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The Site power tool range is designed and manufactured by Makita with all the professional performance and reliability you would expect from this heritage. Compact, lightweight yet robust and with all-metal gearing, this 18V Combi Drill is supplied with 3 batteries and a 30-minute charger. It comes with a 1 year warranty and the Makita Site supportline is available on 01908 214004.

* 3 x 1.3Ah Ni-Cd Batteries
* 1hr Charger
* 2-Speed
* 13mm Keyless Chuck
* 16 Torque Settings

3 x 1.3Ah Ni-Cd batteries, carry case.
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#1
Also scorching - thanks OP
banned#2
Hot! Just ordered!
[mod]#3
IF the batteries on these are the same template as Makita regular drill batteries I can see many buying just to get new batteries for their older drills.
#4
A leaflet i picked up in Redditch Screwfix said that all the batteries are interchangeable. HOT
#5
Hi,
I'm looking to buy my first drill, which will be used for general purpose DIY around the home (a manly Tim 'the tool man' Taylor moment coming on!). Do you (more knowledgeable folk) think the 18v will be overkill and not sensitive enough for lighter jobs and I might be better off with the Site SMB800 14.4V, which is also on offer? Or is it better to just go with the more powerful option, which I guess might be more versatile? Excuse my ignorance, but I'm more of a car tinkerer and manual tool guy than a power tool DIY'er.
Any advice gladly received!
Cheers, Si
1 Like #6
Go for the 18v Simon.Always better to be on top of a job.
#7
Nearly bought the Makita one from there for £80, for the amount I'm going to use it, this is far better price!
1 Like #8
SimonSJP
Hi,
I'm looking to buy my first drill, which will be used for general purpose DIY around the home (a manly Tim 'the tool man' Taylor moment coming on!). Do you (more knowledgeable folk) think the 18v will be overkill and not sensitive enough for lighter jobs and I might be better off with the Site SMB800 14.4V, which is also on offer? Or is it better to just go with the more powerful option, which I guess might be more versatile? Excuse my ignorance, but I'm more of a car tinkerer and manual tool guy than a power tool DIY'er.
Any advice gladly received!
Cheers, Si


Personally i would go for the 14.4v it has 1.3Ah batteries the same as the 18v but the 14.4v has a 30min charger as a 1 hour for the 18v and to upgrade the batteries are cheaper on the 14.4v than the 18v ie 3.0 Ah £75 for the 14.4v & £95 for the 18v i have a Dewalt and Makita 12v 1.3 Ah and they are a bit gutless compared to my 14.4v 2.0 Ah combi drill :)
#9
den169
Go for the 18v Simon.Always better to be on top of a job.


Personally i would go for the 14.4v it has 1.3Ah batteries the same as the 18v but the 14.4v has a 30min charger as a 1 hour for the 18v and to upgrade the batteries are cheaper on the 14.4v than the 18v ie 3.0 Ah £75 for the 14.4v & £95 for the 18v i have a Dewalt and Makita 12v 1.3 Ah and they are a bit gutless compared to my 14.4v 2.0 Ah combi drill


Thanks for the advice Den and Hoppie! Always good to have two sides to an argument :-D

I interpret it as your both basically saying power is the key (More power! Arg arg arg arg!) - be it by buying the more powerful drill in the first place, or upgrading the batteries on the less powerful one. Food for thought, cheers!

Oh, and repped for your help. :thumbsup:

http://rlv.zcache.com/binford_tools_tool_time_sticker-p217836438651177580qjcl_400.jpg:thumbsup:
#10
There was a 10% off code knocking around last week for the £80 drill. Does anyone know if that code is still valid. I want to order some stuff but can't find the code.

Rep left if anyone can help
#11
philh777
There was a 10% off code knocking around last week for the £80 drill. Does anyone know if that code is still valid. I want to order some stuff but can't find the code.

Rep left if anyone can help


I looked around on t' web earlier, no joy sorry. :-(
1 Like #12
The code ran out on sunday i think.
#13
den169
The code ran out on sunday i think.


Thanks den, From memory, I think you're right. Rep left
#14
SimonSJP " I interpret it as your both basically saying power is the key (More power! Arg arg arg arg!) - be it by buying the more powerful drill in the first place, or upgrading the batteries on the less powerful one. Food for thought, cheers! "

I would say if you are only using it for light DIY at home 14.4v if you are more trade then 18v both drills are impressive enough in their build quality and spec 14.4v gives 36Nm torque and 18v gives 42Nm not a big difference, my comment on batteries is for more power/torque the batteries are cheaper for the 14.4v but the 18v will always have slightly more torque using the same Ah batteries. Also the 14.4 has 30min charger so if you are heavy screwing (ha ha) ie 6" frame fixings then the power will fade quickly even using on a low gear ratio so fast charging can be advantageous with 3 batteries. I have the Makita 12v 3 batts and (30 min) fast charger so its very useful, also my tip is number your batteries so you know which one to use next in sequence so they all get used/charged the same amount. :thumbsup:
#15
Well iv'e been down and bought the Site one,I also bought the Makita last week they are virtually identical the batterys fit each other chargers the same.very slightly different chuck.So i now have to decide do i keep the Makita or take it back for a refund and buy another site one, or keep both,I will keep the Site one anyway as with 3 batterys its a bargain.
#16
This is a bargain - why is this deal not getting hotter?!

nextday.co.uk have it for £120 - http://nextday.diy.com/app/jsp/product/productPage.jsp?productId=59749 - they have sold it cheaper in past but just one battery on their website is costing nearly as much as the drill + 3 batteries at screwfix - as long as you aren't a professional then this drill will last you 5 years or longer.
#17
Ordered, + repped.

Thanks.
#18
Everybody is going on about the 14v having a 30 minute charger have you not read the description " 18V Combi Drill is supplied with 3 batteries and a 30-minute charger " in my opinion 1.3ah is a bit weak, I bought a 24v Bosch with 1.5ah and upgraded to 3000ah makes no difference to power just how long the battery will last between charges.
#19
Hoppie
I would say if you are only using it for light DIY at home 14.4v if you are more trade then 18v both drills are impressive enough in their build quality and spec 14.4v gives 36Nm torque and 18v gives 42Nm not a big difference, my comment on batteries is for more power/torque the batteries are cheaper for the 14.4v but the 18v will always have slightly more torque using the same Ah batteries. Also the 14.4 has 30min charger so if you are heavy screwing (ha ha) ie 6" frame fixings then the power will fade quickly even using on a low gear ratio so fast charging can be advantageous with 3 batteries. I have the Makita 12v 3 batts and (30 min) fast charger so its very useful, also my tip is number your batteries so you know which one to use next in sequence so they all get used/charged the same amount. :thumbsup:


Thanks again Hoppie. Your comments gave me lots to think about. I actually decided to go for the 18v in the end. I thought the option of having a little more torque would suit me better, because I am likely to be doing varied jobs of different intensities, but nothing that will take a long time. So battery life is less of an issue for me. Three batteries should give me more than enough time to get jobs done. I'm also going to have to drill some lintels for curtain rails pretty soon, so the extra torque should come in handy.

I also bought the 'Makita P-67832 101 Piece Accessory Kit' at £19.99 (was £49.99 apparently):

http://www.screwfix.com/prods/96659/Drill-Bits/Drill-Bit-Sets/Combination-Sets/Makita-P-67832-101-Piece-Accessory-Kit?cm_mmc=AffiliateWindow-_-DeepLink-_-top50deals-_-Makita-P-67832-101-Piece-Accessory-Kit&source=aw#

Lots of good reviews and it seemed like the ideal starter kit.

Have a good Easter everyone! :thumbsup:
#20
oberlisc
Everybody is going on about the 14v having a 30 minute charger have you not read the description " 18V Combi Drill is supplied with 3 batteries and a 30-minute charger " in my opinion 1.3ah is a bit weak, I bought a 24v Bosch with 1.5ah and upgraded to 3000ah makes no difference to power just how long the battery will last between charges.


The written description says 30min charger, but the brief and specs say 1hr. It's also on sale with a 1hr charger in B&Q. So I hope your right, but there's more evidence to indicate that the 18v Site comes with a 1hr charger.

:thumbsup:
1 Like #21
B&Q own Screwfix, same mistakes on both websites.

Mine arrived earlier, batteries seemed to charge in about 30 minutes from flat.

Came with 3 batteries, case, charger and a double ended screwdriver bit.

Well impressed.:thumbsup:
1 Like #22
Inactive
B&Q own Screwfix, same mistakes on both websites.

Mine arrived earlier, batteries seemed to charge in about 30 minutes from flat.

Came with 3 batteries, case, charger and a double ended screwdriver bit.

Well impressed.:thumbsup:


Good times! Thanks for the feedback Inactive :thumbsup:
#23
Proper bargain. Its a Makita in a cheap dress basically. Batteries are £35-40 each from most tool places.
1 Like #24
SimonSJP

Just some more advice if you need anymore that is just be aware when drilling lintels if concrete you may hit the steel reinforcement and may only get 25mm depth if your lucky to put a raw plug in, also this drill is not the best for this work as concrete in lintels is more compressed due to the manufacturing process compared to laid concrete in a floor. So if you manage to hit an obstacle when drilling it could be reinforcement or just a large piece of aggregate which this drill probably will not get through then you need an SDS drill, very easy to burn your drill bits out with this sort of job. You may end up drilling a number of holes to get a good fixing so if its a timber batten you are fixing use 'no nails' as well as screws and plugs as some curtains can be very heavy. :)
banned#25
Inactive;8259105
B&Q own Screwfix, same mistakes on both websites.


no they dont, they are both owned by Kingfisher group...
#26
I assume this is instore also or just online?

Thanks
#27
This drill looks exactly like the B&Q Performance Pro cordlesss drill, the Performance Pro is 24v and comes with 2 batteries for 49.99. So if you miss this deal that is a good option, I find this drill really good.

Just another option you maybe interested in.
#28
Lotus made a Talbot sunbeam that was a 10th of the price but it was no Lotus and this is no Makita i would avoid this like the plague if you want a cheap drill buy yourself a black and decker or a cheap Bosch don't buy this just because its made under the umbrella of makita, It doesn't mean anything i can guarantee that there's nothing inside made by makita.

I could make comparisons all day about stuff made at a cheaper prices by a companies that's are the best in there fields but its pointless and the fact that screwfix have all ready got people hot and bothered by them advertising the word makita next to it means they've accomplished what they wanted and that's people thinking they are getting a premium drill for cheap money
#29
Wow the Lotus sunbeam was a fantastic car,Worth a fortune now,Polly69 i take it you must have the Site drill aswell as the Makita,I have both and the site is virtually an exact copy of the Makita in every way,Batterys the same charger the same etc.
By the way i wouldn't dream of trying to drill brick stone or concrete especially a concrete lintel with iether this or the Makita ,I would only use a good sds drill for those jobs.
Don't knock it if you have'nt got it.
Must be selling fast its now 1 per customer.
#30
A couple of points from several of the comment above that might help people out:

1. Voltage is power. Amp Ah is how much petrols in your tank.... a 1.1l car will not give top end 'ride' of a 2, 3L car. it will have to work harder to do the same job out of it's 'optimum range'. As a good rule of thumb, look at the max drill hole sizes, they are usually listed for concrete, timber etc. Then half that number. for example, a maximum drilling to concrete of 20mm would give optimum drilling around 10mm. For most DIY 4-10mm applications both 14.4v or 18V will give you little difference Step up the diameter and the bigger drill will cope for longer.
2. Reverse is however worth looking at. Most drills lose about 40% torque in reverse, not important for everyone but worth considering if you have to remove screws, anchors ets. If so, step up!
3. It's not a Makita, but this shouldn't really put most DIY ers off. Think about the actual number of minutes the drill will be under load. Are you using it every day? 1hr a day ? 1minute a day? average. The drill will have a design based on 'Service life' again. How long do you want/ need it to last? how much work will it have to do?
4. Its unlikely that the battery life will be as manufacturer states, as a DIY user doesn't us it frequently enough to 'get the most from battery performance' LIthium batteries tend to perform better for 'intermediate use' as some of the better machines will have a 'coma' function holding charge until next required, often 'awakened with a second on the charge base.
5. professionals should use SDS drill bits and pnematic machines with Lithium batteries were possible, everyone else it doesnt really matter unless your drilling lots of holes, or large diameter holes or a combo of both.

Hope this helps someone
#31
ODB_69
no they dont, they are both owned by Kingfisher group...


Pedant, at least most people on here knew what I was saying.:x
#32
polly69
Lotus made a Talbot sunbeam that was a 10th of the price but it was no Lotus and this is no Makita i would avoid this like the plague if you want a cheap drill buy yourself a black and decker or a cheap Bosch don't buy this just because its made under the umbrella of makita, It doesn't mean anything i can guarantee that there's nothing inside made by makita.

I could make comparisons all day about stuff made at a cheaper prices by a companies that's are the best in there fields but its pointless and the fact that screwfix have all ready got people hot and bothered by them advertising the word makita next to it means they've accomplished what they wanted and that's people thinking they are getting a premium drill for cheap money


Utter rubbish, this is made by Makita, the drill and charger are virtually identical, the batteries are the very same, the only slight difference that I can see, is the chuck is slightly different, however it still has " Made in Japan " on it, so it will be high a quality chuck.

Some people really are just brand snobs.:roll:
#33
polly69
Lotus made a Talbot sunbeam that was a 10th of the price but it was no Lotus and this is no Makita i would avoid this like the plague if you want a cheap drill buy yourself a black and decker or a cheap Bosch don't buy this just because its made under the umbrella of makita, It doesn't mean anything i can guarantee that there's nothing inside made by makita.

I could make comparisons all day about stuff made at a cheaper prices by a companies that's are the best in there fields but its pointless and the fact that screwfix have all ready got people hot and bothered by them advertising the word makita next to it means they've accomplished what they wanted and that's people thinking they are getting a premium drill for cheap money


Hmm, would a more modern comparison be a Lotus and a Proton?, as much as we all would like a Lotus, I think many of us on here are on Proton budgets.... so we will probably opt for the Proton and tell ourselves its engineered by Lotus everytime we use it....

... though if you want the Lotus AND a Proton for less than the price of a Lotus... there is a third option with these drills (if you can be bothered).... buy the Site with 3 batteries for £49.99 and then sell 1 of the batteries as being suitable for a Makita 18v Drill (Probably get about £20) so you now have a drill, a charger and 2 batteries for £29.99. Then buy a bare Makita 18v Hammer Drill (Search for Makita 8391DZ or 8390DZ) Cheapest I found delivered was £38.95. You now have 2 drills, 2 batteries and 1 charger for under £70....

(probably not worth the hassle, but thought I`d run the idea by you)
#34
Well said, scouser999, your comments and advice are sound.

It never ceases to amaze me why so many people favour cordless tools over corded. Yes, there will be many occasions when no (convenient) mains power is available on site and a cordless tool may be the only practicable answer, and a trailing lead may sometimes be a damn nuisance too. But a corded tool will generally have more power, be more reliable and probably cheaper too (with no batts to worry about).

My ideal basic DIY toolkit is: (i) a decent corded SDS (with hammer action and roto stop) for masonry drilling and chasing etc - rarely used or needed for anything else; (ii) a middle-range fairly compact corded drill with 0.5" Jacobs chuck and two speeds, for most other work (inc joinery) - and light masonry drilling too if it has hammer action; (iii) a middle-range cordless drill with several torque settings, ideally 18V, for awkward drilling jobs (but not in masonry if avoidable) and ocasional screwdriving. None of these tools need be top brands or expensive; if looked after they should last well enough - many so-called professionals simply abuse their tools so have to pay extra for ruggedness which may be overkill. Expect to pay £30 - £60 for each, according to make and whatever deal is going. Plan the work properly and low battery capacity (or lack of a spare) should not matter - it is not really cost-effective to pay big money for a fancy (extra) battery when a decent corded drill could be bought for the same money!

Inactive
Pedant, at least most people on here knew what I was saying.:x


Not pedantic at all - two sister companies do not have the same relationship as do two subsidiaries of a common parent. And, if people knew what the true relationship was, your original comment was not necessary anyway! Whilst I have little doubt that the two businesses do both gain from some bulk-buying deals masterminded by Kingfisher, they seem to operate differently, as well as separately, with an element of competition and wariness between them. I have heard of B&Q refusing to price-match against Screwfix, e.g. because the latter is regarded (wrongly) as an exclusively 'trade' outlet.
#35
Puffer





Not pedantic at all - two sister companies do not have the same relationship as do two subsidiaries of a common parent. And, if people knew what the true relationship was, your original comment was not necessary anyway! Whilst I have little doubt that the two businesses do both gain from some bulk-buying deals masterminded by Kingfisher, they seem to operate differently, as well as separately, with an element of competition and wariness between them. I have heard of B&Q refusing to price-match against Screwfix, e.g. because the latter is regarded (wrongly) as an exclusively 'trade' outlet.


Oh really, then how come they share the exact wording on both sites?...both with the identical mistakes.:roll:
banned#36
Inactive;8260713
Pedant, at least most people on here knew what I was saying.:x

Inactive;8259105
B&Q own Screwfix, same mistakes on both websites.


yes that it was the same on both websites - you said that - but the point I'm making is you were wrong and your belief was presented as fact :)
#37
ODB_69
yes that it was the same on both websites - you said that - but the point I'm making is you were wrong and your belief was presented as fact :)


Does it matter?

Scewfix and B&Q are both owned by the same parent group, does that make you happy?:roll:

They are clearly closely linked by their shared error making IT muppets.
#38
thanks, just ordered with the drill piece set for free delivery
banned#39
Inactive;8261357
Oh really, then how come they share the exact wording on both sites?...both with the identical mistakes.:roll:


Inactive;8261728
Does it matter?

Scewfix and B&Q are both owned by the same parent group, does that make you happy?:roll:

They are clearly closely linked by their shared error making IT muppets.


you obviously dont know how these things work do you!
Do you REALLY think that they get people from IT or any other department to write up descriptions for every product then stick them on the website? products they may know nothing about?

the description comes from the manufacturer not from Screwfix/B&Q/Kingfisher
#40
ODB_69
you obviously dont know how these things work do you!




Nope, nor do I care, I purchased one of these, I have given useful feedback for the benefit of others, I really cannot be bothered to engage with some troll like pedant with nothing better to do than try to prove some futile point/s.

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