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Forum topic by Estley posted 02-23-2010 06:22 PM 1174 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-23-2010 06:22 PM

So, I’m in the market for a drill, and I’ve narrowed it down to two options:


I’m leaning torwards the Makita, the only one thing stopping me is the battery issue I’ve read about in a few reviews. Some people claim their batteries are dead within a couple of months, which is a dealbreaker for me. Has anybody here experienced any issues?

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#1 posted 02-23-2010 06:48 PM

I would be interested to hear what they meant by “dead” after a couple of months. Nickle Cadmium (NiCad) batteries will lose their charge fairly quickly if left setting, but will fully recharge and be fully usable. They do “wear out” eventually (i.e they need frequent recharging) and need to be rebuilt or replaced. All of my Ni-Cads lasted several years, however, before wearing out.

I would think that if a new battery died after only a few months of normal use, it would be covered by a warranty. You would need to check with the manufacturer to be sure.

Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) batteries give more power in a smaller package and will hold their charge for long periods. They, too, will eventually “wear out”, but it should take much longer. I’ve gone to all Li-Ion tools and had no battery problems for the past couple of years.

I definitely recommend a “combo” pack of cordless tools that let you use the same batteries in several tools. It’s really nice being able to run a drill, impact driver, circ saw, recip saw, and light using the same batteries for them all.

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#2 posted 02-23-2010 06:49 PM

I use the Dewalt (driver drill, sawzall and circular saw) have had it for 8 or 9 years. I use it alot but I am still using 2 of the 3 original batteries I got when I bought it. I consider the cordless sawzall to be the single most useful tool known to man. Also consider the Ridgid, they have free batteries for life. I have not used their cordless tools but I have a bunch of their shop and power tools and have been completely satisfied.

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#3 posted 02-23-2010 06:55 PM

I needed a new cordless a few months ago. If cost was no object I would go with Panasonic without a second thought. They have the best torque and the most comfort. I didn’t want to spend that much so I settled for the Bosch as they make good tools. The Bosch has the same body as the Panasonic so the comfort is there, the torque was not. I took the drill home for a few days, used it, packed it back up and returned it. It was a nice drill but wouldn’t preform the tasks I needed. I then purchased that Makita you have listed. I have had nothing but excellent results from it and would buy another without hesitation.

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#4 posted 02-24-2010 02:14 AM

I have been using that Makita for about 1 1/2 years on a regular basis and have had no battery problems.

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#5 posted 02-24-2010 02:21 AM

Keep in mind that Milwaukee has a 5 year warranty. I have been a loyal Milwaukee user for over 20 years and they have never let me down. Currently have both the 18 volt stuff and 28 volt. I prefer the 18 volt as it’s lighter. Amazon has the Milwaukee set listed for $199.

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#6 posted 02-24-2010 05:34 AM

I have upgraded from Makita Nickel Metal Hydride to Lithium Ion. I love the tools and the batteries. I’ve had this set of batteries for over 11/2 years with no complaints. Long run time, short charge time. Can’t say anything bad about em. I was happy with my old tools, I just had a chance to upgrade so I did. Hope this helps, BTKS

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#7 posted 02-24-2010 05:57 AM

I have had two Makita 18 volt drills for about two years now and they are working great for me. They have been doing everything from furniture making to rough construstion.

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#8 posted 02-24-2010 06:07 AM

I have the Makita drills and have no battery problems…

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#9 posted 02-24-2010 07:25 AM

I have that Makita also. I’ve had mine for about 18 months and use it almost everyday assembling furniture frames, with 2 and 3 inch screws. I sometimes go thru 2 or 3 battery charges in a day. I have dropped it, kicked it and covered it in yellow glue and it still works as well as the day I got it. I will get another one when it dies, someday in the far future I hope.

-- JimT

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