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Blakep

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1378 days ago

Hey guys I am looking to purchase something to drive wood screws for assembling different projects and such. I use a corded drill for actually drilling holes and want something just for driving screws. I really like the small size of the two Milwaukee products pictured below. Do any of you own either one of these and if you do which one will suit my use better?
The First is a cordless driver and the second is a cordless screwdriver.


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Bob #2

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#1 posted 1378 days ago

Do a search on here for Millwaukee.
It seems there may be some warnings here to be considered.
I bought Ridgid 12 volts and they seem to be working well.

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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Blakep

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#2 posted 1378 days ago

Bob which warning are you talking about? I did a search and all I came up with were really good reviews.

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#3 posted 1378 days ago

The guys that i work with (carpenters, demo crews) have been using the Makita Lithium Ion impact drivers for the last year and seem to really like them. Even the demo guys havent broken any yet which is saying somethin.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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Blakep

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#4 posted 1378 days ago

Which one of these two would be my best bet for driving screws on cabinets, furniture, or any other woodworking project? I am trying to determine which one will serve the need of driving screws better.

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lilredweldingrod

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#5 posted 1378 days ago

Right now you can get the Makita on Amazon for a nice discount. Personally, I wouldn’t have anything from Milwaukee if it was free. Been there, cone that. You will not be sorry if you stick with Makita.

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John Gray

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#6 posted 1378 days ago

BOSCH – I’ve had my Bosch’s for a couple of years and love them.

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

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Eric_S

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#7 posted 1378 days ago

Makita’s new 18v cordless is excellent and is small as well. I bought the pair for around $180 I think. They have lights on the ends and belt clips as well to keep them close by.

Finewoodworking.com has some excellent tool reviews for drills.

-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN

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GaryL

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#8 posted 1378 days ago

I have quite a few Milwaukee 18 volts cordless and hate them. My Makita’s have been great. If you plan on driving screws get an impact, but a drill/driver is more versatile. Keep in mind that the compact versions you are showing have a very short battery usage time. Larger batteries will give you more work time between charges.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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Blakep

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#9 posted 1378 days ago

What do you mean by more versatile? What can each one do that the other can’t or can’t do as well?

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Eric_S

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#10 posted 1378 days ago

The impact driver is a screwdriver and hammer in one. It is meant for screws and has no torque or speed adjustment(at least the makita model doesn’t). The drill does.

-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN

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Blakep

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#11 posted 1378 days ago

Well I have two or three cordless driils (all different brands). All of them work fine but they are two big and and agrivating for furniture type projects. I want something small that will be used just for driving screw. I don’t want to be able to drill a hole or anything with it.

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Dez

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#12 posted 1378 days ago

I have the Makita Lithium Ion drill and driver set and really like them. Small, yet plenty of oomph, the driver will easily drive 3” screws so it works fine for cabinet assembly etc.
The only downside was that I had to buy a set of hex drive drill bits as the drill does not have a standard chuck.

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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Blakep

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#13 posted 1377 days ago

Well guys thanks for all of the responses and advice. I bought the milwaukee driver and will give a review of it after I have some time to break it in good. It does come with a five year warantee so that helped sell me on it. Thanks again for all of your help.

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#14 posted 1377 days ago

I think I’m going to shut my mouth from now on.

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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KayBee

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#15 posted 1377 days ago

Well, he already made up his mind on milwaukee before he posted. Maybe he’ll get lucky. I would’ve got the Makita-they won’t need the warranty because they don’t break down.

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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