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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 | 0 comments »

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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Makita & Ridgid  - Looking back to the precursor of the modern age.

Makita & Ridgid - Looking back to the precursor of the modern age.

08-03-2013 04:41 AM by vipond33 | 16 comments »

In 1983 Makita came out with the model 6010D cordless drill.I bought one. While it was not the first to market, it was the real beginning of what we enjoy today. But what a contrast that would turn out to be. The feature set of 83 included: A single speed – 600 rpm.A real long charge time with a real short run time.A small cheap keyed chuck.One 7.2 volt Ni-Cad battery packLow torque with no clutch.A dumb charger and a real limited warranty,A sickly blue colour andthe ongoin...

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Turn the corner when you see this one.

Turn the corner when you see this one.

05-16-2013 03:37 AM by vipond33 | 18 comments »

I am not normally inclined to write bad reviews, preferring to talk about tools that I really like, but if I can save one LJ from buying this problem drill then my work here is done. We were out on a job site, far, far from home – without our right angle drill.It was essential to what we were doing so our boss ran out and bought (to give him credit) probably the only choice available for miles. Nevertheless, it was Jack and the Beanstalk in reverse. We gave him a few beans, he cam...

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