|Forum topic by MackTheSaw||posted 07-26-2008 02:15 AM||6568 views||0 times favorited||13 replies|
07-26-2008 02:15 AM
I’m in the market for a new cordless drill because my old Panasonics are dead. Six or seven years of hard work has earned them a place out in the pasture. They served me well. I have two, and I like to use one for drilling and one for screwing, so I don’t have to change bits all the time. This means that, now that impact drivers have gotten so good at driving screws, it really makes sense for me to get a combo pack with a drill and an impact driver. Li-Ion technology is important to me for the power/weight ratio.
I’ve narrowed it down to two choices, both Li-Ion models:
The Makita gets great reviews online, and it seems to beat all the other brands in most of the comparison tests. But the Panasonic is rarely included. I’m not sure why—maybe it’s too new? While the Makita scores well, I know three people who have them and complain that they don’t last; the batteries seem to fail after 6 months or so, which wouldn’t show up in one of those tests for a review.
I trust Panasonic because of my good experience with my old drills, and the specs of this combo set look quite good. It has 3 Ah batteries, compared to the Makita’s 1.5 Ah batteries. But it’s about $100 more, and I don’t know anyone who has one, and I can’t find even one review on the web.
Can anyone offer a comparison? Any good or bad experiences with either of these? Please don’t confuse me with suggestions of other brands, unless you feel very strongly that I’ll make a bad decision otherwise.
Thanks very much in advance!