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Recommend a Drill/Driver

by DaveA
posted 03-25-2010 02:32 AM


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Michael Murphy

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#1 posted 03-25-2010 02:41 AM

I had been hooked on Makita for a loooong time in the cab business. Still have a bunch of the 9.6 volts that hold various degrees of charge. I got pissed off at them one day and went to sears and bought a Craftsman 19.5 volt with 2 batteries a bag and some other do dads. That thing is at least twice as powerful as the makitas ever were, 1/2 inch chuck and only $79.00. I am still using it with the original batteries 4 years later. But then again, I am not installing cabinets or building them all day either. You might consider Craftsman.

-- Michael Murphy, Woodland, CA.

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JayPique

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#2 posted 03-25-2010 02:46 AM

I’m a big fan of the Panasonic drills, although I’ve just got their NiMH batteries – the 3.5 amp hour ones. Great drill, great battery. We’ve got a whole slew of them in the shop. I’d probably stick with a 12volt unless I was going to go lithium ion – the 18 volt NiMH and NiCad are too bulky/heavy for my taste.

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hazbro

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#3 posted 03-25-2010 02:52 AM

I run all milwaukee v28 with the exception of a few tools for cordless. they cost a bit more, but they’ve paid for themselves many times over. but might be overkill for a lot of folks.

-- measure once, keep cuttin' til it fits

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cstrang

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#4 posted 03-25-2010 03:05 AM

I have two Makita 18 volt li-ion drills, they are the best drill I have ever used. They keep their charge a long time, have no shortage of torque and they recharge in about 15 mins. They are also lighter than their ni cad cousins. If I were you I would go with a Li-Ion battery, they cost a bit more but I don’t think you will regret it. I know I will never go back to Ni Cad.

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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Sawdust4Blood

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#5 posted 03-25-2010 03:08 AM

I had a Dewalt that lasted me about 9 years before the batteries finally gave out. Needless to say I was very happy with it. That being said, as far as I am aware, Ridgid is the only company that provides a lifetime warranty on cordless tools that includes guaranteeing the batteries. The only time that I needed service for a Ridgid tool, they immediately sent out a replacement part by Fedex based only on a digital pic of the problem and confirmation of my tool’s registration – no questions asked.

-- Greg, Severn MD

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4Bennett

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#6 posted 03-25-2010 03:49 AM

I would say it all depends on what you want to spend, and if you want lithium batteries or NiCad. I have had a milwaukee 14.4 for about five years now and one of the batteries is just now starting to give out(I have used it almost everyday doing everything from installing cabinets to building decks). I love it and would buy one again in a heartbeat. They can now be found for $140 with two batteries and a charger. If you want to go the lithium route, if you type in ridgid CPO under yahoo search. They have a ridgid Reconditioned lithium 18v drill with two batteries and a charger for $125. My boss has several of these and i dont have one complaint about them. They are good drills. I would say that these 18v lithium drills are lighter than my old milwaukee.
I personally have been eyeing the reconditioned milwaukee 18v drill and impact combo for $200 on the milwaukee cpo site. I use my pocket hole jig all the time and im tired of switching out bits, and im a diehard fan of Milwaukee tools.

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Abbott

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#7 posted 03-25-2010 03:57 AM

Panasonic seems to make best cordless drills but they are a bit pricey. The only drill that I have used that comes close to Panasonics is the Makita 18-volt ion drills. They are light weight and robust, comfortable to use without noticeable hand fatigue and offer good torque.

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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DaveA

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#8 posted 03-25-2010 04:03 AM

Thanks all for the replys.
I would like to but the best, but my $100 budget is the biggest factor here. Lithium or NiCad really doesn’t make a difference to me if I have two batteries available. I found a DeWalt trade in deal for $99 after the $100 trade in. It seems to be a decent deal. Problem is I have to rush this sale, which I don’t normally do. i am in the middle of a remodeling project and have many more drywall screws to drive.

-- Dave - Milwaukee

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docholladay

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#9 posted 03-25-2010 04:06 AM

I purchased the Hitachi 18V Drill and their Impact Driver. I avery thrilled with both of them. The driver drives 3” screws without any problem at all. The drill will drill holes and drive screws quite adequately. I also have a Makita and for battery life and power, I would put the Hitachi against my Makita all day long.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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Abbott

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#10 posted 03-25-2010 04:07 AM

Dave,

I don’t think you can go wrong with a Dewalt drill for $99.00.

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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docholladay

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#11 posted 03-25-2010 04:08 AM

I meant to mention that I only paid $75.00, for the Hitachi drill if I remember correctly. I bought it at Lowe’s.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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Chelios

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#12 posted 03-25-2010 04:10 AM

Dewalt drill has done great for me…Still doing great after a bunch of jobs.

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4Bennett

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#13 posted 03-25-2010 04:17 AM

Here in iowa we have stores called Northern Tools. I dont know if you have any around Milwauee. I saw their ad the other day and they were giving 100 dollar trade in toward an 18v dewalt. I think it made the final price about $80. That would be a great deal for one of those. My dad used to have a 14.4 dewalt and that thing lasted forever.

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Chuck Shellem

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#14 posted 03-25-2010 05:14 AM

I’ve had a Makita LXT 18v for about a year now and have given it a pretty good work out. I love it. The power lasts, charges quickly and don’t loss enough power sitting between uses for me to notice. Oh, and much lighter than the DeWalt that I was looking at.

-- -- Chuck S.

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Tim_456

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#15 posted 03-25-2010 05:39 AM

I started with the DeWalt about 4 years ago and I’ve been adding from their cordless line ever since. I love my DeWalt!

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Steven H

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#16 posted 03-25-2010 06:20 AM

Check craiglist first.
I have a used Bosch 12 volt drill in great condition for $20.

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SnowyRiver

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#17 posted 03-25-2010 03:09 PM

I have a Porter Cable 18V nicad drill. Its been great…I have had it for years, although it was pricy. In the $250 range. I bought my son a Bosch Lithium battery drill a while ago and he likes it. I think if I were to buy a new one, I would do the Lithium battery. I think they are a bit lighter in weight and the battery seems to last longer. I also prefer the higher voltage drills simply for the power.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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richgreer

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#18 posted 03-25-2010 03:17 PM

I’m a DeWalt 18 volt cordless tool fan. I have 5 different 18 volt DeWalt tools with 4 batteries and 3 chargers.

However, for my basic drill/driver, I prefer my 12 volt Hitachi. It is light weight, has perfect balance, feels right in my hand and has plenty of power. If I need some real driving power I switch to my DeWalt impact driver (great tool) but for 90% of my drilling/driving needs the Hitachi is my tool of choice.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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John's Woodshop

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#19 posted 03-25-2010 04:06 PM

Hey Dave,

Check this out! http://www.reconditionedsales.com/HitachiDS14DVF314.4V38DriverDrillKitwithFlashlight__i283.aspx

It is $50.00 shipped! I purchased one and it doesn’t look reconditioned, in fact it looked brand new. It comes with 2 batteries and a one hour charger and a case. Great deal in my humble opinion. I plan to buy another one! I have made three purchases from the above company and have been more than satisfied with each purchase.

HTH,
John

-- John -- Racine, WI -- Woodworking..."It's not just a Hobby, it's an Adventure"

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dfdye

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#20 posted 03-25-2010 04:23 PM

I own the Porter Cable 18V NiCad drill/driver as part of a set, and I absolutely love it. The circular saw is OK, and the reciprocating saw is a little better than OK, but the drill is the standout of the set (the flash light is irrelevant as far as I am concerned). The NiCad set was significantly cheaper than the Lithium set, but these tools can use either battery—one of the main reasons I went with this set. The DeWalt line is typically higher quality, and I would not say that this PC drill is better than the DeWalt, just that it has been great for me!

PS Just noticed that you can get the DeWalt for $100. Don’t think twice! Get that sucker and be happy!!!!

-- David from Indiana --

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DaveA

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#21 posted 03-25-2010 05:46 PM

OK all, I got the PorterCable w/ case, 2 batteries and charger=$89.00.

I would have liked to have gone with that recon deal, but I am on a timeline with my basement refurb. I liked the 1/2 chuck and the 25 clutch positions on the drill. I also looked at the DeWalt, it kind of came down to a matter of personal preference and the weights were similar. NiCad would have been desirable, but I have learned over the years that with nicad batteries in my cameras, if you provide the proper care and feeding, they will serve many years.

Thanks all for the generous abundance of suggestions. I still might look at the reconditioned though as an additional or backup.

-- Dave - Milwaukee

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John's Woodshop

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#22 posted 03-25-2010 06:13 PM

Dave,

Congrats on your purchase. You will not regret the Recon as a back up! I just ordered another since you made me think about it. Keep watching their site, I was able to pick up a impact driver for $38.00 plus shipping. It has been my go to driver. Great deals to be had for sure. Again, congrats on your purchase!

John

-- John -- Racine, WI -- Woodworking..."It's not just a Hobby, it's an Adventure"

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