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Forum topic by Chapel Hill Tree Services posted 02-11-2012 04:40 AM 1924 views 0 times favorited 18 replies Add to Favorites Watch

02-11-2012 04:40 AM

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Hi everybody!

I’ve recently been shopping for a new power drill and I keep bouncing back and forth between a couple of different options. I’d like a Craftsman, but I found some great deals on Trademark brand drills. Before I make my final decision, does anyone here have any thoughts?


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#1 posted 02-11-2012 05:26 AM

IMHO, this is the best of the 18 volt compacts at the moment.
I have one and love it. It’s a bit better overall than my old makita ndf452hw, and that one got rave reviews all around. The battery gauge is really handy.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#2 posted 02-11-2012 06:09 AM

I think what drill you buy should be determined by what you’ll do with it. I have two drills, and like ‘em both – one is a DeWalt 18V rechargeable, and the other is a Milwaukee 1/2” chuck corded drill. The DeWalt isn’t very light, but it’s not too bad, the mass helps to keep the drill steady, and it’s well balanced – it has a keyless chuck and plenty of power for a rechargeable. The charger recharges quickly, so with two batteries, I can work continuously.

The Milwaukee is corded, it weighs a ton, and the chuck is keyed, but it’s a beast. It has a stabilizing side handle, and it needs it, because if it ever gets stuck and I’m holding it in one hand, it WILL turn my hand (which can be unkind to the work). It almost never gets stuck, though – I drill things with it that I’d need a drill press if I didn’t have it (and I couldn’t get the drill press to the boat easily). It’s built like a tank – a proper tool. I’ve had it for years, I used to drill large holes in stainless track all day long with it and it’s still like new.

I don’t want to rain on your parade, and this is second hand information, but the Trademark drills aren’t very well reviewed. Also, while they usually come packaged with all sorts of bits and gizmos, none of those are very well made either. With tools, you most often get what you pay for – if you can swing it, I’d go for something else. Here's a review sheet of the various rechargeables that may help…

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#3 posted 02-11-2012 01:53 PM

I’ll reinforce cuttwice’s comment that the decision should be driven by what you will be doing with it. Like cuttwice, I also have the DeWalt 18V drill. It is powerful and it is heavy. It is part of a complete set of DeWalt 18V cordless tools.

However, for 95% of the jobs I do, I grab my Hitachi 12V drill. It’s much lighter, has great balance and feel and it’s almost as powerful as the DeWalt. I find it’s adequate for almost all woodworking jobs. Only drawback is that its smaller (and lighter) battery needs to be recharged more often. With 2 batteries that I can swap, that is not a big deal.

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

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#4 posted 02-11-2012 02:26 PM

I use a HITACHI an porter cable 18 volt, also have the impact p.c.yep 18volt saw to for tough jobs the 1/2 bosh


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#5 posted 02-11-2012 02:27 PM

I might be the only one but I’m partial to the ryobi one plus lithium 18v. I’ve used it to install my deck, remodel my house, etc. It’s done everything I’ve asked it to. I’m sure there are better drills but I’m not sure for the price. Plus, it’s got a nice neon green color so you never lose it and a very

-- Greg, Owner, Quality Carpet One,

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Jim Finn

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#6 posted 02-13-2012 02:45 AM

I use Makita corded drills and cordless drills. I hear of a lot of problems with lithium batteries but have no problems with my old NICAD batteries in my 12 year old Makita impact driver/drills.

-- No PHD just a DD214 Website>

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#7 posted 02-13-2012 03:06 AM

I have dewalt 18 v I also have several other 18 v items of the same brand. I picked DW because it was a group of items that I wanted to all work with the Same batteries.

-- Ken, USAF MSgt, Ret.

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#8 posted 02-13-2012 03:21 AM

I’ve used (and abused) my Makita cordless for years and it finally gave up the ghost. I think I had for 11 years and it was 11 hard years of construction. My backup is a Craftsman and I like it well enough I just don’t use it very often. I bought a Porter Cable 18v lithium to replace the Makita and I’m still trying to get use to the stopping torque. Sometimes it will stop so hard it turns the chuck slightly and the bit will fall out.

-- Sweeping up sawdust in Texas

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Mainiac Matt

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#9 posted 02-13-2012 03:35 AM

Think weight!

If I can’t do the task with my small cordless screw driver, I reach for my 12 volt PC.

If I need more power than that, I reach for a corded drill or driver.

We use Makita and Panasonic and Dewalt cordless models at work and all three are super tough.

The B&D and Coleman models we tried weren’t up to the task.

-- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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Tyrone D

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#10 posted 02-13-2012 03:37 AM

I have a Porter Cable 14.4V and it works fine for me.

-- --Tyrone - BC, Canada "Nothing is ever perfect, we just run out of time."

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#11 posted 02-13-2012 03:55 AM

I have to admit I have one of the new Craftsman 12V Lithium Ion drills…NextGen I think, and I freakin love it!

I also have an old 18V Craftsman drill with one battery, that I’ve had for 7 years and it is still as stout as ever.

My Panasonic was bought after the C-man 18V and died, and the Craftsman just keep running.

The Lithium drill is really NICE!

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#12 posted 02-13-2012 04:02 AM


Very tough and excellent performance.

Every Milwaukee tool I have has been worth every penny spent.

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#13 posted 02-14-2012 04:09 AM

I love my 12v bosch, but i hear a lot of good things about the 18v panasonic (or maybe its a 15.6 or something)

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#14 posted 02-14-2012 04:26 AM

After using just about every brand while “workin’ for a livin’ ” I chose the 1/2” Panasonic 15.6V. I like it because the planetary gearing really locks up to tighten the keyless chuck. This thing will break your wrist in “low gear” with a 2” hole saw if it catches. I “drag raced” an 18V Dewalt with a piece of 1/2” round stock between the two. I had the Dewalt running backwards and that “smell” was coming out of it. As for pistol grip drills with a cord, it’s tough to beat a Milwaukee. For HD drilling my Porter-Cable 1/2” VS right angle drill is a friggin BEAST!


-- OK, who's the wise guy that shrunk the plywood?

#15 posted 02-14-2012 03:43 PM

Wow! Thanks for all the responses guys! It sounds like I didn’t have a wide enough search. I’m leaning toward a Milwaukee now after seeing everyone’s passion for it. It sounds like it’ll be what I need for the heavy duty jobs I’ll need to do.

Thanks for the help everyone!


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