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Forum topic by joe47 posted 07-16-2011 06:23 PM 3239 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-16-2011 06:23 PM

This is my first blog on LJ. I have read it for years and enjoy the advise given. My PC 19.2v cordless drill developed a wobble in the chuck. The chuck was replaced in Sept., 2009. The tech said it was either the chuck or the spindle. They no longer have parts for this model. Off to look for a replacement. Many of the reviews I have read indicate there is a problem with chuck wobble with some well known brands. Off to the store, the first three 18v drills I ran all had wobble right out of the box. Can anyone recommend a cordless drill that doesn’t have this problem? I have an old B&D and the chuck runs as true as the day I recieved it.

Thank you.

-- Joe on the lakeshore

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#1 posted 07-16-2011 08:55 PM

Have you tried tightening the chuck up? Not sure about the PC but my DeWalt has a Phillips screw at the bottom of the chuck when you open the chuck up all the way. I re-tightened it and that did the trick.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#2 posted 07-16-2011 09:14 PM

I have 4 DeWalt drills….all 14.4—18.4 volts. No wobble in any of them. I recommend them highly. They are a little pricey, but well worth the $$$. And they get the job done, too.

-- My grandpa used to say: "Y'all come back when you can....come after dinner, and leave before supper.."

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#3 posted 07-16-2011 09:43 PM

If it’s parts your wanting, I have a 19.2 you can have for shipping. My batteries are all kaput, and the ones I had re-celled didn’t work out well at all. I got a bunch of 19.2 stuff. Lets talk….

-- One of these hammers oughta fix that...

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#4 posted 08-16-2011 02:11 PM

Thanks for the replies. I tried to send you an email Mickey but you have to have 5 posts before you can do that. I sent my drill to a service center and found that I had a bad chuck. The new chuck works fine for now. I have a PC 19.2v cordless. The first chuck would not close on small diameter drill bits. Sent it in and they replaced the chuck for free. The replacement chuck developed a wobble. That replacement set me back $60 because it was out of warranty. I am going to try a Dewalt or Milwaukee for my next cordless.

-- Joe on the lakeshore

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#5 posted 08-16-2011 03:34 PM

I have been using Milwaukee corded and cordless drills for the past few years with no problems other than
the usual operator error, but I can not blame that on the drill. Most of my shop tools have that red color to them, and I do not think I will be wearing any of them out soon.

-- As ever, Gus-the 78 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#6 posted 08-18-2011 07:48 AM

I have had nothing but excellent quality and craftsmanship from Makita in cordless tools and Milwaukee in corded tools. A little pricey but worth every penny in my humble opinion. The 18v lithium ion Makita line, the all blue, pro line, not the black and white consumer line, has been wonderful. A battery will last most a day or more under heavy use in an impact driver. A circ saw or recip saw will run down any battery!!
Good luck, I’d look at buying online if it will save the sales tax. Most higher dollar purchases will come with free shipping.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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