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Drill for timbers and railroad ties

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by rawtoxic, Aug 30, 2011.

  1. rawtoxic

    rawtoxic LawnSite Member
    Messages: 106

    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?
  2. cameronderzack

    cameronderzack LawnSite Member
    Messages: 75

    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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  3. Krafty

    Krafty LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from St. Louis MO
    Messages: 706

    we just use the cheapy $100 dewalt corded drill, have been using the same drill for years with out problem.
  4. Moneypit

    Moneypit LawnSite Member
    Messages: 87

    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???
  5. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,530

    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
  6. xtreem3d

    xtreem3d LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 801

    We use Sthil gas powered drills just so we are "portable". We use it for drilling bulbs, flowers ect too
  7. chesterlawn

    chesterlawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 704

    Don't laugh, but the 3/4 inch drill at Harbor Freight works great. It cost about $40.
  8. Swampy

    Swampy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,435

    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.
  9. sven1277

    sven1277 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 678

    We don't really do timber walls anymore, but I use a cordless impact and timberloc screws.
  10. yankeeyardworks

    yankeeyardworks LawnSite Member
    from 04032
    Messages: 18

    we use an echo gas powered drill,,the only way to go

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