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Makita DHR171
« on: September 29, 2021, 12:50:12 pm »
Does anyone have experience with the Makita DHR171 or (similar small  1.2J SDS drills)? How does it do drilling 8mm holes in limestone? I'm thinking about getting one for small jobs and at the end of a lot of rope. My DHR243 is excellent but a bit heavy to lug around if you just want to drill a few holes or have to hold it above your head for hours on end. It is however perfect for shotholes or larger holes for resin or plug and feathers. Obviously, as I already have lots of Makita 18v batteries I'm only looking at their stuff.

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Makita DHR171
« on: September 29, 2021, 12:50:12 pm »
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Re: Makita DHR171
« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2021, 01:02:10 pm »
Try searching for posts on here from SamT; I remember he posted some valuable information (and images of packing methods) about one of the smaller Makita dtrills - although I think that may have been the 242 come to think of it.

There may be information about other small drills within the same topic, from memory.

Badlad's advice is usually excellent on this topic - hopefully he'll see this soon & chip in.

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Re: Makita DHR171
« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2021, 01:17:14 pm »
I bought one for installing anchors.
I was sceptical at first due to the size and weight.  (I have a full stable of Makita tools so was “shackled” to this brand, which I don’t mind as I really like Makita).

Really impressed with it, well balanced and easily does the job. Paired up with a 6ah battery it has serious duration for its size.

Pros: compact, light, efficient drilling.

Cons: doest have a chisel action.

To keep it looking new, I wrap it in “hand pallet wrap” (thick clingfilm) and then poke holes in to access the trigger, works a treat  :)

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Re: Makita DHR171
« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2021, 01:40:21 pm »
I think this is the thread you are referring to Pitlamp. Your right its about the 242/243 and Peli 1400's. That's the setup I have already I think 4 TSG members do now after seeing pwhole's set.

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Re: Makita DHR171
« Reply #4 on: September 29, 2021, 02:24:35 pm »
Martyn's Bosch equivalent seemed more than capable of putting 8mm bolts in quickly when I saw it recently, and it was much smaller and lighter (and quieter) than mine, so I'm guessing the Makita will be just as good in that respect. I know what you mean about the weight of the 243, but the chisel action has proved invaluable to me - and the non-hammer chuck too, but for only putting anchors in on climbing routes I can see why a smaller one is appealing.

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Re: Makita DHR171
« Reply #5 on: September 29, 2021, 02:39:36 pm »
Martyn's Bosch equivalent seemed more than capable of putting 8mm bolts in quickly when I saw it recently, and it was much smaller and lighter (and quieter) than mine, so I'm guessing the Makita will be just as good in that respect. I know what you mean about the weight of the 243, but the chisel action has proved invaluable to me - and the non-hammer chuck too, but for only putting anchors in on climbing routes I can see why a smaller one is appealing.

Seeing that little 12v thing drill 8x200m holes is what made me think about it. Don't worry the 243 isn't going anywhere though it's definitely the allrounder.

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Re: Makita DHR171
« Reply #6 on: September 29, 2021, 04:38:01 pm »
I've got the Makita DHR171 - it's a nice bit of kit and works fine for bolting. It doesn't have the same water resistance feature thing that the brushed version has, so you need to be slightly more careful with it (I've made a neoprene "condom" for it).

Originally bought it for installing trellises for roses, then it got snaffled for caving  ;D

 

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