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How many hand held power drills in your shop?

by richgreer
posted 05-23-2010 01:16 AM

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#1 posted 05-23-2010 01:51 AM

1: Dewalt 18v cordless hammerdrill – used for masonry work, and drilling (high torque)
2: Dewalt 18v cordless impact driver – used for driving ANYTHING (this thing is a beast). can actually drive a 3” lag bolt into a 2×4 without pre drilling (the 2×4 WILL split though)
3: Dewalt 9.6 lightweight driver – used for driving in woodworking projects as it has very precise control and will not overdrive anything.

my problem is that as of late I haven’t been having much shop time, and all batteries have gave up completely – won’t charge, and won’t keep charge… but that would happen to every cordless with batteries and seldom use.

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#2 posted 05-23-2010 01:52 AM

Hello, Rich. I have an ancient (35 years old) Craftsman 110V 3/8 drill and a Ryobi 18V drill that came with a set. I use the Ryobi 20 times more than the C’man.

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#3 posted 05-23-2010 01:54 AM

Rich I have 5 hand drill, 2 cordless, 2 with cord 3/8, and a large 1/2 I would have 2 more but they let go on me.
I have a crank one too that I don’t use it is a souvenir.

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#4 posted 05-23-2010 02:57 AM

Only 2! A cheap cordless from a plastic toolkit (from Target or Walmart) and a Dewalt corded. It’s all I need, but one of these days I’ll invest in a better cordless drill/impact driver set from Ridgid or Makita.

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#5 posted 05-23-2010 03:03 AM

I own 6….All Milwaukee lithium ion.

2- M12 Screw gun
1- M12 Impact
1- 1/2” 18V Drill/Driver
1- 1/2” 18V Hammer Drill
1- 18V Impact.

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#6 posted 05-23-2010 03:07 AM

If i count the ones in my truck that travel in and out of my shop I have 9 18 volt dewalts four 1/2” four 3/8” one of witch is a right angle plus four corded drills one 3/8 one 1/2” and one close quarter drill and one hammer drill I guess that makes 13 all together.

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#7 posted 05-23-2010 03:13 AM

2 makita drills, 1 impact and one corded drill I keep setup with a pocket hole bit

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#8 posted 05-23-2010 03:14 AM

I have three, two battery Makita’s, and an ancient corded Skil, about 30 years old, which is the ultimate power driver if I need it. Nothing stops the Skil, except your ability to hold it steady against the torque. The latest Makita is my power drill, 18Volt, not much stops it. The other is a 9.6 volt, replaced an even older one. Still used a lot because it is light weight. The Skil is not used much any more. The Makitas do the job just fine. I also have a Dewalt screwdriver, heavy duty thing, so I use it for most of the driver jobs.

Right now, don’t need another drill…..........

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#9 posted 05-23-2010 03:22 AM

have 6.
3cordless….2 bosch …. 1 P.C.

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#10 posted 05-23-2010 03:35 AM

4 hand held drills. Err….I mean 5!

2 corded drills. A 3/8” variable speed with forward/reverse Milwaukee and the same with Craftsman brand. The Milwaukee is the superior drill as many will already know.

2 cordless drills. A 19 volt Craftsman that has given me good service for the past several years but is showing the wear and tear of hard work. And a new Makita 18 volt ion drill, I am enjoying the compact size, lightweight comfortable grip and excellent torque of this drill very much. I want a second Makita ION drill and a cordless skillsaw to go with it.

Oops, I also have a Harbor Freight hammer drill still in the box. So that makes 5 hand held drills.

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#11 posted 05-23-2010 03:37 AM

In response to thatwoodworkingguy – - Interesting. My only corded drill is also my only hammer drill. Every once in a while I need a hammer drill. 99% of the time I have it set up with a Kreg pocket hole drill bit and I use it quite a bit in that mode.

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#12 posted 05-23-2010 03:39 AM

My Skil is a hammer drill, and I have used that feature, but not for many years…..........

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#13 posted 05-23-2010 03:42 AM

I have 1 corded dewalt. I had two craftsman battery powered ones but they finally gave up the ghost last summer…thus the dewalt. I’m kinda of off battery powered tools right now, I’m having a hard time reconciling the environmental impact of all these exotic metals (and there disposal) against the convenience they provide. Not that I am a raving tree hugger or anything, just wondering if it is good stewardship to use these, that and I seem to be getting more into hand tools (manual not just hand held ;-)

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#14 posted 05-23-2010 03:53 AM

I guess I have 7
2 14.4 cordless
1 12 dewalt impact
1 1/2” hammer drill
1 craftsman pro 3/8
1 old old B&d 1/4” drive
1 elcheapo that runs my old belt sander

-- Jim in Cushing Oklahoma

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#15 posted 05-23-2010 04:13 AM

2 good cordless
2 cheapo cordless
1 big a—corded monster.

And they all get used for various things.

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#16 posted 05-23-2010 05:24 AM

2 14 volt Mekitas 1 Dewalt 110 volt 1 Rockwell 110volt 1 anchent Craftsman 3/8’’ 1 Toolshop hammer drill 1 very old Soux 1/2’’ drill That drill has POWER 1 Masrer Force 14.4 volt 3/8’’ 3 or 4 junkers that are shot.

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#17 posted 05-23-2010 05:45 AM


Bosch 32612 12 volt and a Makita 9100 9.6v

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#18 posted 05-23-2010 05:47 AM

18v Dewalt
14v Dewalt
12v Bosch
7.2v Makita
corded B-D Pro 3/8 …

-- Rick

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#19 posted 05-23-2010 06:30 AM

Very interesting topic…

1 Hilti Hammer Drill
1 12V Porter Cable
1 12V Dewalt
1 18V Milwaukee
1 7.2V Makita

Corded Milwaukee 1/2”
Hole Hawg
Old 3/8” Skil

Hand drill (rotary)
Hand push drill (my dad’s – he called it a Yankee drill, whatever that means)

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#20 posted 05-23-2010 07:49 AM

There are 7 in my shop. Including my first drill a Black & Decker 1/2” hammer drill – purchase 1989

1- Black & Decker 3/8”
1 – Milwaukee 1/2” hammer drill

2 – 9.6v Makitas
1 – 18v Dewalt

1 – 3/8” pneumatic drill

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#21 posted 05-23-2010 08:12 AM

7, Dewalt 3/4” monster, Milwaukee 1/2” corded, rotohammer & 18v lithium, Makita 18v lithium (my favorite). Do hand powered breast drills count? Have 2 of em. I guess you may start a new topic; how many impact drivers do you have! Got 6 and I can’t live without them!

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#22 posted 05-23-2010 08:44 AM

2 1/2 inch porter cables, 1 3/8 bosh, 3 makita cordless 9 V. 1 porter cable hammer. guess that makes 7.

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#23 posted 05-23-2010 09:40 AM

Old corded Craftsman, 18 volt Ryobi and 14.4 volt Ryobi. The 18V drill gets the most use, and I have not used the corded drill in what seems forever.

-- -Gerry, Hereford, AZ ” A really good woodworker knows how the hide his / her mistakes.”

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#24 posted 05-23-2010 01:49 PM

Crap, maybe my wife is right, but to her credit, she didn’t say anything until my drill collection hit double digits, “why do you need that many drills?” My response, “everybody does!” How do you delete a thread on LJ’s, she doesn’t need to read this. HOWEVER, I bought most of them on e-bay for a fraction of their retail:
1- 12v cordless,
5 – 14.4v cordless, one of them impact,
4 – 19.2v corless, one of them impact, one hammer,
3 – corded, one of them hammer.
All but 2 of the cordless were e-bay. Maybe $25-$30 at the most. Very few people here like Craftsman, but all my cordless are Craftsman, the oldest is probably 10 years old and all still run like champs!
I thinking about having future drill purchases shipped to me at work.

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#25 posted 05-23-2010 02:34 PM

Milwaukee 18v driver
Milwaukee 18v impact
Craftsman 18v driver
B&D corded

believe it or not I like the craftsman the best too, it has the more torque than the Milwaukee, although its about 8 yrs old and slowing every day. the next drill I buy will probably be a Craftsman, I’ve been so happy with that one.

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#26 posted 05-23-2010 02:43 PM

Wow, all of you guys with all those big drills!

We have:
3 ridgid lithium 12v small drills
1 ridgid lithium 12v small impact
1 ryobi 12v drill
1 dewalt 18v impact
2 dewalt 18 volt 1/2 hammer drill
1 old milwaukee corded drill 1/2”

I think we could use more!!!!

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#27 posted 05-23-2010 02:56 PM

At home? I have a Ryobi 18v. Not a lot of torque, but it drills some holes and can punch a few screws in before the batteries die!

I bought a black and decker corded drill about 10 years ago at a K-Mart that I absolutely like: well balanced and lightweight. It has been a great purchase to date. And as stated previoulsy, I could always used more!

At the school we have 2 18v. cordless Dewalts, 2 18v. xrp dewalts, and several corded drills of varying manufacture and age. Have a couple of corded Milwaukee hammer drills that get a tremendous amount of use, and a right angle Milwaukee that gets pulled out occasionally, but when it is out, it is the only thing that will do the job!

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#28 posted 05-23-2010 03:18 PM

I threw out three “Crapsmen” cordless drills. The first two were gone after only 2 years when the plastic reversing switch cracked off. Sears wouldn’t back it up, so I had to epoxy it. Then the batteries died and Sears discontinued them. The third one, ....batteries again. No more getting even close to a Sears store
So, that’s three I can’t list anymore.
Presently, I have 2 Ryobi 18 volt cordless ”+1” models, that I love. Lots of torque.
1 Dewalt corded high R.P.M for pocket holes
1 Makita cordless (10 years old….same battery!)
1 ancient “Dormeyer” corded (Batteries weren’t even invented back then) HA!
1 cheap o corded hammer drill (Masterforce) Horrible

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#29 posted 05-23-2010 03:29 PM

Craftsman 1/2” hammer drill, B&D 3/8” corded drill, 2 B&D battery powered that came in a set consisting of 2 drills, a small circular saw and a flashlight that I received as a Fathers Day gift about 5 years ago.

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#30 posted 05-23-2010 03:30 PM

I have

2 Dewalt 18v cordless
1 Random old corded (Hitachi I think?)
1 Bosch Hammer Drill

One homemade and ancient hand drill
One random-not-homemade-but-no-brand-name hand drill (the biggest drill bit the chuck can hold on it is 1/8)
One tiny man-powered wind up drill, it only holds 1/64” (it has a crank!)

Interestingly, I often use the hand drill almost as much as the Dewalt… depends on what I’m doing.
The tiny ones I use for my miniatures – do NOT! use a power drill on 1/12” furniture.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#31 posted 05-23-2010 03:47 PM

Drill story – - 30 years ago I was not into woodworking at all. However, I had a small, cheap 1/4” corded drill for some handyman work around the house. My father-in-law came to visit and he wanted to make something for my wife. He was a skilled woodworker. He did not like my drill and we went to the hardware store to buy a new one. He pointed to a heavy duty Milwaukee and told me that was the one I should buy. I gulped. It costs almost $100 but I was, effectively, ordered to buy this by my father-in-law so I bought it.

I immediately found out what a real drill is like. That drill served me well for over 25 years.

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

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#32 posted 05-23-2010 03:52 PM

i do everything with a 15 year old corded Bosch hammer drill (green hobby machine) and it just won’t die.
it has turned 100’s of hours, fell dozens of times on the concrete from variable heights, had the cable cut several times, drilled through meters of steel, sanded the paint off of many farming machines that had to be repainted.
i occasionally use my brother in law’s Bosch 12v cordless drill when he forgets them in my shop, and it sure is handy to have one of these next to the corded one.
but im not sure if that’s a priority right now, afterall youre not supposed to use screws when making proper furniture! ;-)

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#33 posted 05-23-2010 03:57 PM

4- 9.6V Makita for really light work I’ve had for 12 years or so, an old little B&D 3/8” corded, a 1/2” B&D my wife bought me this year, and a 14V Dewalt that gets most of the abuse in my shop.

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#34 posted 05-23-2010 04:33 PM

I have 5 drills,
one of them is an old Makita 3/8” corded from the late seventy’s or early eighty’s it is red in color, rarely used,

two cordless Dewalt 9.6V 3/8” one about fifteen years old (with two new batteries about two years ago) and one about five years old, used regularly,

one cordless Bosch 18V 1/2” about six months old, used regularly,

and one Dewalt 1/2” corded drill about seven years old, used occasionally for the real ugly stuff.

-- Mike

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#35 posted 05-23-2010 04:40 PM

milwaukee corded the monster that rarely gets used, but when you need it there’s no option
dewalt corded (the go to guy)
2 crapsman corded (they both have issues but dang things won’t die) – circa 1978 and 1980
bd corded (loml’s drill by default)
bd cordless 18 v
old makita 9.6v cordless that needs a new charger and battery, but for slightly less than the price I bought the bd cordless kit go figure

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#36 posted 05-23-2010 08:14 PM

3 corded

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#37 posted 05-23-2010 08:40 PM

Dewalt 18v
Ridgid 18v Autoshift
Black and Decker 18v

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#38 posted 05-28-2010 08:33 PM

I have 3-dewalts,1-milwaukee,1 hatachi and a makita 1/2” hammer drill. I’m in the process of slowly phasing out the dewalts(two of them have chucks blown out and the batteries are (I think) ridiculously expensive. I’ll admit I got a lot of use out of them (dewalt) but I can buy a brand new drill for not much more than a battery. As far as the hatachi goes….not exactly a stellar performer. The makita is corded and have used it off and on for years. The milwaukee is my favorite.

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#39 posted 05-28-2010 10:27 PM

2 12v DeWalt 3/8 cordless – one is a decent XRP with a metal chuck and has been the best drill i have owned, the second is a cheaper one that i bought because the kit with 2 batteries and a charger was only $10 more than one replacement battery (?) who prices these batteries, anyway?
3/8 corded DeWalt – sometimes batteries just don’t cut it
1/2 corded P/C Hammer drill – serious wrist-breaking power on that one. great for driving big lag screws if switched to non-hammer mode
1/2 corded B/D – total junker – use for mixing grout, paint, etc. exlusively

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#40 posted 05-28-2010 10:34 PM

2 and I am ashamed to mentionned the brand because they are totall piece of junk: HF

I bought them when I was just starting and was on a tight budget having just purchase a house.
I will be replacing those right after I get my jointer.

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#41 posted 05-28-2010 10:48 PM

If you don’t count impact drivers; you obviously need one…

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#42 posted 05-28-2010 11:03 PM

Milwaukee 1/2” corded
Hitachi 1/2” corded
3/8” Black & Decker corded
3/8” Bosch corded
18 Volt DeWalt
18 Volt Off-brand 3/8” “Special Free Deal” (Actually not a bad drill)
2-14 Volt Bosch
12 Volt Porter Cable
9.6 Volt DeWalt
10.8 Volt Bosch—-Most used in my shop!
1/2” Porter Cable Hammer Drill—corded


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#43 posted 05-28-2010 11:03 PM

2, an early 90’s keyless chuck 3/8” Craftsman, and a reasonably recent Ryobi keyless chuck, clutch 3/8” VSR… Both are corded. I had the Cman in a drill press jig for a long time, when I got the Ryobi. Since then the jig went away, and the Cman does most of the heavy drilling, the Ryobi gets used for driving screws and such where more finesse is needed…

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#44 posted 05-28-2010 11:12 PM

1 18v Hammer LI, MW
1 18v Impact LI, MW
1 14v Hammer, MW
1 12v PC
1 3/8 MW
1 1/2 MW
2 1/2 High torque D handle MW (used for driving 18” lags when building log cabins)
1 3/8 dewalt w/right angle
1 10v bosch

In the grave yard! ( I could spend the money on new batteries, & switches, but new drills are about the same cost)
2 7.2v Makita
2 12v PC
1 14v MW (Bad batt’s and fried the drill, MW had a recall)

How about Nail Guns next?

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#45 posted 05-29-2010 09:32 PM

Makita 18v drill, LI
Makita 18v impact, LI
Old Ridgid 18v dril, NiCad
Two 12v compact Ridgid drivers, LI
Bosch 12v compact driver, LI
Ryobi with 3/8 chuck, corded

The Makitas are my faves. Like half the weight of the Ridgid.

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#46 posted 05-30-2010 01:57 AM

Let’s see:

1. An 18-volt Ryobi.
2. Another, somewhat newer designed 18-volt Ryobi (purchased in package to get the lithium batteries and charger).
3. An 18-volt Ryobi right angle.)
4. A 12-volt Ridgid.
5. A 3/8 drive Craftsman corded (1200 RPM max speed)
6. A 3/8 drive Skill corded (2500 RPM max speed)
7. A 3/8 driver Wards corded (500 RPM max speed).
8. A 1/2 drive Hitachi corded (800 RPM max speed; 9 amp).

The Ryobi 18-volt jobs all use lithium batteries (I have four) and the Ridgid 12-volt jobs use ni-cads (I have three of those). The Ridgid ni-cads are actually very nice, and the Ryobi lithiums are way, way better than the Ryobi ni-cad versions.

Also have two Ryobi 18-volt impact wrenches, plus a Ridgid 12 volt right-angle impact wrench.

Um, I also have a Ridgid 15-inch drill press and a Ryobi 10-inch bench-top drill press.

And, well, I also have an old Sears hand-operated “eggbeater” job.

Howard Ferstler

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#47 posted 05-30-2010 08:57 PM

bought my first ever cordless drill this weekend! a blue Bosch 14v Li, there was a “super deal” it was sold at €199.
verry nice tool. put it to the test at each occasion i had this weekend, and it did everything i asked without complaining. i get the impression that the little bastard has more torque than my old corded Bosch drill.

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#48 posted 05-30-2010 09:22 PM

I have 4 if you count my impact driver and 5 if I include the extra makita that stays in my wifes craft room. I have a Makita 9.6V that is pretty old, but still one of my favorites because of it light weight and balance. I have a Dewalt 12V that has a lot of torque, but it frustrates me because it will not stand up on the battery. I also have 12V Hitachi and a 12V Hitachi Impact that I like very much, plus they use the same battery so I can always have a charged battery handy. Often, in a project, I will have one set up with a pilot drill, another with a clearance drill, another with a countersink bit and finally, use the impact to drive the screws. They all get used very regularly.

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