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Forum topic by TigerUnderGlass posted 06-20-2014 10:53 PM 1483 views 0 times favorited 26 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-20-2014 10:53 PM

Hi, I’m brand new here and I’m sure this topic has been debated like crazy but I am really really torn on a purchase I need to make. I’d like to pick up a drill/impact driver combo set and two have really caught my eye but I can’t decide partly because I just don’t know enough.

1. Makita DLX2002SY1

This includes the DTD129 brushless impact driver and the DHP480 brushless ammer Driver Drill. Also 3 1.5ah batteries.

2. Bosch CLPK232-181 with the DDS181 drill driver and 25618 impact. Comes with 2 2.0ah batteries.

I have always liked bosch and that is what i was planning to buy, but I got into the store and realized that I could get brushless from makita for only an extra $30. I have no idea what to get.

I really need some opinions on these two kits or I will never make up my mind. :)

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#1 posted 06-20-2014 11:03 PM

Ya can’t go wrong with Bosch. Some of the Bosch tools are still made in Europe…Not sure if this one is.

-- Mark

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#2 posted 06-20-2014 11:07 PM

I’ve got that Makita set and love it. Brushless apparently lasts longer. I don’t use mine a lot to really care about that very much, but there you go.
Got a Bosch router and love it.

Flip a coin.
Or a $30 bill.

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#3 posted 06-20-2014 11:17 PM

Look at battery replacement costs.

Bosch is pretty slick on the tech. They make some impressive
claims for their battery technology, but maybe they all

I have some Bosch stuff. I like the L-Boxx system too.


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#4 posted 06-20-2014 11:34 PM

At a glance, both sets look nice to me.

First consider whether you’re likely to get another cordless tool, such as a circular saw (or weed whacker?) that shares batteries with one of these sets.

I have an 18v Bosch drill/driver and a 12v drill/driver+impact driver combo, and they work great aside from the 18v Bosch’s lame and useless excuse for a bit holder on the base of the drill. Between the two options you’re looking at, I’d be inclined to lean toward the Makita for the brushless motor (supposedly longer battery life per charge) and spare battery. That way you have always have a spare battery ready to go by the time you drain one of the other batteries.

On the other hand, if one drill is appreciably heavier than the other and you’ll be using them a lot, you might want to lean toward the one that’s easier to wield or add a 12v set to your collection.

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#5 posted 06-20-2014 11:37 PM

It’s a crapshoot really. Bosch may be better quality, I have a makita brushed impact, hammer drill, and sawzall that I use heavily at work every single day. I’ve only sent the hammer drill for repairs, but a 6” hole saw will kill any typical drill. A couple people with my company have the brushless set but it’s really all the same. I’ve had the impact, which I use the most, for about 3-4 years and it is a champ. I use it with sockets, Allen wrench sockets, spade bits, and whatever else I can put in it.

If it’s just for use on the weekend I wouldn’t spend the extra money on a brushless. It’ll will make no difference on the long run.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#6 posted 06-21-2014 01:16 AM

Thanks, I appreciate the assistance so far. I guess where I’m torn is on whether or not brushless is enough of a benefit to move off of the Bosch stuff I thought I was about to buy.

Those are good points about the other tools and batteries. I’m almost certain to buy some more tools down the road, but it’s been really hard to figure out who has better batteries.

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#7 posted 06-21-2014 01:31 AM

i prefer my bosch 12v drilldriver over my makita

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#8 posted 06-21-2014 01:38 AM

I would recommend the brushless Mikata over the Bosch. Have you considered any other brands? I would highly recommend the new brushless Milwaukee Fuel line, both the M12 and the M18 are fantastic. I have these tools and you can’t go wrong with them. They cost more then the others but they are worth it. I don’t know if the Mikta brushless is as big an improvement over the old style as it is in the Milwaukee but with them it’s a major difference. The Fuel series is smaller, lighter, uses less power but yet they are more powerful then the old style.

-- Earl

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#9 posted 06-21-2014 05:10 AM

To add a touch of further intrigue, it appears I can get the exact same makita set with two 3ah batteries instead of three 1.5ah batteries. On one hand, bigger batteries are better, but with the smaller I have a whole other battery and they are significantly lighter. I am so painfully indecisive.

Is there any good place to look for info on the batteries themselves? I’ve heard it suggests that Bosch had better batteries but I can’t find any solid information on the differences.

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#10 posted 06-21-2014 03:15 PM

Personally I’d go with the 3 lighter batteries over the 2 heavier ones, but that’s just me.

Still can’t decide? Flip a coin. :)

-- Ask an expert or be the expert -

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#11 posted 06-21-2014 05:45 PM

Before you buy either, check CPO for reconditioned Bosch tools. I have bought several different Bosch tools from them and been very satisfied. The Bosch is a great, well-built tool and saving 20-30% on a factory recon. with a full guarantee sure helps my tool budget. And these are very smart and helpful people. And they have recons in other brands as well.

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#12 posted 06-21-2014 06:04 PM

I just went to their site and they have a big sale now on Bosch new tools with a healthy discount. One of the tools is the drill/driver combo. Be sure to check their prices. You pay no sales tax and usually no shipping charge and they get the tools out fast.

-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!

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#13 posted 06-21-2014 07:37 PM

I love both brands but I feel that I was stung when I went to buy a 3 Ah battery from Makita, close to $$100.00 Ouch! for one battery? ..... just saying.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#14 posted 06-21-2014 08:53 PM

I can only relate to my own experience with both Makita and Bosch tools. The tools I have acquired recently (within 5 years), have not stood up to older Makita/Bosch tools acquired 20+ years ago. The durability just doesn’t seem to be there anymore. Today’s tools are becoming throw away tools. Repair parts are very expensive. A switch for my Bosch impact driver costs $46. I won’t fix it. I’ll probably buy a Milwaukee (Can’t afford Festool).

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#15 posted 06-21-2014 11:36 PM

I have 2 Bosch cordless drills. One is 14.4v and the other is 18v. I have had both of them for more than 6 years and both are still using the original pair of batteries. I always keep 1 battery in the drill and the other in the charger. They are stored in the shop which ranges between 60 and 80. I have been happy with them so far. FWIW

-- Art

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