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Old 07-22-2011, 01:16 AM   #43
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How much are you going to use it?

For me, the decision would come down to how much you would use it. As a tradesman, I have leaned towards Makita, having had numerous batteries reconditioned. Which in hindsight, I am not sure was viable, given some of the deals out there. As time has passed, and the Makita's show their age, I have begun phasing in Festool equipment. As Royce has said, they can be pricey, but are packed with excellent, clever features, and actually end up not only saving time, but, unbelievably, making you money. And are of a very high build quality. Ask for a demo, you will be amazed. I cannot believe how hard it is to actually find a quality product on the shelf, these days. I don't mind paying for it, if I can find it. Everything seems to be disposable these days, rather than worth repairing. Except old Airstreams of course !!

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Old 07-22-2011, 02:03 AM   #44
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Milwaukee? They are hitting the market hard these days. I know they used to be bullet proof. I personally have a Dewalt 18v XBR 1/2" that I have abused for 5 years now. Love it!
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Old 07-22-2011, 06:33 PM   #45
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Howdy!

I have several Ryobi 18v hand tools including a drill I used to operate the landing jacks and it does ok. I just purchased a Ryobi 1/2 18v impact wrench and WOW does it work better than anything I've ever used. Will never use anything else.

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Old 07-25-2011, 07:59 AM   #46
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Well, I wound up going w/ the Makita. They just lowered the price on a set that was previously mentioned in this thread.

My original sticking point was on battery size. Seems that DeWalt and Makita both have sets that come with smaller and larger batteries, and I was kvetching over whether or not to go for the larger (yet WAY more expensive) lithium ion batts. There were a lot of complaints about short battery life on the smaller size lithium ion batteries that DeWalt has. (1 amp hour).
I was going to go for the Makita "large" (~3 amp hours), but when I saw the details on the set they were offering, the drill is actually a hammer drill...and as such, its bigger and heavier, and I really don't have any need for that. Their cheaper set, that also has smaller batteries, (1.5 amp hours) is just a regular drill, its smaller, lighter, and very comfortable to hold, so I went for it. (also didn't see any reviews complaining about short battery life).
I'm sure any of the drills mentioned would have fit the bill just fine, though. All would have been a huge upgrade from what I had...yet, I really can't complain about that cheap-o drill, either. I got way more than my 50 bucks worth out of it.
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Old 07-25-2011, 08:32 AM   #47
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I see that no one has mentioned Rigid brand. I have a friend that I have worked with for the last two summers that has a Rigid 18v drill and lithum battery set. The drill is very light, therefore easy to use. This drill drives 3 to 4 inch screws into wood and I am amazed at how long a battery charge lasts. In addition his drill has a lifetime guarantee including the batteries. he has had the drill rebuilt once and replaced the batteries once under the guarantee.
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Old 07-25-2011, 05:52 PM   #48
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Don't like Rigid. When the chargers go bad they are pricey...if you can even get them.
I have 6 bad chargers sitting on the repair bench at work.
For day to day use we only buy Dewalt. Parts are relatively easy to get and not too expensive.

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Old 07-25-2011, 06:59 PM   #49
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I went with a dewalt 18v cordless from lowes a out three months ago. I paid 180 for it (minus 10% military discount). Worth every penny. I had a dewalt corded drill for the past seven years and I beat it like a red headed step child and it has never failed me.

Mine came with an led light that turns on when you start drilling. Genius addition I didn't even know about when I bought it. So far I've used it a lot and have been very pleased. My favorite use for it is putting down the stabilizers for the airstream. Saves me five minutes and a lot of cranking.

I looked at several others but decided on dewalt because of prior use of their products and the recommendation of a buddy who is a contractor.
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Old 07-25-2011, 07:11 PM   #50
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I went with a dewalt 18v cordless from lowes a out three months ago. I paid 180 for it (minus 10% military discount). Worth every penny. I had a dewalt corded drill for the past seven years and I beat it like a red headed step child and it has never failed me.

Mine came with an led light that turns on when you start drilling. Genius addition I didn't even know about when I bought it. So far I've used it a lot and have been very pleased. My favorite use for it is putting down the stabilizers for the airstream. Saves me five minutes and a lot of cranking.

I looked at several others but decided on dewalt because of prior use of their products and the recommendation of a buddy who is a contractor.
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Old 07-26-2011, 07:53 AM   #51
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Lol. I knew I'd get flack for saying that. No offense meant. One of my ex girlfriends had red headed twins and she would laugh when I would say that.
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Old 07-26-2011, 02:38 PM   #52
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You know, I couldn't believe that a cordless drill debate would bring out as much debate as the brand of tow vehichle, but evidentlly there have been varied experiences with varied brands. Makaita has served me very well.
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The battery lasts pretty good, but it takes longer and longer to re-charge every year....
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Mine came with an led light that turns on when you start drilling. Genius addition I didn't even know about when I bought it.
I was using that very model dewalt a few weeks ago and found that little light to be rather annoying.... especially when someone is constantly shinning it in your eyes....

I prefer my 18v Dewalt without the LED light and a cost of $99 (black friday special). My husband tells me that he married me for the drill, so it must be something special!

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Old 07-28-2011, 08:10 AM   #55
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I have an old DeWalt 9.6 volt drill that I bought new in 2002. I got a new battery pack for it recently... I'd forgotten how much fun that drill is to use! Works great for me.
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I have had a lot of success with using Michalob Amber Bock, chips and salsa to borrow any expensive tool from the guy in the next campsite. It stores well in the refrigerator, and is easy to replace at Ralphs and Vons.
ROTFLMAO!!!

This is the best one so far! GREAT IDEA!
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