"Bought for £139.99 18 months ago, I see they have gone up now but also so has the Makita.
There seems to be a lot of moaning about the clutch slipping, in my experience it only slips when the drill is moved from side to side when coring and the side of the bit bites into the wall. Keep it straight and steady and ease your way through and you'd be fine, as soon as the drill sounds as if its struggling ease off and clear the debris. Dont just force it through and then moan when the safety clutch kicks in.
I'm happy with mine at the price I paid,,,would I pay the current price? Maybe, maybe not but it does what it says and is much higher RPM than my Bosch 800w SDS."
"I have over 30 years of experience working of working with power tools and I'm always willing to try new products. When impact drivers were quite new and relatively expensive I bought a 12v Sparky and it seemed rather good for the money, so I thought I would invest in Sparky core drill rather than wreck my decent Bosch SDS. On taking it out of the box the front handle was already rusting and the paint was starting to peel but I didn't let it put me off as tools soon get marked in use. At first all seemed well, but after drilling couple of difficult holes through damp brickwork (which inevitably causes the bit to jam and the clutch to kick in) the clutch started to slip now and again in normal drilling. As time has gone on the clutch slips all the time even in small holes through dry brick. Although the drill seems robust the internals are obviously week and the bearing has obviously scored the cam plate on the clutch mechanism (I should have taken more notice of the quality of the front handle, the drill is now pretty much useless). The batteries on the impact driver died in time (about average number of recharges) but it has proven almost impossible to get replacements. The Sparky website doesn't sell them and refers you back to its uk stockist, being Screwfix, who also doesn't stock them. The moral of the story being "buy cheap and you buy twice", save your money and buy a decent brand. They last longer, do a better job and you can get replacement parts."
"I drilled 2 core's with this drill, a 52mm & 107mm, in both cases the clutch cut in way too early, it was that bad when the clutch cut in it rattled the chuck loose every time. I normally use a sds drill for core drilling, it is much better than this cheap junk. Beware buyer."
"Purchased this item for core drilling air vents, pipe runs etc. Used it for the 1st time - heavy vibration, causing arm ache, pilot drill kept coming loose - nearly lost the pilot drill in between the wall cavity twice ! Am arranging a refund - Looks like the old saying of you get what you pay for!"