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    Can anyone recommend a decent budget 240v breaker?

    Something to hack off tiles, knock a small wall down etc

    Only to be used for a single house project

    Thanks
    • CommentAuthortony
    • CommentTimeJul 24th 2017
     
    Try e-bay or Amazon for so called heavy duty hammer drill square looking for thirty odd quid. Needs rotation stop.

    Sledge hammer works well too.
    • CommentAuthorMike1
    • CommentTimeJul 24th 2017
     
    If it's a small project and you're not breaking up concrete, you could get away with a SDS drill. Something like the Dewalt D25133K that I use. You could go bigger, but that also means heavier to hold...
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      CommentAuthordjh
    • CommentTimeJul 24th 2017
     
    It depends how much of each you're doing. As Tony says, a sledgehammer works well! As Mike says, an SDS drill works well for some jobs too. Note that SDS and SDS Plus use the same drillbits whilst SDS Max takes a larger diameter for heavier work. If you're doing a biggish demolition job then hire a breaker for the job. If you're doing lots of heavy work then it just might be worth buying a breaker. Personally I've found a Screwfix Titan jobbie has done everything I've needed.
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    My £70-odd Screwfix Titan breaker died (complete failure to do anything) after less than 2 hours' use, and my Screwfix SDS drill lasted only just over a year (2-year, g'tee, luckily), so not wildly impressed! The 2nd SDS drill is still working so far. And on the positive side, no quibble at all re g'tees, but the breaker was out of stock and not likely to be re-stocked, so the next up was a hundred-and-odd quid, which was too much at the time considering the minimal use I make of a breaker.
    • CommentAuthorFlubba
    • CommentTimeJul 24th 2017
     
    I agree with the Screwfix suggestion, if your local to one it's ideal not so much if the nearest store is miles away. You either get lucky with tools and equipment or it'll die quickly and if so they are generally fine with returns.
    • CommentAuthorSilky
    • CommentTimeJul 25th 2017
     
    the generic chinese breakers like this http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Electric-1850W-choir-hammer-chisel-hammer-demolition-hammer-demolition-braker-/172750477747?hash=item2838bb19b3:g:eWUAAOSwyltZUhw8 work fine, just watch out for cable wear and try not to damage the switch, they are great for breaking up screed, concrete, stone and removing floor tiles etc.. and wear ear protection, aside from that I would say get a decent mid-size hammer drill, it's worth a couple of hundred pounds for something quality and a good one will make light work of wall tiles

    The only thing I haven't been able to get rid of so far are some of those 80's think brick wall tiles which were bedded into a cement wall screed... absolute nightmare. You can't get behind them. Any one got any ideas for that?
    • CommentAuthorCerisy
    • CommentTimeJul 25th 2017
     
    Can't fault my Aldi SDS drill / breaker. Over 12 years old + loads of work on 3 major house renovations and this new build - still darned good. The Lidl one I bought when I had a problem with the on / off switch on the Aldi drill is also still going strong after some sterling work. You just have to watch the specials to grab one!
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