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07-04-2008 11:30 PM

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I was just wondering what all you LJs favourite cordless drill is aswell as what size/type of battery you prefer for wood working. The reason why I ask is because I am thinking about buying one for myself.

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#1 posted 07-04-2008 11:52 PM

I have used many Craftsman models in the past, but I burn them up. I have a Dewalt 18v now, and it does pretty good. I’ve used it in construction, or woodworking (I dropped it onto a concrete pad once, from up in the ceiling rafters, still works great).

You may want to think of looking into the new impact drivers. I’ve been hearing good things about them….

....smartest thing you could do would be to check out the Drill-Driver section in the Reviews forum… lot’s of good stuff in there.


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#2 posted 07-04-2008 11:59 PM

As of this moment my favorite is the only one I have; A Festool C12 which I reviewed here on Lumberjocks

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#3 posted 07-05-2008 12:13 AM

I just bought a Makita 18-Volt Litheon-Ion cordless percussion driver drill and impact driver in a combo set. I also bought a Bosch 10.8-Volt Litheon Pocket driver. Used them alot in my new shop and am very pleased with all of them so far.

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#4 posted 07-05-2008 01:34 AM


The school where I substitute uses the DeWalt 18v models in their maintenance department and in the Construction Trades shops. They hold up very well to the use/abuse the students give them.


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#5 posted 07-05-2008 01:52 AM

I have 3. I own a old Makita 9.6v pod style that I just love. Since we sell Makita where I work, I can get batteries fairly inexpensive. I also picked up a 13v Craftsman on QVC one year that is a workhorse. I often concern myself with the Craftsman because they don’t “make” anything. It’s all subletted out I imagine to the lowest bidder, and sometimes they are discontinued online, so you can’t get parts (batteries/chargers) for them. I also like picking up disco’ed tools from home centers. My latest drill is a 18v Black and Decker that came with a battery charger/radio that I listen to every day in the shop. I think I found that one for $29.99 on clearance. I keep all the batteries charged, so power isn’t an issue. I guess my choice would be the one you can get batteries for, for a long period. Hope this helps you Callum.

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#6 posted 07-05-2008 02:19 AM

Currently I’m using a 14.4v Makita and I love the thing, for what I do, boatbuilding, it has plenty of power. I have used Dewalt in the past as well. The school I’m attending now is outfitted with Festool, which are very nice, but way out of my budget. The last framing crew I worked on was completely outfitted with Makita, and I’ve used them ever since. I suppose it’s like asking someone what kind of truck they drive, Chevy, Ford, Dodge, etc. etc. Nail down a price range, shop around, read reviews, and go get your hands on some before you buy. Good luck!
There’s an two drill 18v Makita combo that seems to be popular around the school lately, light weight, bult in LED, powerful.

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#7 posted 07-05-2008 02:53 AM

Hmmmm….I’ve played with LOTS of cordless drills through reviews/testing for the mags.

My favorite woodworking only drill would be a Bosch in the smaller sizes (10-14.4 volt max) as you need a smaller, lightweight drill for most shop tasks (Although…if you want to “go big or go home”, the Bosch 36V Li-Ion hammer drill I have is sweeeeet!)

The more I think about it…if I were paying for a new drill, I would liook at the Rigid brand from Home Depot. The tools are decent, but the warranty is fantastic. Lifetime. Including…yes, INCLUDING batteries :) Thats pretty hard to top.

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#8 posted 07-05-2008 03:09 AM

Panasonic 15.6
Tho I dont use mine as a hammer like skeez. he covered most of the other plusses tho he didnt mention it’s a 1/2” drill and has enough torque to dislocate your shoulder. The only negatives are the price and lack of bit storage recesses on the chassis.

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#9 posted 07-05-2008 11:31 PM

definatly consider the rigid

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#11 posted 07-06-2008 12:20 AM

Rikkor… A man of few words!!!

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#12 posted 07-06-2008 12:32 AM

I use Dewalt 18 volt and they work great .

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#13 posted 07-06-2008 12:32 AM

I don’t know…, that was about a thousand, I believe.

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#14 posted 07-06-2008 01:00 AM

Hey guys, I was just looking on the web for a good deal on a new drill. I encountered what I belive to be a good deal from tool king What are your views on this item aswell as the makita 18v lithion-Ion drill / impact driver.


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#15 posted 07-06-2008 01:05 AM

I have had a Porter-Cable 19.2V for years now with no problems.

It has never lacked the torque for anything in all that time. I don’t know if it’s product placement or not, but it seems like this is what is used on most of the home improvement shows on TV.

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