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12-09-2010 12:29 AM

I have the Hilit 14.4 drill and impact combo. I traded in the DeWalt18v for the Hilti just because I wanted a brand change. After two years of use I an not completely happy with the Hilti’s.
The Dewalts were work horses and the nicad batteries took a beating over and over. Run them out, run them hot do what ever and they just kept coming mater what they finished the job. I had the Dewalt for years.
I jumped to Hilti and the Lithium batteries are a different situation. They have a built in protection in each battey and when they get a little hot they shut you out, Leave you hanging. The drills are good and the impact feature on the drill is impressive but the batteries are pushing me to consider selling the drills. I used the dewalts to rebuild my house and now use the hilti’s around the house which is more play then work and the hilti’s just don’t keep up with even the light load.

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#1 posted 12-09-2010 12:37 AM

DeWalt 18V XRP so far (no complaints). I have too many tools to change right now. I have 5-6 batteries and only 2 are really any good. The others will drill and drive a little bit, but aren’t great in a sawzall or circular saw.

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#2 posted 12-09-2010 12:54 AM

I have 5 different DeWalt 18 volt tools and 4 batteries. Each tool is as solid as a rock and the batteries just work and work – no problems. My only complaint is that these batteries are heavy (they are Ni-Cads). I’ll accept the weight because I know I have solid and dependable tools.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#3 posted 12-09-2010 01:20 AM

I use these drills for home use.


Got it for $99 on a clear out at Lowes.


Looks like the model I got also.

Both drills are work horses for sure.

I’ve got a couple more DeWalt cordless drills, but they are smaller and older. I use one for drilling, countersinking/drilling and screwdriving.

I’m not big on Hitachi drills at all.

-- Williamsburg, KY

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#4 posted 12-09-2010 02:07 AM

I have a Milwaukee 18V Lithium kit kit with a drill and an impact driver. It complements a 14V NiCd Milwaukee drill that I’ve had for some time. Both kits are excellent. The 18V drill is smaller and lighter than the 14V. I have had no problem with the lithium batteries and I am exceptionally pleased with the impact driver, it does things no drill/driver can do (such as sink lag screws in pressure-treated lumber).

Since I’m a Kreg Jig user, having multiple drills makes fast work of doing pocket holes.

-- Altruism is, ultimately, self-serving

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#5 posted 12-09-2010 02:33 AM

We have Milwaukee’s. Some 12 volt and some 18, they get used all the time.

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#6 posted 12-09-2010 03:28 AM

I have a Craftsman Pro 20V LiIon combo that I really like. Has worked well for several years now. Not really big on Craftsman, but these are good tools.

Wouldn’t mind having a good impact driver though.

-- jay,

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#7 posted 12-09-2010 03:37 AM

Bosch 18V

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#8 posted 12-09-2010 04:02 AM

Dewalt 18v and Ridgid 18v w/Autoshift.

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#9 posted 12-09-2010 04:20 AM

Makita Li-ion. 18 volt.

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#10 posted 12-09-2010 04:23 AM

I’ve had the suite of Makita 18v li-ion tools for a couple years now, and I wouldn’t trade them for anything.
The li-ion is great – loads of power, fast charging, and no self-discharge.

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#11 posted 12-09-2010 04:36 AM

I have an old Makita 9.6volt (over 10 years old) that just won’t die. I have purchased replacement batteries for it, but one of the original batteries still works pretty well. It doesn’t have a huge amount of power, but will drive 1 1/2 – 2” screws easily and is not likely to strip them out or break off the head of the screw. I also have a 12Volt Hitachi drill and a 12Volt Hitachi Impact. They both work great and I love the impact driver when driving long screws in the 3” range.


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

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#12 posted 12-09-2010 04:50 AM

Porter cable and Bosch 18v

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#13 posted 12-09-2010 06:25 AM

dewalt 18v or my dewalt 14v li-ion

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#14 posted 12-09-2010 06:44 AM

All my cordless milwaukee tools that i dont use at work anymore…
Two 8yr old 18v nicad drills and (2) sawzalls that got a new breath of life due to a battery recall (ended up getting 7 batteries for free).
A 6 year old V28 milwaukee drill that got new batteries under warranty
A brand new 18v lithium compact combo kit (drill and impact driver)
I tend to abuse all my cordless tools so I’ll probably be hitting milwaukee up for some new batteries again in a few years

-- Woodworkers theory of relativity - the quality of your scrap is relative to your skill level

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#15 posted 12-09-2010 06:52 AM

I missed the Bosch 18V drill/driver clearance at Lowes by one day and still sulking. I mean it affected me physically. I actually knew about it the last day of the sale but didn’t realize IT WAS THE LAST DAY. That was truely the best missed deal of the season, for me at least.

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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