This is a good alternative to Milwaukees Hole Hawg Drill
9 May 2011
Summary: Good Tool. Very little mechanical problems and I have bought quite a few of them. I would reccomend this dril and think it is a good alternative to Milwaukees Hole Hawg drill and DeWalts version of a Joist Drill too.
Summary: I'm quite familiar with the old Milwaukee Hole- Hawg having used and owned one for twelve years. I also own the Milwaukee Super-Hawg as I constantly use self-feeding and auger bits to bore holes for pipes, cables, and wires. I had heard a great deal about Makita's DA4031 and read every piece of information I could get my hands on about it, prior to purchase. This a great drill ! The fit and finish are beyond expectation ! The location of all the handles is perfect !
Summary: I needed this tool to bore holes for pipes and conduit. My first use was to bore 2" hole through a tripled plate. I was astounded that the drill pushed through the 3 2X plates in less than 15 seconds. Over the last few months That same performance has been repeated over and over again. I have found that it is a little large to get into a few spots, and the weight gets to you after a while of continuous use.
Summary: I used to have one of these, and it was the greatest thing ever. Unstoppable, even with a six inch hole saw on it, but balance, leverage and a clutch so I never got hurt. My first one was stolen a while back, and these are rather pricey, so I made do for a while with a monster Porter Cable triple gear reduction drill that I already had (they don't seem to make it any more, maybe because they last forever so people only bought one for a lifetime - it is similar to this:...
Summary: I've been using this drill for a few weeks and my only regret is that I waited so long to buy one. This was purchased to replace another angle drill I had been using (yellow and black) that didn't perform to my expectations, when it finally died I went with the Makita. It's not the least expensive, but I've always had good experiences with Makita products in the past, so the choice was easy. I've been boring holes in treated lumber, studs, joists, glue lam beams, ect..