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snowdog

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1077 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: dewalt porter cable

I have been looking for a long time now. (2 years) and I want to buy a new set of battery tools. Here is my choice so far.

PORTER-CABLE 4-Tool 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Combo Kit 4-Tool 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Combo Kit Item #: 39443 | Model #:PCL418C-2
$255

or

DEWALT 4-Tool 18-Volt Cordless Combo Kit
Item #: 311386 | Model #:DC4CKITA
4-Tool 18-Volt Cordless Combo Kit Item #: 311386 | Model #:DC4CKITA
$449

I know Dewalt is better but is it that much better? I no longer take my tools on the road, I am retired and only work in the shop or at family from time to time. What do you think?

Your thought ans comments are always much appreciated,

Thanks guys.

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..


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pmcwood

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#1 posted 1077 days ago

DC4KITA is Ni-Cad XRP and has more amp hours than the Porter Cable

Porter Cable are cheaper tools. Thios kit has lower amp hour batteries, but lighter because of lithium-ion

The Dewalt kit is waaaay better in performance, but you sacrifice in weight. Replacement batteries should be cheaper with the Ni-Cad though.

-- PMC Router Bits, http://www.pmcrouterbits.com - Hammond, Louisiana

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YanktonSD

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#2 posted 1077 days ago

I have used both and now only have the porter cable. Thr drill is great, sawzall is great but the circular saw runs out of power fast.

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Bertha

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#3 posted 1077 days ago

Or Makita Li-ion maybe? I love mine. I’ve retired my DeWalt portables.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Delta356

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#4 posted 1077 days ago

Porter Cable hands down, an innovated Drill. Built a fence on one battery, including drilling and Screwing….

Thanks, Michael Frey
Portland, OR

FREY WOODWORKING INC.

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Bertha

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#5 posted 1077 days ago

Michael, I assume Delta doesn’t make portable drills;)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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jerkylips

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#6 posted 1077 days ago

I’ve owned several Hitachi’s over the years that were excellent. I had such good luck with my first Hitachi that when I needed something that was the first place I went. It’s definitely worth a look. About 2 years ago I had to replace my Hitachi drill & got a really good deal on a Makita kit – too good to pass up. It’s also been great.

Your links aren’t working so I can’t see exactly what the kit includes, but I was highly encourage you to get an impact driver as part of a kit. Mine came with a drill & driver, & I use the driver easily 2-1 over the drill. Light, small, & tons of power.

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Bertha

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#7 posted 1077 days ago

^second the impact driver. I rarely use the other drill that came in my kit.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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jerkylips

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#8 posted 1077 days ago

p.s. I may ruffle some feathers with this, but I think that Dewalt is vastly overrated & overpriced. I think that they used to be better than the competition, but they’re not anymore. They’re living off their reputation, & that’s going to run out sooner than later. Just my opinion..

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BTKS

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#9 posted 1077 days ago

I’ve got Makita and love em. I’ve spoken with several local trades guys. They say they are always replacing batteries with the DeWalt tools. I’m going three years on my original batteries now. I know LI-Ion had a certain shelf life so I picked up a new impact drill and impact driver kit last year because I wanted a charger for the shop too. $30.00 more to buy the kit than two batteries and the charger separate. I wound up with the heaviest 18v rotary impact drill and a new 1/4 impact driver. I’m still grinning over that one.
Good luck, I would lean away from Porter C. They were bought out a couple years ago and have really gone downhill!!!! I lost my love of DeWalt about 10 years ago, too many breakdowns in the middle of projects, of course that’s when all tools fail. They just seemed to do it several times in a row.
BTKS

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

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JackhammerJace

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#10 posted 1077 days ago

I say that between those two options, I’d go with the DeWalt, but I’m becoming more and more of a Makita fan. They’ve got an awesome six-piece cordless set that includes the drill, impact driver, reciprocating saw, circular saw, grinder, and flashlight. I use that set ALL the time.

-- Jace, www.toolsandmachinery.com

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Stuey

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#11 posted 1077 days ago

Hard choice.

All I can offer is that if you want to go the Dewalt route, wait until the new 20V Max system comes out in September. They’re similar to the 18V tools, but tweaked here and there. I liked all the ones I tried out.

-- http://toolguyd.com

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Delta356

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#12 posted 1077 days ago

(Bertha) Delta actual did make a drill, when they had there Shopmaster line,

http://image.become.com/imageserver/s7/130078927-150-150-5-32/delta-cl120-12volt-drill-driver.jpg

but I’m a true woodworker. I go Porter Cable for hand held tools..

Thanks, Michael Frey
Portland, OR

FREY WOODWORKING INC.

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David Grimes

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#13 posted 1077 days ago

Craftsman C3 19.2 volt, baby… all the way to the bank (and not one single tool of the entire line has ever failed on me yet). I have every one except the wet/dry vac, the personal fan, and the discontinued Wagner type sprayer. I use both NiCad and Lithium Ion batteries as needed.

Get the 20V professional if you’re snobby. Get the 12V Lithium Ion Nextec if you need supper light weight.

Ryobi sucks, most DeWalt is okay but considering price and battery life they suck, too. Got a drawer full of DeWalt 18 volt drivers with messed up gears and triggers (and their dead batteries).

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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Torr

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#14 posted 1077 days ago

I have a Bosch 18v Lithium Ion kit and it is great (drill, impact driver, circ saw and sawzall). Battery life and power are great. Highly recommended.

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devann

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#15 posted 1077 days ago

I noticed that the lithium ion batteries hold a charge longer that the ni cads and have a better memory (storing unused electrical power).

I’ve also gotten away from battery powered tools where the battery slides up into the tool and is held in place with “clips” to keep the battery from falling out of the tool. I’ve noticed that the ones that ether slide onto the tool from the front or back last longer and can take the abuse from being dropped better than the ones where the clip can be damaged when it is dropped.

Another vote for the impact. They offer much more torque and don’t strip out the screwheads as easily.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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