|Review by Mainiac Matt||posted 02-03-2014 03:22 AM||4085 views||0 times favorited||13 comments|
Though my 15 year old 12 volt Porter Cable cordless drill is still alive and kicking (on a rebuilt battery pack) I really wanted an impact driver. After doing my research and having opportunity to try several different models at work, I was all set to pull the trigger on the white series Makita18 v LI drill driver set. When a good special was going on at HD just before Christmas, I went down to buy the set, but then stumbled across another great price on the DeWalt 20 vmax set.
The specs are so close I decided to make my decision the old fashion way…. touch an feel.
Both feel great in the hand, and both are looked like great tools. But to my sense, the balance of the DeWalt felt just a little better. Another nice feature is that the DeWalt has three LED lights set all around the driver. So I rolled the dice and took the DeWalt home and I’ve used them on a couple projects for a month.
Now for the review….THESE TOOLS ARE AWESOME !!!!!
Gobs of power…. light weight… batteries last a really long time… they hold their charge over extended periods when not in use….. well balanced…. they feel great in your hand…. the cordless drill is really fast…. the chuck is great. I’ve read complaints that the drills have excessive runout, but mine turns very true. They are a pleasure to use.
The 20 vmax is a somewhat misleading name, as they are 18 volt units just the same as the Makita and Milwaukee tools, but DeWalt apparently used this name to distinguish them from their existing 18 volt line where the battery has a stem that runs into the handle, which DeWalt is continuing.
Note that the XR (Extra Runtime) series has two differences… they have 33% more amp hours in the XR batteries and they have brushless motors that produce more power and use less amps. They also cost ~$100 more.
I don’t feel like I’m missing much though, as the non XR 20 VMAX set is VERY NICE.
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