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    thats the 'beauty' of ikea...it just works together...

    another option @OP - find your local hardware store. if you're just after 1 or 2 holes, you can probably see if the guy at the shop will come up and do the drilling for you. just pay him $100-$200 or something. They'll also have the wire detectors, so 2 less things taking up space in your apartment.


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    Do not randomly recommend US power tools. Voltage and hertz is too different. Even if you used a big enough transformer that was capable of the wattage requirements, the motor would be running out of spec for speed.

    Stop trying to recommend tech stuff based off Google searches, you usually end up totally off base. Sometimes dangerously so.
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    It would have been quicker to get a handyman in to hang it than read this thread.


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    I had a few jobs like this to do when I first bought my Hong Kong apartment. eg installing shower rails, towel holders in the bathrooms, etc, had to drill through both tiles and concrete and was a bit afraid of cracking the new tiles. I rented a big arse hammer drill with masonry tip from an old shop in Sham Shui Po for $50/day. I paid $1000 for the drill and then they gave me $950 back the next day when I returned it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sage:
    But your argument would lose, badly.

    1) You can get a reasonable (ish) Chinese made SDS for $300 in HK: Half the price of your amazon link, no shipping fees, no long wait to receive and even returnable if it has a problem.

    2) For someone who uses their drill once in a blue moon, your supposed convenience factor with battery is in fact the exact opposite from reality - They go to use it and the battery is flat. They're not lugging it all over town and using it whilst suspend from scaffolding, or on sites with no power, or outdoors in the wind and rain.

    3) Battery powered adds massively to the cost - Many people will end up buying nothing if they have spend $700+ on a cordless. This is also the reason why people like the OP simply shouldn't buy a good SDS drill - buy a Chinese copy. Even the shittiest one on the market will be good enough to drill a few holes in concrete every few years.

    They are also buying a cheap drill - Cheap drills have less power - cordless cheap drills, less power again. When drilling concrete cheaply, all your dollars should be put towards sufficient power, nothing else.

    And finally, this is exactly why they should take the advice of experts
    finding an extension cord long enough for the job or charging a battery every couple of years for a few holes now and then

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    Don't buy cheap cordless drills for occasional use, the batteries will die after a couple of years. I have casually tested plenty of cheap Chinese Li-ion cells, they fail rapidly and reliably.

    Don't buy expensive cordless drills for occasional use, the cost of high quality Li-ion packs is a silly way to spend money.

    Again: Don't give advice in areas that you clearly have no experience with. Leave the University of Google stuff to Arrynfield, it just makes you look foolish at best, and at worst results in someone wasting time, money, or blowing up equipment.

    Last edited by jgl; 03-10-2022 at 03:27 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jgl:
    Don't buy cheap cordless drills for occasional use, the batteries will die after a couple of years. I have casually tested plenty of cheap Chinese Li-ion cells, they fail rapidly and reliably.

    Don't buy expensive cordless drills for occasional use, the cost of high quality Li-ion packs is a silly way to spend money.

    Again: Don't give advice in areas that you clearly have no experience with. Leave the University of Google stuff to Arrynfield, it just makes you look foolish at best, and at worst results in someone wasting time, money, or blowing up equipment.
    I linked to WORX brand that has been carried in Home Depot, Lowes, Costco, Walmart for 10+ years with very high user ratings. The brands more popular items have ~3500 reviews reviews on Amazon with a 4.5* on average . Apologies - you could be right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by East_coast:
    I linked to WORX brand that has been carried in Home Depot, Lowes, Costco, Walmart for 10+ years with very high user ratings. The brands more popular items have ~3500 reviews reviews on Amazon with a 4.5* on average . Apologies - you could be right.
    Worx is pretty low grade crap. It's not Taobao bad, but it's certainly not Hilti.

    People in the US might use a drill more than once a year. HK, pretty unlikely.

    Best way to kill lithium batteries? Charge them up, toss them into a nice warm closet and leave them for a couple years.

    Really, this side conversation shouldn't have continued after posting a link to 120V equipment.
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    @Degen

    What did you end up doing with your mirror..😁


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