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Forum topic by DaveA posted 03-25-2010 02:32 AM 1523 views 0 times favorited 22 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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DaveA

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03-25-2010 02:32 AM

My 12v Milwaukee drill/driver fell to it’s death today.
Locally the Porter Cable 18v NiCad and the DeWalt 18v are on sale. Any recommendations for either of these or…?

-- Dave - Milwaukee


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Michael Murphy

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#1 posted 03-25-2010 02:41 AM

I had been hooked on Makita for a loooong time in the cab business. Still have a bunch of the 9.6 volts that hold various degrees of charge. I got pissed off at them one day and went to sears and bought a Craftsman 19.5 volt with 2 batteries a bag and some other do dads. That thing is at least twice as powerful as the makitas ever were, 1/2 inch chuck and only $79.00. I am still using it with the original batteries 4 years later. But then again, I am not installing cabinets or building them all day either. You might consider Craftsman.

-- Michael Murphy, Woodland, CA.

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#2 posted 03-25-2010 02:46 AM

I’m a big fan of the Panasonic drills, although I’ve just got their NiMH batteries – the 3.5 amp hour ones. Great drill, great battery. We’ve got a whole slew of them in the shop. I’d probably stick with a 12volt unless I was going to go lithium ion – the 18 volt NiMH and NiCad are too bulky/heavy for my taste.

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hazbro

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#3 posted 03-25-2010 02:52 AM

I run all milwaukee v28 with the exception of a few tools for cordless. they cost a bit more, but they’ve paid for themselves many times over. but might be overkill for a lot of folks.

-- measure once, keep cuttin' til it fits

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cstrang

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#4 posted 03-25-2010 03:05 AM

I have two Makita 18 volt li-ion drills, they are the best drill I have ever used. They keep their charge a long time, have no shortage of torque and they recharge in about 15 mins. They are also lighter than their ni cad cousins. If I were you I would go with a Li-Ion battery, they cost a bit more but I don’t think you will regret it. I know I will never go back to Ni Cad.

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

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#5 posted 03-25-2010 03:08 AM

I had a Dewalt that lasted me about 9 years before the batteries finally gave out. Needless to say I was very happy with it. That being said, as far as I am aware, Ridgid is the only company that provides a lifetime warranty on cordless tools that includes guaranteeing the batteries. The only time that I needed service for a Ridgid tool, they immediately sent out a replacement part by Fedex based only on a digital pic of the problem and confirmation of my tool’s registration – no questions asked.

-- Greg, Severn MD

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4Bennett

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#6 posted 03-25-2010 03:49 AM

I would say it all depends on what you want to spend, and if you want lithium batteries or NiCad. I have had a milwaukee 14.4 for about five years now and one of the batteries is just now starting to give out(I have used it almost everyday doing everything from installing cabinets to building decks). I love it and would buy one again in a heartbeat. They can now be found for $140 with two batteries and a charger. If you want to go the lithium route, if you type in ridgid CPO under yahoo search. They have a ridgid Reconditioned lithium 18v drill with two batteries and a charger for $125. My boss has several of these and i dont have one complaint about them. They are good drills. I would say that these 18v lithium drills are lighter than my old milwaukee.
I personally have been eyeing the reconditioned milwaukee 18v drill and impact combo for $200 on the milwaukee cpo site. I use my pocket hole jig all the time and im tired of switching out bits, and im a diehard fan of Milwaukee tools.

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Abbott

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#7 posted 03-25-2010 03:57 AM

Panasonic seems to make best cordless drills but they are a bit pricey. The only drill that I have used that comes close to Panasonics is the Makita 18-volt ion drills. They are light weight and robust, comfortable to use without noticeable hand fatigue and offer good torque.

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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DaveA

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#8 posted 03-25-2010 04:03 AM

Thanks all for the replys.
I would like to but the best, but my $100 budget is the biggest factor here. Lithium or NiCad really doesn’t make a difference to me if I have two batteries available. I found a DeWalt trade in deal for $99 after the $100 trade in. It seems to be a decent deal. Problem is I have to rush this sale, which I don’t normally do. i am in the middle of a remodeling project and have many more drywall screws to drive.

-- Dave - Milwaukee

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docholladay

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#9 posted 03-25-2010 04:06 AM

I purchased the Hitachi 18V Drill and their Impact Driver. I avery thrilled with both of them. The driver drives 3” screws without any problem at all. The drill will drill holes and drive screws quite adequately. I also have a Makita and for battery life and power, I would put the Hitachi against my Makita all day long.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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Abbott

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#10 posted 03-25-2010 04:07 AM

Dave,

I don’t think you can go wrong with a Dewalt drill for $99.00.

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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docholladay

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#11 posted 03-25-2010 04:08 AM

I meant to mention that I only paid $75.00, for the Hitachi drill if I remember correctly. I bought it at Lowe’s.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#12 posted 03-25-2010 04:10 AM

Dewalt drill has done great for me…Still doing great after a bunch of jobs.

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4Bennett

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#13 posted 03-25-2010 04:17 AM

Here in iowa we have stores called Northern Tools. I dont know if you have any around Milwauee. I saw their ad the other day and they were giving 100 dollar trade in toward an 18v dewalt. I think it made the final price about $80. That would be a great deal for one of those. My dad used to have a 14.4 dewalt and that thing lasted forever.

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Chuck Shellem

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#14 posted 03-25-2010 05:14 AM

I’ve had a Makita LXT 18v for about a year now and have given it a pretty good work out. I love it. The power lasts, charges quickly and don’t loss enough power sitting between uses for me to notice. Oh, and much lighter than the DeWalt that I was looking at.

-- -- Chuck S.

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Tim_456

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#15 posted 03-25-2010 05:39 AM

I started with the DeWalt about 4 years ago and I’ve been adding from their cordless line ever since. I love my DeWalt!

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