I to am in the market for a new drill…
What I have now:
1) 3/8” corded B&D (don’t even know how I acquired this drill but can’t bring myself to get rid of it)
2) 3/8” corded Makita (I like this drill quite a bit but, it does have a cord attached to it)
3) 18V cordless Ryobi (part of a set bought @ HD. This drill has served me well for about 5 years now and been used ALOT more than the Makita primarily b/c it’s cordless. Downside is that the batteries were left in the charger to long & I think the heat generated from doing so has really taken its toll on the battery life.
What I’m thinking & what it will be used for:
1) I’ve recently gotten into woodworking and have grown weary of 20 min batt life in my ryobi. I consider myself a beginner woodworker w/ big ambitions.
2) I’m 100% I want to go cordless.
3) I’m planning on adding a drill press to my garage shop as soon as $ allows.
4) This drill will be primarily for driving screws.
5) Comfort & weight are BIG things to consider for me (~ 10 yrs ago, I shattered one of my wrists & have lost about 50% of the strength in that wrist).
6) One other thing I should consider is that I own a brick house & there have been a half dozen or so times in the last year or so that I think an impact would have come in handy for boring into the brick for whatever reason I need too.
Of course, $ is a factor.
I recently looked (Lowes) @ the Hitachi 18V Li ion drill/impact driver combo for $269. This is definately more than I want to spend but, I could prob be talked into it.
I REALLY liked the way these two drivers felt in my hand. Total weight and balance was spot on for me.
What do you all think…should I just get a ryobi impact driver from HD ($119 for 18V cordless impact)? Going this way will allow me to use the new batt’s in the already owned ryobi set of tools. Out of the ryobi set the only other tool used much at all is the small trim saw. The batteries are not 100% shot, they still have a lil life left. Should I just suck it up and spend the $ for the Hitachi set?
I’m also curious how you tool experts feel about buying used drivers (from CL, etc.) as well as buying refurbished drivers (from refurbishedsales.com)
Edited to note that I just saw that HD has a makita drill/impact 18V Li ion set w/ 2 batt’s for $214.
TYVM in advance for any input!!!
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