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Forum topic by newbiewoodworker posted 11-29-2010 03:59 AM 680 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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newbiewoodworker

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11-29-2010 03:59 AM

http://www.woodcraft.com/Product/2082496/31940/PorterCable-12-V-Max-Compact-Lithium-2Tool-Kit.aspx

I was wondering how that set is, for a set of work horse drills. My cordless sucks, so I want to upgrade it. But the price of a drill and an impact wrench, for this set, is almost the cost of a deWalt… thats what worries me. Is this merely a case of paying for name? Or quality issues?

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lew

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#1 posted 11-29-2010 04:04 AM

If it was me, and it’s not- I’d spring for a DeWalt or Milwaukee.

At the school where I sub, the construction shops use both of these brands and they are holding up very well.

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#2 posted 11-29-2010 06:24 AM

I have the Bosch 12v Litheon set (Driver, Drill, Impact driver) and really like them. Now that every other maker out there has pretty much the same thing, pick your favorite color and look for the best deal. I haven’t seen any tests on the latest PC stuff, but they look pretty cheesy to me.

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#3 posted 11-29-2010 06:59 AM

As most folks know, the Ridgid, Porter Cable, Ryobi, Millwaukee, and Dewalt all come from the same factory so shop for warranty and price and whatever color you like.

I personally don’t like the grip and balance of any of the 12volt tools that put the batteries inside the handle. The handle becomes too fat and the tool feels top heavy to me, but that’s just my opinion, YMMV.

I bought the 18v lithium-ion combo kit from Millwaukee back in the summer after I had looked at all the different styles out there. Of all the new tools I’ve looked at I do like the compact impact drivers most. Those things rock, but it’s a little hard to go slow enough with them. If you aren’t careful you can drive a screw clean through 3/4” plywood before you can stop it. I also twisted the head right off a 3/8” lag bolt that got jammed before it bottomed out. You don’t hardly get any tactile feedback from the tool, but that’s a good thing if you have a large number of big screws to drive.

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lumberjockey

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#4 posted 11-29-2010 11:17 AM

If you are just using these drill/drivers for the occasional home use or for light home DIY projects then IMHO any of the compact drill/driver 12V that is presently in the market should suit your needs just fine. Me, I work in the trades and I need tools that I know won’t let me down. I just purchased the Dewalt 12V MAX impact and drill/driver combo.
On the job, we use all types of brands, but most of my co-workers stick to the 3 proven brands. Dewalt, Makita and Milwaukee. Also, I own the Bosch 12V impactor and I absolutely love that little tool.

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#5 posted 11-30-2010 06:30 AM

Go with Rigid and batteries for life :-))

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