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Forum topic by AJswoodshop posted 08-28-2012 02:44 PM 1397 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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AJswoodshop

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08-28-2012 02:44 PM

Me and my Grampa where thinking about 12v tools yesterday. He says he has a 12v drill, that the battery dies really quick. The new craftsman nextec tools look really cool, but use a 12v battery. I’m afraid if I get a nextec tool, the battery will die really quick, and I’ll never use it. I own a HF 18v drill, that works very well. But it’s really heavy, and has a few other issues. So if you have a 12v tool, tell me what you think about it in the comments. Thanks!

AJ


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#1 posted 08-28-2012 02:49 PM

I really like those tiny DeWalt 12V. I had a 12V Craftsman that lasted for years under heavy use. The battery life was an issue. I upgraded to the 18VLi+ Makita set but they got stolen. I replaced them with the 18VLi+ Bosch set. The batteries on both last a VERY long time. I must admit, I think I liked the Makitas a bit better. Good luck!

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

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Mainiac Matt

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#2 posted 08-28-2012 02:57 PM

HI AJ…

there are two numbers that matter with battery driven tools…

The voltage is going to reflect how much power can be generated by the tool. So for example a modern 18 volt cordless drill will be able to drill larger diameter holes than a similar 12 volt model.

The amp-hour rating tells you how much total energy the battery can store. So a cordless drill with a 2.5 amp-hr rating should be able to drill more 1” holes in a 2×4 than a similar model with a lower amp-hr rating.

You will likely find that economy brand tools will often not publish the amp-hr rating, as they don’t want to give potential customers information to distinguish the lesser performance of their tool from more expensive brands.

I’ve found that corded hand drills still have an important place in my shop :^)

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#3 posted 08-28-2012 02:57 PM

I think there are applications for both. As Bertha said, the 18 volt will last longer on a single charge. The 18 volt will also have more power. If you are doing smaller detailed type work, the small drill (12 v) will be easier to use. I primarily use my 19.2 V Porter Cable drill that I have had for years. Its a great drill and not much slows it down. But if I am using a very small bit, you can easily break the bits since the drill is large and heavy. A 12 V works better in those cases.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#4 posted 08-28-2012 03:28 PM

I have a little 12 volt dewalt that I love. for woodworking its plenty powerfull enough. It will drill through 95% of the wood you use and will last pretty darn long. Mine will last for about 6 hours of continual use but if you have 2 batteries, battery life isn’t really a big issue.

Defiantly keep your HF for the bigger jobs though

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Bertha

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#5 posted 08-28-2012 03:34 PM

I’ve found that corded hand drills still have an important place in my shop :^)
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Nothing like a big corded drill, man. I’ve got one that I keep wire brushes in to de-gunk handplanes. It used to be a yellow DeWalt hammer. Now it’s a blackish grey one, lol:) I installed parking curbs into a concrete slab with it. I’ve got a Hilti and I didn’t even need it;)

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

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#6 posted 08-28-2012 03:35 PM

I recently (after going thru 2 sets of batts) dumped my DeWalt 14.4v stuff. Went to the Makita 18v Lithium Ion drill. It is much lighter, and more powerfull.
I ain’t touchin’ the C’man stuff.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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#7 posted 08-28-2012 03:35 PM

Thanks for the comments guys, really helped me and my grampa out.

Thanks!

AJ

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