Drill power...

Found 9th Jan
I have a new Bosch cordless 10v drill which is very handy and light. It struggled with drilling through my chimney breast brickwork to stick a picture up. I assume this is down to it being 10v...and not a proper big hammer / SDS drill? I was using Bosch masonry drill bits.

Would the Bosch 18v cordless version make a big difference or what is the next step up (cordless or corded) that is an entry level model for masonry drilling and still relatively light for my little girly hands to hold.
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18v would be fine as long as it has a hammer function.
I use 14.4v and they're plenty for masonry.
Edited by: "Darzen" 9th Jan
Thanks. It went into the brick work in the end but was hard to drill - really had to put a lot of weight behind the drill for a good 10-15 mins
Unfortunately, depending on the brick you may well struggle with any ordinary hammer drill and your only option would be to use an SDS type drill which delivers far more energy in operation. These can also be overkill and not a lot of good for more delicate jobs!!
I am female and i find that drilling is very difficult when it comes to brick work as you need to really use your weight to push the drill. my brother can use the drill without having to use his weight so i think men, being a lot stronger, can simply use their hands to push the drill and it is fine.

I use a corded drill as it is more powerful and you also have to get the right drill head for brick, which will help. the drill i have does have hammer action, but i find this too powerful and i can't control the drill when it hammers, even with my weight on it.
As Hallsie says bricks vary in hardness enormously. The harder sorts can be slow going with anything except a specialist drill, while your current drill will whizz through the softer ones.
A SDS drill would have made the same hole in 20 seconds. If your going to be drilling a lot its well worth getting one, even if its just a cheap one or a second hand one.
Could it be engineering brick, I had a 1950's house built of that stuff and it was a pain until i bought a SDS and a pricey drill bit suitable for engineering bricks.
Thanks guys. My (sadly departed) dad has a cellar full of tools and I’m guessing he will have a corded heavy duty hammer/sds still in there. I’ll have a route through and give it a try. It was a chimney breast brick in a 1930s house so I’d guess pretty heavy duty!
Edited by: "bluep" 9th Jan
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