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TheWoodNerd

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1590 days ago

I’ve been trying to buy a new drill for a few weeks now. After reading tons of contradictory opinions and reviews, I finally decided to just buy the six drills I was considering and see which one I liked best. Since I had all these notes and data, I decided to write it up as a review.

http://www.thewoodnerd.com/reviews/li-drills.html

-- The Wood Nerd -- http://www.workshopaholic.net


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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 1590 days ago

Thanks for the review. I have been looking at getting another drill since my son “borrowed” one of mine several months ago after his went shot and it has not returned to my shop. :)

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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David Craig

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#2 posted 1590 days ago

Thanks for posting the review, many people will find it useful to go back to. Of course opinions will always vary when it comes to personal preferences and their own perceptions. For example, you found the Ridgid drill clunky and difficult to work with. I, myself, find it a joy to use. There are Bosch fans, Dewalt fans, Ryobi fans, etc. The point is that you found the drill that fits your hand and you were kind enough to share your experience in the search with others. Nice breakdown.

David

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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woodworm

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#3 posted 1590 days ago

Great review.
I’m about to buy 18V Li-Ion drill. This review is very useful for me.
Thanks!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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patron

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#4 posted 1590 days ago

excellent review !

well written ,
and very informative .

thanks .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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TheWoodNerd

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#5 posted 1590 days ago

… since my son “borrowed” one of mine …

Yeah, I have one of those too …

-- The Wood Nerd -- http://www.workshopaholic.net

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#6 posted 1590 days ago

Good Review thanks for sharing.

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Jim Bertelson

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#7 posted 1590 days ago

Nice review. Thanks for the effort and the report.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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Ger21

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#8 posted 1590 days ago

Although you don’t like the feel of the Makita, from my 15 years experiene in a busy cabinet shop with a lot of different drills, Makita’s are the only drills I’ll ever buy again. Porter Cables feel a lot more solid, but they fail a lot more often.

-- Gerry, http://home.comcast.net/~cncwoodworker/CNC_Woodworker.html

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lilredweldingrod

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#9 posted 1590 days ago

I quote David…”excellent review”... very informative, but Makita has won my heart over a 40 marriage along with my second love, IR.
I’ve used all brands of air and electrical tools over the years. I found IR air tools deliver the longest service life and I found I always got more bang for my buck with Makita. They have a fantastic quality control program in their manufacturing plants. Not to say these others are not excelent tools, just old habits die hard.

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ondablade

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#10 posted 1590 days ago

My blue Bosch is the older Nicad variety, but i have a 10.8 Lion too. You hit the nail on the head with the bit about the quality/comfortable feel. That (and excellent reliability at my moderate level of use) is why i like them too…

-- Late awakener....

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John Gray

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#11 posted 1589 days ago

Nice review!!! THANKS! I’m staying with my 2 – 18V DeWalt’s ‘til they die…..I will purchase new batteries when needed. 8^)

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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cstrang

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#12 posted 1589 days ago

Good review, I have two of the Makita’s mentioned in the review, they don’t feel very cheap to me! Love how they are light weight and the Jacobs chuck is a great feature. I have had them for about a year and a half now and they haven’t exactly been babied, even if they do break you can bet I will be getting another Makita! Thanks again for the review.

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

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