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Posted on Cordless tool packages, are they worth the money?

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#1 posted 05-07-2012 02:06 PM

18v circular saws are not really up to construction projects, especailly not Ni-Cad powered ones, you are NOT going to be cutting much plywood with one. 18v reciprocating saws are not much better. 10 minute run time is about all your going to get. 28v-36v are more along the lines of what you’ll want if you plan on doing any serious construction projects, however the price these tools command would make it hard to justify for one or two larger projects. You would probably be better off running corded tools. If it is just for one or two projects, rental tools may even be your best option. Maybe even a rental generator, if your project is to far from an outlet for cords.

I have found that most tool brands have some winners and some losers in the cordless sets. I have had the best luck with Makita as far as sets go. Their circular saw, hammer drill, and impact driver are all good. Their recip saw numbs my hands with vibration. If i was forced to pick a set it would be the LXT601 as it has the largest number of tools I prefer. For occasional use and one or two construction projects this set may be all that you need. I personally would hold off on purchasing though, as I would be holding out for the brushless tools to be released through their line up. You could build shed with this set, but you would be charging a considerable amount of batteries cutting the sheathing, 3-6 cuts per charge, and 2×4s, maybe 20 cuts. This may hold your job up. With a 36v set you’ll probaly only charge 3-4 times a day.

I prefer a mixed set. My favorite cordless circular saw is the Hilti WSC 7.25-A36,It is a blade right saw, like a proper sidewinder should be. The Bosch 1671B is nice as well, but it is only a 6 1/2” bladed tool, the M28 Milwaukee Sawzall (0719-20) is really good and is my first choice. I prefer an 18v drill for most drilling, the Makita BHP451 is my current go to tool, it has held up remarkably well. The Makita LXT impact driver (BDT 141) is a sweet tool, as well.

I don’t have much experience with Rigids tools. The people that I know that do, have said that the warranty is sometime problematic as it requires registration and on occasion long waits for resolutions. There is a thread over on rigidforum about this.

I’m constantly surprised by the number of times I see Ryobi tools on job sites. I know of a couple people that swear by them. If I was on a strict budget I would have to take a long hard look at their line up.

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