|Forum topic by MrDan||posted 12-17-2013 07:58 PM||19075 views||0 times favorited||26 replies|
12-17-2013 07:58 PM
The wobbly cordless drill has become a little too ubiquitous for my liking. So I wanted to see what my fellow lumberjocks had to say on this issue.
By wobble, I mean runout of a straight bit chucked into the drill, either caused by the chuck or the spindle/shaft. I’ve been looking into this for awhile now and have found MANY people are struggling with their cordless drills in this manner…and from all the major manufacturers: DeWalt, PC, Makita, Bosch, Ridgid, Ryobi etc… do a google search and you’ll find the same.
I’ve read that since most tool manufacturers source their parts from some of the same chinese suppliers there might have been a bad batch (from 2011 or 2012) of shafts that has caused this ‘outbreak’ of wobbly drills in recent years. Not sure about this theory, so I wanted to see if there has been any improvement.
My first cordless drill, purchased about 10 years ago was a Ryobi that had wobble. I returned it, and the new one was no different. I figured at that price point, that was just what I had to deal with… So I dealt with it for years and just figured I’d buy a better quality one when the batteries died.
So last year that time came and I bought a Porter Cable 18v Li Hammer drill combo set. Recently I have noticed that it too wobbles. I don’t know if it did so when I first purchased it, (I think I would have noticed) but anyhow it’s doing it quite a bit now and I find it extremely annoying. It is still under warranty but I never registered it and I lost my receipt so I can’t prove to PC when I bought it. So now I’m stuck with it, but I’d like to fix it if I can, as I’d prefer not to buy another one (partly due to my fear that they are all like this now.) I’ve read accounts of people buying and returning drills 5+ times from the home center and even sending them away to the service centers only to still end up with a drill that wobbles. (Here’s one guy’s nightmare: https://www.ridgidforum.com/forum/t39980-2/)
So my questions to all of you are:
Thanks for any input!