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12-08-2010 06:16 PM

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I have 5 hand drills 2 are cordless; the cordless had their time they don’t stay charged very long.
I am looking to buy a new one now they have NiCad, Nimh, and Li-ion batteries anyone has an idea of which batteries are the best as far as recharging time and long life.

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#1 posted 12-08-2010 06:33 PM

Li-ion. Look at Bosch, Matika and Milwaukee. 12v and 18v models are good. Look out for a drill and impact driver combos. I like Milwaukee
Festool probably has them too but you’d have to take out a mortgage to buy them. :-)

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#2 posted 12-08-2010 06:37 PM

Thanks Roger I was to a show of Milwaukee impact driver and it was compact and drove a screw very fast in hardwood.

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#3 posted 12-08-2010 07:02 PM

Gman, wish I could help but my track record with tools is not very good.

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#4 posted 12-08-2010 07:06 PM

well ive got a milwaukee and its a good drill, over all when it comes to real power , the corded one are the best i think…ive got the newest batteries, the li-ion…and they charge pretty quick and do a good job for what i use them for most of the time…i had an old skill, was one of the first to come out in cordless, and then the batteries just dies…bought a new battery…but in the mean time i opened up the drill for a reason i cant remember…and for the likes of wont go back together in a mode that allows it to work…lol…so i think its just time to chuck it all and forget drives me nuts knowing i have a new battery for it and cant use it…but….......i think the future of these newest batteries is prob the way things will go..

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#5 posted 12-08-2010 07:14 PM

hey gm…did you know your picture is just a black square…you need a picture ther buddy…

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#6 posted 12-08-2010 07:16 PM

I like my Makita with Li-ion. They charge fast (always faster than I can run the other one down.). The 1.5AH batteries are half the size and weight but only last half as long as the 3AH. Of course they charge twice as fast too. Two words of warning though, since I sent a pair of batteries to an early grave because I was stupid. Don’t run them completely down. The LI batteries give nearly 100% effort right up until they abruptly slow down and go dead, so as soon as you notice it slowing down, swap it with the one on the charger. Don’t leave them on the charger for weeks on end.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#7 posted 12-08-2010 07:28 PM

I have both NiCad and Li and I would recommend the Li hands down. They newer Li have much more power, last a bit longer….and don’t have the memory problems that older ones based on nickel. I would recommend the Ridgid’s due to their great warrantee…or the Milwaukee (not as good a warrantee…but not bad). I have the Milwaukee 28v and the Dewalt 36v….both are excellent….and have plenty of torque when I need it….I have driven tons of concrete anchors with the Milwaukee and it gets it done…the batteries charge quick…and have a button on them to tell how much charge they have.

If you just want a screwdriver or small drill….then I would look at the smaller voltage/smaller size driver units….I have the bosch 10v and it works great driving screws in areas I can’t get the Milwaukee or Dewalt.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#8 posted 12-08-2010 07:31 PM

By the way GMman….I like the black box icon….looks like one of those Harry Potter pictures where the subject steps away from the picture…LOL….Probably thought of that as I just saw the new movie last weekend.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#9 posted 12-08-2010 08:26 PM

I have a Milwaukee 18V Li-Ion Drill and Impact Driver Combo and love it. Plenty of power, comfortable to hold and not too heavy. And the batteries do last a pretty long time and charge fast. Plus, like most new Li-Ion sets, the have a LED Light on them that comes in handy. Plus the Milwaukee batteries have a power meter on them to tell you how much is left. I’ve also heard good things about the Makitas and the Ridgids are always nice with Lifetime Warranty on the batteries.

-- Matt -

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#10 posted 12-08-2010 08:39 PM

I have the 19.2 V Craftsmand Lithium Ion and it is great. Holds a charge for along time and has lots of power.
Don’t even look at a NiCad any more. They have a memory to only charge so deep and they lose a charge whe they get older. I have two Delta NiCad drills mounted over my work bench and they are always deat. I only use them if I need two drills and then I have a battery on the charger all the time so I just plug it into one of the drills and go ( for a while).
I was watching the ads for Craftsman 19.2 V drills and when they went on sale I went o buy a drill and hammer drill combo for $99 but when I got there they had them with NiCad batteries- No Thanks even at $99.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#11 posted 12-08-2010 09:14 PM

Makita L-ion. works hard stays charged for several hours of use charges fast. They are light weight and smooth operating. GREAT Set of tools. Drill and driver are seperate

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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#12 posted 12-08-2010 09:15 PM

Thanks all I will go with the Li-ion battery then decide on the make.

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#13 posted 12-08-2010 09:17 PM

The black picture is of a very sad week for me, it should change next week.

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#14 posted 12-08-2010 10:13 PM

Is it just me that sees a man in GMan’s avatar instead of a black box?

-- Williamsburg, KY

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#15 posted 12-08-2010 11:20 PM

I have a Ridgid Drill with Ni-cads that are under warranty for life. A buddy of mine has the same drill at a body shop with the Li-on batteries, not much difference between the two, charge time 30 minutes. They were sold with 2 batteries and the guaranty is what sold both of us. He gets a lot more use out of his than I do and has claimed warranty on one battery. No problem. Both drills about 3 years old now. We both bought from Home Depot in Moncton.

-- Jack Keefe Shediac NB Canada

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