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Forum topic by tool_junkie posted 08-23-2011 08:13 PM 1011 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-23-2011 08:13 PM

I currently own a Ryobi 3/8” 18V cordless drill/driver. I don’t like it much. It is really difficult to drive screws with one hand; you have to keep applying constant pressure to the back of the drill with the other hand, otherwise the bit slips out of the screw head and ruins it and I really hate that!

So, I am looking to buy a better drill/driver, preferrably a corded one so that I wouldnt have to worry about charging the batteries. My budget is limited to under $100. Can you guys recommend some good drills within this price range?


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#1 posted 08-23-2011 08:24 PM

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#2 posted 08-24-2011 01:37 AM

If it was me looking to buy a drill within that budget, I would be looking for a used Milwaukee 0234-** magnum hole shooter. They are unstoppable and very long lived. I would rather have a used quality drill than a new junk drill. You may very well find one in your local pawn shop as they are very popular among all the now out of work contractors. If I was looking to for a tool to drive screws I would be looking for an impact driver, if you haven’t tried one yet, you owe it to yourself, to see how much easier then a drill they are to drive screws.
I have to wonder if you may not be happier with one of the 12 volt combo kits with both a drill and impact driver. They often sell used for around what you looking to spend. Lithium-Ion is a whole world of difference from Ni -Cads, both in how long they last and how long they hold a charge and they charge very quickly to boot, easily charging before you have discharged the current one in use. Not knowing what your intentions are for the drill, it is hard to fine tune my recommendation to your needs.
If you are really set on needing a new drill, the Makita 6302H 1/2” or 6402 3/8” drill may suit your needs. Both are worthy tools

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#3 posted 08-24-2011 02:05 AM

Are you holding the drill straight and using a good bit? When I’ve experienced that [roblem (cam out) it was because I had tipped the drill – or was using a worn bit.

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#4 posted 08-24-2011 06:35 PM


So basically, all the different types of screws I have used so far have failed? I have used same screws with a friend’s 12V drill / driver (lighter than mine) and had no problem driving them with one hand.

Reading Sawkerf’s post, I was thinking that tipping the drill may have been my real problem because the drill is quite heavy.

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#5 posted 08-24-2011 08:33 PM

tool_junkie—IMHO, it is pretty hard to go wrong with a Bosch.


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#6 posted 08-25-2011 12:11 AM

Re: cr1
That’s not the drill. It’s called “cam out.” That’s the failing of screw technology you are using. It sucks. Square, combination, slotted, and phillips drive screws all present the problem of cam out.

I often find many people using the wrong bits for driving screws. There are a few common screws that look like a common phillips but in reality they are not. ACR and Phillips II are really good at resisting cam out, when using the proper bit, try using the wrong bit and you will almost always meet with much frustration. Even square drives come in two flavors, true square drives and Robertsons which have a slight tape, again wrong bit = no joy.

There is a really great write up on When is a Philips is not a Philips over at

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#7 posted 08-25-2011 02:50 AM

Those who are suggesting different brand drill/drivers are feeding you a bumb steer. Drill/drivers always have problems driving screws that require a strong twist. Opting for a different brand of drill/driver is not going to eliminate the fact that philips screw bits tend to lift out of screw heads when faced with serious twisting resistance. One solution is to try different kinds of screws or driver tips. However, even the best can be problematical.

Since you already have the Ryobi batteries and you want to drive screws solidly, I suggest just getting a Ryobi 18-volt impact wrench. That item costs about 70 bucks, and it fits your existing batteries. (I suggest opting for the lithium versions down the line, if possible, although, admittedly, they cost a lot more than NiCads; but NiCads are borderline worthless, in my opinion.) While Ryobi tools are sometimes of questionable quality, their 18-volt impact wrench is quite durable.

Impact wrenches are less inclined to let a screwdriver tip jump out of the screw, because they basically hammer in a circular direction and they do it so rapidly that the screw tip simply does not have time to jump out of the screw head before the initial impact ends and the next one begins. The hammer pulsations are very rapid. With my Ryobi impact wrench I have driven a three-inch philips-head screw all the way through a 2×4 with no problems, and that was without any pilot hole at all.

Howard Ferstler

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