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Aldi (yes, the grocery store) is selling tools this week, and one of them is a cordless drill

Aldi (yes, the grocery store) is selling tools this week, and one of them is a cordless drill

06-03-2015 08:07 AM by Rob | 8 comments »

Edit: MrRon pointed out that this drill looks an awful lot like the HF one, which has complaints about battery longevity (as in, after about a year it stops charging correctly). Because of that possible issue, I’m dropping my review to 3 stars for now, but if anyone else knows about the quality of Aldi li-ion tools, I’d appreciate your feedback! In any case, it still seems like a decent first drill for a new homeowner and maybe even ok for tossing around the shop. Every so ofte...

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Very Capable Budget 20V Impact Driver

Very Capable Budget 20V Impact Driver

06-01-2015 05:10 PM by CharlesA | 6 comments »

I just finished a putting new decking and railing on our deck (okay, so my son and his friend did a lot of the work). I have two Bosch 12v drivers that I really like for woodworking use, but I figured a more robust tool would come in handy for the deck. I found a pretty thorough review of 18/20v impact drivers at Toolguyd.com—While the Milwaukee, Makita, and DeWalt were all rated really highly, he suggested this Porter Cable was a good budget choice. The prices on the highly rated dr...

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Impulse buy review: Porter Cable 12v drill/driver combo

Impulse buy review: Porter Cable 12v drill/driver combo

05-23-2015 08:55 PM by Ccl2011 | 1 comment »

I am reviewing my 12v Li-Ion Porter Cable drill/driver combo. I bought these one day walking through the big box store where they were on an end cap display. At $100 for a set, minus military discount it seemed like a no brained. I quickly read over the cherry picked stats on the box and went off to the register, completely forgetting the grass seed that I had gone to the store for in the first place. I was in the middle of building a bar project (which can be seen in my other posts) and t...

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Makita 18v 3pc combo kit

Makita 18v 3pc combo kit

03-14-2015 01:36 AM by Hooligan | 10 comments »

I recently decided to purchase a new driver/impact for the shop and went with the Makita kit. I was reluctant after reading a lot about the battery life being short, but after thinking about the speed of recharge and the light weight nature of the tools decided that since I am just a hobbyist I could deal with the down time between charges. I placed the batteries on the charger today for the first time to find that neither would take a charge! Sure it felt like a bonus that they included the ...

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Testing drills and impact

Testing drills and impact

12-27-2014 11:48 PM by grosa | 15 comments »

Of all the drills I have, I really like the Dewalt XR brushless. They are very smooth running drills and I like the three light setup. They do have more power than the 18v. The Porter Cable is a nice drill but, it didn’t feel comfortable in my hand and the length of the grip is to short. The Dewalt is the one I like the most. It is heavier than the Makita but it has twice the power. The Dewalt 5 hour batteries are well worth the money. After testing all the cordless tools out there I we...

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Better drill than I expected, serviceable impact driver, so-so radio

Better drill than I expected, serviceable impact driver, so-so radio

08-29-2014 11:47 PM by Dan Lyke | 8 comments »

This is not a brand I would have ever expected to have in my shop, but… From my Twitter stream, on April 30th 2014 I got a follow from @RIDGIDPower, and said I’d be an unlikely customer. Surprising me, they engaged! We sent email back and forth, their rep offered to send me a battery powered tool combo kit with a drill, impact driver, and radio. I actually declined, on the basis that I didn’t need another set of chargers and batteries in my shop, but by that point the box wa...

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FastCap Taper Lock Bit Holder

FastCap Taper Lock Bit Holder

02-27-2014 09:34 PM by Spur | 1 comment »

I purchased this because I wanted to make myself a screwdriver, but I am now going to have to get one or two more for my electric drivers. The only difference between the one I got in the mail and the one pictured in the second picture is the shank is black on mine. Why I love it: -Small profile, hardly bigger than any other bit holder you would put in to your driver-Almost no play in the bit at all-Holds the bit SECURELY! It has a magnetic thing going on but it also has some kind of fr...

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A really nice drill driver set!

A really nice drill driver set!

02-03-2014 03:22 AM by Mainiac Matt | 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...

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A low cost alternative to the Milwaukee M12 driver

A low cost alternative to the Milwaukee M12 driver

10-22-2013 05:18 PM by Jofa | 12 comments »

One of my buddies at HD has a Milwaukee M12 driver and it’s awesome. Light, small and tons of torque. I just couldn’t swing the $100. So I was at WalMart and started looking around at the tool section. They had a little B&D 7.2V Lithium Ion drill driver displayed for $30 but it was out of stock. So I asked the kid working there if they would sell me the next one up for the same price. He asked the manager and we got “of course!”. Plus:- Excellent, accura...

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Milwaukee 3/8" hammer drill

Milwaukee 3/8" hammer drill

10-03-2013 09:44 PM by PatrickB | 3 comments »

This is a review, hence it is just my opinion. To the best of knowledge the picture is a true and actual representation of the item I am reviewing. Sorry about the above but others have made these little disclaimers necessary.So onto the drill. Yep, I give it 5 stars after what I just put it through. I just tapped about 30 holes in 1/2” aluminum (7/16” x 14tpi) with this little puppy and it did not flinch one bit. I have had this drill for quite sometime now and have used it for a...

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