XU1 500W Hammer Drill £15.95 @ Homebase (free C&C)
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XU1 500W Hammer Drill £15.95 @ Homebase (free C&C)

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Found 13th Jun
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Ideal for drilling into timber, plastic and metal and hammer drilling into masonry products such as brick, concrete and masonry.
Its variable speed dial and adjustable side handle increases user comfort and control.

With ample power for a variety of drilling applications, the XU1 Corded Hammer Drill is great value for money.

500W Motor
13mm Metal Keyed Chuck
Variable Speed Trigger
Adjustable Side Handle
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Perfect for running the drill pump and nothing else.
Had a look at one instore on Monday. Meh.

They had quite a few different tools by this brand
Add a set of socket adapters for £2 off eBay and you can work on your car with it too!
'Ideal for drilling into timber, plastic and metal...' not exactly. Ideal would be a Makita hammer drill. This cheap POS will likely fall apart in less than 1 year.

I bought a cheap Von Haus jigsaw last year and it's shockingly bad. Loud, unstable and doesn't cut well. You get what you pay for and I wish in hindsight I paid more for a better brand.
Reminds me of a still game episode, only the Scottish people will understand
CoumbBarr200041 m ago

'Ideal for drilling into timber, plastic and metal...' not exactly. Ideal …'Ideal for drilling into timber, plastic and metal...' not exactly. Ideal would be a Makita hammer drill. This cheap POS will likely fall apart in less than 1 year.I bought a cheap Von Haus jigsaw last year and it's shockingly bad. Loud, unstable and doesn't cut well. You get what you pay for and I wish in hindsight I paid more for a better brand.


Meh. With cordless you need to spend more, but with corded these basic drills are pretty good. I've got a similar corded drill that has worked very well for me for 4 years. My dad's a metal toolmaker and has had a very basic corded drill that's lasted him over 30 years.

For cordless, however, the cheapest tools certainly will not last as the batteries aren't up to it and they are massively underpowered.
edanfalls40 m ago

Meh. With cordless you need to spend more, but with corded these basic …Meh. With cordless you need to spend more, but with corded these basic drills are pretty good. I've got a similar corded drill that has worked very well for me for 4 years. My dad's a metal toolmaker and has had a very basic corded drill that's lasted him over 30 years.For cordless, however, the cheapest tools certainly will not last as the batteries aren't up to it and they are massively underpowered.


Really depends what you use it for if u just using it for making holes plaster board or the new cardboard style houses then it's ok. But these cheaper drill's are really quite useless, and also non sds drill's in general if u need make holes in proper bricks or cement. They make alot of noise and the bits don't do anything other than get hot or bend if you try force them to make a hole. I suppose with metal it doesn't matter much though unless u have to drill into thick metal like griders.
Edited by: "MynameisM" 14th Jun
MynameisM57 m ago

Really depends what you use it for if u just using it for making holes …Really depends what you use it for if u just using it for making holes plaster board or the new cardboard style houses then it's ok. But these cheaper drill's are really quite useless, and also non sds drill's in general if u need make holes in proper bricks or cement. They make alot of noise and the bits don't do anything other than get hot or bend if you try force them to make a hole. I suppose with metal it doesn't matter much though unless u have to drill into thick metal like griders.


Main use case where you need something else is concrete or deep blocks, then yeah you need a decent SDS drill. Even with these cheap drills you can get through some fairly hefty concrete, but with quite a rough cut and some stopping.

But I was replying to a comment saying this wouldn't be ideal for timber, plastic and metal and that it would fall apart within a year and apparently you need a Makita! These drills are very simple, there's not much that can go wrong if you use it properly.
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edanfalls7 h, 42 m ago

Meh. With cordless you need to spend more, but with corded these basic …Meh. With cordless you need to spend more, but with corded these basic drills are pretty good. I've got a similar corded drill that has worked very well for me for 4 years. My dad's a metal toolmaker and has had a very basic corded drill that's lasted him over 30 years.For cordless, however, the cheapest tools certainly will not last as the batteries aren't up to it and they are massively underpowered.


Yes just dont go full gorilla on these cheaper cord drills they are fine for intended purpose.
These work just fine for occasional light DIY work. For very occasional work corded is better than battery, as no faffing around charging the battery before you can start work.

I can't see any point comparing this to a drill that costs 10 times as much. You hardly have to be a genius to spot that the more expensive one is better.
Can anyone suggest with personal experience a good hammer drill that'll drill through brickwork? Looking to put up some extended fencing on top of brick walls so will be attaching large support beams to the brickwork From what my usual drill is as good as it is I tested it out and didn't make a dent so will need something with good impact.Looking for anything in sub £40 range as wont be used ever again at least not for anything in the near future for a few years.
Thanks in advance to anyone of help ^.^
ADirtyOldClown12 m ago

Can anyone suggest with personal experience a good hammer drill that'll …Can anyone suggest with personal experience a good hammer drill that'll drill through brickwork? Looking to put up some extended fencing on top of brick walls so will be attaching large support beams to the brickwork From what my usual drill is as good as it is I tested it out and didn't make a dent so will need something with good impact.Looking for anything in sub £40 range as wont be used ever again at least not for anything in the near future for a few years. Thanks in advance to anyone of help ^.^


There’s a Bosch green SDS that’s usually about the £40-50 mark when on offer. Having struggled on putting some units up in my garage using my 18v cordless hammer, I went out and bought the Bosch and it was like a hot knife through butter. Horribly loud and destructive lol
Bossworld17 m ago

There’s a Bosch green SDS that’s usually about the £40-50 mark when on offe …There’s a Bosch green SDS that’s usually about the £40-50 mark when on offer. Having struggled on putting some units up in my garage using my 18v cordless hammer, I went out and bought the Bosch and it was like a hot knife through butter. Horribly loud and destructive lol



I'd agree that for drilling into brick or concrete blocks then SDS is worth the extra money, and *definitely* if you are drilling larger holes (more than rawlplug sizes).
An SDS drill will do what you want. Getting a decent one that's not too heavy for £40 May be a problem.

Theres a Titan one at Screwfix for £50 that is rather heavy but extremely powerful.
ADirtyOldClown6 h, 1 m ago

Can anyone suggest with personal experience a good hammer drill that'll …Can anyone suggest with personal experience a good hammer drill that'll drill through brickwork? Looking to put up some extended fencing on top of brick walls so will be attaching large support beams to the brickwork From what my usual drill is as good as it is I tested it out and didn't make a dent so will need something with good impact.Looking for anything in sub £40 range as wont be used ever again at least not for anything in the near future for a few years. Thanks in advance to anyone of help ^.^


Sounds like you need to invest in some quality masonry drill bits,get along to Screwfix, speak to the staff and they will sort you out 😁
Thanks guys for the views,I appreciate it! will check the titan one as mentioned as with getting somewhat sparks of decent weather it's giving me a day to get my hands nice and dirty and all done!
healthandsafety57 m ago

Sounds like you need to invest in some quality masonry drill bits,get …Sounds like you need to invest in some quality masonry drill bits,get along to Screwfix, speak to the staff and they will sort you out 😁


Drill bits aren't the issue, just the bricks are some damn good old solid ones! Built better than I am it seems. The drill(s) I have at the moment are plenty old and do the job of putting shelves and what not up but never had to pierce brickwork.
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