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#1 posted 05-23-2007 05:15 AM

Just bought the 18V Li Ion Impact Driver from Makita, about $214 US, with 2 batteries.
2 weeks ago. I LOVE IT.

15 minute recharge, seems to outlast my 14.4 Hitatchi Drill considerably (and is much easier to wield) smaller, and 1 pound lighter. Doesn’t sound like much, but its very noticeable difference. I’ve had really (really) bad tightness and pain in my right forearm and shoulder from making my (not very old) old drill get the job done, day in-day out. Thankfully this issue started clearing up immediately.

Been using it to attach metal studs, as well as put 2×4 bracing under stairs this week with 2 1/2 inch decking screws one handed and sideways! Works great, and much quieter then my Dads Ryobi. He’ll be upgrading to mine.

I’ll be using this for more Construction type work, and, likely woodworking too. The Hitachi is now resting comfortably in the shop. Will still be fine for woodworking, and “lighter duty tasks”.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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