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Forum topic by Seashepherds posted 346 days ago 1054 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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346 days ago

Hey everyone I’m look for a new drill and impact driver combo kit , narrowed it down to the 18v panasonics or the milwaukee m 18 fuel drills , need help on deciding which one to get , I would greatly appreciate it thanks

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#1 posted 346 days ago

Never used either, but I do have a craftsman, DeWalt, and Bosch. I’d buy the DeWalt if it were me. They are lighter and the 20v series is very strong. The Bosch is okay, and the Craftsman is too heavy.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#2 posted 346 days ago

I’d go with the Milwaukee. I have some of the M12 tools and really like them. But the real reason is that Milwaukee is a tool company, and Panasonic isn’t (at least in my mind).

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, we sent 'em to Washington.

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#3 posted 346 days ago

Id go with Mikwaukee but that are most likely made in the same factory anyway.

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#4 posted 346 days ago

I love every Milwaukee tool I own. I don’t have a Milwaukee drill/driver though, so I’m speaking generally.

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#5 posted 346 days ago

mmmm Old Milwaukee ! BUUUUUUUUUUUURP.
I just bought an M12 Rotary tool. It’s my first rechargeable Milwaukee.It lasts well and charges fast. Everything else is corded. I’ll probably grab an M12 drill the next time some gringo moves back to the empire and I empty his garage for chump change. Off to Craigslist !

-- What day is it ? No matter. Ummmm What month is it ? No moron. I paid for a 2 x 6. That means Two inches by six inches. I want the rest of my wood.

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Kaleb the Swede

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#6 posted 346 days ago

For what it’s worth fine woodworking rated Panasonic as the best new drill driver overall. Or maybe I just confused things

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#7 posted 346 days ago

I have the Milwaukee M18 drill/driver set and love it. Bought it about 4 years ago.

That said, my dad has the similar Makita set and I find that they’re more powerful and the batteries last longer.

I have no opinion on the Panasonic having never used it.

-- -=Pride is not a sin=-

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#8 posted 346 days ago

With today’s battery powered tools, you need to think of them as a system. I think Milwaukee has a much better/larger system of tools than Panasonic.
Even though Panasonic is rated better as a drill driver set, I would be looking at Milwaukee much closer for the cohesive system of tools. Especially if you plan to buy more battery powered tools. The interchangeable batteries between tools is a real BIG deal when you use several tools in your work/projects.

-- I'm not clumsy.. It's just the floor hates me, the tables and chairs are bullies and the wall gets in the way.. - Mike -

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#9 posted 346 days ago

+1 for WhoMe. I have a couple of Milwaukee tools myself and they are built for use.

-- Chris K

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#10 posted 346 days ago

It really doesn’t matter – they are all very close in quality at that tier/price point.

Buy the one that feels most comfortable in your hand – - that you like the position of the reverse switch etc.

-- "If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves." Edison

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#11 posted 346 days ago

Panasonic has one of the best reputations in battery tools.

I doubt you’ll be unhappy with either (until you cook a battery
and have to replace it), but look at weight and balance. I
have an older 18v Ni-Cad Milwaukee hammer drill. It’s
a good tool but quite heavy.


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#12 posted 346 days ago

Thanks too all looks like ill be purchasing the milwaukee kit thanks for all your guys help

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#13 posted 345 days ago

Panasonic drill is the only drill I could not KILL – I have burned out every other make on the market.
Then a salesman said try a Panasonic.” Panasonic?” I said,, yeah he said ” Panasonic,, if you kill it, well give your money back” That was a long time ago, I still have that baby, and it is my drill of choice.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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