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12-09-2009 02:17 PM

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.

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#1 posted 12-09-2009 02:26 PM

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. :)

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#2 posted 12-09-2009 02:27 PM

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.


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#3 posted 12-09-2009 02:47 PM

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

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#4 posted 12-09-2009 02:48 PM

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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#5 posted 12-09-2009 05:41 PM

… since my son “borrowed” one of mine …

Yeah, I have one of those too …

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#6 posted 12-09-2009 06:04 PM

Good Review thanks for sharing.

-- Custom furniture

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#7 posted 12-09-2009 06:11 PM

Nice review. Thanks for the effort and the report.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#8 posted 12-09-2009 08:36 PM

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,

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#9 posted 12-09-2009 09:22 PM

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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#10 posted 12-10-2009 04:58 AM

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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#11 posted 12-10-2009 05:52 AM

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

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#12 posted 12-10-2009 06:11 AM

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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