TileMate Diamnd Drill Kit 6mm is rated
Rated 1 out of
Not Fit for purpose
Realise that my main gripe here is the drill bit., I bought 5 standard 6mm diamond drill bits on eBay just on spec and had them over a year with no particular usage in mind.
I was recently asked by my daughter to assist with a bathroom. My Daughter had purchased the hardest porcelain tile in existence and I knew that we would use these tile drills. Not knowing what their performance was like (£1 each) I purchased one of these as a back up just in case the cheap ones were rubbish. Well I was surprised at the lack of performance on my first attempt, I gave up and used the tile saw to cut a slot. Later I read up on line how to use the drill type and I was missing 2 ingredients, speed and time.
Armed with this new knowledge I set out the next day and achieved massive success, the drills would cut the holes in the expected 3 and a half minutes the drill lasted 10 holes each for the first 2 then I was disappointed to find that when I stared using the third that the diamond coating had flaked off, and having given one of my 5 away and then only being able to locate 3 of the ones that I had left I set to using my TileMate diamond drill.
Eager and expectant of the massive increase in performance from this expensive tool I first noticed a lump in the coating that impaired contact with the surface but I had some part drilled holes and first used this drill in one of those to wear down the lump and continue to drill the hole, and drill and drill and drill.
After about half an hour I stopped and went back to using the worn cheaper drills to the extent that I believe that I had burned the hole in the tile. In desperation I used the other 2 cheap drills in similar fashion being successful for 5 more holes drilled. Having run out of options I went back to use the TileMate product eventually I did get through a hole in about 1 and a half hours.
Next day I set out to purchase a new set of drills and could not locate any suitable. My daughter found some on Amazon and was able to add them to her current order due to be delivered the next day. In the morning I started drilling with the Tile Mate drill not knowing when the new batch of 20 drills would arrive, 2 and a half hours later I had 1 and a half holes drilled.
The Amazon order turned up and I took one of the drills, finished off the half hole that I was on in about 30 seconds and the next full hole in about 2 minutes thus establishing the new base line of performance. The rest of the holes that I drilled were complete in 30 minutes along with my resolve to return the TileMate drill to Topps Tile centre.
When I returned the product I was pleased to see that I had no resistance being told that "We have had a few of these back, We don't sell them any more we sell RUBI instead". "How much are they?" I inquired to which the reply was "We do not sell them to the public, Just the trade" I see I said looking at the rack behind the assistant with a load of TileMate drill kits.
The finder works OK (At least for the cheap drills.) the water supply is isufficient to last for the 2 and a half hours required to drill a hole with this drill and the pads are to small to maintain a proper grip to prevent slip.
So these drills out performed the cheap drills in 2 areas.
1, They drill for hours the cheap drill lasted just over half an hour (but drilled 10 holes in that time)
2. No loss of performance during use, these were equally rubbish at the end of usage as they were beginning.
I should also say that the particular Item is old stock and the drill bits may have been changed since they manufactured these but they should have recalled these or Topps Tiles should have removed them instead of selling rubbish to unsuspecting people.
Date published: 2016-12-03