $40.

Swampy
09-05-2011, 11:45 PM
Milwaukee corded hammer drill with a 1/2in chuck. All my power tools, cordless or corded, are Milwaukee tool. Yes one guy drilling with a ship's auger another placing and driving spikes is faster than just smashing them home.

sven1277
09-07-2011, 10:48 AM
We don't really do timber walls anymore, but I use a cordless impact and timberloc screws.

yankeeyardworks
09-07-2011, 11:09 PM
we use an echo gas powered drill,,the only way to go