What is an SDS Drill ?

With over 9500 items in our stock, you can be forgiven if you don’t know what they all mean or do.

When it comes to some DIY projects, only certain tools will get the job done correctly. You will most likely hire an SDS type of drill to help with heavy masonry or thick walls.

But what is an SDS drill?

SDS stands for Slotted Drive Shaft or Slotted Drive System. SDS bits are inserted into the chuck to make a rotary hammer or a hammer drill.

What are the different types?

There are 3 types of SDS Drill. Regular SDS, SDS Max and Shank drills.

The main difference between regular and max is , the max drill is bigger and can chisel or drill faster and harder than the reg SDS.

A shank drill, or spline shank drill is the same as an SDS but the drill bits have up to 12 ‘teeth’ or splines at the end it, they also have a different retainer chuck.

Why should you hire one?

Drilling or hammering into concrete, brick work or demolition can take considerable time with regular domestic tools, some can even wear out.

SDS tools can make light work of jobs that with a regular tool can take minutes, SDS time, seconds!

SDS drills are also very expensive, is your investment worth it for a few days work when hiring will be much cheaper?

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For more info or advice call us, pop in or email your local depot, we will be happy to help.Or check out our youtube ‘how to video



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