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Forum topic by krisrimes posted 11-17-2014 01:36 PM 930 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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krisrimes

111 posts in 1994 days


11-17-2014 01:36 PM

I’ve been looking hard for a good deal on another drill. I’m getting sick of having to change out bits constantly when working. I currently have a ridgid 18v drill and it has held up to quite a bit of abuse over the three years I’ve had it. Because of that and the lifetime warranty, I’ve been looking at getting a Ridgid 12v drill/driver kit. I received an email from Home Depot today with their daily special and wouldn’t you know it, they are selling the Milwaukee M12 drill/driver combo kit for $99. Anyone care to chime in on personal experience with either kit. As of right now, I’m 99% sure I will be heading there today at lunch time to pick up one of the Milwaukee kits. All of the reviews on the HD site are positive, just looking for any additional thoughts.


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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 11-17-2014 01:45 PM

I’ve had the Milwaukee M12 drill/driver for about about 3 1/2 years. It replaced 2 Nicad drill that happened to craok at the same time. These are so superior in every way there’s no comparison. Lighter, smaller, and just as much power with batteries that hold there charge very well. Like any battery tool, they do die. So anticipating that I just purchased 2 of the larger battery packs for them. The original batteries were still doing quite well, but the larger ones not only provide more run time between charges, they allow you to stand the tool up on the handle. The 12V power is more than enough for a hobbyist shop and all in all I think they are great. No experience with the Rigid tools, though. I know a lot if guys are really happy with that lifetime warranty arrangement.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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bondogaposis

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#2 posted 11-17-2014 01:45 PM

I love mine, that’s a great price.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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krisrimes

111 posts in 1994 days


#3 posted 11-17-2014 02:01 PM

Fred – The kit actually comes with three batteries, one of them being the larger battery

Bondo – that is exactly what I was thinking.

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chrisstef

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#4 posted 11-17-2014 02:10 PM

Ive got the M12 as well and I really like that little driver. Its since replaced my 18v Dewalt. The first time I broke it out my wife and I were installing some cement board underlayment. She proceeded to chime in with “What’d ya borrow your mothers drill?”. We chuckled and I handed her the drill so she could drive some screws. Drove the first one and she tweaked her wrist. Ive had it for about a year now and its a workhorse, the battery life is awesome too.

-- rock, chalk, jayhawk

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JayT

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#5 posted 11-17-2014 02:12 PM

Killer price. I have the 1st generation M12 tools (drill, impact driver, screwdriver and hackzall) and absolutely love them. Haven’t found any reasonable task they can’t perform.

-- "Good judgement is the result of experience. A lot of experience is the result of poor judgement."

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retfr8flyr

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#6 posted 11-17-2014 05:09 PM

The new M12 Fuel version is a better drill but for that price I would go ahead and get it. I have both Fuel and non Fuel Milwaukee tools and it’s amazing how superior the Fuel versions are but the original versions are still better than anything else out there. You really can’t go wrong at that price and I would jump on it.

-- Earl

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Fred Hargis

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#7 posted 11-17-2014 05:16 PM

Earl, is the Fuel version the newer brushless style motor?

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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JayT

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#8 posted 11-17-2014 08:58 PM



Earl, is the Fuel version the newer brushless style motor?

- Fred Hargis

Yes, that is how Milwaukee designates brushless tools.

-- "Good judgement is the result of experience. A lot of experience is the result of poor judgement."

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joey502

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#9 posted 11-18-2014 03:07 AM

I just bought that kit this past Wednesday for 129.00.

I do like them very much. I bought both the drill and impact about 4 years ago, batteries are shot. I decided to double up for the same reason you are.

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krisrimes

111 posts in 1994 days


#10 posted 11-18-2014 01:16 PM

I didn’t have time to do it at lunch, so I ran out last night and grabbed a set. $95 after the military discount. I have two picnic tables to make today which will give me a good idea of how well I will like them.

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distrbd

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#11 posted 11-18-2014 01:50 PM

I would also get the larger battery packs that Fred Hargis(post #1) linked,they give you longer supply of power and also give you the ability to stand your drill/driver up on a surface,I have the sames set plus the right angle drill which happens to be a very useful tool .

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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krisrimes

111 posts in 1994 days


#12 posted 11-18-2014 02:05 PM

The kit actually came with one of those batteries, total of three. I’m curious to see how many screws I can drive on a battery.

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krisrimes

111 posts in 1994 days


#13 posted 11-20-2014 03:04 PM

So I have to say, I’m impressed. Nice light weight drill and driver that fit good in the hand. I do wish the batteries lasted a bit longer, but I suppose since I have three batteries, there shouldn’t be a reason why I’m ever without a charged battery.

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JeanValjean

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#14 posted 12-02-2014 05:17 AM

I bought that kit Saturday and there was no 3rd battery in the box!!
Home Depot is supposed to be scrounging me up a battery this week somewhere!!!

-- Semper Fi

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