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Forum topic by newwoodbutcher posted 03-24-2014 01:39 AM 798 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-24-2014 01:39 AM

After being initially pleased but later disappointed with the Dewalt 14V cordless drill. I had three of them, they worked well (well not wow) for about two years but then the batteries wouldn’t hold much of a charge. Last year I bought an extended power aftermarket battery that seems to work well, thought I’d replace all the old ones. Can’t remember the price but it was near $100.
While remodeling our vacation home I was in one of the big box stores and spotted the PC 20V cordless drill, only a few bucks more that the battery I needed, so I bought it “for the job”. I’ve been using it to build a deck and total interior remodel. This drill drove 4” star head deck screws all day like butter. WOW! What a nice drill! The ergonomics and torque are terrific. I also like the two magnetic bit holders and the belt loop. I like it so much I went back and bought a two pack combo nut driver and drill. Seems like it was a bit more $ than it was for the first one alone. Now it’s been nine months and after a lot of use they are still both going strong. The driver sinks ½” lag bolts without hesitation. Can’t say how long it takes to recharge a battery, they go for so long the recharged battery is always charged when I go to it.
If these puppies last more than three years, they are going to be oldies but goodies.
I have no affiliation with any tool makers or sellers. Just a guy that enjoys a good tool. I recommend it.

-- Ken

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#1 posted 03-24-2014 02:25 AM

Seems like you could’ve posted your subject in REVIEWS – where some Lumberjocks might be interested to read your above notes.

Related info:
Rumour has it the new lithium batteried PC 20V drill has the same motor guts as the DeWalt 20V Max (brushed not brushless) compact drill but at a lower cost – so that in itself suggests good value. Whether the PC uses the same manufacturer/quality battery cells as the DeWalt is another question however – there is not very much detailed talk about this on the various tool/trade forums yet (the new PC 20V drill/impact drivers are still relatively new). I doubt you’d get a straight answer from a DeWalt or PC rep about this either.

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#2 posted 03-24-2014 02:50 AM

I bought the PC 20V drill also. I am impressed! Replaced a 14.4V Hitachi that I had for several years. The PC is a much better drill. More power, less weight, faster recharge. Took a little getting used to the batteries just running out of power suddenly and not slowing down when low.

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#3 posted 03-24-2014 05:14 AM

redSLED, I started to post on the review section. Wouldn’t let me without a picture. Just a darn good tool and I wanted to share my find.

-- Ken

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